Curtin was worth the WAIT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THIRTY years ago, when Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group was start­ing, Curtin Univer­sity did not even ex­ist.

In­stead, in 1985, it was the Western Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (WAIT) be­fore it was reborn as Curtin Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in 1987.

WAIT opened on Au­gust 17, 1966 and stu­dents en­rolled the next year.

In 1969 the Western Aus­tralian School of Mines (WASM), the Muresk Agri­cul­tural Col­lege, the School of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy and the School of Phys­io­ther­apy were merged with WAIT.

Be­tween 1966 and 1976 WAIT ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­pan­sion from 2000 to 10,000 stu­dents.

When the 1970s rolled around, re­ces­sion was start­ing to bite and WAIT was threat­ened by Com­mon­wealth and State author­i­ties, who were re­duc­ing public spend­ing.

As a re­sult ,WAIT con­sol­i­dated around large schools of Health sciences, Busi­ness and ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the arts and ar­chi­tec­ture.

This re­sulted in sub­stan­tial en­rol­ments in those ar­eas.

In 1987, 20 years from its in­cep­tion, WAIT be­came Curtin Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

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