Curtin was worth the WAIT
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.