Curtin soars in 2025 QS World University Rankings

Miri, Sarawak – 6 June 2024 – Curtin University has achieved its highest-ever rank in the prestigious QS World University Rankings (QSWUR), climbing nine places to 174th in the world and 13th in Australia. This remarkable achievement underscores the University’s commitment to excellence in education, research, and global engagement.

In the 21st edition of the QSWUR, Curtin made significant gains, climbing 216 places in the sustainability measure, 23 places in the international research network category, and five places in academic reputation. Additionally, Curtin is now ranked third in Australia for international faculty, highlighting its appeal to the world’s top educators and researchers.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne attributed this success to the University’s strategic pillars of People, Planet, and Partnership. “It takes a collective effort to achieve such outstanding results and they are testament to the dedication of our industry partners, researchers, and staff whose unwavering commitment has been instrumental in Curtin’s continued success,” Professor Hayne said.

Professor Hayne also emphasised the importance of Curtin’s leap in sustainability, reflecting the University’s commitment to social responsibility and support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This milestone is particularly significant for Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia), Curtin University’s global campus in Malaysia. As a key part of Curtin’s global network, Curtin Malaysia has played a crucial role in the University’s overall success. The campus’s robust academic programmes, strong industry connections, and strategic initiatives have contributed to the University’s enhanced reputation and global standing.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive of Curtin Malaysia, Professor Simon Leunig, expressed pride in the collective achievement. “Curtin Malaysia is proud to be an integral part of this success story. Our campus has consistently contributed to Curtin’s global mission, fostering academic excellence and strong industry linkages. This recognition in the QS World University Rankings validates our efforts and commitment to providing world-class education and research opportunities in Malaysia.”

The QS World University Rankings assess institutions based on key criteria including research, employability, learning experience, global engagement, and sustainability. The 2025 edition evaluated over 1,500 institutions worldwide, based on an extensive analysis of more than 17 million publications and almost 176 million citations. These results, released annually by global higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds, offer a comprehensive overview of the world’s leading universities.

For more information on the QS World University Rankings, visit their website.

Curtin University Malaysia is the earliest and largest global campus of Curtin University, located in Miri, Sarawak. Curtin also has global campuses in Singapore, Mauritius and Dubai, in addition to its campuses in Western Australia. Curtin Malaysia offers a range of pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with a strong emphasis on practical learning and industry engagement.

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Curtin climbs nine places to 174th in the world and 13th in Australia

The achievement also has significant impact on Curtin Malaysia, Curtin’s campus in Malaysia