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Focus on 50 Years

In 2017, Curtin is celebrating 50 Years of Innovation. The University began its life as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), an institution characterised by the creative thinking and enthusiasm of its talented staff and students. Equally characteristic, was the institute’s newly-built campus, which boasted distinctive concrete buildings set in windswept surroundings.


An aerial shot of the Bentley campus under construction.
An aerial shot of the Bentley campus under construction.

WAIT rapidly built a reputation for the quality of its courses and teaching. Over the past five decades the institute has evolved into the thriving University we know today, complete with striking architecture and beautiful grounds.

We have three schools/areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences that are 50 years old: the School of Pharmacy, social work and laboratory medicine. We will be including stories on all these schools/areas in the newsletter in 2017, as well as looking at the history of the other schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

In this issue, we have some historical photos from the School of Pharmacy, which offers a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy and a two-year postgraduate Master of Pharmacy (Graduate Entry) degree that both lead to registration as a pharmacist.

You can learn more about Curtin’s official celebrations here.

WAIT in its first decade.
WAIT in its first decade.
Students from the School of Pharmacy examining medications.
Students from the School of Pharmacy examining medications.
A student in the dispensary.
A student in the dispensary.
A student hard at work.
A student hard at work.
Deep in thought.
Deep in thought.