Perth boasts one of the best universities in Australia: The University of Western Australia, which is a member of the Group of Eight. Other reputable universities in Perth include Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University. Perth also has a number of TAFE colleges, such as the Central Institute of Technology, West Coast Institute of Training, and Polytechnic West, offering a range of courses.
Perth Universities and TAFE Colleges
University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia has been turning out gifted students since 1911. Not only is it a member of the Group of Eight, but it’s a member of the esteemed Worldwide Universities Network, which consists of 18 research universities in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Asia-Pacific. According to the website, more UWA graduates find full-time employment than graduates from most other universities in the country. It boasts nine faculties, including arts, law, science and a business school.
Undergraduate courses for students in Perth include social and applied psychology, marketing, accounting, design, architecture, computer science, and exercise and health. Students have the option to enter Perth’s workforce and continue their studies with postgraduate courses that include graduate certificates in child protection practice, postgraduate diplomas in education, and master degrees in business administration and public health. PhD courses are also available.
Curtin University is the largest university in WA and, while it is based in Perth, it offers a range of courses in 16 locations in Australia. There are seven campuses in Perth, each one specialising in different fields, for example, Fremantle offers postgraduate sustainability studies, Northam offers agribusiness, bioscience and environmental biology courses, and Bentley (the main campus) offers almost the full range of courses available.
Undergraduate courses at the various campuses in Perth include, creative writing, engineering, financial planning, human resources management, photography, and taxation; and postgraduate degrees include applied art and design, early childhood education, mining engineering.
Central Institute of Technology
Central Institute of Technology has five campuses in Perth, from which it offers 400 nationally accredited TAFE training courses. It prides itself on strong ties with a number of industries, which it leverages to keep its courses up to date.
The main campus in Perth offers the majority of TAFE courses available, including bookkeeping, business administration, interior design, photography, graphic design, beauty therapy, fitness, and tourism. Some of the TAFE courses offered at East Perth campus include frontline management, project management, IT, and real estate. The Leederville campus near Perth’s CBD offers TAFE courses and short courses in aged care training, horticulture, sport development, and education support courses.
In 2011, Polytechnic West was Western Australia’s Large Training Provider of the year. It aims to provide the perfect blend of practical training with theoretical learning to ensure that its students are prepared for the workplace. It has six campuses: Armadale, Balga, Bentley, Carlisle, Midland, and Thornie.
Courses available at all Perth campuses include aerospace and aviation, companion animal services, occupational health and safety (OHS), children’s services, plumbing, and training and assessment.