Miri – 18 September 2014 – Community support for the Curtin Sarawak Open Day to be held at the campus of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) this Saturday is quite substantial, with over 60 corporate bodies and individuals sponsoring or participating in the event.
According to Curtin Sarawak Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Mienczakowski, this reflects the fact that the Curtin Sarawak Open Day has grown into a major community event over the last eight years. The Miri City Council continues to be the event partner and the event enjoys widespread support from the local media, local businesses, individual donors, government bodies and non-governmental organisations.
In thanking them, Professor Mienczakowski said that many are recurring supporters which continue to support the event year after year.
Miri – 17 September 2013 – Secondary school students attending the eighth Curtin Sarawak Open Day this Saturday at the campus of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) will have a truly educational experience. Several hundred students from local secondary schools are expected to attend at the invitation of the university, as well as others attending with their family members.
Following registration upon arrival at the campus at 9.00 am, the students will be given a briefing on various aspects of the university by members of its marketing team.
Science stream students will then attend a briefing by representatives of the School of Engineering and Science, as well as participate in an engineering-related activity called ‘Spaghetti Marshmallow’. Arts steam students, meanwhile, will be hosted by the School of Business and participate in a business-related activity called ‘Airplane Manufacturing’.
Themed ‘Innovation and Effective Teaching Methods in Science Education’, the inaugural UTAR Symposium on Science Education was held at UTAR Perak Campus on 23 August 2014.
“We are concerned about the declining number of Science students in schools,” said UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, who delivered the opening address on behalf of UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik. He added, “We need more people equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills to create an innovative, stable and prosperous nation.”
He concluded, “This symposium is a platform for schools, universities and the industry to work as one integrated continuums to bridge the gap between Science education and the society. UTAR is starting a programme to train teachers to become mentors in their respective field and they in turn can train their students.”
Thursday, 11 Sept –Thursday, 11 Sept –The Chinese Language and Culture Society (CLCS) of Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) hosted one of its biggest celebrations in the year – the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations. Prior to the main event, mooncakes and traditional Chinese desserts were already being sold at the Foyer to raise funds on behalf of the MAA-MEDICare Kidney Charity Fund.
The 24 Seasons Drums team from SMK Taman Yarl presented the grand opening performance, which attracted APU students and staff to gather at the Foyer and the corridors to witness the splendid performance. The APU Diabolo team then took over the stage to demonstrate several well-choreographed skills accompanied by “epic” music. This was then followed by a magic performance by two of our students. The thrilling atmosphere then extended to the Sichuan Face Changing Performance; where the performer earned a huge round of applause by changing various masks on her face without using her hands while dancing. Spectators were then entertained by Hip Hop performances, Traditional Dance + Latin Dance performances from APU Dance Club and APU CLCS respectively. The 24 Seasons Drums team then closed the show with another rousing performance.
Miri – 15 September 2014 – 215 first-year students from the Department of Marketing and Management of the School of Business, Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), learned at a recent industry talk by Kerry Day of Raine & Horne in New South Wales, Australia.
Day is a real estate agent with Raine & Horne, a leading global real estate agency with branches in Australia and a number of other countries. He has over 30 years of building and construction experience, having been involved in more than 12,000 projects and building and renovating many houses.
He recalls working during that time with his father and others who believed in doing the job correctly the first time. He forged an enviable reputation built on honesty, reliability, compassion, commitment and dedication, and armed with a strong work ethic, a desire to help people reach their goals.
Miri – 12 September 2014 – Children attending the annual Curtin Sarawak Open Day at Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) this 20 September 2014 can look forward to a great time at the ‘Kiddies Corner’, one of the annual event’s most popular attractions.
It will be held in the air-conditioned event hall of the university’s Recreation & Event Centre, and will feature attractions for children of all ages, including a colouring contest, telematch, inflatable soccer, face painting, balloon sculpting, sand art, toddlers’ corner, and more.
The fun will start at 9.10 am with the colouring contest for children aged 4 to 6 years after registration of the participants from 8.45 am to 9.00 am. Children taking part in the colouring contest are advised to bring their own colour pencils.
Miri – 11 September 2014 – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott took time off from his recent whirlwind visit to Malaysia to learn about developments at the Malaysian branch campuses of two Australian universities, Curtin University and Monash University.
Abbott met with Professor Jim Mienczakowski, pro vice-chancellor of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), and Professor Helen Bartlett, pro vice-chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, at an afternoon tea hosted by the Australian High Commission at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the Australia-Malaysia education relationship.
Also present was HE Rod Smith, the Australian high commissioner to Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Madinah Binti Mohamad, Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and several prominent representatives of Malaysian private education organisations.