More housing options for Curtin Sarawak students

Mr Ting Kah Hing presenting mock key to Professor Mienczakowski while others look on.

Mr Ting Kah Hing presenting mock key to Professor Mienczakowski while others look on.

Miri – 27 August 2015 – Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) has expanded its portfolio of university-managed student housing to cater for increasing numbers of students requiring housing on and near its campus each year.

A handover ceremony for 38 new houses at the Curtin Water housing estate near its campus that have converted into well-appointed student accommodations was held recently. The double-storey terrace houses in what is known as the Curtin Water II student housing area comprise 26 units purchased by the university and 12 rented units housing 266 students.

Handing over the houses to Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski was Ting Kah Hing, Chairman of Polar Light Sdn Bhd, the property developer.

Present to witness the handover were Vincent Loo representing Curtin Sarawak’s board of directors and Chief Operating Officer Kingsley Francis Charles, as well as Yong Tiing Hieng, Managing Director of Polar Light.

Also present at the event, which included a dinner hosted by Polar Light, were managers, staff and students of Curtin Sarawak, and directors and staff of Polar Light.

In his speech, Professor Mienczakowski remarked that the ceremony marked yet another milestone in the growth of Curtin Sarawak, which is now into its sixteenth year. He said that the university is constantly seeking to expand its student housing options as its current on and off campus student housing have been experiencing very high occupancy rates over the last few years.

A section of the new student housing units.

A section of the new student housing units.

According to Professor Mienczakowski, new housing blocks on campus are being planned to complement the existing six apartment blocks there, but the same time, Curtin Sarawak has seen the need to expand its portfolio of off-campus student housing.

In 2012, Curtin Sarawak signed a master agreement with Polar Light and 34 house owners to create the Curtin Water I student housing area just a stone’s throw from Curtin Water II. Those units proved very popular and have been consistently occupied, prompting the university to both purchase and rent the additional Curtin Water II units in anticipation of continued student growth over the next few years.

Professor Mienczakowski remarked that student accommodation should ideally be situated nearby, so that students can easily commute to and from the campus, be near to amenities such as convenience shops and food outlets, as well as provide a safe and peaceful environment for them.

“Curtin Water is an ideal location in all these respects. Furthermore, our students can enjoy facilities such as an outdoor basketball court, recreation park, convenience store and café, and the housing units here provide a comfortable, home-like environment,” he said.

He added that though students have the option of finding their own accommodation in Miri, the university prefers they stay in university-managed housing where security is ensured, housing support services are available, and they can live among fellow Curtin students. It is most beneficial to students who are new to Miri, particularly international students who are experiencing living in Malaysia for the first time.

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