Miri – 25 June 2010 – To help secondary school-leavers interested to pursue tertiary studies at Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) get the information they need, Curtin Sarawak is holding ‘Curtin Information Day’ events in Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching between 26 and 29 June 2010.
Students can garner information on the university’s extensive range of pre-university and undergraduate courses – including an exciting range of double major combinations for business students – and how they can customise them to suit their needs, as well as English language pathways to help them meet Curtin’s academic and English language requirements, and more.
According to Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Ian Kerr, students enrolled at Curtin Sarawak get to experience a whole lot more, and they will graduate with a high-quality education and a most fulfilling learning experience.
He added that Curtin Sarawak’s campus offers the best possible facilities one would expect from Curtin’s first international branch campus, a joint venture with the Sarawak State Government. Furthermore, they will receive an education with strong links with industry and business.
“Our students gain valuable work experience interacting with industry professionals, learn from lecturers with real industry experience, and indulge in a unique international and cross-cultural learning environment studying with students from over 40 countries,” he said.
Professor Kerr said students and their parents are assured that Curtin Sarawak’s courses meet the highest standards. In addition to being identical in all aspects to those offered at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia, they are endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Public Service Department.
Furthermore, Curtin Sarawak was recently granted self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and all its engineering and most of its business courses are accredited by national and international professional bodies, ensuring wide recognition of its qualifications.
The first ‘Curtin Information Day’ event will be held at the Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching on 26 June 2010. The second will be at the ParkCity Hotel in Bintulu on 27 June 2010. The final stop will be Tanahmas Hotel in Sibu where two sessions, on 28 June and 29 June 2010, will be held. All sessions will be from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
Lecturers and student support staff will be on hand to give talks on selected courses, accreditation of courses, entry requirements and career prospects, as well as scholarships and study loans available to Curtin Sarawak students. For those who are unsure of what courses to take, counselling will be provided.
SPM, STPM, UEC school-leavers and diploma holders are encouraged to attend and bring along their transcripts for free assessments of eligibility. They are also encouraged to take advantage of an earlybird rebate for new applicants the university is offering.
Curtin Sarawak offers a wide variety of courses, including foundation courses in commerce, arts, engineering and science; diploma courses in process plant technology, occupational safety and health, and business; undergraduate courses in arts, commerce, engineering, science and technology; and postgraduate studies in project management, business, engineering and science. In addition, it offers pre-university and intensive English Language courses.
Student Recruitment Officer Michael Kong, who is coordinating the ‘Curtin Information Day’ events, said Curtin Sarawak is continually thinking of ways to make education more advantageous to students.
He said the university continues to invest in high quality teaching and research methods and, to best meet student and industry needs, applies Curtin’s ‘triple-i’ curriculum model, which ensures industry links, intercultural and indigenous awareness and interdisciplinary study are embedded into each course curriculum.
“As a result, students receive a diverse, challenging and rewarding education grounded in the real world, and will be job-ready when they graduate. In addition, our common first year pre-majors for all undergraduate programmes under the ‘triple-I’ model gives students the option of completing their pre-majors at Curtin Sarawak at a fraction of the fees for equivalent courses in Australia before they embark on their majors at our main campus in Perth,” he remarked.
He added that this translates into significant savings in their first year, as well as a wider choice of up to 40 majors. Furthermore, due to the synergy between the two campuses, students can choose to transfer to Perth at any time without any interruption to their studies.
According to Kong, the academic staff at Curtin Sarawak prepare students to live and work within a global environment by ensuring the academic skills and practical experience they accumulate are informed by the latest research and partnership with industry, government and the community.
The academics keep up with the latest developments in subject areas and integrate advancements in educational technology into their classes. They also liaise with their counterparts in Australia to provide important linkages, services and supervision, ensuring that the academic standard at Curtin Sarawak is consistent with Curtin’s Australian campuses.
Coming from some 15 countries around the world, with a high number holding doctorates in their fields, they furthermore enable Curtin Sarawak to adopt a truly global focus and achieve the highest standards of academic excellence.
Curtin Sarawak offers a vibrant campus lifestyle with a mix of academic support services and exciting social events. They include The Learning Centre, Library, computing facilities, counselling service, choice of food and beverage outlets, health services, public transport, banking facilities, shops, secure student housing, as well as a modern multi-purpose health, recreation and events centre.