iFest brings the world to Curtin Sarawak campus

Students in national costumes of different countries

Miri – 10 May 2012 – In keeping with its tradition of celebrating the cultural diversity of its campus community, Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) recently held its International Festival (iFest) at its Recreation and Event Centre.

Organised by Curtin Sarawak Student Council and International Student Association (ISA), the annual event is aimed at enhancing the cultural understanding and camaraderie between Malaysian and international students from over 40 countries around the world.

In her opening remarks, Vice-Organising Chairperson and member of the International Sub-Council Raiyana Rahman said she was delighted that the event was able to bring the students together to share their cultures.

“Every country has its own distinctive background and this is why we have this iFest every year. It enables us to share our unique and colourful cultures with our fellow students. Most importantly, no matter where we are, we must always remember our origins,” said Raiyana.

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Inglis, in addressing the gathering, said that the iFest is a very important event as it positions Curtin Sarawak as an international campus.

Over 300 students attended the event. Also present were Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Ching, Acting Head of Foundation and Continuing Studies Bibi Aminah Abdul Ghani and Curtin Sarawak Student Council president Alan Hok.

Themed ‘The World in Your Campus’, the event featured a variety of cultural and musical performances by students ranging from traditional dances and a wushu demonstration to orchestral and band performances and a fashion show.

In addition, guest performers from the Angel Wings Dance Academy staged belly dance, K-pop, Samba and ballroom dance performances.

Further highlights of the evening were food and activity stalls showcasing the traditional delicacies, arts and culture of various countries.

Professor Alistair Inglis (2nd left) and Nicholas Ching (2nd right) presenting certificates to the participants while Bibi Aminah and Alan Hok look on.

Curtin Sarawak, Curtin’s largest international campus, is home to some 3,500 students with a cosmopolitan mix of Malaysian and international students from over 40 countries, as well as academics from over 20 countries. International students make up about 20 percent of the student population and their number continues to increase each year.

For more information on Curtin Sarawak, call +60 86 443 939, or visit its website at www.curtin.edu.my, or e-mail to [email protected] Curtin Sarawak can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurtinUniversitySarawakMalaysia.

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