Curtin Sarawak: On Campus
Written by Delwin Keasberry Monday, 26 November 2012 23:56
An Australian campus in an exotic Sarawakian setting
Greetings Readers! I was invited to Curtin Sarawak's Open Day in September 2012. I have friends who have studied there but it was my first time on campus. One of their friendly officers showed me around and I took the liberty of taking photographs from time spent on campus. Before you scroll down to view the pictures, here's an excerpt about Curtin Sarawak from their website.
“An Australian campus in an exotic Sarawakian setting” - It has often been described a piece of Australia transplanted in Sarawak. Many equate it to stepping into another world. Thus is the uniqueness and allure of our campus.
With the opening of the impressive 300-acre campus in the suburb of Senadin to the north of the city in 2002, Curtin established a firm foothold in Malaysia. Developed as a joint venture between Western Australia's Curtin University and the Sarawak state government, it was Curtin's first offshore campus and one of the first foreign branch campuses to be established in the country. In the years hence, it has become the largest of Curtin's branch campuses spread across the Asia-Pacific region.
Such scenery reflects Sarawak's environment of constant greenery, water and bountiful wildlife, which many find truly fascinating. Coupled with Miri's famed sunsets and Senadin's location away from the bustle of the city, the ambience of the campus is one our students find tranquil, inspiring and conducive for studying.
Photographs from the Curtin Sarawak website
The use of modern technology on the campus is also very extensive as Curtin places great emphasis on utilising technology to support teaching, learning and research. Significant investment in computing and networking facilities continues to be made to ensure facilities are state-of-the-art.
The campus currently has 14 computer labs with over 400 PCs for student use in addition to terminals located in the library that provide access to the library's online databases. Furthermore, sophisticated IT linkages provide access to the online resources of Curtin’s main campus in Perth.
As research activities are an essential component of academic excellence at Curtin Sarawak, the campus boasts a number of state-of-the-art science and engineering labs, including Chemical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Electrical Power, Electronic and Communication, Embedded System, Networking, Renewable Energy and Geophysics labs.
Film and television students, meanwhile, can count on a custom-built Film Lab and Editing Suite equipped with the latest broadcast-quality film-making equipment and software.
Realistically, students at Curtin Sarawak can find everything they need on the campus. In addition to the library and laboratories, there is The Learning Centre for academic support, study areas, a choice of food outlets, student lounge, banking facilities, campus bookshop, convenience store, health and first aid centre, surau and public transport.
They also have access to recreational facilities such as the multipurpose Recreation and Event Centre which houses an indoor basketball court, badminton courts and gym facilities, as well as a football field, rugby pitch, outdoor basketball court, tennis courts and indoor volleyball cum futsal court.
Thirteen years on, Curtin Sarawak's magnificent campus proudly stands as a tribute to the bold vision and determination of those in Malaysia and Australia who believed a world-class campus could be built in Miri, and moreover, be the outstanding success it is today.