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Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

About Us

Curtin Malaysia is the largest international campus of Western Australia’s Curtin University. It is a globally-focused tertiary institution with more than 4,000 students from more than 45 countries. Highly-qualified teaching staff from some 15 countries further strengthen its international outlook.

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

Students are offered flexibility in completing their degrees where they can study part of their degree at the main campus in Perth or Curtin’s Singapore campus. Studying at Curtin Malaysia not only ensures graduates a world-class Curtin degree and the practical experience required to further their careers, but through accreditation of the courses offered, recognition of their qualifications both nationally and internationally.

Like its Australian parent, Curtin Malaysia is recognised for its practical research. The campus continues to rapidly ramp up its already strong research capacities. This includes the development of a RM50 million Bio-technology Centre and the new RM20 million Faculty of Engineering and Science building with facilities for teaching and postgraduate work to meet the particular research needs of government and industry.

Academic Strength

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

Since its establishment in 1999, Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science has experienced exponential growth in its enrolment of courses under its Bachelor of Engineering programme. While its flagship chemical, civil and construction, computer systems, electrical power, electronic and communication, mechanical and mechatronic engineering courses continue to attract greater numbers of students, newer niche courses in petroleum engineering and environmental engineering are also seeing a growing demand.

Meanwhile, its Faculty of Business joined the world’s elite business institutions following approval of accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) of its parent Curtin Business School (CBS) at Curtin University last year. It is the first university in East Malaysia and one of only 14 in ASEAN that is AACSB accredited.

Having AACSB accreditation adds value to the Curtin qualifications that students earn at the Faculty and opens doors for more international collaboration.

Programme Outline

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

Curtin Malaysia offers courses in engineering and related sciences, business and humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as foundation courses in engineering and science, business and arts that feed directly into its undergraduate programmes. All courses are identical to those offered at its Australian parent.

The Student Experience

Curtin Malaysia continues to create new learning spaces equipped with the latest technological advances in teaching and learning such as distributed learning technology to support active student learning. These new facilities complement an already extensive list of campus facilities, including a modern library, state-of-the-art laboratories, computer labs and learning spaces, food and retail outlets, health centre, secure student housing and a range of sports and recreational facilities.

Aiming to produce graduates of the highest calibre, Curtin Malaysia encourages student learning and development beyond the classroom by providing students a variety of leadership roles through various student clubs and student development programmes. In addition, its partnerships and strong links with government, industry and community further enrich the learning experience of students and ensure their skills and expertise are aligned with the changing demands of today’s world.

Recognition and Accreditation

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia
  • IChemE Award for Innovation and Excellence under the Petrochemical Processing category at the IChemE Malaysia Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2014.
  • In 2014, Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) conferred the IEEE Region 10 Larry K. Wilson Award to electrical power engineering graduate Esther Ling Pi Ya, the first Malaysian to win such an award.
  • In 2015, four final-year chemical engineering students won the 2015 APAC-EMEA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa) Honeywell UniSim Design Challenge award. Curtin Malaysia students also excelled in the 2014 challenge, topping the Asia-Pacific region, a first for a Malaysian team and group entry.
  • In 2015, petroleum engineering students Lim Kean Chuan, Teh Ean Nee and Lee Yong Ler won the 2015 Scomi Mud Innovation Challenge, beating teams from the UK, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia.
  • In 2016, Eleanor Wong Shi Ee, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduate was among 11 Malaysian graduates who were conferred the prestigious Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) ‘Excellence Award for Best Accounting Graduate 2015’.

Engineering courses are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and Engineers Australia (EA), such as the Bachelor degrees in Chemical, Civil & Construction, Computer System, Electrical Power, Electronic & Computer and Mechanical engineering. The Chemical Engineering course is also accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), United Kingdom.

Accredited or recognised business courses, meanwhile, include the Bachelor of Commerce single major in Accounting, and double majors in Accounting & Banking, Accounting & Entrepreneurship, and Accounting & Finance by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), CPA Australia, Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and Malaysian Institution of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia
  • Curtin Sarawak Malaysia (CSM) Scholarships
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships
  • Dean’s Scholarships
  • Western Australia Government Scholarships
  • Yayasan Sarawak Loan
  • PTPTN Loan
  • Social Security Organisation (SOSCO) Education Loan
  • EPF Withdrawal Scheme for Education
  • External scholarships such as Daiken and STA, Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarships, Yayasan Sarawak Bestari Scholarships, Sabah Government Scholarships, Tunas Potensi and Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC)

Courses Offered

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Pre-University/Foundation Studies
Bachelor's Degree Level
1.
B.A.(Mass Communication) (Streams: Corporate Screen Production and Marketing Stream/Corporate Screen Production and Public Relations Stream)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 22480/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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2.
B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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3.
B.Eng. (Civil & Construction Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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4.
B.Eng. (Electrical Power Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 27952/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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5.
B.Eng. (Electronic & Communication Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 27952/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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6.
B.Eng. (Environmental Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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7.
B.Eng. (Petroleum Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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8.
B.Eng.(Mechanical Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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9.
B.Sc. (Applied Geology)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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10.
Bac. of Commerce (Accounting and Finance Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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Bac.of Commerce (Accounting and Entrepreneurship Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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12.
Bac.of Commerce (Public Relations and Management Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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13.
Bachelor of Business Administration
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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14.
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Banking Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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15.
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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16.
Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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17.
Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship and Marketing Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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18.
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Management Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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19.
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Marketing Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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20.
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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21.
Bachelor of Commerce (Management & Marketing)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 20480/annum
Duration: 3 years
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22.
Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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23.
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Public Relations Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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24.
Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism, Hospitality and Marketing Double Major)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 21912/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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25.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 29912/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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26.
Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems & Networking)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 22376/annum
Duration: 3 Yrs
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27.
Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 3290/unit
Duration: 4 units of study
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Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 3290/unit
Duration: 8 units of study
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Masters Degree Level
1.
M.Eng. Science (Electrical Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 4252/unit
Duration: 2 Yrs
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2.
M.Phil. (Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 24528/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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3.
M.Sc. (Project Management)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 3290/unit
Duration: 18 months full-time of equivalent part-time, 11 units of study
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Master of Petroleum Engineering
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 5350/unit
Duration: 18 Mths
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5.
Master of Philosophy
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 24528/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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6.
Master of Philosophy (Accounting)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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7.
Master of Philosophy (Applied Geology)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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8.
Master of Philosophy (Business Law and Taxation)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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9.
Master of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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10.
Master of Philosophy (Civil Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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11.
Master of Philosophy (Economics and Finance)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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12.
Master of Philosophy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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13.
Master of Philosophy (Information System)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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14.
Master of Philosophy (Management)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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15.
Master of Philosophy (Marketing)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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16.
Master of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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17.
Master of Philosophy (Media, Culture and Creative Arts)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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18.
Master of Philosophy (Public Relation)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 26248/annum
Duration: 2 Yrs
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Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
1.
Ph.D. (Business)
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Fees (Local): 28816/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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2.
Ph.D. (Engineering & Science)
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Fees (Local): 28816/annum
Duration: 4 Yrs
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Short Courses

Contact Details

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

Address:
Sarawak Campus, CDT 250
98009 Miri
Sarawak

Type: Foreign University Branch Campus

Tel: 6085-443 939
Fax: 6085-443 948
Website: http://www.curtin.edu.my

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Key Personnel

Professor Jim Mienczakowski

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

An Australian national, Professor Jim Mienczakowski joined Curtin Sarawak in July 2013. In his prior position, he served as Executive Director of Higher Education and Vice Chancellor of Emirates College for the Advancement of Education, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Professor Mienczakowski has a Bachelor of Education degree from University of London’s Institute of Education, a Master of Arts from King's College, London, and a PhD from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He also has a Dip CSSD from London University’s Central School where he studied in the early 1970s.

He is an experienced academic administrator, having held senior positions in universities in Australia, including Foundation Dean of Education and Creative Arts, and later, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at Central Queensland University, and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Industry and Community) at Victoria University.

With a strong background in education, having taught in Australia, the UK and the West Indies, his teaching and research interests reflect a broad and interdisciplinary approach to research. Having published extensively in the areas of qualitative research theory and methodologies, social sciences, ethnography, health education, schooling and performance, his published works also include a number of ethnographically informed theatrical plays. Professor Mienczakowski is on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of journals including Sage’s Qualitative Research.

Professor Mienczakowski leads a team of over 300 staff members (with a current enrolment of about 3,500 students from over 40 countries) in order to take the highly-acclaimed Curtin Sarawak campus to the next level.

His focus will be to capitalise on the significant and excellent work already achieved in Curtin Sarawak by his predecessors and to further internationalise both Curtin Sarawak’s identity and its student intakes. Curtin Sarawak’s strong emphasis on providing student focussed learning and supporting students throughout their programmes and early careers are elements of university life he is keen to develop further.

Growth of Curtin Sarawak’s national and international research capacities and achievements will also play a big part in his plans for the Miri campus but so too will enhancing the total student experience, providing students with richly interactive and personalised learning experiences, effective new teaching and engagement approaches and equipping them with leadership skills for the future. In addition, through high-impact research in areas of strategic importance, Curtin Sarawak seeks to deliver outcomes of significant value to the local and regional communities.

“Being recognised and respected as leading in research and education is very much part of Curtin’s global mission. Curtin Sarawak must also contribute to that recognition and to the rich and diverse fabric of Malaysia’s rapidly developing higher education environment,” he said.

Student Testimonials

Farah Nazsardar, Pakistan

B.Com in Accounting & Finance - 1st year

Peshawar-born Farah Nazsardar, who first heard of Curtin Sarawak through the internet, and friends says she has visited Miri twice before. However she was pleasantly surprised to see what a nice place Curtin Sarawak Campus is. Farah likes the style of lecturing in Curtin where the lecturers have better communication with the students. “The one-on-one tutorial is very effective. The lecturers are very helpful. They know everyone personally and we are like their friends.”


Hasnat Noorchowdhury,Bangladesh

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), 2007 - current

It’s been two years since I first arrived at Miri Airport and a Curtin Sarawak staff member brought me to my campus accommodation. Since then, I have been very pleased with how things have gone for me here. I have found the academics here to be outstandingly professional and organized, and along with a very healthy learning environment on the campus, have made my coursework enjoyable.

The numerous extracurricular activities provided by at the university and the various student clubs have also helped me enjoy campus life here. Joining Curtin Sarawak has not only enhanced my academic standards but has also helped me realize my creative talents and improve my leadership, organization and communication skills.


Iqbal Dato Haji Selamat, Brunei Darussalam

Mass Communications, 3 years

International students would find themselves at home at Curtin Sarawak. It is fun to study at Curtin. There are a lot of activities which students could get involved in. Various clubs have been set up in the university mainly to help students to socialise with each other and in addition, improve one’s social skills. I am an active member of Curtin Volunteers! and Students Council. Over time, such activities helps to build one’s self-confidence. Interaction among students gives a more homely feel and eliminates homesickness as there is a bond being shared by the students regardless of their nationality.

The small lecturer-student ratio allows more interaction and one-to-one discussions between student and lecturer. Lectures go uninterrupted as the attention span is more focused.


Phikisani Moyo, Zimbabwe

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance), July 2007 - December 2010

The love, care, respect and support we got from all the staff, management, lecturers and the Miri residents were unprecedented.It motivated me and my family and brought a huge relief to my parents. At least now they know that their sacrifices did not go down the drain. My parents have been more proud of me than they have been before and just recently my father confessed to me that he came close to tears of gratitude at the way we were treated, the awards I received and the speech I made and the whole stay in Malaysia. The conduct of the African students was as if they had seen their own parents and this left an impact on my parents because they have always talked good about the student life at Curtin as the standards of good behaviour.


Riaz Osman Ismail, Kenya

Mechanical Engineering, 4 Years

Coming to Malaysia meant a great shift in events for me and perhaps has played a key role in shaping me into who I am now. Often I have heard of Malaysia as a country with lucrative tourist destinations, it is only when I came here that I got to see it up close. A welcoming feeling was immediate. I suppose the best hospitality I have ever come across in all my travels has to be attributed to Malaysia. My decision to study in an international university here was governed mainly by the cost involved. While my friends who left to study in Europe struggled to make ends meet working part time, I am delighted to say that this has been less of an issue here.

Studying in a country with ethnic diversity in such great harmony has exposed me to new cultures and a rich learning experience. This is perhaps the most important factor that has helped other internationals like me to easily adjust to the new environment. My study life here has been met by the often jovial and stressful times as experienced by students studying away from home, but it is the exceptional nature of the environment and the people that have held me together. At this point, I eagerly anticipate unravelling more from a country with a spirit of “Malaysia Boleh!”


Shawn Adler, Australia

B.Com in Accounting & Property, 2nd year

Shawn was from Curtin Bentley Campus in Perth/>, Australia/>/> before deciding on coming to Curtin Sarawak Campus. “I had little knowledge of Sarawak/> but I was attracted to come here. My biggest surprise was the remoteness of the place and the “night life” of cosmopolitan Miri. It’s a definitely good cultural experience.” Shawn was also amazed at the exceptionally high standard of teaching in the campus here, which he describes as comparable, if not better than in Bentley. “For the simple reason that the number of students per class is small, the teaching is therefore, very personalized, making it easier for me to interact with the lecturers,” said Shawn.

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