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Introduction

SWINBURNE.jpeg Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus is the result of a successful combination of goals: Malaysia’s goal of becoming an educational centre of excellence and Swinburne University of Technology Australia’s goal of globalising its operations to provide its students with quality Australian education at much lower fees for students from across Asia and the rest of the world.

The Sarawak campus was established in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, in 2000. The university is jointly owned by Swinburne Australia, and the Sarawak state government via Yayasan Sarawak and Sarawak Higher Education Foundation.

The 16.5 acre city campus is situated at a prime location about 10 minutes from the city centre. It currently has a student population of more than 2,500 and this is expected to reach more than 3,000 by 2009, and 5,000 in the next three years.

The opening of its RM110 million expanded campus in August 2008 gives the university state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, computer facilities as well as recreational facilities.

Courses off ered are in business, engineering, science, computing and design from one-year foundation programmes to postgraduate studies. The School of Language and Foundation off ers a range of preparatory and English language enhancement programmes.

A number of its programmes are accredited by professional bodies such as CPA Australia, ACCA, Institute of Engineers Australia, Board of Engineers Malaysia, and the Australian Computer Society.

Academic Strengths

The courses at Swinburne Sarawak are identical to those off ered by its home campus in Melbourne, and its graduates are awarded with the same Australian testamur. Hence, students have the opportunity to obtain a qualification of international standard from a 100-year-old Australian institution, in Malaysia.

The programmes at Swinburne are designed to prepare graduates to live and work in a contemporary world characterised by high levels of interaction between economies and societies. Career-oriented education is combined with academic study to arm students with relevant skills applicable to industry.

Engineering students have the opportunity to complete six to 12 months of industrybased learning that are relevant to their course of study. This means that when students graduate, not only will they have gained an important professional qualification, but also relevant work experience.

Swinburne Sarawak students may complete their studies either in Kuching or at a campus in Melbourne. As the programmes and subjects are the same, students are able to transfer from Australia or Malaysia at the end of any semester subject to meeting the appropriate criteria.

Examinations at the Sarawak campus are moderated by Australian as well as Malaysian academics to ensure consistency and quality of the courses. An academic advisory board made up of academics from the Sarawak campus and Swinburne University, Australia monitors the academic quality and sets academic standards.

Highly experienced and qualified academics, many with PhDs and Masters, make up the teaching staff at Swinburne Sarawak.

As an on-going development exercise, academic staff is regularly sent on exchange programmes to the Swinburne campuses in Melbourne. Key experts from Melbourne also make regular development visits to the Sarawak campus.

Programme Outline

SWINBURNE2.jpegFoundation

  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Business)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Design)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Engineering/Science)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Information Technology/Multimedia)

Diploma

  • Diploma of Business and Information Systems
  • Diploma of Electronic Engineering Undergraduate
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (International Business)
  • Bachelor of Computing
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Multimedia (Multimedia Software Development)
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications and Network Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) Double Degrees
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) / Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) / Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Postgraduate

  • Master of Business (by research)
  • Master of Engineering (by research)
  • Master of Science (by research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (by research)

Academic Facilities and Resources

Swinburne Sarawak is equipped with the latest educational technologies and all subjects have a web presence in addition to the usual face-toface delivery by academic staff .

With an excellent computer-to-student ratio, students have quick access to the Internet and the database of Swinburne University in Melbourne to facilitate their learning and research work. All computers are linked with high-end networking infrastructure via high-speed leased lines.

Learning facilities include mechatronics workshops, electrical and electronics workshops, computer laboratories, lecture theatre, lecture rooms equipped with computers and projectors, and a state-ofthe- art digital resource centre.

The university is continually developing its infrastructure and other facilities to create an ideal learning environment for its students. Among them is a lecture theatre that seats 350 students, highly advanced engineering and science labs as well as computer labs. Its library accommodates 700 students and provides learning resources and services to support the university’s teaching, learning and research programs. Its services and facilities are specially designed to integrate modern digital technology with traditional information resources. All functions are fully automated with the Library Management Software Services, or ANGKASA. The library provides access to the Web Online Public Access Catalogue for bibliographic search and loan status information of library material via the internet. It is equipped with a growing range of printed, electronic and audiovisual reference material to support the work and research by students and academic staff .

Other amenities are a seven-storey car park and a multi-purpose hall with gym and sports facilities.

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

Students have the option of joining a wide range of extra-curricular sports and recreational clubs that are aimed at nurturing them into well-rounded individuals with strong leadership qualities.

These clubs are run by students themselves, and activities may involve working with university staff and external organisations. The Swinburne Sarawak Student Council helps new students adjust to university life and organises orientations jointly with university staff and holds activities throughout the year to bring together students from the various programmes. These activities are a great way to make new friends while seeing what Sarawak has to off er.

Meanwhile, a pickup service for new students arriving at the Kuching airport and other ports of entry is available upon request.

Its fully-furnished on-campus hostels off er accommodation at reasonable rates. Off - campus accommodation is also available, and a regular shuttle service ferries students between these premises and the campus. Apart from these, the university assists students in locating other suitable off -campus housing.

Confidential counselling on academic as well as non-academic matters is available to students. The assistance of the counsellors can be sought for a range of reasons including adjusting to life and study, study skills, cross-cultural issues, loneliness, issues related to relationships with family and friends, anxiety, depression and stress management. The counsellors work with the various schools of the university to provide sound information specific to students’ needs.

Apart from this, the counsellors assist international students with banking, visa renewal and medical appointments.

Scholarships / Financial Aid

As an incentive and an acknowledgement of their academic achievement and leadership skills, Swinburne Sarawak awards scholarships to its top students. New students, both Malaysian and international, entering into any of the university’s programmes with good results are eligible to apply for its scholarship schemes. Those who perform well in exams each semester are also eligible for scholarships.

Meanwhile, study loans and a variety of financial aid are off ered by the government, educational loan institutions and private institutions to Malaysian students at Swinburne Sarawak.

Recognition & Achievements

Swinburne, which celebrated its centenary in 2008, was ranked as Melbourne’s best university for Teaching Quality and Cultural Diversity, and as one of the top universities in Melbourne for Graduate Satisfaction by The Good Universities Guide 2009. In 2008, the Times Higher Education– QS World University Rankings ranked Swinburne among the top 500 universities in the world.

All degree courses off ered by the university are approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. Its degrees are internationally recognised by the government and professional bodies. Its Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Master of Accounting programmes are accredited by CPA Australia while its Bachelor of Multimedia (Multimedia Software Development) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering) are externally vetted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and acknowledged as being at professional level.

Courses Offered

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Bachelor's Degree Level
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Bachelor of Business
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Years
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Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: FT(2.5-3 Years) & PT(6 Years)
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Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 1 Year
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Bachelor of Business (International Business)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Bachelor of Business (Management)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: FT(2.5-3 Years) & PT(6 Years)
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Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Years
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Bachelor of Computer Science
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 2.5 - 3 Years
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Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 4 Yrs (8 Sem)
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Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 4 Years
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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 4 Yrs (8 Sem)
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Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: FT(4 Years) & PT(8 Years)
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Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 4 Yrs (8 Sem)
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Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Duration: 3 Yrs (6 Sem)
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Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
1.
Doctor of Philosophy
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Duration: FT(4 Years) & PT(8 Years)
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Doctor of Philosophy
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Duration: FT(4 Years) & PT(8 Years)
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Doctor of Philosophy
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Duration: FT(4 Years) & PT(8 Years)
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Doctor of Philosophy
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Duration: FT(4 Years) & PT(8 Years)
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Contact Details

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Address:
Business Development & Communications Department”
Jalan Simpang Tiga
93350 Kuching
Sarawak

Type: Foreign University Branch Campus

Tel: 6082-415 353 (Course Enquiries) / 416 353 (General Line)
Fax: 6082-428 353
Website: http://www.swinburne.edu.my

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Student Testimonials

Alice Teh Chiew Na, Malaysia

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics), 2nd Year (4 Years)

The best part of Swinburne Sarawak’s engineering degree is the hands-on learning. The lecturers are friendly, professional and supportive too. They are always there to help. I believe my degree will give me lots of career opportunities in engineering.


Aniziatun Bt. Basar, Malaysia

Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Final Semester (3 Years)

What appealed to me about Swinburne Sarawak is that it’s an Australian university. Its fees are affordable and the campus has an ideal study environment. I have learned many things that will help me in my career and I really enjoy the classes. My lecturers are very knowledgeable and passionate about teaching. They are an inspiration to my studies.


Leong Kia Chun, Malaysia

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), 2nd Year (3 Years)

I chose Swinburne Sarawak because it is a full-fledged university and it gives me an opportunity to obtain an Australian qualification without having to go overseas.

The University has a comfortable environment with excellent facilities and friendly staff. As classes are delivered in English, I’ve also been able to improve my command of the language.

Since studying here, I’ve also become more independent and better at managing my time.


Sara Nadia Suib, Malaysia

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), 2nd Year (3 Years)

I took accounting because of the high skilled personnel in the business profession. I am confident that my Swinburne degree will give me the edge to start a career in accounting and I aim to obtain CPA Australia qualification.


Tay Siok Ying, Malaysia

Swinburne Foundation Studies (Engineering/Science), 1st Semester (1 Year)

Being awarded a Swinburne Sarawak scholarship motivates me to study harder. My gola is to become a successful biotechnologist and the Swinburne Foundation Studies (Engineering/Science) provides me the grounding I need for my degree in biotechnology. Studying at Swinburne Sarawak has been challenging but the best thing is being able to learn new things and make new friends.


Dian Valeria Ng, Indonesia

Bachelor of Multimedia (Business Marketing), 2nd Year (3 years)

Studying at Swinburne Sarawak has been an exciting experience for me and I am learning a lot from lecturers who are well-versed with the demands of the industry. The university has the latest computer software which enables me to acquire up-to-date skills in designing and marketing that are applicable in the multimedia industry. 


Enoch Peterson, Australia

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics),One Semester

Studying at Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) is just great. The classes are small with an average of 25 students and the lectures are really good, keeping steady pace, making it really easy to stay up to date. Getting to know your classmates is easy, and everyone is constantly asking each other for help. It is a really friendly and productive learning environment.


Haylee Fogg, Australia

Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Enginering), One Semester

Studying in Malaysia gives me the opportunity to explore the country and its culture and I am making the most of out it. At the beginning, I worried about cultural differences. Luckily, everyone here is pretty easy-going and I have managed to fit in quite well.
I had an opportunity to perform the Malaysian National Anthem as a member of the choir at the grand opening of Swinburne Sarawak’s expanded campus. It was a great experience.


Khin Nilar Khaing, Myanmar

Diploma of Electronic Engineering, Final Year (3 Years)

Diploma of Electronic Engineering is very interesting. The course is well structured with fundamental theories and practical components.
Classes are kept to a small number and the lecturers always ensure that every single student is attended to.
I’m very appreciative for the support and guidance by the lecturers and staff. I highly recommend all students to consider Swinburne Sarawak as their university choice.


Mai Huu Nghia, Vietnam

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), 2nd Year (4 years)

The Engineering lecturers at Swinburne Sarawak are enthusiastic in sharing their industrial experience and knowledge with students. Career prospects in Civil Engineering are good. I plan to start my career with a leading engineering company after I graduate.


Moazzam Hossain, Bangladesh

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 1st Year (4 years)

The relationship between students and lecturers here is friendly and casual. The lecturers are a great help. The university is well-equipped and as a result, students are able to learn a lot more. Classes are equipped with computers and projectors. We can communicate with lecturers online through the Blackboard (online learning system). I can download notes for my lectures as well as share information with other students through this facility.


Muhammad Fadhli Bin Haji Jumat, Brunei Darussalam

Swinburne Foundation Studies (Engineering/Science), 2nd Semester (1 Year)

The location of the university is great and everything is easily accessible. A new shopping mall nearby makes it much more convenient for students. The variety of food, places to hang out with friends makes student life really enjoyable.
Another good thing about Swinburne Sarawak is the many extra-curricular activities available. I am a member of the Anime and Manga Club, Japanese language club and also the basketball club.


Nguyen Truong Mihn Hien, Vietnam

Swinburne Foundation Studies (Business), 2nd Semester (1 Year)

The multi-cultural environment at Swinburne Sarawak makes it a good place for student and to meet people from various countries.

The on-campus accommodation is great and it is very convenient especially for first-year students. Thanks to the friendship of the hostel wardens and fellow students, I feel very much at home here in Kuching.


Paul Wambua Nthiwa, Kenya

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering), 2nd Year (3 Years)

I have always been interested in Computer Science and Swinburne Sarawak helps me to pursue my interest further.
This course has opened my eyes to many new areas in the field of computer science. Areas like programming and artificial intelligence are challenging but with the support and help from dedicated lecturers, I’ve managed to overcome these challenges.


Rehan Dias, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Year 2

I was attracted to Swinburne Sarawak because of its quality education . I believe I’ll have a degree more impressive than most, and this will open up a host of career opportunities for me. Mechanical Engineering is an interesting course and it has exposed me to a wide range of areas.

The lecturers are always helpful with hands-on projects. Maths, robotics and mechatronics are my favourite subjects. The thing I enjoy most is the people, both students and lecturers. I have gained a lot from being surrounded by them.


Sharon Chamindini Raj, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Business Information Systems, 1st Year (3 years)

I chose Swinburne Sarawak because it offers quality Australian education at an affordable cost. The university’s highly qualified lecturers are ever ready to help students. The labs are well equipped with computers for a range of courses. For me, Swinburne Sarawak is the ideal place to obtain quality Australian education. Besides, the multicultural diversity of Sarawak makes me feel at home.


Stephen Obed, Tanzania

Bachelor of Business (International Business), 2nd Year (3 Years)

Kuching, with its abundant natural environment, green landscape and nice scenery, is quite similar to my country so I feel very much at home here.

Studying here has been an amazing and refreshing experience. The people and the diverse cultures make it all the more memorable. I’ve also had the opportunity to represent the University in debates and public speaking. I will certainly treasure my time at Swinburne Sarawak.


Yosua Tjan, Indonesia

Bachelor of Multimedia (Multimedia Software Development), 2nd Year (3 Years)

My interest in computer programming and design is the reason I chose to take up this course. It gives me the in-depth knowledge I need to help me understand the concepts better.
The course is fun, and most importantly, it will open up a wide range of career opportunities for me.


Yosua Tjan, Indonesia

Bachelor of Multimedia (Multimedia Software Development), 2nd Year (3 Years)

My interest in computer programming and design is the reason I chose to take up this course. It gives me the in-depth knowledge I need to help me understand the concepts better.
The course is fun, and most importantly, it will open up a wide range of career opportunities for me.


Zarni Ko, Myanmar

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) - 4 years

Being an international student here in Sarawak/> is like immersing yourself in a whole new culture. Although the lecturers and students come from different parts of the world, there’s still a close bond between us. Lecturers are ever-ready to go out of their way to lend a helping hand. I can get advice from them anytime. They treat their students like mature adults and as their friends.

If I had another chance to choose a university to study at, it would still and always be Swinburne Sarawak!