360 new students commence studies at Curtin University

Date Posted : Sunday 09-Mar-2014

MIRI: Over 360 new students commenced their tertiary studies at Curtin University Sarawak with Orientation Week or ‘O-Week’ activities at the university’s campus earlier this week.

Curtin Sarawak’s March 2014 intake comprises  222 foundation students and 143 undergraduate programme students. 

 156 of them enrolled in the School of Business and 209 in the School of Engineering and Science. 

Another 17 enrolled in the Intensive English Programme (IEP) under the School of Continuing Studies.

Among them were over 30 international students from Australia, Sweden, the United States, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, China, Myanmar, South Korea, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Seychelles, Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iran and Nigeria as well as 89 West Malaysian students.

A Curtin Sarawak spokesperson said the bi-annual “O-Week”which was compulsory for all new students combined faculty and course specific advice for the students through various activities and workshops that helped them to adapt to university life and familiarise themselves with the university’s administrative processes.

“They include presentations by staff of various student support areas like meet-and-greet sessions with the deans and academics of the schools at the university, briefings on student development opportunities and lab safety besides games and a campus tour” said the spokesperson.

A separate “International Prep Day” was held for international students prior to “O-Week” which helped them get acquainted with their new environment in Miri. 

“The session included a welcoming speech by Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Yudi Samyudia and briefings by staff of Curtin Sarawak’s International Office and Office of Student Affairs on matters related to immigration, health, pastoral care and local culture,” added the spokesperson.

According to Accounting and Finance student, Umar Abbas from Pakistan, he chose to study at Curtin Sarawak because of its affordable fees as compared to the fees for the same courses at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia.

Meanwhile, Filipina Angelene May Low who is pursuing a degree in Mass Communication, commented that Curtin Sarawak’s campus is conducive for tertiary studies and the university offers flexible options for transfer to Bentley in the future. 

Fatimah Mohamad from Perlis said she chose to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering at Curtin Sarawak due to the location of the university. 

She finds Miri a peaceful city with a relatively affordable cost of living.

“O-Week” is coordinated by Curtin Sarawak’s University Life Department and facilitated by student volunteers known as SOARs (Student Orientation, Advisory and Registration).  

For more information on Curtin Sarawak, visit its website at www.curtin.edu.my or Facebook at facebook.com/CurtinUniversitySarawakMalaysia or Twitter at twitter.com/curtinsarawak or YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/CurtinUniSarawak or Instagramat instagram.com/curtinsarawak.

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