Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is the foreign branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology ( Melbourne, Australia) located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Established in 2000, Swinburne Sarawak operates as a partnership between the Sarawak State Government and Swinburne Australia. The initiative behind the Sarawak campus is part of a long term strategy by Swinburne Australia to "globalize its operations and provide its students with international living, working and learning opportunities". The Swinburne Sarawak campus now operates as a full-fledged branch campus, joining five other Swinburne campuses in Melbourne, Australia, and is under the academic control of Swinburne's Higher Education Division in Australia. Courses offered are identical to those available in Melbourne and graduates are awarded Australian testamurs.

History
In 1998, the Sarawak Foundation led a study into future human resource needs for the state of Sarawak. The study findings prompted the Sarawak State Government's initiative to invite a foreign, technologically focused university to be set up in Sarawak. As a result of close ties between Sarawak and Australia, the Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia was identified by the State Government as a viable partner in assisting the state's educational needs. Following a long-term strategy by Swinburne Australia to "globalize its operations and provide all Swinburne students worldwide with international living, working and learning opportunities", and the approval of the then Minister of Education of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak in 1999, the Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology was set up within a State Office Complex building at Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak. Operating as a partnership between the Sarawak Foundation and the Sarawak Higher Education Foundation, the campus welcomed the first batch of 130 students in August, 2000. The campus was officiated by Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, on June 13, 2001. Following a press conference in Kuching by Datuk Adenan Satem, then Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, who is also Chair of the Council of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology was officially granted status as a university branch campus on June 10, 2004, effectively becoming Swinburne's sixth and latest campus, joining five other campuses in Melbourne, Australia. The university was since then known as Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and was, at the time, the fifth branch campus university in the country. Student population was at 700. Work on a RM110 million (approx AUD$46 million) campus expansion started in late 2005, aiming to boost student capacity to 5,000 and further expand its facilities. This project was wholly funded by the Sarawak Government . Construction on the extended campus was completed in August 2008. By then, Swinburne Sarawak had grown to having more than 3,000 full-time students from over 30 countries. The new extended campus was officially declared open by Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, on 23 August 2008.

Location
Swinburne Sarawak is located on a 16.5-acre (67,000 m 2) campus in Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching.

Administration
The university operates as a Branch Campus of Swinburne University of Technology, of Melbourne, Australia. It is 75% owned by the Sarawak Government and 25% owned by Swinburne, Australia . The university inherits Swinburne's Sarawak Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, manages the Branch Campus' affairs day-to-day. Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, is Pro-Chancellor of the campus .

Facilities
The new extended campus, completed in 2008, added eight new buildings on Swinburne Sarawak's 16.5-acre (67,000 m 2) site. The new buildings consist of the Chancellery (Building A), Business, IT and Science block (Building B), a Lecture Theater (Building L), Engineering Block (Building E), Male and Female Hostels (Building H & HM), a Multi-purpose Hall (Building R) and a Multi-storey Car Park (Building P). Previously existing buildings were the Language & Foundation Block (Building G), the Cafeteria, and Lecture Annexes 1 and 2. In total, the new extended campus provides 37 tutorial rooms and 83 laboratories, of which 34 are for engineering, 10 for research, 24 for computers and 15 for science.

Chancellery (Building A)
Facing the main entrance, the Chancellery houses the Business Development and Communications Department, taking up both wings of the ground floor. Also planned to be located on the ground floor is a bookshop. A cafeteria is expected to be opened soon. The campus library, also known as the Information Resources Center, takes up the entire first floor extending to the Business, IT and Science Block. Built to accommodate up to 700 students, the library is equipped with automated Library Management Software Services and provides access to the Online Public Access Catalogue ( OPAC), allowing bibliographic search and loan status information of library materials via the Internet. Also, students will find a range of printed, electronic and audiovisual reference materials at their disposal.

Business, IT and Science Block (Building B)
At eight-floors high, Building B includes 30 tutorial rooms, 8 science labs, 10 discussion rooms, 34 staff rooms, research labs, computer labs, printing rooms and meeting rooms. All tutorial rooms are equipped with LCD projectors, computers and Internet access. Computer laboratories are equipped with hardware and multimedia applications.

Engineering Block (Building E)
Located right next to Building B, the Engineering Block houses 44 laboratories and workshops catering to almost every area of engineering. A sum of RM9 million has been allocated for engineering equipment of Robotics laboratories, Mechatronics System Design labs, Geotechnical labs, Computer Aided Engineering ( CAE) labs, Telecommunications labs, Radio Frequency labs, Design and Simulation labs, Software Research labs, Fluid labs and workshop, machine workshop and so on.

Lecture Theater (Building L)
Boasting a capacity of 350, the lecture theater occupies a total area of 10,244 square feet (951.7 m 2) and is equipped with an audio and visual system and sound-proof walls.

Multi-purpose Hall (Building R)
A Multi-purpose Hall provides sports facilities such as badminton, squash and basketball courts, table-tennis and a gymnasium. A stage and its capacity of 1,000 allows ceremonies, functions and extra-curricular activities to be held.

On-Campus Hostel (Building H & HM)
Students from outside of Kuching are given the opportunity of on-campus accommodation. Two blocks of male and female hostels house more than 430 students. Rooms are fully-furnished and are equipped with either a ceiling fan or air-conditioner. A common lounge equipped with televisions and sofa, kitchen, laundry room and washrooms are situated at every floor. Wireless Internet access are also available to all hostel occupants. Security guards are stationed on 24-hours duty at hostel entrances. Hostel wardens appointed by the university look into the well-being of its residents and also disciplinary matters.

Administration, Language and Foundation Block (Building G)
Formerly a State Office Complex, the nine-storey Building G served as the main building of Swinburne Sarawak campus in the early years. Upon completion of the new extended campus, Building G now houses classrooms used mainly for Language and Foundation courses. An auditorium is situated on the ground floor. Student Information Center, Finance Department and Student Administration are located in this building.

Network and Internet connection
Supported by a 45Mbit/s internet connection , the campus is wired by Cisco Systems Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID), comprising of a 1 Gbit/s Gigabit Ethernet backbone and a 10/100Mbit/s Fast Ethernet for connection to desktops. As part of the campus network configuration, wireless internet connection coverage are available campus-wide.

Schools
  • School of Business & Design
  • School of Engineering, Computing & Science
  • School of Language & Foundation


Courses

Foundation Studies
Swinburne Sarawak offers foundation studies for students who have completed SPM or any other equivalent levels, designed to prepare for their undergraduate studies. The foundation courses are conducted under the School of Language & Foundation. The courses offered are:
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Business)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Design)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Engineering/Science)
  • Swinburne Foundation Studies (Information Technology/Multimedia)
  • Intensive English Course
  • English Proficiency
  • Supplementary English - Academic Reading
  • Supplementary English - Academic Writing
  • Supplementary English - Listening and Speaking


Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate studies are available to students who have completed the Swinburne Foundation Studies, STPM or other equivalent levels. The courses offered by their respective schools are:
  • Commerce/Business
    • Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) #
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (International Business)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Management)
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
  • Design
    • Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)
    • Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design)
  • Information & Communication Technologies
    • Bachelor of Business Information Systems
    • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
  • Engineering
    • Diploma in Electronic Engineering
    • 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 (Telecommunication and Network Engineering)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems)/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunication and Network Engineering)/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
  • Science
    • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)


Postgraduate Programs
Postgraduate courses are also offered by research. The courses available are:
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy


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