RM50 mln to build Swinburne Sarawak

Abang Johari cutting the ribbon to officiate at the Swinburne Sarawak 20th anniversary celebration at its campus yesterday witnessed by (from left)the varsity’s deputy vice chancellor Professor John Wilson, Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Datuk Amar Micheal Manyin Jawong. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The state government has set aside RM50 million to build a world class campus for Swinburne Sarawak, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“This is to upgrade the facilities in Swinburne Sarawak so that it can be a global institution. We will provide accommodation, especially for first year students.

“Secondly, the other facilities must be of international standard to attract the students as well as upgrade the research facilities in line with our move to digital economy.

“So, we are investing RM50 million in Swinburne and I was told that this (upgrading exercise) will be completed within 18 months. The campus’ outlook will be different and it will be equipped with world class facilities,” he said.

Abang Johari was speaking during a press conference after officiating at Swinburne Sarawak 20th anniversary celebration at its campus today.

Earlier in his speech, the chief minister said the state government through Yayasan Sarawak was working to transform Swinburne Sarawak to be a leading institution of higher learning in the country by 2025.

He added in order to encourage more native students to study at Swinburne Sarawak, the government had provided a variety of scholarships to Sarawak students.

“These include interest-free study loans, merit-based scholarships for academic excellence, higher degree research scholarships and special BP40 scholarships.

“Additionally, Yayasan Sarawak awards the Anugerah Graduan Cemerlang, or Yayasan Sarawak Graduate Excellence Award, to the university’s top graduates in recognition of their achievements,” he said.

On the state government’s support for the varsity, Abang Johari said its senior officers and  Yayasan Sarawak officers would sit on the university’s Board of Directors and the University Council.

“This will provide governance on both the strategic direction of Swinburne Sarawak and   academic quality matters.

“We look forward to an exciting future together as we further develop our local talents through education and research for the benefit of all Sarawakians,” he said.