Swinburne and Yayasan Sarawak collaborate to offer bursary scheme



KUCHING: Sarawakian Bumiputera students can attain world-class education through the Yayasan Sarawak BP40 bursary scheme at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.

According to a statement from Swinburne on Thursday (June 23), eligible students could enrol into their preferred programmes at foundation, diploma or degree levels with subsidised tuition fees through this special bursary scheme.

The scheme, which aims to ease the financial burden of students from low (B40) and middle income (M40) families, is limited to 100 students a year.

Once obtained, students will have the option of applying for a Yayasan Sarawak study loan to cover their remaining fees. Besides the study loan, students will also be entitled to an annual living allowance of RM4,000 for the duration of their studies. Upon graduation, students could get up to 75 per cent tuition fee rebate.

Yayasan Sarawak director Mersal Abang Rosli said that the BP40 bursary scheme was designed to aid the imbalance of Bumiputera students at Swinburne and other private universities owned by Yayasan Sarawak.

“Hence, in the last year, the BP40 bursary was designed as a form of assistance to Bumiputera students, where they only need to pay the same tuition fees or lower than public universities.

“The Swinburne University, as we know, is a world-class university in Borneo. With the lower cost of studying locally now, we need not send our children to Australia to get an international education.

“In addition, Yayasan Sarawak provides scholarships, loans and other forms of aid for students to further their studies at Swinburne or other private universities. With this, it is our vision to attract more Bumiputera students to further their studies at this world-class university.”

Swinburne Sarawak is also offering the English Enhancement Program (EEP), which is fully sponsored by Yayasan Sarawak. This special four-week programme is designed to develop students’ English language proficiency in preparation for enrolling into a foundation, diploma or undergraduate programme at Swinburne Sarawak.

Aside from paying zero tuition fees for the EEP, students will be provided a one-off RM1,000 relocation assistance, pocket money and accommodation. On top of this, they are guaranteed a scholarship or financial loan from Yayasan Sarawak to further their studies. During the programme, students will also get the chance to discover all the opportunities that university life has to offer – not only on campus but also throughout the community from social engagement, networking and adventure.

For further information, students can make an appointment for on-campus face-to-face education counselling from Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm.

Swinburne Sarawak will also be holding extended counselling hours over the weekends from 10am to 4pm on campus from June 19 to July 10. Alternatively, reach out to Swinburne Sarawak by contacting 082-415353, or chat with Swinburne’s Education Counsellor via WhatsApp at 019-8196353 or send an email to study@swinburne.edu.my. Online counselling on demand is also available from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 10pm.

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