By Petronella Felix
KUCHING: Thirty Indonesians began their varsity life with Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak as the second semester commences.
The students — undergraduates in chemical engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in West Java — have enrolled in a one-semester programme with Swinburne Sarawak.
They were welcomed by Swinburne Sarawak pro vice-chancellor and CEO Ir Prof Lau Hieng Ho during their virtual orientation session.
He said it was Swinburne Sarawak’s first study abroad programme partnership for Indonesian students and expressed hope that more ITB graduates would join the programme in the future.
Meanwhile, ITB chemical engineering department assistant professor Dr Aqsha hoped that the study abroad programme would benefit the students in terms of language skills while providing them with high-quality education.
He added that ITB would be looking forward to more collaborations with Swinburne Sarawak.
Among others, the collaboration to explore other opportunities for research, community projects and product development.
The Indonesians were sponsored under the programme “Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka” with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.
Swinburne Sarawak, in its press release on Monday (Sept 13), said the second semester for degree programmes was conducted virtually.