KUCHING: Swinburne Sarawak’s rapid growth since its establishment in 2000 was lauded by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said with the varsity now celebrating its 20th anniversary, its many accomplishments had been meaningful and impressive.
“It has come a long way from its early days as a Higher Education Institute established in 2000. Now as a fully-fledged university, it has a full range of courses from diploma to doctoral degrees and innovative industry-engaged research.
“This (research) is on Sarawak-specific issues which offers the people of Sarawak and the region an opportunity to attain a world-class education with a high Setara rating of five stars right here in Kuching,” he said.
Abang Johari said this when officiating at Swinburne Sarawak’s 20th anniversary celebration today.
He said the university’s growth in a short time period signified the strong and successful partnership between the Sarawak government and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
“My appreciation goes to Swinburne Melbourne. Its support has been crucial to the success of this campus. I am confident that the professional relationship that our two institutions enjoy will continue to grow into the future,” he said.
At the function, the chief minister launched the varsity’s 20th anniversary coffee table book and presented awards to its distinguished alumni.
He also witnessed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exchanges between Swinburne Sarawak and four entities — Pansar Berhad, Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Sarawak Media Group (SMG) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Swinburne Sarawak was represented by its deputy vice chancellor and chief executive officer Professor John Wilson.
Pansar was represented by Business Division general manager David Tai Wei; STIDC by general manager Hashim Bojet; SMG by chief executive officer Suhaimi Sulaiman and Unimas by vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi.