311 from Swinburne Sarawak graduate

Abang Johari presenting the scroll to a graduate, witnessed by Pollaers (right).

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 17: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus today conferred awards on 311 graduates at the university’s 19th graduation ceremony here today.

The group consisted of 286 undergraduates and 22 Master graduates from the Master of Business Administration (International), Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Construction Management, Master of Science (Research), and Master of Arts (Tesol) programmes.

Three graduates were conferred the Doctor of Philosophy awards in engineering, science and business. The recipients were Raj Sekar a/l Sethu, Jin Wenlong and Tay Jia Jun.

The Sarawak Campus has produced 32 PhD graduates since 2012.

The group of graduates comprised Malaysian students and those from Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

The event was attended by the Pro-Chancellor of Swinburne Sarawak-cum-Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and also Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology and presiding officer Professor John Pollaers.

Also present were Council and Board of Directors of Swinburne Sarawak chairman-cum-State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, vice-chancellor and Swinburne president Professor Linda Kristjanson, deputy vice-chancellor and Swinburne Sarawak Campus chief executive officer Professor John Wilson, university council members, the board of directors, and executive group members of the university.

Pollaers took part in the ceremony at the Sarawak Campus for the first time since his appointment as Chancellor in February this year.

“This ceremony is an important acknowledgement of accumulation of hard years of study and achievements,” Pollaers said in his address during the opening ceremony.

Swinburne, he emphasised, prided itself for the quality of teaching and excellence of its research.

“This graduation ceremony allows Swinburne to publicly recognise our students who graduate with a range of high quality relevant educational qualifications,” he said.

Abang Johari (seated centre), flanked by Pollaers on his right and Morshidi on his left, in a group photo with members of the University Council and Board of Directors of Swinburne Sarawak.

These qualifications, he added, were specifically designed to produce career-ready graduates.

“As student graduates, you have learned to collaborate, to listen carefully, to think critically and to resolve complex problems through reasons.

“Whatever your chosen professions, these essential skills are critical to your future success and ongoing professional development,” he reminded those present.

Swinburne is an internationally recognised university in the field of science, technology, design, business, and relations.

Swinburne’s Sarawak Campus is an Australia university with the main campus based in Melbourne, Australia.

The university offers quality and affordable Australian education, where the courses offered are identical to those at the Melbourne Campus.

Upon completion of their studies, students receive awards directly from the Melbourne Campus, which allows the graduates to widen their job prospects locally and abroad.

Swinburne’s overall Graduate Employability Rate is approximately 92 per cent, where graduates are hired within six months after completing their studies.

The University is also currently placed in JobStreet.com’s Top 10 Preferred Private Universities in Malaysia listing. — DayakDaily