By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Oct 22: A total of 314 students were joined by their family members to celebrate their success at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus’ graduation ceremony at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.
The Chief Minister, who is also the Pro Chancellor of Swinburne Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian university based in Melbourne, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO presented the scrolls to the students graduating from engineering, business, computing, design and science programmes.
Ten Doctors of Philosophy and eight Masters graduates also received their scrolls.
The group of graduates comprised Malaysian students and students from all over the world including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Kristjanson, in her speech, emphasised that today’s occassion acknowledged the academic and research achievements of students.
“It represents a significant step in their life-long learning journey. It acknowledges the combination of years of studying, hard work and achievements,” she said.
She added that it was also a great achievement for the university as a whole as it prides itself on its quality of teaching and learning as well as excellence in research.
“This graduation ceremony is a public recognition of students graduating with high quality, relevant educational qualifications,” she added.
These qualifications, she pointed out, were specifically designed to produce career ready graduates who will go out to create social and economic impact in society.
“As Swinburne graduates, you have learnt to collaborate, listen carefully, think critically and resolve complexity through reasoning.
“Whatever your chosen profession, these additional essential skills are critical to your future success in your ongoing professional development,” Kristjanson added.
Swinburne, she reiterated, is an internationally recognised university in the fields of engineering, technology, design, business and innovation.
“We are highly recognised for our research excellence, and well known for our engagement with industry,” she said.
Swinburne Sarawak Campus is the only international branch campus of Swimburne University of Technology based in Melbourne, Australia.
The Sarawak Campus offers a range of industry applicable courses such as business, computing, design, engineering and science at pre-university (foundation), diploma, degree, masters and PhD levels.
The course curriculum taught and assessments conducted are equivalent and aligned to identical learning outcomes offered at the Melbourne Campus.
For students interested in gaining exposure abroad, they can transfer or undertake exchange programmes with the Melbourne Campus or a partner institution in Germany.
Currently ranked in JobStreet.com’s Top 10 Preferred Private Universities in Malaysia, Swinburne’s overall graduate employability rate is approximately 92 per cent. — DayakDaily