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KUCHING, Oct 24: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg was installed as the Pro Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak) today at the university’s graduation ceremony.
His installation was formalised with the putting on of the Pro Chancellor’s academic regalia by the presiding officer, Dr Andrew Dix.
Both Dix and Abang Johari had awarded parchments to 344 business, computing, design, engineering and biotechnology graduating students.
Of the 344 graduating students, 288 are from Malaysia. The remainder are from a multitude of countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the UAE.
Since its inception in 2000, Swinburne Sarawak has hosted students from more than 60 countries, with about 20 per cent of its current 4,000 student population comprising international students.
Apart from diplomas, bachelors and masters degrees, Swinburne Sarawak today also conferred a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree.
Swinburne Sarawak has continually produced PhD graduates since 2012 when two of its doctoral candidates first graduated.
After the ceremony which was held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, industry awards were to be presented by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, CPA Australia, Crowe Horwarth Malaysia, Ernst & Young, KPMG Tax Services Sdn Bhd, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Sarawak Information System Sdn Bhd and Yayasan Sarawak.
Swinburne Sarawak is the only campus of Swinburne University of Technology outside Australia. It is jointly owned by the Melbourne public university and the Sarawak government via Yayasan Sarawak and Sarawak Higher Education Foundation.
In July this year, the London-based Times Higher Education guide ranked Swinburne Sarawak as the top international university in Borneo in its inaugural Asia-Pacific University Ranking. — DayakDaily