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MIRI, August 25: Curtin Malaysia pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr George Chan has announced a contribution of RM100,000 for the university’s solar light panel project, which he described as his ‘small slice of dream’.
He followed that announcement with something cryptic when he said: “More good news to come, but I would not reveal it today; wait until next year. And I hope that everyone can at least contribute RM1,000 each to help the project.”
Speaking at Curtin Malaysia Carnival 2018’s opening ceremony, the former deputy chief minister said the solar light panel project would involve both students and lecturers.
“I am encouraging the students’ (Curtin) involvement in this project as I believe Curtin is producing outstanding students,” he said.
Also present were his wife, Puan Sri Lorna Enan Muloon, Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Curtin Malaysia’s pro vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Prof Jim Mienczakowsi.
Dr Chan told those present that solar light panels were useful as the cost of power generation was much lower than conventional electricity cost. They are also environmentally friendly.
On the university itself, Dr Chan believed it could grow further as its overall education standard, affordability and location in Borneo appealed to students from many parts of the world.
“Curtin University is now recognised as being in the top one per cent of universities in the world, having risen more places in the ranking of international universities than any other Australian universities,” he said.
The Curtin Malaysia Carnival 2018, formerly known as Curtin Malaysia Open Day, is the university’s 12th annual event.
The auspicious one-day gathering kicked off at 9am and among the activities lined-up included Curtin’s Got Talent competition, Go Bald satellite shave, Curtin Croc Challenge 3.0, Eco-Business Design Challenge, PVC’s innovation showcase competition, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exhibition. — DayakDaily