Founded in 1908 by George Swinburne, Swinburne University of Technology is an Australian university based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The university established the Sarawak campus known as Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak) in 2000 as a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and the Sarawak state government.
The Sarawak campus is located in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak in East Malaysia. Kuching is the most racially diverse and most tolerant city in Malaysia, and is a rapidly growing city that is shaped by a unique blend of sophisticated development and cultural appreciation.
Kuching is connected through direct flights from Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Bahru, as well as international destinations from Pontianak, Singapore and Shenzhen.
Shopping malls, eateries, entertainment outlets, hotels and places of worship are within walking or driving distance. There is a wide selection of coffee bars, restaurants and cineplexes, and two of the largest shopping malls in the city namely The Spring Mall and Vivacity Megamall are within a short drive from the campus. About an hour drive from Kuching city itself are attractive beaches with resorts and homestay offering high-end and budget-friendly options.
Swinburne Sarawak offers a range of industry-applicable courses such as business, computing, design, engineering and science in foundation, degree, masters and PhD levels. Its one-year Foundation course provides direct entry to a bachelor degree at Swinburne Sarawak upon successful completion.
The courses are recognised by professional bodies such as the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Engineers Australia, Australian Computer Society, CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The university is also a CISCO Academy Partner.
Fees are charged at Malaysian Ringgit at the Sarawak campus, making it affordable for students to gain a quality Australian education closer to home. The degrees and examination papers are identical to those of its home campus in Melbourne and as a result, students are awarded the same Australian testamur upon graduation.
Swinburne is ranked in the Top 50 of the QS World University Rankings for the world’s top universities under the age of 50, ranking at 45 in the 2019 rankings. Overall, Swinburne improved its position in 2017 and climbed 34 places to 387th to be ranked in the top 400 universities globally according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.
Earlier in 2018, its School of Design was recognised as one of the best in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject. It is ranked at equal number 40 for Art and Design, improving by more than ten places since 2017. The success reflects well on its Sarawak campus as both campuses deliver identical programmes and teaching materials.
The Sarawak campus is rated 5-star in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA) 2017 under the Mature University category.
Swinburne’s Sarawak campus is home to approximately 3,500 students with international students coming from more than 45 countries including Indonesia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, Egypt, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Mauritius, Maldives, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Tanzania and Yemen.
The academic staff at Swinburne Sarawak consist of Malaysians and international staff with wide industry experience. At present, 18% of the academic staff are international staff from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Jordan and Pakistan.
The university’s extensive quality assurance procedures involving continuous liaison and exchange of staff between the Malaysia and Australia campuses guarantee an internationally recognised qualification.
The Sarawak campus is equipped with 24-hour computer, engineering and science laboratories; engineering and research workshops; library; flexible and collaborative learning areas; lecture theatre; multi-purpose hall; 24-hour student lounge and study spaces; housing and residential services; cafeteria; sports and recreational facilities as well as campus-wide WiFi connectivity.