Our history

history

Named in honour of John Curtin, former Prime Minister of Australia, Curtin University is a modern, global institution with campuses across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Today, more than 50 years after his death, Curtin University still strives to honour John Curtin’s values of vision, leadership and community service.This timeline traces our history all the way back to our establishment in the 1960’s in Western Australia and highlights the milestones of our Malaysian campus established in Sarawak in 1998.

 


  • Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia re-brands to Curtin University Malaysia to reflect its expanding footprint as Curtin University’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia.
  • Sarawak State Health Department awards Curtin Malaysia state-level Anugerah Medan Selera ‘Bersih, Selamat dan Sihat’ or ‘Cleanest, Safest and Most Hygienic’ Food Court Award 2017.
  • Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) through Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) maintains self-accreditation status it awarded to Curtin Malaysia in 2010, an endorsement of the high quality Curtin Malaysia offers in its programmes and maturity and credibility as a leading higher learning institution in Malaysia.
  • Curtin Malaysia initiates new environmental programme to promote energy efficiency on campus, including a comprehensive energy audit under a Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG). Curtin Malaysia is the first recipient of the EACG in Sarawak.
  • Curtin Malaysia maintains ‘Tier 5’ or ‘Excellent’ rating under Rating System for Higher Education Institutions (SETARA 2017. It is the fourth consecutive time Curtin Malaysia has achieved Tier 5 rating since the first rating exercise in 2009 and the first time under the Mature University category.
  • Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg makes first visit to Curtin Malaysia.
  • International Council for SME and Entrepreneurship Malaysia (ICSMEE Malaysia) Sarawak Chapter, the local affiliate of ICSMEE Malaysia, is launched at Curtin Malaysia.
  • Sarawak inspired garden at Curtin Bentley is opened by Curtin Malaysia Pro-Chancellor Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.
  • Professor Tang Siew Fun is appointed Dean of Learning and Teaching.
  • Over 90 students and academics from School of Built Environment, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin Perth spend up to three weeks in Sarawak for international field trip components of their studies in architecture and eco-tourism as part of Curtin mobility programme.
  • 563 students graduate with bachelor’s degrees in business, commerce, arts, engineering, science and technology and 50 with postgraduate degrees in accounting and economics, finance, policy sciences, project management, and chemical, mechanical, electrical and petroleum engineering at Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony 2017.
  • Malaysia and Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing (CBT) business of global learning company Pearson, establish Curtin Pearson VUE Authorised Test Centre at Curtin Malaysia.
  • Team from Sarawak Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Trade Investment (MIETI) and Curtin Malaysia conduct Factory Acceptance Test in Ternitz, Austria for Pilot Scale Carbon Dioxide Extraction System built as part of phytoprocess train at Pilot Plant Facility.
  • Senior lecturers in applied geology Associate Professor Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan and Associate Professor Dr. Ramasamy Nagarajan visit and document over 30 geological sites near the Bentong-Raub suture zone in Pahang to uncover interesting geological features for the teaching of the Geological Field Mapping.
  • Curtin Malaysia enters into partnership with The Global Education Group Co. Ltd. (GEGCO) in Thailand to deliver Curtin’s Intensive English Program and other pathway offerings for Thai and other international students to degree studies at Curtin Malaysia and other Curtin University campuses.
  • Curtin Malaysia organises 2-day Young Innovators Challenge Miri Bootcamp in collaboration with Chumbaka and Ministry of Education to instill interest in STEM among students from 14 secondary schools in Miri.
  • Curtin Malaysia hosts Training and Industrial Awareness Programme (TRIA) aimed at exposing Form 5 students to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in collaboration with Workforce Development Unit of Chief Minister’s Department and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS).
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Curtin Malaysia Student Branch donates 60 solar lamps designed and fabricated by members to villagers of Kampung Pujut Corner under ‘Light Up Miri’ community project.
  • Curtin Malaysia organises 9-16 Electro Run’ charity night run in collaboration with Miri Marathon Association in conjunction with Malaysia Day and in support of Persatuan Orang Kurang Upaya Fizikal Miri (POKUFM).
  • 40 AIESEC student volunteers from 18 countries take part in Incoming Global Volunteer (IGV) projects championed by AIESEC in Malaysia, spending a few weeks in Miri to work on social projects that culminated in Youth Impact, a one-day project showcase at the campus.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch and AIESEC Chapter members, accompanied by international AIESEC volunteers from 10 countries, deliver 50 solar lamps to villagers at Long Puak as part of ‘Light of Borneo’ project spearheaded by the two student organisations.
  • 35 students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kelapa Sawit No. 4 have their first experience of basic programming during ‘Exploring Programming’ module workshop hosted by Curtin Educational Facilitators (E-FacT) at Curtin Malaysia.
  • Security Department, in collaboration with The Library and Learning Commons, Office of Student Affairs and Campus Services and Housing and Recreation Services departments launch Health, Safety and Security Awareness Campaign to enhance awareness of related issues among staff and students.
  • 40 students from six institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and Indonesia and industry experts participate in inaugural 5-day Borneo Oil and Gas Symposium (BOGS) 2017 organised by Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Malaysia in Miri.
  • MoU is signed between Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and Curtin Malaysia to extend Research for Intensified Management of Bio-rich Areas (RIMBA) research platform to include the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park (MSCRNP) in which Curtin is conducting marine research.
  • Curtin Malaysia and SIRIM Measurements Technology Sdn. Bhd. Sign MoU for collaboration in learning and teaching and research and development activities.
  • Curtin Malaysia collaborates with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC) to launch My Digital Maker Movement (#mydigitalmaker) in Sarawak and My Digital Maker Hub housed in new Faculty of Engineering and Science building.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Curtin Malaysia Student Branch organises first-ever drone piloting course in Malaysia by Avetics Malaysia in collaboration with Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCA).
  • Curtin Malaysia signs MoU with Keysight Technologies for collaboration in elevating engineering competency and boosting the employability of graduates.
  • Curtin Malaysia receives four units of German-manufactured HTT Three Phase Cast Resin Transformers worth RM1 million donated by Offshore Industries Sdn. Bhd. for research and teaching purposes.
  • Curtin Malaysia and Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) sign MoU to facilitate registration of new engineering graduates from Curtin Malaysia with BEM and the sponsorship of student awards by BEM to outstanding engineering graduates of Curtin Malaysia.
  • Keysight Technologies donates PA2201A power analyser worth over RM80,000 for research and teaching purposes in Keysight Reference Laboratory at Faculty of Engineering and Science.
  • Curtin Malaysia and Novakey Developers Sdn. Bhd., subsidiary of the Episo Group of Companies, sign three memoranda for collaboration in education and training and collaborative research.
  • Curtin Malaysia and Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) sign MoU for collaborative high-impact research and development relating to the pepper industry and its potential commercial opportunities.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Malaysia bested over 20 Malaysian IEEE student branches to win IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Award 2016. Former student branch president Saaveethya Sivakumar received IEEE Outstanding Woman in Engineering (WIE) Volunteer Award 2016.
  • Mass communication student Shaikh Tahmid Hassin speaks as representative of Model United Nations of Curtin Malaysia (MUN.CM) at 3rd Annual World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Lecturers in culture and language Valerie Velina Nagreg and Ariffin bin Mohamad are appointed to Ministry of Higher Education’s National Higher Education Panel in recognition of their contributions to development and success of Matapelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) under the Ministry’s Malaysian Studies Course (Kursus Pengajian Malaysia).
  • Final-year petroleum engineering students Timothy Chuen Peng Yuen, Voon Yi Hung, Chong Yun Jia, Gaurav Patel and Kho Cheng Hong win International Enhanced Oil Recovery Simulation Competition 2017 (EORSC 2017) organised by Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).
  • Senior lecturer in marketing Dr Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah and her counterpart at Curtin Bentley, Dr. Aneeshta Gunness, are joint recipients of ‘Programs That Enhance Learning for Curtin Business School’ Award presented by Curtin Business School (CBS) for excellence in delivery of Retail Marketing & Distribution unit using Distributed Learning (DL) pedagogy.
  • Senior lecturer in marketing Dr Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah and her counterpart at Curtin Bentley, Dr. Aneeshta Gunness, are joint winners of ‘Curtin Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning’ presented by Curtin University, their second award for excellence and innovation in delivery of Retail Marketing & Distribution unit using Distributed Learning (DL) pedagogy.
  • Second year Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) student and vice-commandant of Red Crescent Voluntary Aid Detachment 57 Philip Ting Kin Tien represent Malaysia at 62nd International Study and Friendship Camp in Austria.
  • Final-year petroleum engineering student and president of Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) Curtin Malaysia Student Chapter,Chong Yun Jia wins Institution of Engineers Malaysia’s (IEM) prestigious Gold Medal Award.
  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business Associate Professor Pauline Ho wins 2017 Golden Globe Tigers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education.
  • Higher degree by research (HDR) student Jaison Jeevanandam wins gold medal at 3rd World Invention and Innovation Contest (WiC) 2017 in Seoul, South Korea or his project entitled ‘Multi-compartment Antimicrobial Nanoformulation for Food Packaging’.
  • Final-year electrical and electronic engineering students Kong Sheng How, Desmond Ting Zhong Xuan and Bong Chu Jun are winners of Keysight Track in grand finale of Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2017 for project entitled ‘Development of XLPE Cable Diagnosis Platform for Offline Partial Discharge Detection’.
  • year electrical and electronic engineering students Chiam Dar Hung, Ng Kay Li and Li Zhen Er come in first in Fusionex Track of Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2017 grand finale for ‘Wireless Modular Sensory System for Smart Home Applications (Wi-MSS)’ project.
  • Petroleum engineering students Adrian Tiong Chiong Yuh, Kok Jun Hao and Genevieve Ann Tang Tuang Kah win bronze award at Novel Research and Innovation Competition (NRIC) organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang for project entitled ‘Stability Comparison between Particles-Stabilised Foam and Polymer-Stabilised Foam’.
  • Students Chai Choi Yan, Davelyonna Dott anak Dave, Humaira Natasha binti Jeffrey, Kee Kia Wei, Mohamad Shafiq bin Mohamad Adnan, Sharon Hii Yiik Wei, Sia Chee Bing, Siti Nur Ashiqin Binti Mohamad Sofian and Yasmeen Suraya Binti Mohamad Roslan are among first batch of students from five tertiary institutions in Sarawak to be awarded Tun Taib Yayasan Sarawak Scholarship.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Curtin Malaysia Industry Applications Society (IAS) Student Chapter Chairman Jeff Kong Sheng How; Vice-Chairman I Bong Chu Jun; Vice-Chairman II Desmond Ting Zhong Xuan; and IEEE-Women in Engineering (WIE) Student Chapter Chairperson Ng Kay Li. Kong represent Malaysia at the IEEE-IAS Annual Meeting in Cincinnati.
  • Third-year mechanical engineering student Callum Tan Dai Lim represents Curtin Malaysia at 254th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC.
  • PhD student Lee Mok Siang wins Young Researcher Award at International Conference on Innovative Research in Science, Technology and Management (ICIRSTM 2017) held at National University Singapore (NUS).
  • Lecturer Lai Zhenyue of Department of Foundation in Engineering and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science represents Curtin Malaysia at prestigious EduTech Asia 2017 conference in Singapore.
  • Bachelor of Commerce student Arun Gunasagaran represents Malaysia at World Youth Forum ‘Right to Dialogue’ X Edition forum held at University of Trieste, Italy.
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduate Chai Su Ling is conferred prestigious Malaysia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) Excellence Award for Best Accounting Graduate 2016.
  • Chancellor of Curtin University Colin Beckett officiates opening of Curtin Sarawak’s new RM20 million Faculty of Engineering and Science building.
  • Professor Beena Giridharan is appointed Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Malaysia.
  • Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho appointed Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science.
  • Over 500 students graduate from various Curtin postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at the graduation ceremonies of the Faculty of Business and Humanities and Faculty of Engineering and Science.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s engineering programmes get thumbs-up from Engineers Australia following accreditation visit to the campus in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Faculty of Business attains accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) following approval of accreditation by the AACSB of the Curtin Business School (CBS).
  • Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) Curtin Sarawak Student Chapter and Engineers Australia Curtin Sarawak Student Chapter are formed at Curtin Sarawak to help student members develop technical knowledge, leadership experience and lasting relationships with peers and mentors.
  • Over 800 visitors attend annual International Festival (iFest 2016) organised by Curtin Sarawak Student Council, International Student Association and Curtin Indian Cultural Society.
  • Humanitarian Affairs Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak partners with Hospitals Beyond Borders (HBB) and Sovanapoom Care to organise ‘Changing Cambodia’ cross-border volunteer programme to promote health and literacy in underprivileged communities in Phnom Penh.
  • Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak (HACS) organises community engagement project, Building Brunei Abroad Programme to engage with less fortunate in Belait District, Burnei, including visits to Pusat Bahagia Eric Goh, Seria Old Folks Home and Menderam Besar Longhouse.
  • Staff and students of Curtin Sarawak help spruce up the new centre for the Miri branch of Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Sarawak (POCS), or the Sarawak Society for the Disabled as part of the university’s community engagement initiatives.
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak carries out ‘The Giving Back Project’ at SMK Chung Hua Miri and SMK Lutong with the aim to provide students a wider perspective of the fields of chemical and petroleum engineering.
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak organises annual Petroleum Week 2016.
  • AIESEC Chapter of Curtin Sarawak holds Curtin Global Village, an annual event promoting cultural diversity and global citizenship, participated by AIESEC student members from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, Taiwan, Italy, Poland, and the United States.
  • 24 volunteers from Curtin Sarawak visit school community at SK Nanga Medamit in Limbang Division to carry out ‘Reaching Out’ community engagement programme, providing free health checks and conducting educational and awareness programmes.
  • Final-year public relations students Dominic Liew, Daphney Koh, Jesse Grace Lyn Juman and Sufrina Sufian organise conservation education programme in collaboration with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) for students of SMK Lutong and SMK St Columba at Piasau Nature Reserve aimed at raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation.
  • AIESEC Curtin Sarawak Chapter and global youth movement YouthSpeak organise YouthSpeak Forum Miri aimed at bringing together youth and senior leaders to form a diverse cross-sector and multi-generational space to resolve global issues.
  • Secondary school students in Miri showcase projects under ‘Young Innovate Miri’, a community service programme by Curtin Sarawak in partnership with Sarawak Energy Berhad and Yaw Teck Seng Foundation to promote STEM among students.
  • 19 members of the Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak (HACS) Student Chapter in collaboration with Philippines non-profit organisations Mission Among the Unreached and Virlanie AIME Home carry out ‘Painting Philippines Abroad Programme’ to promote benefits of health and education to underprivileged children in Manila.
  • Students from 14 secondary schools attend workshop at Curtin Sarawak to prepare them for ‘Curtin Ultimate Croc Challenge’, an electronics design competition organised by Curtin Sarawak to promote an interest in electronics and engineering.
  • The Library conducts training workshops on information literacy skills for 34 students from SMK Riam Taman Tunku, SMK Lopeng and SM Sains Miri as part of The Library’s community outreach programme aimed at imparting information literacy skills to students and how it can be applied in school work.
  • Curtin Curtin Theatre Club and Curtin Arts & Dance Club stage second production entitled ‘Love-O-Medic – Confusion of the Practitioners’ to raise funds for Persatuan Ibu Bapa Kanak-kanak Istimewa (PIBAKIS) Miri.
  • Over 150 delegates from 23 Pacific-Rim countries attend annual 33rd Pan-Pacific Conference in Miri organised by Curtin Sarawak in collaboration with Pan-Pacific Business Association and Sarawak Convention Bureau.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and International Academy of Computer Technology (IACT) jointly organise 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology (ICMST).
  • Curtin Sarawak, Majlis Sukan Negeri Sarawak, Institut Sukan Negara, Sarawak Convention Bureau, IEEE Sarawak Subsection, UNIMAS and Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society Malaysia Chapter jointly organise Sports Science Research Symposium in Kuching.
  • CPA Australia Student Charter (CPAASC) of Curtin Sarawak in collaboration with CPA Australia – Malaysia, Faculty of Business and University Life Department organises ‘CPA Australia Undergraduate Conference 2016’.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts 3-day Training and Industrial Awareness Programme (TRIA Programme) in collaboration with Workforce Development Unit of Chief Minister’s Department and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) to expose fifth formers to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Hanyang University, South Korea to facilitate the exchange of faculty members for research, lectures and discussion purposes; student exchange for activities related to study and research; exchange of academic materials and publications; and collaboration in organising joint scientific conferences.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) sign MoU to collaborate in the sharing of leading practices and knowledge in banking trends and developments; experiences in relevant research and the teaching of banking and finance courses; and expertise through collaboration in thought leadership activities such as forums and seminars.
  • Fourth-year electronic and communication engineering student Rexy Prakash Chacko represents Curtin Sarawak at Fifth Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC 2016) in Singapore.
  • Student Arun Gunasagaran represents Curtin Sarawak and Malaysia at Model Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) 2016 in Le Havre, France.
  • Public relations students Dominic Liew Lik Ren, Shathika Sydney Purushothaman Pillay, Shamilli Ravinchandran, Mavis Chong Yin Sian and Ifan Ramadhana represent Malaysia at 14th Global Communications Project (GlobCom 2016) Symposium at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.
  • Third-year electrical power engineering student Kong Sheng How represents Curtin Sarawak and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch at IEEE Region 10 Student, Young Professional, Women in Engineering and Life Member (IEEE R10 SYWL) Congress in Bangalore, India.
  • Engineering students Elisa Pui Sin Ying, Chong Min Yee, Yii Ni Shun, Callum Tan Dai Min, Genevieve Ann Tang Tuang Kah and Tu Pek Fong represent Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Student Section and Young Engineers Section (YES) Miri Branch at IEM-YES National Summit (NATSUM) 2016.
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) confers its Gold Standard Student Chapter Award to Curtin Sarawak SPE Student Chapter for excellence in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation.
  • Electrical and computer engineering senior lecturer Dr Garenth Lim and Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Young Professional Malaysia Representative and Curtin Sarawak alumnus Esther Ling Pi Ya represent Malaysia at 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IEEE – Industry Application Society (IAS) held in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • 33 student members of Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak take part in global IEEEXtreme 10.0 Competition, a virtual online programming competition pitting international teams against each other to solve programming problems.
  • Mian Umer Shafiq, Chong Yun Jia and Felicity Valerie Karim from Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak are Malaysian representatives at SPE PetroBowl Competition 2016 held at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.
  • Team comprising Nguyen Quang Minh, Gibson Tan Yao Sheng and Tan Suefay-Goh are among the top eight qualifying student teams in finals of Indonesia Chemical Engineering Challenge (IChEC) 2016 debate competition in Bandung, Indonesia.
  • Electronic and communication engineering graduate Basil Andy Lease is awarded Best Final Year Project Award by Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Malaysia Chapter for  project aimed at detecting wildfires using aerial-view thermography and mapping system.
  • First-year business students Wong Soon Ceng, Christine Mening Ngau, Gianina Chung, Kiu Tze Ching and Yii Siew Lien receive commendation from Elmstock Tea Company, one of Australian’s premium tea companies, for creative marketing strategy in final round of ‘Marketing Idol Competition’.
  • Research project entitled ‘Experimental Study on Effects of Emulsion in Crude Oil Pipeline Flow’ by petroleum engineering student Chan Mann Shih wins silver medal at Novel Research & Innovation Competition (NRIC) held at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang.
  • Curtin Sarawak Ultimate Frisbee team Amplifire emerges second in Shark Alarm Open 2016 ultimate Frisbee competition held in Shah Alam to raise awareness of shark conservation efforts around the world.
  • Accounting graduate Eleanor Wong Shi Ee is among 11 Malaysian graduates receiving Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) ‘Excellence Award for Best Accounting Graduate 2015’.
  • Senior lecturer in finance and banking Dr. Abey P. Philip is awarded 2015 Curtin Business School (CBS) Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to enhancing student engagement and experiences; leadership in innovative education; and creating interactive and personalised student learning environment.
  • Senior lecturer in human resource management Reimara Valk is presented Motofusa Murayama Best Research Paper Award for paper entitled ‘Flexpatriate Rotational Assignees in the Energy Industry: Exploring Job Demands, Job Resources and Well-being’ at 33rd Pan-Pacific Conference in Miri.
  • Professor Jonathan Winterton is appointed Dean of School of Business.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak in collaboration with Chumbaka introduces TECHmentor Programme in secondary schools in Miri to ignite children’s passion to learn about STEM.
  • Teams from three Miri schools mentored by members of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch and Programming Nation of Curtin Sarawak impress panel of judges at Young Innovate competition held in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2015.
  • Representatives from Hong Kong, Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Mauritius and Kenya attend Curtin Global Village organised by AIESEC Chapter of Curtin Sarawak to promote cultural diversity and global citizenship.
  • Student Council and International Student Association (ISA) jointly organise International Festival (iFest).
  • Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak Student Chapter donates RM1,500 to Persatuan Malim Gunung Kinabalu (Mount Kinabalu Guides Association) to help alleviate the financial burden of mountain guides and porters affected by earthquake.
  • Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak Student Chapter organises ‘Community Enhancement Day’ project at Kampung Damai Senadin aimed at improving the living conditions of needy in Miri city.
  • 19 student volunteers from Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak Student Chapter and 10 from University of Indonesia, as well as 13 committee members from both institutions organise SukaEnglish Project to teach English and communication skills to 140 students and adult villagers in Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, Indonesia.
  • Curtin Sarawak applied geology students Singgih Aditama, Haris Irianto and Imtiaz Atsarina conduct beach litter survey as part of Tusan beach clean-up organised by Miri Photographic Society.
  • Curtin Excellent Education Facilitating Team (Curtin E-Fact) organises a charity run in aid of Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Buri in Bakong.
  • 20 volunteers from Curtin Sarawak carry out ‘Reaching Out’ community engagement programme at SK Kuala Medalam, a primary school at remote settlement of Kuala Medalam near Limbang town.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Faculty of Business and Humanities in collaboration with the International Council for SME and Entrepreneurship, Malaysia (ICSMEE Malaysia) organises ‘Masterclass: Leadership and Coaching for Entrepreneurs’ workshop for local entrepreneurs.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts 13th edition of Global Communication Project, or GlobCom 2015, held for the first time in Malaysia and involving 15 universities in 15 countries.
  • Curtin Sarawak is the first university in Sarawak and the first foreign branch campus in Malaysia to host National Chemical Engineering Symposium (NACES) 2015.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Office of Teaching and Learning and Curtin Teaching and Learning at Curtin Bentley jointly host 3rd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference (HETL 2015) with the theme ‘Rethinking Assessments for Student Engagement and Learning’.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Department of Applied Geology, the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Miri Branch and Intelligent System, Design and Control (ISDCON) research group jointly organise 10th Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering 2015 International Conference (CUTSE 2015) with the theme ‘Science, Engineering and Technology for a Sustainable Environment’.
  • Curtin Sarawak academics conduct educational and information sharing workshop with students of SMK Subis to expose rural school students to modern teaching methods applied at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Young Associates (CYA) organises four-day ‘Survivor Camp’ for fourth and fifth formers in Miri and Bintulu aimed at inspiring students to pursue tertiary education upon completion of secondary school studies.
  • Accounting Club Curtin Sarawak (ACCS) and Marketing Department organise ‘Business Challenge for Brightest Young Minds 2016’ for secondary schools in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak organises 2nd Borneo Youth Leadership Conference 2015 (BYLC 2015).
  • Faculty of Business and Humanities and Asian Council for Small Business (ACSB) jointly organise Young Entrepreneurship Camp (YEC) as part of 3rd Asian SME Conference held in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Office of Student Affairs, Mental Health Association of Sarawak (Miri Branch), Miri Hospital and Sarawak Welfare Department jointly organise Miri Inaugural Mental Health Conference at the university’s campus.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) sign MoU for enhanced collaboration in developing employment opportunities at SEB for graduates, industrial training for undergraduate students, scholarship for top-performing students, collaborative R&D and joint CSR projects.
  • Curtin Sarawak and National Sports Institute of Malaysia (NSI) sign MoA for collaborative research and development in the fields of engineering and technology in sports.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Department of Agriculture (DOA) Sarawak sign MoU for collaboration to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation in research in the agriculture industry, potential commercial opportunities related to the agriculture industry, and training or attachment of staff and students at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Politeknik Mukah sign Note of Understanding (NoU) to set pathways for diploma graduates of the polytechnic to study at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Malaysia sign MoA to facilitate student support in professional development and careers in accounting, business and finance.
  • Faculty of Engineering and Science signs MoU with Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) for significant enhancement of partnership, including establishment of an IMM student chapter at the campus.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak wins second place in IEEE Malaysia Section’s ‘Best Student Branch Awards’ at 25th IEEE Malaysia Section Annual General Meeting held in Putrajaya.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak is awarded Region 10 Exemplary Student Branch Award for academic year 2014 – 2015 at IEEE Region 10 Student/Young Professionals/Women in Engineering (Student.YP.WIE) Congress 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Third-year petroleum engineering students Leong Van Hong of Curtin Sarawak, Caitlin Sweeting of Curtin Perth and other university students from Malaysia, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, India, the Philippines, Indonesia and Nigeria win main prize at Education Week organised in conjunction with 8th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Mechanical engineering student Yeong Siew Ping wins bronze medal in Novel Research and Innovation Competition (NRIC) held at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang for ‘Aerodynamic Optimisation of Micro Aerial Vehicle’ project.
  • Final-year chemical engineering students How Teck Kien, Koh Boon Yew and Melissa Siaw Yiin Ling win Honourable Mention Award for project ‘Extraction of Vitamin E from Palm Fatty Acid Distillate’ in Crown Prince CIPTA (Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement) 2015 competition organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei in partnership with Brunei LNG.
  • Chemical engineering students Chen Wai Mun, Kristy Nyagang, Byron Jong Tze Lerk and Lek Zhan Hong emerge third in final presentation of 3rd Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Chemical Engineering Design Competition 2014/2015.
  • Students Carmen Patrickoh, Muhamad Suhaimi bin Muhamad Mustafa and Rexy Prakash Chacko represent Curtin Sarawak Toastmasters Club at Toastmasters International District 87 Area E1 Humorous Speech and Evaluation contest held in Miri.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (IEEE CPMT) Malaysia Chapter awards Best Final-Year Project Award to electronic and communication engineering graduate Chong Ping Ting.
  • Petroleum engineering students Lim Kean Chuan, Teh Ean Nee, Lee Yong Ler, Oliver Theseira, Chong Yun Jia, Genevieve Ann Tang Tuang Kah and Kho Cheng Hong participate in Oil & Gas Competition and Exhibition (OGCE 2015) and team comprising three of them comes up top in Scomi Mud Innovation Challenge held in conjunction with the event.
  • PhD candidates Wong Siew Fan and Caleb Acquah showcase their research projects at 14th International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2015), an event jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education and selected institutions of higher learning.
  • Students Lau Hui Jin, Chee Thien Fu, Naqib Safar and Yap June Yong place second in Highest Early Strength Self-Consolidating Concrete Cube Competition (HESSCCC) 2015 organised by American Concrete Institute (ACI) – Kuala Lumpur Chapter, Concrete Society of Malaysia (CSM), UiTM and Institute for Infrastructure Engineering and Sustainable Management (IIESM).
  • Final-year chemical engineering students Ren Jie Lee, Shih Chiang Lim, Tze Mun Sam and Ying Ting Loo win 2015 APAC-EMEA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa) Honeywell UniSim Design Challenge.
  • Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics Lai Zhen Yue from Science and Foundation Department of Faculty of Engineering and Science is awarded 2014 Curtin Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching under ‘Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’ category.
  • Curtin Sarawak senior lecturer of geology Dr. M. V. Prasanna wins Best Paper Award from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) for paper entitled ‘A Study on the Defluoridation in Water by using Natural Soil’.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches commemorative book titled ‘Curtin Sarawak: Moving Ever Forward’ to mark its 15th anniversary.
  • Curtin Sarawak retains its ‘Tier 5’ or ‘Excellent’ rating under the latest Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions or Sistem Penarafan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi (SETARA ’13).
  • Curtin Malaysia’s School of Engineering and Science is elevated to full-fledged faculty to be known as the Curtin Malaysia Faculty of Engineering and Science.
  • Laying of foundation stone for new Faculty of Engineering and Science building is officiated by Pro-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam.
  • Keysight Technologies – Curtin Sarawak Reference Laboratory, the first industry-oriented reference laboratory to be set up in Sarawak, is launched to enhance research and teaching and learning, as well as train young graduates and professional engineers in the use of electronic measuring devices and instrumentation applications.
  • Student Council launches first cervical cancer vaccination programme for students and staff.
  • 70 staff and students shave their heads at second Go Bald Satellite Shave in support of Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society Go Bald 6.0 Campaign.
  • Student Council and International Students Association jointly organise ‘Curtin Olympics 2014’, the first international sporting event for the campus community.
  • 230 students and staff join John Curtin Weekend community service projects at six longhouses near Miri.
  • Career & Alumni Services section of University Life Department organises two-day Career Fair 2014.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Malaysia Red Crescent (MRC) Voluntary Aid Detachment 57 (VAD 57) donates RM1,455 collected from Halloween-themed fundraising event ‘Phantom Charity Fest’ to MRC Miri Kidney Dialysis Centre and Sunflower Centre.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) in collaboration with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) host international conference on Analysis and Mathematical Applications in Engineering and Science (AMAES).
  • 70 participants attend first Postgraduate Research Colloquium jointly organised by Curtin Sarawak and Universiti Sarawak Malaysia (UNIMAS).
  • Curtin Sarawak organises inaugural ‘Progressing with Society through Research’ public lecture series inspired by Miri City’s motto: ‘Maju Bersama Masyarakat’.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s School of Engineering and Science organises International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) Conference 2014.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s School of Business organises international symposium on management education in Miri in collaboration with Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED), Bharati Vidyapeeth University of India.
  • Over 50 academics, researchers and industry professionals participate in International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) Conference 2014 organised by School of Engineering and Science.
  • Curtin Young Associates (CYA) organises 3-day camp for 190 secondary school students from Miri to inspire them to pursue tertiary education and help improve their communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts first-ever International Organisation of Folkart (IOV) Youth Asia Congress in Asia.
  • Student Council and Leadership and Entrepreneurship Centre (LEC) organise first Borneo Youth Leadership Conference.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Department of Agriculture, Sarawak organise ‘Forum on Development of a Marketing Plan for Highland Rice’.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Sarawak Energy Berhad sign agreement to enter into a research collaboration in environmental sustainability of hydropower development.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Manpower Department of the Ministry of Human Resources for development of skills training programmes.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Technip in Malaysia for collaboration in training, knowledge sharing and development programmes.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute signs MoU with World Wide Fund for Nature – Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) for collaboration in promoting, developing and strengthening conservation, ecotourism and sustainable development efforts in Sarawak and broader Borneo region.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Institute of Marketing Malaysia sign MoU for collaboration in fields of education, leadership and research.
  • Curtin Sarawak clinches IChemE Award for Innovation and Excellence at Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2014 ceremony under Petrochemical Processing category for ‘Optimal Design and Operation of Gas Processing Plant (GPP) Under Uncertain Upstream Conditions’ project.
  • Seven engineering students represent Curtin Sarawak in Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2014 in the Philippines.
  • Team DevPet comprising Applied Geology students Masshiela binti Ahmad and Julius anak Stephen, computer system and networking student Nur Hanani binti Ahmad Shukri and petroleum engineering students Ian Chang Huan Sheng and Rohan Vijapurapu are placed second in Schlumberger Ocean Plug-in Competition 2013 held in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Students Belinda-Ann Too Yun May, Chua Yee Wen, Thien Yee Kiong, Kow Kai Sheng and Voon San receive Western Australia Premier’s Scholarships to complete their final graduate year at Curtin Bentley.
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) confers Curtin University Sarawak SPE Student Chapter its Gold Standard Student Chapter 2014 Award.
  • First-year business students Liew Shau Chieng, Wilson Yong Wei Terng, Kathy Liau Lee Sze, Louis Ezra and Sam Jeh Lui receive commendations from Australian fashion-apparel company Macri and Curtin Business School of Curtin University for creative marketing strategy in final round of Curtin’s ‘Marketing Idol Competition’.
  • Accounting graduates Ling Yi Qing and Jong Ling are awarded Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) ‘Excellence Award for Best Accounting Graduate’ and ‘Meritorious Achievement Award’ respectively.
  • Fourth-year chemical engineering students, Kristy Nyagang, Aw Ying Yin, Chen Wai Mun and Chang Chung Min become first team from Malaysia to win 2014 Honeywell Asia Pacific UniSim Design Challenge 2014.
  • Chemical engineering students Shanya Cheekhooree and Kanthan Theva Kumaran win first and second place in Technical Case Study category of National Chemical Engineering Symposium (NACES) 2014, while team comprising How Teck Kien, Melissa Siaw Yiin Aing, Lee Chin Kwan and Jude Dominic Lim Zhao Xiang are finalists in Technical Power Point Presentation category.
  • Electrical power engineering graduate Esther Ling Pi Ya becomes first Malaysian to win prestigious 2014 Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Region 10 Larry K. Wilson Award.
  • Research fellow of Curtin Sarawak Research Institute Dr. Amandeep S. Sidhu is conferred Hind Rattan Award which is awarded yearly to 30 members of the worldwide Indian diaspora.
  • Associate Professor Dr. Michael K. Danquah of Department of Chemical Engineering is elected Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), United Kingdom.
  • Curtin Sarawak achieves ISO 9001: 2008 certification, bringing Curtin Sarawak in line with similar certification of Curtin University’s campuses in Perth and Singapore.
  • Curtin Sarawak achieves a Tier 5 or “Excellent” rating for Engineering in the new Discipline-Based Rating System (D-Setara) introduced by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to rate the quality of teaching and learning of undergraduates in Malaysian higher learning institutions.
  • Two project proposals by Curtin Sarawak are awarded funding under the AsiaBound Grants Programme 2014.
  • Curtin Sarawak receives head of Papua Human Resources Development Board, Dr. Zakharias Giay, on a familiarisation visit to the campus.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches its Leadership and Entrepreneurship Centre (LEC), which functions as its student and community development arm.
  • Professor Jim Mienczakowski is appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak.
  • Professor Michael Cloke is appointed Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science.
  • Professor Ir. Yudi Samyudia is appointed the new Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor.
  • First batch of eight undergraduate students from Curtin Bentley under Australian and Malaysian government-sponsored AsiaBound programme spend two weeks in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches IELTS Preparatory Course, a comprehensive course to prepare participants to take IELTS test at Curtin Sarawak, an IELTS Associate and IELTS Test Centre.
  • Eight teaching staff of Curtin Sarawak receive TAE Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (GippsTAFE). Curtin Sarawak and GippsTAFE also signed MoA for provision of annual GippsTAFE Curtin Sarawak Scholarships for three years to outstanding Malaysian students to pursue GippsTAFE diplomas at Curtin Sarawak.
  • 26 students from Jin Shan Middle School of Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China attend 4-day Summer English Camp at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak establishes Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter.
  • Four student members of Accounting Club Curtin Sarawak (ACCS) represent university at the 12th Inter-Varsity Accounting Quiz (IVAQ).
  • Curtin Sarawak holds its seventh Curtin Sarawak Open Day which is attended by a record 7,412 visitors.
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) launches its student chapter at Curtin Sarawak, making it the first IMechE student chapter to be established in East Malaysia.
  • Curtin Volunteers! raise RM13,500 for Palliative Care Association Miri from corporate sponsors, guests and well-wishers during fundraising dinner held in conjunction with CV! 10th Anniversary celebration.
  • 38 students and staff shave their heads in support of fight against childhood cancer at Miri launch of Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) Go Bald 5.0 campaign on campus.
  • Curtin Sarawak donates used computers to Victory Education Centre, a non-profit organisation providing accessible and affordable education for underprivileged children in Permyjaya.
  • Student Council organises two fund-raising events – ScareFest and Fitness Fab Festival – in aid of Sarawak Family Planning Association and Sarawak Breast Cancer Support Group, raising over RM10,700 for the charities.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute co-organises 1st International Symposium on Biomedical Data Infrastructure (BDI 2013) in Kuala Lumpur with University of Malaya.
  • Newly established Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak organises first Curtin Engineering Symposium (CES).
  • Curtin Sarawak IEEE Student Branch and Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EBMS) Malaysia Chapter host 4th Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) National Exhibition.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts 2nd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference.
  • Curtin Sarawak and the Samling Group of Companies sign MoU for collaborative development aimed at enhancing collaboration in student development.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU for development of student learning activities, training, research and collaborative projects with eBario Sendirian Berhad and Rurum Kelabit Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Teach for Malaysia (TFM), under which TFM provides training to Curtin Sarawak’s voluntary student organisations in conducting educational development programmes for underprivileged youth and children.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoUs with Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF) and Crowe Horwath, adding them to the university’s growing list of industry partners.
  • Curtin Sarawak establishes key partnerships for training and development with Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDeC) and Agilent Technologies Sales (M) Sendirian Berhad.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) sign MoU to develop and promote academic links and research collaboration.
  • Two projects proposed by Office of R&D arising from research plans of senior lecturer Dr Dominique Dodge-Wan and Head of Department Dr Ramasamy Nagarajan of Department of Applied Geology get funding of around RM2 million from Sarawak Energy Berhad, the largest research project grants to be received by Curtin Sarawak.
  • Researchers from Curtin Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) develop world’s first index to assess traditional knowledge and language vitality simultaneously.
  • Higher degree by research (HDR) student Lue Ik Hong becomes Curtin Sarawak’s second recipient of MyBrain15 scholarship for postgraduate study.
  • Senior lecturer in Department of Chemical Engineering Dr. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh is honoured with Chemcon Distinguished Speaker (CDS) Award by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).
  • Associate Professor Dr. Michael K. Danquah of Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering is appointed member of Board of Trustees of Open Access Publishing London (OAPL).
  • Applied geology final-year student Ching Siu Jeen Ho is awarded Student Excellence Award at 36th Petroleum Geoscience Conference and Exhibition (PGCE) 2013. Ching and course mates Faidhi Yusoff, Intan Mashitah Amir Basha, and Malcolm Wong Kee Heng also took part in Student-Industry Geo-Quiz competition in conjunction with the conference, emerging among the top five teams.
  • Electrical power engineering student Esther Kueh Yue Ning became first Curtin Sarawak student to receive prestigious Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Award (MSEA).
  • Associate Professor Dr. Michael K. Danquah and Dr. Mesfin G. Woldetensay from Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering are shortlisted by The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia for IChemE Awards 2013.
  • Accounting and Finance student Ling Yi Qing is selected as apprentice to Sajith Sivanandan, Country Manager at Google Malaysia, following win in Graduan Apprentice Challenge.
  • 12 first-year business students from School of Business receive commendations from consumer product company MyBotto and Curtin Business School for outstanding marketing plans for MyBotto Project.
  • Senior lecturer in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Dr. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh is honoured with 3-year adjunct professorship from School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Hebei University of Science and Technology, China.
  • Curtin Sarawak retains its ‘Tier 5’ or ‘excellent’ rating under Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA ‘11).
  • Ground-breaking ceremony for RM500,000 Azman Islamic Centre at Curtin Sarawak officiated by Sarawak Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Family Development Rosey Haji Yunus.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs master agreement with Polar Light Sendirian Berhad, developer of Curtin Water housing project in Senadin, for rental of 34 units of double-storey terrace houses for off-campus student housing.
  • Curtin Sarawak offers PhD scholarships for research study in science, engineering and business.
  • Curtin Sarawak is awarded Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) Green Materials Award 2012 for research into the development of masonry blocks based on waste materials.
  • Over 100 heads and senior officers of federal departments and agencies in Sarawak attend postgraduate programmes preview conducted by Curtin Sarawak and Centre of Modern Management (CMM) in Kuching.
  • Curtin Sarawak students establish first East Malaysian chapter of AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organisation focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development.
  • Media Association for mass communication students is formed with the support of School of Business and its Department of Media, Culture and Communication.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Accounting Club (ACCS) and CPA Australia Student Charter (CPAASC) celebrate their tenth anniversary.
  • First ‘Curtin Grand Club Expo’ showcasing Curtin Sarawak’s student clubs held in the Recreation and Event Centre.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds its sixth Curtin Sarawak Open Day, which attracts a record 6,130 visitors.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of Curtin Sarawak organises its largest-ever Electronic Exhibition.
  • Curtin Career Fair 2012 sees the largest-ever number of employers being represented. 
  • Nine student ambassadors of John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) complete Rainwater Harvesting Project to help alleviate water shortages at Rumah Boniface Bada located in Suai District.
  • University students from Malaysia and Thailand, including 15 students of Curtin Sarawak, debate controversial issues and human rights at External MUN.CS Conference organised by Model United Nations Curtin Sarawak (MUN.CS).
  • Four John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) student ambassadors of Curtin Sarawak organise ‘The Forgotten Smiles’ project at a Penan village in Long Lamam.
  • 46 geology students carry out first-ever ‘Curtin Cave Cleanup’ to help conserve the Great Cave and Painted Cave at Niah National Park.
  • Curtin Leo Club organises ‘Leo Environmental Project’ with theme ‘Go Render the Environment Ever New’ featuring the innovative use of recyclable materials at Bintang Megamall.
  • Curtin Educational Excellence Facilitating Team (Curtin E-FacT) and University Life Department organise Curtin E-FacT Charity Run 2012 to raise funds for improvement of facilities and equipment in rural schools.
  • Group of environmentally-conscious students of Curtin Sarawak help raise environmental awareness amongst students of 21 primary schools in Miri with support of Curtin Sarawak, Miri Port Authority and Miri City Council’s Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Programme.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) holds first of a series of workshops on Optimisation and Optimal Control.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds first Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) Seminar.
  • Curtin Sarawak co-organises Borneo Engineering Symposium with Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Sarawak Branch; Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus; and Malaysia Cold-formed Steel Institute (MyCSI).
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch holds its largest-ever Electronic Exhibition.
  • John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) holds its 3rd John Curtin Leadership Camp (JCLC) for secondary school students.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds 7th Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering (CUTSE) Conference.
  • Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Accounting Club Curtin Sarawak hold MICPA-Curtin Leadership Camp.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs research agreement with EcoSteel Sdn. Bhd. for research project entitled ‘A Study on the Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Built-Up I Sections’ conducted by researchers Ir. Dr. Lau Hieng Ho, Dr. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman and Dr. Leblouba Moussa.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Sarawak Tourism Board sign MoU for collaborative development in fields of education, research and cultural events.
  • British Council Malaysia and Curtin Sarawak sign agreement under which the British Council appoints Curtin Sarawak as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Associate and the official IELTS Test Centre in Miri.
  • Research team comprising Dr. Pauline Ho Poh Ling, Dr. Goi Chai Lee, Fayrene Chieng and Ng Poh Yen awarded grant by East Asian Development Network (EADN) to carry out research project entitled ‘The Influence of Macro-Environment Forces on Transport Sustainability: A Case in Malaysia’.
  • Research project team from School of Engineering and Science secures RM137,000 grant from Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to conduct research on Efficient Low Power System-on-Chip Architectures.
  • Postgraduate student Calvin Chok Vui Soon is awarded Letter of Commendation from Chancellor of Curtin University for thesis entitled ‘Experimental Study of a Compartmented Fluidised Bed Gasifier for Fuel Gas Production from Oil Palm Shell Biomass’.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Red Crescent Voluntary Aid Detachment 57 (VAD 57) wins Best VAD Unit (Category A) Sarawak Branch Award for fourth consecutive year.
  • Curtin Young Associates (CYA) member Keeshaanan Sundaresan emerges winner of oratory competition held in conjunction with International Youth Leadership Convention.
  • Electrical and computer engineering student Chin Pin Rui receives award from Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for final-year project entitled ‘Ethernet Control AC Motor via PLC using LabVIEW’.
  • Curtin Sarawak higher degree research (HDR) student Billy Lau Pik Lik becomes first student from the university to receive MyBrain15 scholarship for postgraduate study.
  • Newly-formed Curtin Oratory and Debating Society (CODES) comes in second in Yayasan Sarawak English Debate Championship, its first competition.
  • Curtin Sarawak graduate Lee Syin Kit is among 12 recipients nationwide of Best Accounting Graduate 2011 Award presented by Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
  • Curtin Sarawak chemical engineering students Jeffrey Pang Kok Hooi, Jeremiah Ting Siew Hoo Goh Wui Seng, Anson Yong, and Oriekwo Eze bag runner-up prize in Honeywell UniSim Design Challenge 2012.
  • Curtin Sarawak alumnus Dr. Bay Yeo is presented Western Australia Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award 2012 at Engineers Australia’s WA Engineering Excellence Awards event in Perth.
  • ‘Foxtrot November Tango’ team from Curtin Sarawak comes in second in Malaysia finals of SAP Dashboard Design Competition 2012 Southeast Asia.
  • JCLA student ambassador Lim Chung Keat’s project, ‘A Closer Look into Kampong Speu – With a Desire to Give Back’ helps raise awareness of poverty in Cambodia.
  • Ground-breaking Ceremony for RM10 million Chancellery signals another chapter in the continued growth of Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak donates fixed assets worth over RM630,000 accumulated at the Riam Road temporary campus to Riam Institute of Technology.
  • Officials from the Ministry of Higher Education of Oman pay Curtin Sarawak a familiarisation visit, meet Omani students and lay the groundwork for the placement of Omani government scholars.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds Brand Campaign Launch to officially launch Curtin Sarawak’s newly-evolved brand attributes, new strategic advertising theme centred on Curtin’s new Make Tomorrow Better tagline and Curtinnovation theme, as well as new advertising and publication styles.
  • Dr Francois Therin is appointed Dean of School of Business.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches January Intake Programme for SPM, STPM and UEC school leavers.
  • Curtin’s Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) is introduced at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak receives recognition of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) for BComm (Accounting), BComm (Accounting & Finance), BComm (Accounting & Entrepreneurship) and BComm (Accounting and Marketing) programmes. Graduates of the programmes are eligible to sit MIA’s qualifying examinations and qualify as Chartered Accountants (Malaysia).
  • National President of Engineers Australia Merv Lindsay visits Curtin Sarawak in conjunction with Curtin Sarawak’s engineering programmes being granted accreditation by Engineers Australia.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches new Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering course jointly conducted in collaboration with the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (GippsTAFE) in Melbourne.
  • Students from 14 secondary schools who achieved exceptional academic results are rewarded with Curtin Awards of Excellence from Curtin Sarawak.
  • School of Foundation and Continuing Studies organises ‘BRAINnovation@Curtin’ workshop for secondary school students.
  • Accounting Club of Curtin Sarawak and Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) organise career talk for accounting students.
  • Curtin Sarawak partners United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS) to host Sustainable Development and Leadership Forum 2011 in conjunction with United Nations International Year of Forests 2011.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, University Life Department and the Curtin Young Associates (CYA) organise MSC Malaysia-Curtin ICT Career Camp themed ‘Ignite the Spark’ attended by 59 local secondary school students and supported by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
  • Diploma and Foundation Certificate Ceremony 2011 held at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds Graduation Ceremony 2011 at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club – the university’s tenth graduation event.
  • 55 scholarship and over 100 student and staff award recipients are recognised for their achievements at Award and Scholarship Ceremony 2011 held at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club.
  • First Curtin Sarawak Alumni Dinner for members of newly-formed Curtin Alumni Sarawak Chapter held at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club.
  • Student ambassadors of John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) team up with Kelabit community project enthusiast Rachel Kedung Bulan and Rurum Kelabit Sarawak (RKS) for project promoting sustainable waste disposal in Bario.
  • Curtin Open Day 2011 attracts over 5,500 visitors.
  • Students enrolled in January Intake Programme conduct activities for orphans at Kompleks Kebajikan Hamidah as part of their Malaysian Studies unit, ‘1 Malaysia, Caring Society’.
  • Staff of The Library conduct training for staff and students of SMK Lutong on cataloguing and classification of library books at their Resource Centre.
  • Curtin Volunteers! continue to organise bi-annual blood donation drive in collaboration with Miri Blood Bank, a tradition dating back to 2003.
  • Students and staff of School of Foundation and Continuing Studies organise donation drive in aid of 18 families who lost their homes in fire at Pujut Corner.
  • Curtin Young Associates (CYA) hosts its first CYA Camp themed ‘Jazz Your Mind’ for secondary school students.
  • Accounting Club of Curtin Sarawak co-organises first-ever Curtin Sarawak – CIMA Business Game with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
  • Teaching and Learning Committee at Curtin Sarawak and Office of Assessment, Teaching and Learning at Curtin Bentley jointly host ‘Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning International Conference 2011’ at Curtin Sarawak.
  • School of Business organises its first Postgraduate Colloquium as part of its continuing efforts to support postgraduate students by research.
  • Accounting Club of Curtin Sarawak and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) jointly organise ACCA – Curtin Sarawak Business Conference 2011.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s club for secondary school students, the Curtin Young Associates (CYA), hosts its first 2-day ‘CYA Camp’ camp themed Jazz Your Mind for its members in Miri.
  • CPA Australia Student Charter of Curtin Sarawak, in collaboration with CPA Australia, organises Financial Workshop with theme Your Money & Your Brain.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts launch of MyConstitution (PerlembagaanKu) Campaign in collaboration with Advocates Association of Sarawak (Miri Branch).
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts Selangkah ke Universiti programme for secondary school students in collaboration with Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) renew MoU signed in 2006 to extend and strengthen cooperation in education and training, research, exchange of facilities and staff development.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs collaborative research agreement (CRA) with Celtex Resources Sdn Bhd to undertake research project aimed at improving management of palm wastes produced by palm oil mills and developing more efficient and sustainable technology for treatment of palm-based wastes.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) is launched.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) offers Early Career Development Fellowships, Senior Research Fellowships and Visiting Fellowships to researchers interested in contributing to Curtin Sarawak’s research activities.
  • Third Year Applied Geology students of Curtin Sarawak conduct research in caves at Niah National Park. They map the cave passages, sediments, stalagmites and stalactites, and key features visible in cave ceilings and walls. They also produce the first published map of Painted Cave.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) appoints Professor Dr. Taufiq Yap of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) as its first visiting professor.
  • Mass communication students Cecilia Yii Siew Chen, Irene Wong Tien Tien and Wong Kee Fong emerge second runner-up in ‘Short Film/Mini Documentary’ category of MUFORS Road Reels Short Film Competition with 3-minute film entitled Turn Back.
  • A team of mechanical engineering students of Curtin Sarawak represent Sarawak at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011 at Sepang International Circuit. It was the second time a team from Curtin Sarawak participated in the international event.
  • Civil and Construction Engineering students Ngu Ung Chai, Tang Zing Wei and Wong Pei Yee emerge grand prize winners in national-level Inter-varsity Concrete Frisbee Competition 2011.
  • Second and third-year Civil and Construction Engineering students Chai Kah Seng, Raymond Chow Han Seng, Lam Ka Kitt, Tsang Kwan Yeon and Wong Siaw Jye come in third at Asia Pacific Universities Build and Break Competition 2011.
  • Research student Lue Ik Hong outshines students from other institutions of higher learning in Sarawak to claim first prize in 2011 Sarawak Open Source Competition.
  • Curtin Sarawak business students come in second in national-level investment quiz organised by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
  • Curtin Sarawak is one of 18 higher education institutions achieving Tier Five or ‘excellent’ status in 2009 Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA ’09).
  • Curtin Sarawak officially announces its name change to Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia in line with rebranding of Curtin University of Technology to Curtin University.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s accredited qualifications are listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR) following granting of self-accreditation status by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and recognition by Public Services Department (JPA).
  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) grants Curtin Sarawak self-accreditation status.
  • Professor Alistair Inglis is appointed Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor.
  • Professor Ian Kerr is appointed new Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak launches Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety programme conducted by the School of Foundation and Continuing Studies in collaboration with Curtin’s Vocational Training and Education Centre (Curtin VTEC) in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
  • School of Engineering and Science’s Science and Mathematics Department organises 5-day excursion for its Bachelor of Science undergraduate students to Kundasang and Mesilau in Sabah.
  • Curtin Sarawak obtains exemptions from most papers of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)’s professional examinations for its Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduates.
  • 430 students graduate from foundation programmes in commerce and arts, engineering and science, media and information technology at Certificate Ceremony 2010.
  • Curtin Sarawak is accorded recognition by Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), exempting its Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduates from completing Module A and Module B of the institute’s Professional Stage Examination.
  • 226 students graduate from postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at Curtin Sarawak’s ninth Graduation Ceremony.
  • A series of ‘Space Egg Challenge’ events are organised at secondary schools throughout Sarawak to instill interest in engineering and science among students.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts first Curtin International Agents’ Training Workshop for marketing agents from India, Pakistan. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Indonesia in collaboration with International Office at Curtin Bentley.
  • 12 English Language lecturers from Hanshan Normal University in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China attend 3-week English training course at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak holds Curtin Open Day 2010 which attracts a record 5,500 visitors.
  • Curtin Sarawak presents decommissioned English Language, science, economics and computing reference books from its library to SMK Lutong.
  • Over 300 community leaders attending Miri Division Community Leaders’ Seminar in Miri visit Curtin Sarawak as part of their seminar itinerary.
  • 172 Curtin Volunteers! spend two weekends carrying out community service projects at five longhouses and rural communities around Miri during John Curtin Weekend (JCW).
  • Curtin Volunteers! hold Annual Fundraising Event in support of Sarawak AIDS Concern Society and National Transplant Resource Centre.
  • JCLA student volunteers install solar panels to harness solar energy at cultural centre at Long Makabar under Project Care community outreach programme.
  • Team of student ambassadors organise charitable Blind Carnival or ‘B-Carnival’ in conjunction with Sarawak State-Level Blind Sports Carnival, raising over RM20,000 for charity.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts 3-day 10th Biennial Borneo Research Council (BRC) International Conference.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Curtin Bentley jointly host Displacement, Division and Renewal – Borneo Conference 2010.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Miri Branch co-host Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering (CUTSE) Conference 2010 themed ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers and Geologists’.
  • Accounting Club of Curtin Sarawak and Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) co-organise Leadership Camp.
  • School of Business holds sustainability assessment workshop themed ‘Building Multi Criteria Decision Making Models for Sustainability Assessment’.
  • Curtin Sarawak jointly organises international conference on ‘Linking Culture, Nature and Community through Ecotourism’ with Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) jointly host 7th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures 2011 (ICSAS11).
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts first Miri Youth Green Symposium for students from six secondary schools in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Financial Sector Talent Enrichment Programme (FSTEP) managed by Institut Bank-Bank Malaysia (IBBM) in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), committing to supplying quality graduates to FSTEP for its one-year fast track technical training programme.
  • Curtin Sarawak and Centre for Modern Management (CMM) in Kuching sign MoU for collaboration in developing and promoting consultancy and training programmes in Sarawak.
  • Schlumberger and Curtin Sarawak sign MoU and software licence agreement for non-exclusive, non-transferable and royalty-free use of Schlumberger’s licenced proprietary industry-standard software for processing and interpreting geoscience, reservoir and production related data for reservoir modelling and simulation.
  • Chemical engineering senior lecturer Tan Yin Ling is awarded 2010 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Early Career) by Curtin University.
  • International students Syed Jamal Kazni, Zhang Wen Qiong and Eze Oriekwo represent Curtin Sarawak at 4th Inter-Civilizational Youth Engagement Program (JUST IYEP4).
  • 30-second advertisement submitted by Bachelor of Arts (Media, Culture and Communication) students wins Honorable Mention Award for ‘Dare To Dream Challenge’ in conjunction with International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2010 (IGEM 2010).
  • Senior lecturer Dr. Goi Chai Lee of School of Business wins Curtin’s R&D Awards for Highest Research Performance, Highest Research Performance (Publications), Early Career Researcher Highest Research Performance, and Early Career Researcher Highest Research Performance (Publications) – the first time all four awards are won simultaneously by a Curtin Sarawak academic.
  • Four films submitted by Curtin Sarawak mass communication students are shortlisted among the top 13 entries in Detik-detik MH, Malaysia Airlines’ Short Film Competition.
  • Sekampung Sehati, one of four entries by Curtin Sarawak mass communication students is shortlisted for finals of Malaysia Airlines’ Detik-detik MH Short Film Competition, emerges winner of the People’s Choice Award.
  • Curtin Sarawak students Li Peng, Shaun Tan Mun Weng and Low Jia Wei win three prizes in 4th Sarawak Open Source Competition organised by Sarawak Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (SAINS).
  • Curtin Sarawak awards its 2009 Best Researcher and Best Research Paper Awards to Associate Professor Dr. Nader Nassif Barsoum of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ismail Ait Saidi, lecturer in economics and finance at the School of Business.
  • Lecturer Dr. M.V. Prasanna of Department of Applied Geology is presented award for ‘Best Publication for Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Science’ by Curtin Sarawak in recognition of achievement in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking.
  • Deputy Chief Minister and Chair of Curtin Sarawak Council Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam kicks off Curtin Sarawak’s 10th Anniversary celebration.
  • Curtin Sarawak marks its tenth anniversary with Celebration Event in new Recreation & Events Centre. The event includes launching of Phase 2 buildings and state-funded BioValley Park Project by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud.
  • Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung visits Curtin Sarawak.
  • Curtin Sarawak recognises the achievements of 30 top students from 15 secondary schools in Miri with Curtin Award of Excellence.
  • New building housing School of Business is officially named Lance Twomey Building in recognition of Professor Dato’ Lance Twomey’s contributions to Curtin Sarawak in his capacity as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University and member of Curtin Sarawak Protem Council.
  • Site works for first phase of BioValley Park at 10-acre site at Curtin Sarawak campus gets underway.
  • Professor Yudi Samyudia appointed Dean of School of Engineering and Science.
  • Curtin Sarawak commences enrolment for its January 2010 Intake Programme for the first time.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s second batch of business and process plant technology diploma students graduate from its School of Foundation & Continuing Studies.
  • Curtin Sarawak presents 200 computer programming and English language reference books to Industrial Training Institute of Miri (Institut Latihan Perindustrian Miri).
  • Curtin Sarawak organises Gold Ribbon Project (GRiP) in conjunction with University Life Month to raise funds for Sarawak Children Cancer Society (SCCS).
  • John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) holds ‘The Circus’, a musical event to raise funds for solar power project at Long Makabar. The RM20,000 project involved installing solar energy harnessing system at the remote community’s cultural centre.
  • Biodiversity experts from Malaysia and Australia gather for Curtin-MENGO Symposium 2009 at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Teaching and Learning Committee of Curtin Sarawak organises first Teaching and Learning Open Forum themed ‘Engaging Learners’.
  • School of Engineering and Science’s Department of Science & Mathematics hosts 1st Symposia on Geology 2009 with the theme ‘Current and Future Energy Solutions’.
  • First Curtin International Business Conference (CIBC 2009) held at Curtin Sarawak, launched by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Hou Kok Chung.
  • Careers and Counselling section of University Life Department organises inaugural Curtin Counselling Seminar.
  • 6th Undergraduate Business Conference themed ‘Awaken the Financial Genius Within’ is jointly organised by Curtin Sarawak Accounting Club, Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Australia and Fortress Wealth Advisory.
  • School of Business holds 2-day Qualitative Research Methodology Workshop.
  • Two documentaries, Irama Tradisional and Asi, made by final-year Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) students are shortlisted in Top Ten Films of the documentary category for finals of RTM’s Program Karyawan Muda film competition.
  • Curtin Sarawak Civil and Construction Engineering students Ahmed Faheem, Chin Chu Vun, Sarah Jane Okala, Rachel Wong and Tong Chung Wei come in second in ASEAN Universities Build-and-Break Competition 2009.
  • Four third-year Electronic and Communication Engineering students represent Curtin Sarawak at Malaysia Robot Contest.
  • Third-year Accounting, Banking and Finance students Millie Chang Hui Jin, Chin Bei Hao and Soon Yee Ling compete in finals of PNB Investment Quiz Competition.
  • Students of Curtin Sarawak emerge amongst the top contenders in competition held in conjunction with National Chemical Engineers Symposium (NACES 2009).
  • Chemical Engineering lecturer Lau Shiew Wei is awarded 2009 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Early Career) by Curtin University. Lim Yii Mei wins in Technical Essay Writing category, and Yong Hui Li, Veronica Yeo Shu Phing, Melissa Kho Xiao Ching and Liew Sing Yee are second runner-up in Power Point Technical Presentation category.
  • Civil and construction engineering senior Lecturer Dr Jayakumar Muthuramalingam and lecturer in marketing and management Lew Tek Yew are awarded for outstanding achievement in Curtin University’s Research Performance Index (RPI) Round 2009.
  • 16 students are selected for inaugural batch of student ambassadors for the John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) programme.
  • Inaugural Diploma Conferment sees graduation of its pioneer batch of 43 diploma graduates from its School of Foundation & Continuing Studies.
  • Dr Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah is appointed Dean of School of Business.
  • 6 students and staff from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), USA attend inaugural winter intersession programme conducted by Curtin Sarawak entitled “People and cultures of Borneo”.
  • Curtin China Student Association (CCSA) raises over RM10, 000 for Sichuan earthquake victims in China.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Outreach Programme initiates Rural Library Project to provide rural school libraries with sufficient books to promote learning.
  • Curtin Recreational Club (CRC) organises ‘Give Back Charity Dinner’, raising over RM40,000 for Mental Health Association (MHA), Miri Branch.
  • 150 students and staff divided into eight groups take part in John Curtin Weekend 2008, visiting eight longhouses and carrying out community projects over three days.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts first International Curtin University of Technology Science and Engineering (CUTSE) Conference in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak IEEE Student Branch organises Open Source Expo in conjunction with Software Freedom Day 2008, becoming the first private university in Sarawak to organise such an event.
  • Curtin Sarawak and University Sains Malaysia researchers conduct workshop on producing videos on environmental issues for secondary school students in Miri.
  • Accounting Club of Curtin Sarawak organises 5th Undergraduate Business Conference.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts School of Business Year-End Conference themed ‘Trends in Research Towards Modern Business Development’.
  • MSC Malaysia Incubator Initiative aimed at cultivating ICT-enabled entrepreneurship is launched at Curtin Sarawak in partnership with MSC Malaysia.
  • Murphy Sarawak Oil Co Ltd awards scholarships worth RM800,000 to 13 academically qualified students to undergo 2-year diploma in Process Plant Technology at Curtin Sarawak.
  • Nippon Oil Exploration Limited (NOEX) presents Isuzu D-Max 4-wheel-drive vehicle to Curtin Sarawak for conducting of geological study.
  • Third-year chemical engineering student Chan Kwai Hong is first runner-up in Technical Essay Writing Competition at National Chemical Engineering Symposium (NACES) 2008.
  • Curtin Sarawak civil engineering students place first and second in inaugural Build and Break Competition ahead of 28 other teams from 14 Malaysian universities.
  • Two documentaries produced by Curtin Sarawak Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) students are showcased on RTM1’s Program Karyawan Muda 2008.
  • Dr. Yudi Samyudia and Dr. Alexander Gorin are awarded Curtin Sarawak’s Best Researcher and Best Research Paper Awards respectively.
  • Electrical and computer engineering lecturer Terence Tan is awarded Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (EIT) Award 2008 by Curtin University.
  • Dr. Aaron Goh of Mechanical Engineering Department is awarded 2008 Young Scientist Award by American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International Rheology Division.
  • Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, visits Curtin Sarawak for the first time and officiates commencement of Phase II Development.
  • Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Mustapha Mohamed, visits Curtin Sarawak.
  • 89 students volunteer for annual John Curtin Weekend, carrying out rural outreach community projects at four longhouses in Miri District.
  • More than 200 people witness the planting of trees on the campus, an initiative by Curtin Sarawak and Sarawak Ministers and Assistant Ministers’ Wife Association (SABATI).
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts students and teachers from Jurong Junior College Singapore for 10- day ‘Educational Tour on Engineering at Curtin Sarawak Programme’.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts Crossing Borders: 2007 Borneo Conference in Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak signs MoU with Malaysian Pepper Board for research partnership on “Fine Particle Formation by Rapid Expansion of the Supercritical Solution (RESS) of Black Pepper’s Bioactive Compounds – Design, Optimisation & Experimental Studies”.
  • Nippon Oil Exploration enters into agreement with Curtin Sarawak to fund in-depth study into geology of northwest region of Borneo. Study is focused on oil and gas exploration and obtaining refined geological information on subsurface reservoirs and evaluating potential and feasibility of porous layers for CO2 sequestration.
  • Engineering students David Low Jia Wei and Lim Ee Lee win second prize in Scope International ICT Competition 2007 for their MobiPass project, a mobile ticketing solution using SMS service.
  • “Nenek Inyak”, short documentary made by Mass Communication students Rachel Chee Keen Mey, Emily Chang Wee Yei, Ruby Yeo Sing Yee and Diyana Nawar Kasimon is awarded AFP 2006 Jury Special Award for Best Cinematography at 2006 Short Film Awards.
  • Chemical Engineering students Tan Ai Mian, Diana Sim Tze Mei, Fam Chui Ling and Satakshee Jethwani are awarded The Macnab Medal for Excellence in Design by Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK.
  • Students David Wong Liang Tai, Chan Chen Shyang and John Lau Kah Soon win Sarawak Open Source Competition Gold Award for Reprogrammable Intelligent Battery Charger.
  • Senior lecturer of civil and construction engineering Dr. Djwantoro Hardjito and Head of the Department of Marketing and Management Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah win Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (EIT) Awards.
  • Curtin University Chancellor Gordon Martin and Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeannette Hacket visit Curtin Sarawak for the first time and witness signing of MOUs for collaboration with oil and gas industry partners.
  • Curtin University of Technology confers Honorary Doctorate of Technology on YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • Curtin Sarawak’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status is renewed for another five years.
  • Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia, visits Curtin Sarawak.
  • Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of Curtin Sarawak Council Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan officiates ground breaking ceremony for Curtin Sarawak’s Phase II expansion.
  • Professor Dr John Evans is appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak.
  • Dr Chua Han Bing appointed Director of School of Engineering and Science.
  • Accreditation of engineering programmes – BEng Electrical, BEng Computer System, BEng Civil and Construction Engineering and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering – is carried out.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts inaugural Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Engineering (CUTSE) Conference.
  • School of Engineering and Science offers five PhD research scholarships.
  • Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry appoints Curtin Consultancy Services (M) Sdn Bhd to undertake Business Confidence Survey in Miri.
  • Acting Director, School of Pre-University Studies Beena Giridharan is awarded Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA) Fellowship Award.
  • Beena Giridharan receives 2006 Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching (CAAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • The presence of Curtin Sarawak is instrumental in Miri being declared a city on 20 May 2005 as one of the conditions for attaining city status was the presence of a university.
  • Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development & Communications YB Lee Kim Shin is awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Curtin in recognition of his role on the initial planning committees and ongoing commitment as Chair of the Curtin Sarawak Management Board, and member of the Sarawak Council and Board of Directors.
  • Professor Graham Lodwick is appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak.
  • Tan Ka Kheng is appointed Director of School of Engineering and Science.
  • Curtin Volunteers! raise funds for the Sunflower Special Olympics, Miri Chapter to support the participation of special athletes from Miri and Limbang at Special Olympics in Sabah, West Malaysia and overseas.
  • Curtin Sarawak donates books worth RM13,000 to Pustaka Miri and Miri City Council Library.
  • Curtin Sarawak students are involved in Miri City Incorporated (MCI) Market Research, helping interview up to 4,500 Mirians from all walks of life.
  • Student numbers swell to 1,800, with a significant number of international students. Academic staff numbers increase to 90.
  • Professor Laurie Hegvold is appointed Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak.
  • First degree graduation ceremony for 308 students from commerce and engineering degree programmes is held. Notable among them are the first batch of 15 engineering students, most of whom started their programmes in the pioneering year of 1999.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) annual conference in Miri. Deputy Minister of Higher Education YB Dato Fu Ah Kiow officiates at the opening.
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy and Communication (SECOM), a cooperative effort between Curtin academics in Sarawak and Perth, receives grant from State Information & Resources Council to carry out feasibility study on cost-effective rural communications network.
  • Dr Hong Ming Yan from School of Engineering is awarded Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Individual/Team Award.
  • Dr Geoff Gallop, Premier of Western Australia, visits Curtin Sarawak, during which he announces that the Western Australia Government would fund five Western Australia Premier’s Scholarships for final year students to complete their degrees in Perth. He also officiates naming of Harry Perkins Lecture Theatre dedicated to former Curtin University Chancellor Harry Perkins.
  • Staff of Curtin Sarawak’s Admissions and Enrolments Office are first campus recipients of prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award presented by Curtin Chancellor Dr Eric Tan on his first visit to Curtin Sarawak.
  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad visits Curtin Sarawak. Curtin Sarawak was established during his tenure as Prime Minister.
  • Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy is appointed Director of School of Engineering and Science.
  • 5th Sarawak Campus Council meeting held in conjunction with graduation ceremony focuses on achievement in student numbers, enrolment forecasts, implementation of Master of Petroleum
    Technology course for Shell.
  • New purpose-built campus in Senadin is occupied and classes for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering programmes commence.
  • New campus in Senadin is officially opened by Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud. Also attending are Western Australia Minister of Education, Indigenous Affairs and Sports and Recreation, Alan Carpenter, and then Malaysian Defence Minister Dato Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.
  • Curtin confers Honorary Doctorate of Technology on Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam in recognition of his efforts in establishing Curtin Sarawak, as well as his contribution to development of the State and Miri in particular.
  • Classes for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering programmes commence at new campus.
  • First students graduate with Bachelor of Commerce degrees.
  • Number of courses approved by Ministry of Higher Education and National Accreditation Board (LAN) grows from modest 4 in 1999 to 25 – 5 at foundation level, 11 in School of Business (including nine double majors), and 9 in School of Engineering and Science; Master’s and doctorates in engineering by research are approved.
  • Curtin Sarawak hosts its first international conference, the Higher Education for the 21st Century Conference (he21).
  • Funded research projects in fields of science and engineering include topics such as power quality and parallel computing for global information system application.
  • Curtin Sarawak is awarded Multimedia Super Corridor status by the Malaysian Federal Government, becoming the first private university branch campus in Malaysia to achieve such status.
  • Ten new academic appointments are made in School of Engineering and Science with planned expansion of programmes in 2002.
  • Bachelor Engineering (Civil & Mechanical Engineering) is introduced.
  • Graduation ceremony for 72 foundation programme students held at Holiday Inn Miri.
  • Curtin Sarawak Research Forum is held in Kuching for key research and academic staff and representatives of highest levels of government to identify opportunities for joint research between Sarawak Government, Curtin Sarawak and Curtin Bentley.
  • Sarawak State Government, Curtin University and Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd sign MoU to undertake joint research on issues and opportunities relevant to the State, including rainforest knowledge industries, developing sustainable agricultural methods, production and marketing of spice crops, and use of peat swamps for agricultural crops.
  • MoU is signed between Vice-Chancellor Professor Lance Twomey on behalf of Curtin University and Professor Yusuf Hadi, Vice-Chancellor of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), for academic cooperation between the two universities.
  • Formal notification of registration of campus is received from Ministry of Education. The registration number – KP/JPS/DFT/US/YO1 – affirms Curtin Sarawak’s status as the first recognised foreign branch campus in Malaysia.
  • Curtin University confers honorary Doctor of Technology on Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud in recognition of his strong support for Curtin in Sarawak.
  • Professor Kevin McKenna is appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak.
  • First semester classes commence for commerce and engineering with 431 undergraduate students (281 new and 151 re-enrolments). Academic staff number 42.
  • First postgraduate programme (Master of Business Administration) commences with 35 students.
  • Undergraduate courses in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Electronic and Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are introduced.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power and Computer Systems) course is introduced.
  • MoU is signed between Shell International Exploration and Production BV, Curtin University and Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd formalising cooperation and collaboration in training and development of Shell staff.
  • Curtin Sarawak establishes Peat and Marine Soils Research Centre to investigate alternative cost-effective technologies for constructing roads and buildings in peat soil.
  • Initial seeding budget of RM50,000 to support staff initiatives in research and development was initiated by Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF) Committee chaired by Dr Barbara Stauble, a lecturer of School of Engineering and Science.
  • Strategic Planning Workshop is held in Miri for senior representatives of Curtin University of Technology and the Sarawak Government.
  • Foundation stone for permanent campus in Senadin is laid by Minister of Education Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
  • Site clearing and earthworks commence at new 1,000-acre campus in Senadin.
  • Associate Professor Frank Sheehy is appointed Academic Director, and Mr. Dennis Ham Administration Director.
  • Initial academic and general staff are selected and appointed.
  • Contractors hand over temporary Riam Road Campus to the University. First semester of instruction commences. First semester of instruction with 23 academic staff members and 220 students with support from visiting lecturers from Perth commences.
  • First participants in Curtin Business School (CBS) Curtin Sarawak Scholarship Programme arrive in Miri for a semester of study in Bachelor of Commerce courses.
  • Election of first Curtin Sarawak Student Council is held.
  • East Malaysian Chapter of Curtin Alumni and Friends is established.
  • Signing of MoU between Curtin University and Sarawak delegation headed by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, for development of academic cooperation.
  • Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is incorporated.
  • Letter of invitation to establish university campus is issued to Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd by Minister of Education Dato Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
  • Refurbishment of Riam Road Middle School as temporary campus commences.
  • Taken from the writings of John Curtin, the words “look ever forward” become our official university motto.
  • Student enrolments top 18,000 at Curtin in Australia
  • Curtin accepts its first students as a university.
  • WAIT is reborn as Curtin University of Technology, named after the former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin.
  • Just under 10,000 students attend WAIT.
  • Three institutions are merged with WAIT: The Western Australian School of Mines (originally opened in 1902), the Muresk Agricultural College (dating from 1926) and Schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.
  • Nearly 3,000 students attend WAIT during its first year.
  • WAIT officially opens.
  • The State Government approves the establishment of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT).

Last update: 26 January 2018

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