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TRIA Programme participants experience Curtin Malaysia

Miri – 11 May 2017 – Over 100 Form 5 students and 11 teachers from nine secondary schools in Northern Sarawak got to experience student life at Curtin University, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) when the university hosted the second day of the 3-day Northern Zone Training and Industrial Awareness (TRIA) Programme in Miri recently.

The TRIA Programme, jointly organised by the Workforce Development Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS), is aimed at exposing secondary school students to opportunities in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which has become a significant focus for the state.

Curtin Malaysia was the host university for the Northern Zone and saw eager students from SMK Merbau, SMK Agama Miri, SMK Taman Tunku, SMK Lopeng Tengah, SMK Pujut, SMK Riam, SMK Dato Permaisuri, SMK Merapok and SMK Limbang converging on its campus for a day of interesting activities designed to inspire them to pursue an education relevant to the state’s industrial needs and empower them to become future change makers.

The day started with an opening ceremony officiated by Sarawak Deputy Director of Education Abang Mat Ali bin Abang Masagus, followed by a talk entitled ‘What’s Engineering’ by Associate Professor Vincent Lee, Deputy Dean of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science.

In her welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony, Curtin Malaysia Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Beena Giridharan thanked the Workforce Development Unit and TEGAS for continuing to make Curtin Malaysia a partner in their TRIA Programme.

“Initiatives like this are very much aligned with our own ideals and it is always a pleasure to work with organisations that share our passion for educating and creating career opportunities for our young people, and helping develop human capital for the state and nation,” she remarked.

According to Professor Giridharan, such exposure to industry is important in broadening students’ learning, exposing them to career opportunities and developing interest in further technical and vocational studies following their SPM. She hoped that whatever insights they gained at Curtin Malaysia would inspire them to achieve their career goals.

The rest of the day included a tour of the campus, hands-on activities facilitated by the staff and students of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at an ‘Engineer’s Land’ showcase, activities by student volunteers of the Curtin Young Associates (CYA), and a ‘Creative Learning Strategy – Mind Maps’ workshop by Haji Syahrul Nizam bin Junaini, senior lecturer from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

For more information on Curtin Malaysia, visit its website (, its Facebook page (CurtinMalaysia), Twitter profile (curtinmalaysia), Google+ page (Curtin Malaysia) or Instagram (curtinmalaysia).

Professor Giridharan welcoming participants.

TEGAS TVET promotions and special projects manager Sabatini Jihob presenting souvenir to
Abang Mat Ali.

Participants looking forward to an eventful day.

Curtin Malaysia lecturers and students teach participants about chemical engineering.

Partcipants engaged in an engineering problem-solving activity.

Head of Applied Geology Department Dr Bill Downey talking to participants.