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Sarawak Garden opened at Curtin main campus

Miri – 13 December 2017 – A special event to showcase a new Sarawak inspired garden to visiting Pro-Chancellor Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan of Curtin University, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) and the Curtin Malaysia Board of Directors was held recently at the main campus of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

According to Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, the garden created by staff of the main campus’ Public Places team with plants and shrubs indigenous to this region, provides a special connection to the Malaysian campus in Miri, Sarawak for staff and students at the main campus. An Australian garden will also be developed at the Malaysian campus.

“Over the past 18 years, Curtin Malaysia has played a crucial role in the University’s global presence and its institutional strengths have enhanced our international reputation,” Professor Terry remarked during the event.

“This garden also serves as a tribute to the dedicated people at the Curtin Malaysia campus, who through the years have worked hard to build its reputation both within Malaysia and internationally and helped Curtin establish a firm foothold in the region.

We are pleased that Curtin Malaysia is today an institution that the whole of Curtin and our respective nations can be proud of, and our bold men and women continue to work relentlessly in propelling the campus and the University forward into the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Chan said Curtin Malaysia was very honoured to have such a beautifully landscaped garden in Perth dedicated to it. He thanked all those who envisioned such a garden and spent considerable time and effort in making it a reality.

Like Professor Terry, he said the garden went beyond being a representation of the campus in Miri and was a fitting tribute to the campus’ founders, both in Sarawak and in Western Australia, who had the bold vision of creating Curtin’s first international campus in the state and making it an institution of transforming influence and enduring significance.

He added that with the advent of the garden, both campuses were marking the key milestone and recognition of Curtin Malaysia’s emerging role as Curtin’s global hub in Asia and the promise that brings to its ongoing growth and success.

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Curtin Malaysia Pro-Chancellor Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan presenting Professor Terry a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Sarawak Garden.

Professor Terry presenting Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan a framed photograph of the Sarawak Garden.