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Professor Ir. Yudi Samyudia is appointed the new Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor. Replacing Professor Alistair Inglis. Professor Samyudia’s appointment represents a coming of age for Curtin Sarawak in that it is the first time that someone from within the ranks of its employees has been appointed to one of the two senior positions normally filled by an Australian.

Curtin Sarawak achieves ISO 9001: 2008 certification, delivered by certifying agency SIRIM QAS Sdn. Bhd. It brings Curtin Sarawak in line with Curtin University’s campuses in Perth and Singapore, which have also achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.

Higher degree by research (HDR) student Lue Ik Hong becomes Curtin Sarawak’s second recipient of MyBrain15 scholarship for postgraduate study.

Curtin Sarawak and the Samling Group of Companies sign MoU on collaborative development. The MoU aims to enhance collaboration in student development through placement, internship, scholarships and bursaries, guest lectures, industrial visits and other related matters, as well as establish collaboration in staff development and staff exchange programmes, explore opportunities for consultancies, research, and projects of mutual interest; and collaboration in CSR activities.




Curtin Sarawak achieves a Tier 5 or “Excellent” rating for Engineering in the new Discipline-Based Rating System (D-Setara) introduced by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to rate the quality of teaching and learning of undergraduates in Malaysian higher learning institutions.

Dr. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is honoured with a Chemcon Distinguished Speaker (CDS) Award by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). The CDS Award is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of chemical engineering either in academia or in industry.

Dr. Amandeep S. Sidhu of the Curtin Sarawak Research Institute co-organises the 1st International Symposium on Biomedical Data Infrastructure (BDI 2013) in Kuala Lumpur with Dr. Sarinder K. Dhillon from University of Malaya. The symposium discusses the next generation of information integration approaches that are needed to ensure increasing infrastructure agility required for high-throughput biomedical research.


Associate Professor Dr. Michael K. Danquah of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering is appointed member of the Board of Trustees of Open Access Publishing London (OAPL).







Applied geology final-year student Ching Siu Jeen Ho is awarded a Student Excellence Award at 36th Petroleum Geoscience Conference and Exhibition (PGCE) 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. Ching and her course mates Faidhi Yusoff, Intan Mashitah Amir Basha, and Malcolm Wong Kee Heng also took part in the Student-Industry Geo-Quiz competition in conjunction with the conference, emerging among the top five teams.

Curtin Sarawak receives the head of the Papua Human Resources Development Board, Dr. Zakharias Giay, on a familiarisation visit to the campus.

Curtin Sarawak holds its annual Award and Scholarship Ceremony and graduation ceremonies for its graduating classes of 2012, and annual dinner for its alumni.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) congratulates Curtin Sarawak on the establishment of its SPE Student Chapter.

Electrical power engineering student Esther Kueh Yue Ning became the first Curtin Sarawak student to receive the prestigious Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Award (MSEA).

Eight teaching staff of Curtin Sarawak receive TAE Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (GippsTAFE). Curtin Sarawak and GippsTAFE also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the provision of annual GippsTAFE Curtin Sarawak Scholarships for three years to outstanding Malaysian students to pursue GippsTAFE diplomas at Curtin Sarawak.




Newly established Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak organises first Curtin Engineering Symposium (CES).

Four student members of Accounting Club Curtin Sarawak (ACCS) represented the university at the 12th Inter-Varsity Accounting Quiz (IVAQ).

First batch of eight undergraduate students from Curtin Bentley under Australian and Malaysian government-sponsored AsiaBound programme spend two weeks in Miri visiting local communities to give them a global perspective and an understanding of local cultures as well as the development of the state.


Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin Sarawak organises inaugural 2-day Curtin Engineering Symposium.


Professor Jim Mienczakowski assumes position of Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak, taking over from Professor Ian Kerr.




Curtin Sarawak launches IELTS Preparatory Course, a comprehensive course that prepare participants to take the IELTS test at Curtin Sarawak, an IELTS Associate and IELTS Test Centre.

26 students from Jin Shan Middle School of Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China attend 4-day Summer English Camp at Curtin Sarawak.

Over 400 new students enrolled in July (Semester 2) intake kick off their university careers with ‘O-Week’ activities on campus.







Two projects proposed by the Office of R&D arising from the research plans of senior lecturer Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan and Head of Department Dr. Ramasamy Nagarajan, both from the Department of Applied Geology, get funding from Sarawak Energy Berhad. The projects are valued at around RM2 million and are the largest research project grants to be received by Curtin Sarawak.

Curtin Sarawak IEEE Student Branch and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EBMS) Malaysia Chapter host 2-day 4th Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) National Exhibition at Curtin Sarawak.

Curtin Sarawak signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of student learning activities, training, research and collaborative projects with eBario Sendirian Berhad and Rurum Kelabit Sarawak.

Curtin Sarawak appoints Professor Michael Cloke as its new Dean of School of Engineering and Science.

Curtin Sarawak holds its seventh Curtin Sarawak Open Day which is attended by a record 7,412 visitors.

Two project proposals by Curtin Sarawak are awarded funding under the AsiaBound Grants Programme 2014.







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 Sarawak launches its Leadership and Entrepreneurship Centre (LEC), which functions as its student and community development arm.

Curtin Sarawak signs MoUs with Teach for Malaysia (TFM), under which TFM provides expertise in supporting training sessions for 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.

Researchers from Curtin Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) develop world’s first index to assess traditional knowledge and language vitality simultaneously. Researchers from Curtin Sarawak comprise ethnobiologist Dr. Merlin Franco of Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI); Bibi Aminah Abdul Ghani, Curtin Sarawak’s Dean of School of Continuing Studies; and Syafitri Hidayati, a PhD student at CSRI.

Two academics from Curtin Sarawak, Associate Professor Dr. Michael K. Danquah and Dr. Mesfin G. Woldetensay from the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering and Science, were shortlisted by The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia for the IChemE Awards 2013. They were nominated for the Innovator of the Year and the Petrochemical Processing awards, respectively.


Curtin Sarawak establishes key partnerships for training and development with the Multimedia Development Corporation Sendirian Berhad (MDeC) and Agilent Technologies Sales (M) Sendirian Berhad.