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Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus)
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
Type Private
Established 2000
Officer in charge
Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen
Chancellor Bill Scales AO
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young
Pro-Chancellor Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud
Students 1,270 (2007) [1]
Location Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Campus Sarawak

Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) is the only foreign branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Established in 2000, Swinburne Sarawak operates as a partnership between the Sarawak State Government and Swinburne Australia. The initiative behind the Sarawak campus is part of a long term strategy by Swinburne Australia to "globalize its operations and provide its students with international living, working and learning opportunities".[2]

The Swinburne Sarawak campus now operates as a full-fledged branch campus, joining five other Swinburne campuses in Melbourne, Australia, and is under the academic control of Swinburne's Higher Education Division in Australia. Courses offered are identical to those available in Melbourne and graduates are awarded Australian testamurs.[3]


In 1998, the Sarawak Foundation led a study into future human resource needs for the state of Sarawak. The study findings prompted the Sarawak State Government's initiative to invite a foreign, technologically focused University to be set up in Sarawak. As a result of close ties between Sarawak and Australia, the Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia was identified by the State Government as a viable partner in assisting the state's educational needs.[4] Following a long-term strategy by Swinburne Australia to "globalize its operations and provide all Swinburne students worldwide with international living, working and learning opportunities",[2] and the approval of the then Minister of Education of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak in 1999, [5] the Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology was set up within a State Office Complex building at Jalan Simpang Tiga.Kuching, Sarawak.

Operating as a partnership between the Sarawak Foundation and the Sarawak Higher Education Foundation, the campus welcomed a first batch of 130 students in August, 2000.[6] The campus was officiated by Abdul Taib Mahmud (the Chief Minister of Sarawak) on June 13, 2001.[7]

Following a press conference in Kuching by Datuk Adenan Satem, then Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, who is also Chair of the Swinburne University of Technology, the Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology was officially granted status as a university branch campus in June 10, 2004, effectively becoming Swinburne's sixth and latest campus, joining five other campuses in Melbourne, Australia. The University was since then known as Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and was, at the time, the fifth branch campus university in the country. Student population was at 700.[3][8]

Work on a RM110 million (approx AUD$46 million) campus expansion started in late 2005, aiming to boost student capacity to 5,000 and further expand its facilities. This project was wholly funded by the Malaysian Government [9]. Construction on the extended campus was completed in August 2008.[2][9] By then, Swinburne Sarawak had grown to having more than 2,500 full-time students from over 30 countries.[10]

The Grand Opening ceremony for the new extended campus was held on 23 August, 2008 by Abdul Taib Mahmud as Chief Minister of Sarawak.[6]


Swinburne Sarawak is located on a 16.5-acre (67,000 m2) campus near Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching.


The university operates as a Branch Campus of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. It is 75% owned by the Malaysian Government and 25% owned by Swinburne University [3].

The university inherits Swinburne University's Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive manages the Branch Campus affairs day-to-day [11] and the Chief Minister of Sarawak is Pro-Chancellor of the campus [3].


Building A as seen from the Multi-storey Car Park

The new extended campus completed in 2008 introduced eight new buildings on Swinburne Sarawak's 16.5-acre site. The new buildings consist of the Chancellery (Building A), Business, IT and Science block (Building B), a Lecture Theater (Building L), Engineering Block (Building E), Male and Female Hostels (Buidling H & HM), a Multi-purpose Hall (Building R) and a Multi-storey Car Park (Building P). Previously existing buildings were the Language & Foundation Block (Building G), the Cafeteria, and Lecture Annexes 1 and 2.

In total, the new extended campus provide 37 tutorial rooms and 83 laboratories, of which 34 are for engineering, 10 for research, 24 for computers and 15 for science.[9]

Chancellery (Building A)[edit]

Facing the main gate of the Swinburne Sarawak Campus, the Chancellery houses the Business Development and Communications Department, taking up both wings of the ground floor. Also planned to be located on the ground floor are a bookshop and a cafeteria.

The campus library, also known as the Information Resources Center, takes up the entire first floor extending to the Business, IT and Science Block. Built to accommodate up to 700 students, the library is equipped with automated Library Management Software Services and provides access to the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), allowing bibliographic search and loan status information of library materials seemlessly via the Internet. Also, students will find a range of printed, electronic and audiovisual reference materials at their disposal.

Business, IT and Science Block (Building B)[edit]

Fully equipped tutorial rooms

Standing at eight-floors high, Building B includes 30 tutorial rooms, 8 science labs, 10 discussion rooms, 34 staff rooms, research labs, computer labs, printing rooms and meeting rooms. All tutorial rooms are equipped with LCD projectors, computers and Internet access. Computer laboratories are equipped with up-to-date hardware and multimedia applications catering to the demands of multimedia students.

Engineering Block (Building E)[edit]

Located right next to Building B, the Engineering Block houses 44 laboratories and workshops catering to almost every area of engineering. A sum of RM9 million has been allocated for engineering equipment of Robotics laboratories, Mechatronics System Design labs, Geotechnical labs, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) labs, Telecommunications labs, Radio Frequency labs, Design and Simulation labs, Software Research labs, Fluid labs and workshop, machine workshop and so on.

Lecture Theater (Building L)[edit]

Boasting a capacity of 350, the lecture theater occupies a total area of 10,244 sq feet and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual system and sound-proof walls.

Multi-purpose Hall (Building R)[edit]

A Multi-purpose Hall provides sports facilities such as badminton, squash and basketball courts, table-tennis and a fully-equipped gymnasium. A stage and its capacity of 1,000 allows ceremonies, functions and extra-curricular activities to be held. A student lounge at the first floor equipped with furniture and LCD televisions further caters to students' recreational needs.

Multi-storey Car Park (Building P)[edit]

A seven-storey car park located just by the campus entrance accommodates around 500 vehicles. Opened to students, staff and visitors alike, the car park is well-lit and equipped with CCTVs and is patrolled by guards. Two tennis courts take up the roof of the building. It is also notable that there are 250 parking bays situated around the campus other than those in the multi-storey car park.

On-Campus Hostel (Building H & HM)[edit]

G Block, formerly a State Office Complex

Although availability is limited, students from outside of Kuching are given the opportunity of on-campus accommodation. Two blocks of male and female hostels house more than 430 students. Rooms are fully-furnished and are equipped with either a ceiling fan or air-conditioner. A student common lounge equipped with televisions and sofa, kitchen, laundry room and washrooms are situated at every floor. Wireless Internet access are also available to all hostel occupants.

Security guards are stationed on 24-hours duty at hostel entrances. Hostel wardens appointed by the University overlook the responsibility of the well-being of the hostel, its residents and also disciplinary matters.[12]

Administration, Language and Foundation Block (Building G)[edit]

Formerly a State Office Complex, the nine-storey Building G served as the main building of the Swinburne Sarawak campus in the early years. Upon completion of the new extended campus, Building G now houses classrooms used mainly for Language and Foundation courses. An auditorium is situated on the ground floor. The campus Student Information Center, Finance Department and Student Administration take up the first floor.

Network and Internet connection[edit]

Supported by a 45Mbps internet connection[13], the campus is wired by Cisco Systems Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID), comprising of a 1Gbps Gigabit Ethernet backbone and a 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for connection to desktops.[14]

As part of the campus network configuration, wireless internet connection coverage are available campus-wide.



Foundation Studies[edit]

Swinburne Sarawak offers foundation studies for students who have completed SPM or any other equivalent levels, designed to prepare for their undergraduate studies. The foundation courses are conducted under the School of Language & Foundation. The courses offered are:[15]

Undergraduate Studies[edit]

Undergraduate studies are available to students who have completed the Swinburne Foundation Studies, STPM or any other equivalent levels. The courses offered by their respective schools are:[16]

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

Postgraduate courses are also offered by research. The courses available are:


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