Curtin Malaysia is the largest international campus of Western Australia’s Curtin University. It is a globally-focused tertiary institution with more than 4,000 students from more than 45 countries. Highly-qualified teaching staff from some 15 countries further strengthen its international outlook.
Students are offered flexibility in completing their degrees where they can study part of their degree at the main campus in Perth or Curtin’s Singapore campus. Studying at Curtin Malaysia not only ensures graduates a world-class Curtin degree and the practical experience required to further their careers, but through accreditation of the courses offered, recognition of their qualifications both nationally and internationally.
Like its Australian parent, Curtin Malaysia is recognised for its practical research. The campus continues to rapidly ramp up its already strong research capacities. This includes the development of a RM50 million Bio-technology Centre and the new RM20 million Faculty of Engineering and Science building with facilities for teaching and postgraduate work to meet the particular research needs of government and industry.
Since its establishment in 1999, Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science has experienced exponential growth in its enrolment of courses under its Bachelor of Engineering programme. While its flagship chemical, civil and construction, computer systems, electrical power, electronic and communication, mechanical and mechatronic engineering courses continue to attract greater numbers of students, newer niche courses in petroleum engineering and environmental engineering are also seeing a growing demand.
Meanwhile, its Faculty of Business joined the world’s elite business institutions following approval of accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) of its parent Curtin Business School (CBS) at Curtin University last year. It is the first university in East Malaysia and one of only 14 in ASEAN that is AACSB accredited.
Having AACSB accreditation adds value to the Curtin qualifications that students earn at the Faculty and opens doors for more international collaboration.
Curtin Malaysia offers courses in engineering and related sciences, business and humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as foundation courses in engineering and science, business and arts that feed directly into its undergraduate programmes. All courses are identical to those offered at its Australian parent.
The Student Experience
Curtin Malaysia continues to create new learning spaces equipped with the latest technological advances in teaching and learning such as distributed learning technology to support active student learning. These new facilities complement an already extensive list of campus facilities, including a modern library, state-of-the-art laboratories, computer labs and learning spaces, food and retail outlets, health centre, secure student housing and a range of sports and recreational facilities.
Aiming to produce graduates of the highest calibre, Curtin Malaysia encourages student learning and development beyond the classroom by providing students a variety of leadership roles through various student clubs and student development programmes. In addition, its partnerships and strong links with government, industry and community further enrich the learning experience of students and ensure their skills and expertise are aligned with the changing demands of today’s world.
Recognition and Accreditation
- IChemE Award for Innovation and Excellence under the Petrochemical Processing category at the IChemE Malaysia Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2014.
- In 2014, Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) conferred the IEEE Region 10 Larry K. Wilson Award to electrical power engineering graduate Esther Ling Pi Ya, the first Malaysian to win such an award.
- In 2015, four final-year chemical engineering students won the 2015 APAC-EMEA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa) Honeywell UniSim Design Challenge award. Curtin Malaysia students also excelled in the 2014 challenge, topping the Asia-Pacific region, a first for a Malaysian team and group entry.
- In 2015, petroleum engineering students Lim Kean Chuan, Teh Ean Nee and Lee Yong Ler won the 2015 Scomi Mud Innovation Challenge, beating teams from the UK, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia.
- In 2016, Eleanor Wong Shi Ee, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduate was among 11 Malaysian graduates who were conferred the prestigious Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) ‘Excellence Award for Best Accounting Graduate 2015’.
Engineering courses are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and Engineers Australia (EA), such as the Bachelor degrees in Chemical, Civil & Construction, Computer System, Electrical Power, Electronic & Computer and Mechanical engineering. The Chemical Engineering course is also accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), United Kingdom.
Accredited or recognised business courses, meanwhile, include the Bachelor of Commerce single major in Accounting, and double majors in Accounting & Banking, Accounting & Entrepreneurship, and Accounting & Finance by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), CPA Australia, Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and Malaysian Institution of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Curtin Sarawak Malaysia (CSM) Scholarships
- Pro Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships
- Dean’s Scholarships
- Western Australia Government Scholarships
- Yayasan Sarawak Loan
- PTPTN Loan
- Social Security Organisation (SOSCO) Education Loan
- EPF Withdrawal Scheme for Education
- External scholarships such as Daiken and STA, Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarships, Yayasan Sarawak Bestari Scholarships, Sabah Government Scholarships, Tunas Potensi and Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC)