|Accreditations||About Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is the international branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. The Sarawak campus opened in Kuching, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, in 2000.
The campus is a partnership between Swinburne Australia and the Sarawak government. The campus is part of a long-term strategy by Swinburne Australia, established in 1908, to globalize its operations and provide its students with international living, working and learning opportunities.
Since it was first set up, Swinburne Sarawak has been growing rapidly. The custom-designed campus has a current student population of 4,000 and this is expected to peak to 5,000 by 2013. Apart from Malaysia, students hail from more than 50 countries including Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, making it a truly international university.
Only 15 minutes away from the heart of Kuching city and nestled within commercial and residential areas, the 16.5-acre campus offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, science, commerce, computing and design that are identical to those of its home campus in Australia. Also offered are postgraduate research programs at PhD and masters in these disciplines as well as the Master of Management. Others include one-year foundation programs in business, design, information technology/multimedia, engineering and science, as well as diploma programs in business, and engineering which articulate into degrees. A range of English language proficiency programs are also available.
Students may complete their degrees entirely in Kuching or transfer to one of its campuses in Melbourne to complete them.
These courses are a fraction of the cost of studying in Australia and parchments are awarded by Swinburne Australia.
Applied professional emphasis and direct placements in industry are a feature of many of its undergraduate courses. The focus on practical training is an integral part of the course structure and the university is well known for producing employment-ready graduates.
Swinburne Sarawak maintains a strong technology base and important links with industry. It aspires to be a research intensive university and is developing its research capability with a focus on areas relevant to industry. With state-of-the-art facilities, it conducts research on information security, mechatronics engineering, software engineering, business as well as education and e-learning.
Swinburne Sarawak is one of only 18 universities to be rated Tier 5: Excellent, the highest rating achieved by any university, in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s Rating System for Higher Education (SETARA 2009).
|Street||Jalan Simpang Tiga|
Students are able to Search Tittle of a book and Author to check its availability via the website
Note: Type a keywords, titles, author or by standard number and it will search the collection you want to retrieve.
Renew and reserve your borrowing items online.
Search collections of journals, ebooks, and more.
Free drop-in classes for students and staff.
Collection of e-books for your reading .
Computer and Facilities
The libraries have a number of discussion rooms which are available for use by Swinburne Sarawak users. All rooms are bookable, however rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Advanced booking can be made through Discussion Room Booking Terminal located at Library Block B.
Computers in the I.T Section can be used to access online catalog, online resources and internet surfing. There are 46 computers available equipped
Swinburne Sarawak Library provides self service network printing and photocopying facilities in Building A.
Digital Theses contain thesis given to the library by Swinburne staff / student for further references relates to its topic. Digital theses will only be available through Blackboard > Swinburne Central.
Find thousands of online electronic books (eBooks) in several collections. eBook Collections
Collection of Electronic Magazines for useful information and education.
View online news, articles and business reports daily from our Malaysian newspapers.
Please contact our library staff for login details.
Credo Reference and Oxford Reference Online is available.
View past exam papers from Swinburne courses collection.
Past Exam Papers
Swinburne Image Bank
Swinburne Image Bank provides access to images for multiple purposes: teaching, research, marketing, display of artworks and documentation of university life and history.
Swinburne Image Bank
Swinburne Research Bank
Swinburne Research Bank is an open access digital collection of research created by Swinburne researchers. It is visible and available to anyone world-wide who is interested in research findings.
|Career Guide / Help||Browse lists of helpful online journals, databases, websites and other information divided by study themes.
Subject starter guides help you with assignments and research. They direct you to recommended online resources in the area of your topic. Resources include databases of journal articles, newspaper articles, statistics, as well as related websites, ebooks and more.
The University's on-campus hostel is located along Jalan Simpang Tiga and can accommodate 422 students. Full-time international and outstation students are given priority to reside at the hostel. First year Foundation/Diploma/Degree students are encouraged to reside at the on-campus hostel. The on-campus hostel offers a conducive environment with 24-hour security and general supervision.
Type of Room Monthly Rental
1. Twin sharing with fan RM 320
2. Twin sharing with air-conditioning RM 480
3. Single with fan RM 530
4. Single with air-conditioning RM 790
Monthly rental includes utilities.
Note: Students are required to pay in advance for the whole term
The on-campus hostel provides a comfortable, safe and convenient accommodation for students. The hostel is only minutes away from a post office, banks, food courts and shopping areas:
a) The rooms are furnished with the following:
Bed with mattress and pillow
Study table with shelf and chair
Air conditioning unit (optional)
b) The hostel blocks are furnished with the following:
Hostel equipped with CCTV surveillance and door access system
Bathrooms and toilets on each floor
Common lounge with TV and sofa set
Kitchen/ dining area equipped with refrigerator, gas stove and microwave oven
Laundry facilities (coin-operated washing machine & dryer)
Drink vending machine
Telecommunication card vending machine
24 hour security guards on duty
Public Phone and parking
Hot and cold water dispenser
Wireless internet access
Applications for a place at the on-campus hostel are invited from current or prospective Swinburne students. Applications from prospective students will be considered once the student has been granted admission into a study program at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus. Offers
Offers for Swinburne On-Campus Hostel will be made after the student has paid the deposit and rental for the term. The offer is based on first-come, first-serve basis.
Hostel wardens appointed by the University are responsible for the general well-being of the hostels and residents. They are also responsible for disciplinary matters at the hostels.
|Clinic||Medical Insurance Coverage
It is compulsory for all international students holding student visas to maintain adequate medical insurance coverage throughout their course of study.
All international students will be provided with medical insurance which covers outpatient treatment, hospitalisation and life insurance. This coverage is valid for as long as you are a student of Swinburne Sarawak and still holding a student pass.
No vaccinations are required unless you have been in a yellow fever area in the last six days. Very good overall health situation with most tropical diseases eradicated. Consult a physician if in doubt. Clean and efficient clinics are found throughout Sarawak.
WATER Safe to drink
from taps in towns. Bottled mineral water is widely available.
From 2012, all students will be charged RM200.00 per term. For students who will be undergoing the 10-week Intensive English program, medical insurance coverage is RM130.00 per term while the insurance coverage for Masters of Management students is RM100.00 per term.
This coverage is also applicable when students travel out of Malaysia, and as long as they are still a student of Swinburne Sarawak.
|Religion||The official religion is Sunni Islam. There are also Christians, Buddhist-Taoists, Sikhs and followers of various traditional beliefs. Freedom of worship is respected.|
|Entertainment||Other facilities include:
Electronic Resources Training Room
AV Viewing Room
Quiet Reading Area
Newspapers and Magazines
Self Check-out Machine
Handphone Chat Area
|Eateries||Near the Waterfront, shops on the Main Bazaar dating back to 1864 offer a rich variety of souvenirs, antiques, arts, crafts and the like, for sale.
The city offers entertainment and nightlife to suit most tastes, and eating out is a favorite pastime among city folk. Restaurants, food courts and open-air eateries offer a wide variety from traditional Chinese, Indian and Malay to contemporary Japanese as well as Western cuisines. Shopping malls, pubs, bars and cineplexes abound in the city.
|Off Campus Transportation||Transportation – public & private
Public transportation such as buses and taxis are available. However, bus services are restricted to certain areas, have variable schedules and are of poor quality. Car rental is also available. The daily rental rates start from RM100 and above depending on the type of vehicle. Monthly rental rates start from RM1,500 and above.
All vehicles in Malaysia are right-hand drive cars. Used or new cars are also available for purchase. Most common vehicles are Viva (compact cars) and Proton cars (medium-sized car). The price for brand new cars - Viva and Proton, start from RM26,000 and above. Second hand cars can be purchased from RM10,000 and above depending on the model and condition of the car. Imported cars such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are also available. However, the prices will be higher than domestic brands.
All vehicles must also have motor vehicle insurance. Comprehensive insurance costs about RM700 and above for brand new cars depending on the type and amount insured. Alternatively, third party car insurance is also available at a minimal premium of between RM50 to RM100 depending on the type of vehicle.
All drivers must have valid Malaysian driving license. You must convert your country’s driving license to Malaysian driving license within 90 days of arrival to be eligible to drive in Malaysia. Some countries can convert their driving license directly but some may need to convert their driving licenses to international driving licenses before can be converted to Malaysian driving license.
|Off Campus Accommodation||Off-Campus
The university’s off-campus accommodation, Tabuan Plaza Apartments, is only about three kilometres from the campus.
It is a safe, comfortable and convenient accommodation for more than 400 residents, and is only minutes away from, banks, restaurants, cafes and shopping areas.
Type of Room Monthly Rental
1. Twin master bedroom (Type 1)
RM 420 (*ensuite bathroom)
2. Twin master bedroom (Type 2) RM 370 (*ensuite bathroom)
3. Single master bedroom RM 450 (*ensuite bathroom)
4. Large twin sharing with fan RM 370
5. Medium twin sharing with fan RM 320
6. Small twin sharing with fan RM 270
7. Single with fan RM 420
Monthly rental includes utilities, wireless connection and transportation to and from campus.
Note: Advanced payment must be made for the term. For an airconditioner to be installed an additional RM100 will be charged to the monthly rental. Air-conditioning is permitted ONLY in master bedrooms.
The on-campus hostel provides a comfortable, safe and convenient accommodation for students. The hostel is only minutes away from the post office, banks, food courts and shopping areas:
a) Rooms are furnished with the following:
A bed and a pillow
A study table and chair
Wardrobe with dressing mirror
Ceiling fan Curtains
All master bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
b) Shared facilities include:
CCTV surveillance in apartment hallway
Security door access system
Bathrooms and toilets in each apartment unit
Living room with sofa set
Kitchen/dining area equipped with refrigerator, dining table, electric stove and rice cooker
Complementary scheduled transportation services to and fro campus
Current and prospective students may apply for accommodation at Tabuan Plaza Apartments. The applicant must have been accepted into a program at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus.
The applicant will only be offered accommodation after a deposit and rental for the term have been made. The offer is on a first come, first served basis.
Originally a busy riverine trading post in the old days, Kuching is today a delightful blend of the old and new. The Brooke family, who once governed Sarawak from 1841 until 1946, left behind a legacy of buildings which still stand majestically amidst modern-day buildings. The Sarawak Museum, built in 1891 in the style of a Normandy town hall, is regarded as one of the best museums in Southeast Asia. The Textile and Costume Museum is housed in the Pavillion, a three-storey rectangular structure built in 1907. Located just in front of the general post ofﬁce, this is the place to learn more about the textiles of the indigenous people of Sarawak. Other places of interest include the Chinese History Museum, Islamic Museum, Cat Museum, Courthouse and Brooke Memorial, and the Round Tower.
Take a walk along the award- winning Kuching Waterfront, a beautifully landscaped esplanade on a stretch of the old part of the city. It is the main gathering place especially as the sun sets beyond the scenic Matang Mountains.
Near the Waterfront, shops on the Main Bazaar dating back to 1864 offer a rich variety of souvenirs, antiques, arts, crafts and the like, for sale. The city offers entertainment and nightlife to suit most tastes, and eating out is a favorite pastime among city folk. Restaurants, food courts and open-air eateries offer a wide variety from traditional Chinese, Indian and Malay to contemporary Japanese as well as Western cuisines. Shopping malls, pubs, bars and cineplexes abound in the city.
Kuching is also home to world-class resorts and golf courses. Only minutes away from the city are sandy beaches and virgin tropical rainforest.
Although it is not exactly a place that never sleeps, there is certainly enough to keep you well-occupied during your time in Kuching.
Sarawak also revels in showcasing major events. One of these is the annual Rainforest World Music Festival, a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo.
While it may be better known for its ethnic diversity and natural wonders, each year Sarawak plays host to a multitude of sports events such as the ITF World Junior Tennis Championship, Sarawak Junior World Masters Golf Championship, Borneo Mountain Bike Festival, Sarawak International Triathlon and Asian Cup Series.
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|Foreign Contacts||Swinburne University of Technology
Jalan Simpang Tiga
Kuching, Sarawak, Malysia
Telephone: +6082 415 353 (Course enquiry line)
Facsimile: +6082 428 353
|Payment Methods||Bank draft/cheque
The bank draft/cheque should be made payable to SWINBURNE SARAWAK SDN. BHD. in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) / or the US Dollar.
Cash or Malaysian cheque can be directly deposited at our banker. A copy of the bank-in-slip must be extended to the Cashier Counter at Swinburne Sarawak for issuance of official receipts.
Receipts will not be mailed to students. They can be collected at the Finance Department counter.
Swinburne Sarawak account details are:
Account name : Swinburne Sarawak Sdn Bhd
Bank Name : RHB Bank Berhad
Account no. : 2-11016-00065829
Address : 256 Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
SWIFT Code : RHBBMYKL
Please fax or email a copy of the Offer Acceptance form and the required documents to the Business Development & Communications Department before submitting the original copy.
Telegraphic Transfer (also referred to as Wire Remittance)
This mode of payment may take some time to process and is not recommended for students requiring urgent visa documentation. Please ensure that you attach a copy of the Telegraphic Transfer Receipt, Student Details for Telegraphic Transfer Payment and return it with the Offer Acceptance Form to enable identification of your payment. Note that you must pay any fees charged by your bank or our bank.
Your bank must include the following details when they process the telegraphic transfer:
Student’s name and Payment Details (e.g. Tuition Fees for Semester 1, 2009)
You must send the Offer Acceptance Form to Swinburne Sarawak immediately after making a telegraphic transfer, to ensure it has been received by Swinburne prior to receipt of your payment.
Credit Card/Bank Card
This mode of payment can only be processed in the presence of the card holder. The card holder must proceed to the Cashier Counter at Swinburne Sarawak for the processing of credit and bank card payment. There will be a service charge for every transaction.
Swinburne Sarawak accepts Visa and MasterCard
|Account Name||Swinburne Sarawak account details are:
Account name : Swinburne Sarawak Sdn Bhd
Bank Name : RHB Bank Berhad
Account no. : 2-11016-00065829
Address : 256 Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
SWIFT Code : RHBBMYKL
IMPORTANT: US dollars prior to year 2003 is not accepted at banks or money changer.
|Scholarships||Swinburne Sarawak Entrance / Leadership Scholarship into Foundation/Degree Program
Students applying for Entrance or Leadership Scholarship must submit the application direct to Business Development and Communications Department.
(ii) Swinburne Merit Awards
Students applying for Merit Scholarship must submit the application direct to Student Administration Unit / Student Information Centre. Scholarship award is based on official academic results and the results must be from the same semester.
Application forms are available from the Business Development and Communications Department, the Student Administration Unit and Student Information Centre.
Eligibility Criteria and Value
Please refer to the Department and Units where application forms are obtainable.
All applications must reach the Business Development and Communications Department by the third Monday after the semester has commenced.
(iii) Yayasan Sarawak Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship
Sarawak students only
Eligible to students who are enrolled in Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics & Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Business (Accounting). As of 2008, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) students are also eligible to apply. Full-time enrolled students undertaking degree, master’s or doctorate program
Excellent academic results, actively involved in co-curricular activities Grade B in each subject in STPM or CGPA of 3.00 and above for Foundation students enrolled into degree program and students within the degree program
Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview.
Forms Availability / Address
Application Forms are available from the Student Administration Unit. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Student Administration Unit.
At the end of each semester, the student must submit a copy of his/her Results Certificate to the officer-in-charge of Financial Aid for certification before submission to Yayasan Sarawak.
(iv) JPA Federal Scholarship
For Malaysian students in Foundation and Degree programs Obtained 9As and above in the SPM examination
Eligible students need to apply online via JPA website and fill in all the required fields stated by JPA.
Application opens on the 1st of June and the closing date is 14th June each year.
Supporting documents to be submitted by 30th June are:
A copy of applicant’s IC / Parents’ IC / Guardians’ IC / Siblings’ IC.
A copy of applicant’s Birth Certificate.
A copy of Swinburne Offer Letter.
A copy of SPM result / Foundation Certificate and result.
A copy of the online application confirmation slip.
Announcement of result
The student can check the result of his/her application by the end of July via the JPA website. The student should indicate acceptance/non-acceptance of the scholarship via the JPA website.
Agreement Form and Supporting Documents
JPA will send the Offer Letter, Agreement Form and Attachment Forms to Swinburne Sarawak to be distributed to the new recipients.
There will be a briefing session conducted by the officer-in-charge of Financial Aid with the new recipients.
Students must complete all their Agreement Forms and submit them to the officer-in-charge within three weeks.
All completed documents will be submitted to JPA for further action.
|Application Status Contact Details||Application Procedure for International Students
Fax or email academic qualifications to Swinburne Sarawak (Business Development & Communications) for initial approval.
Once we receive your fax or email, we will reply within 3 working days. If your application is approved, you will need to submit the formal application, that is:
Student Application Form (signed & dated at the back by student and parent/guardian)
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Passport size photos 7 copies (blue background)
Certified copies of the secondary and/or tertiary academic results, i.e. certificates, academic transcripts, etc. If your copies are not in English, please include an English translation
Syllabus of previous studies if seeking for exemptions/advance standing 1 set of photocopied passport (ALL PAGES including blank pages).
Please ensure at least a one-year validity of your passport. General medical report from home country (No need for blood test report but just a simple health check from your doctor).
Please take note that NO PAYMENT is required at this stage. All other fees to be paid will be notified later by Swinburne Sarawak to the applicant.
Kindly courier all the above documents to the Business Development & Communications Department. Please make sure to send these documents to Swinburne Sarawak at least 6 weeks before the commencement of the program (Note: different programs have different commencement dates. Please check with the Business Development & Communications Department).
Upon receiving these documents, Swinburne Sarawak will release the acceptance package. This package, which includes the following, will be couriered to the agent:
Offer response and payment advice form
Course fee refund policy
Accommodation booking form
Arrival services form
To accept Swinburne Sarawak's offer, complete the following and return them to the Business Development & Communications Department:
Visa processing fee of RM1000.00 and International Deposit (depending on country of origin - table as attached) via the following methods:
Telegraphic transfer to:
Bank name: RHB Bank Berhad
Account name: Swinburne Sarawak Sdn. Bhd.
Address: 256 Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Account no: 2-11016-00065829
SWIFT code: RHBBMYKL or International bank draft payable to Swinburne Sarawak Sdn. Bhd.
Please inform the Business Development & Communications Department once payment has been made. A copy of transaction slip is to be provided. Official receipt will be issued on payment received.
Completed and signed Offer response and payment advice form
Completed Accommodation booking form (if applicable)
Kindly take note that a deposit is required to book a room for both on-campus and off-campus hostel. Students are advised to submit booking fee for accommodation together with the above payment to avoid any disappointment.
Completed Arrival services form (if applicable)
Airport pick-up is free of charge. However, students are to submit the form at least 3 working days prior to the arrival date.
Any other outstanding documents in Step 2
Once the above is received, all required documents will be submitted to the Malaysian Immigration Department for Student Visa application. Usually this process takes 4 - 6 weeks. The student need not do anything during this time; just wait to hear from Swinburne Sarawak.
Once the Student Visa is approved by the Malaysian Immigration Department, Swinburne will fax/email and courier the Student Visa Approval Letter to the student.
The student shall then proceed to the Malaysian Embassy/Consulate stated on the visa letter to obtain a Single Entry Visa and arrange for flights to Kuching, Sarawak. Then student can submit their Arrival services form once flight details are confirmed.
Once student arrives at Swinburne Sarawak, all outstanding payment is to be settled then students will be required to take a medical test at the appointed medical clinic (free of charge). Then their passport and medical report will be submitted to the Malaysian Immigration Department to endorse their Student Pass into Multiple Entry Student Pass in the passport. This process takes about 3-4 weeks.
Multiple Entry Student Pass is normally for 1 year and renewable every year at a minimal cost (depending on the country of origin of student). The university will assist student to renew their Student Pass.
Students will also be encouraged to open a local bank account to be assisted by the University
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|Alumni Details|| Alumni
Leaving Swinburne or returning home with a new degree is not the end of the relationship between graduates and Swinburne. Swinburne graduates can continue their ties with Swinburne by joining the Swinburne Alumni Family.
The Swinburne Alumni Family is for former students, former and current staff, and other friends of Swinburne. This family is the bridge between Swinburne and its graduates. It will help you to stay in touch with friends, staff, and will provide you with useful professional networks and opportunities.
All of the Swinburne Alumni residing in any country are encouraged to keep in touch with Swinburne and other alumni. Our family would love to learn more of your achievements, to know how we can assist you and how you would like to help us.