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 rated Tier 5: Excellent, the highest rating achieved by any university, in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency's 2011 Rating System for Higher Education (SETARA '11).
The MQA is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education in Malaysia.