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1 December 2023

Swinburne Sarawak and The Brooke Heritage Trust sign LoA to support research collaboration

KUCHING – Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus and The Brooke Heritage Trust have signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to support collaborations in the areas of research and internships.

The LoA signing ceremony was held at Swinburne Sarawak on 1 December 2023. Signing the LoA on behalf of Swinburne Sarawak was its Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho while The Brooke Heritage Trust was represented by Mr Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke, Chairman of The Brooke Trust and Museums.

Through the LoA, both parties will support Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and other research collaborations which focus on heritage preservation through technology as well as Sarawak’s history.

In addition, The Brooke Heritage Trust has generously undertaken to provide a research scholarship with a total amount of RM162,000 for a combination of one PhD scholar and two Master’s by Research scholars. Research topics include history, culture, economics, heritage, environmental study, ecology and anthropology. The topics can have a global perspective but should be beneficial for Sarawak. This could include projects such as recording Sarawak’s built heritage with scanning technology and developing the Borneo Archive.

There will also be internship opportunities for the awarded HDR students; the successful bursary recipients will volunteer as interns at The Brooke Museums.

Mr Jason Brooke (seated left) and Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho (seated right) sign the LoA as Swinburne Sarawak Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Dr Ida Fatimawati bt Adi Badiozaman looks on.

Mr Jason Brooke (seated left) and Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho (seated right) sign the LoA as Swinburne Sarawak Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Dr Ida Fatimawati bt Adi Badiozaman looks on.

Set up in 2010 by Mr Jason Brooke, The Brooke Heritage Trust is a charity with a vision to explore Sarawak’s unique heritage to inform, enrich and inspire. It was formed with the encouragement of his grandfather Mr Anthony Brooke to preserve the collections of artifacts and papers related to the Brooke family and its dynasty in Sarawak.

The Trust has established close and valued relationships with a large group of like-minded partners, organisations and institutions.

Swinburne Sarawak’s collaboration with The Brooke Trust began on 18 September 2018, whereby an LoA was signed between both parties to provide bursary awards to students pursuing a Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. The bursary was worth 50% of the tuition fees for the program.

Mr Jason Brooke (left) and Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho hold up the signed LoA.

Mr Jason Brooke (left) and Ir Professor Lau Hieng Ho hold up the signed LoA.

The signing of the LoA reflects Swinburne’s continued commitment to research and education excellence. Swinburne is dedicated to producing internationally recognised research with a focus on transforming industries, shaping lives and creating positive change.

The LoA also highlights Swinburne’s commitment to offering every Swinburne learner work integrated learning and real industry experience through its partnerships with leading and global organisations.

Swinburne is an Australian university based in Melbourne, Australia. It is ranked among the Top 1% of universities globally in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

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