Swinburne’s Sarawak Campus is located in Kuching, the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. The city has been described as one of the most liveable cities in Southeast Asia. In the Malay language, Kuching means ‘cat’. Rich in history with old-world charms blended into 21st century modernity, the city is home to over 700,000 people, making it a safe and unique city that offers an unbeatable lifestyle for students.
Being one of the most affordable Malaysian cities in which to study, Kuching is a multicultural city with friendly and welcoming locals, offering you a real sense of community. The many attractions and festivals held annually, and its close proximity to nature offers more than just high-quality Australian education. Its connectivity to the rest of the world ensures you are never far from a quick weekend escape from student life.
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, old 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.
Moving about is easy as the city and its surrounding areas are well serviced by taxis and buses. The fares are reasonably low. Taxis are only a phone call away and with many queues at major hotels. Bus fares are cheap and moving about by this means of transportation is a good way to see the town.
Sarawak, the largest state in the country with a population of only 2.3 million, is also the most culturally diverse. With over 29 ethnic communities, Sarawakians are well-known for their friendliness and hospitality. This means you do not need to worry about making friends with people of the opposite gender, different religions and racial backgrounds. You’ll feel as comfortable, accepted and safe as possible once you get to know our community. Each community practices their own customs and traditions and nowhere else in Malaysia can such colourful diversity be found.
With daily tropical temperatures ranging from 23° C to 32° C, light clothing is recommended.
This vast state is linked to other parts of Malaysia and the rest of the world via air. Internally, Sarawak is well-connected by a network of air, road and river transportation.
With its rainforest the size of Austria, Sarawak houses the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem, making it a popular destination for eco-tourism. Its numerous national parks are known for their many natural wonders.
All you need to know about Sarawak as a whole from the state’s tourism board.
Discover not just Sarawak, but everything else on the island of Borneo through BorneoTalk’s website or their official quarterly-published magazines available in print and digital formats.
A magazine created by Kuchingites, KINO is all about exploring unique places, activities and resources in the region. Stay up-to-date with their event calendar so that you won’t miss a thing.
Sarawak also revels in showcasing major events. Experience the annual and most sought-after Rainforest World Music Festival, a one-of-a-kind three-day festival that brings everyone from all over the world together to witness renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo.
Although known for its ethnic diversity and natural wonders, each year Sarawak plays host to a multitude of sports events as well.
The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is an annual three-day music festival celebrating the diversity of world music. Featuring a wide range of performances from traditional music to world fusion and contemporary world music, it is held in Kuching and has been a favourite for many including fans from all over the world.
A renowned international festival that highlights acclaimed local and international jazz artists from every part of the world. Held in Miri, Sarawak annually for three days, this is a festival not to miss especially for jazz enthusiasts.
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