Getting a good feel of quality tertiary education

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  • Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017

Participants presenting business pitches during ‘Curtin’s Next Top Entrepreneur’ programme.

MIRI: Curtin University, Malaysia’s “Curtin Camp-tastic 2017” received good response from prospective students, their parents and teachers.

The first integrated faculty learning camp organised by Curtin Malaysia, attracted over 180 third, fourth and fifth formers from secondary schools in Miri, Bintulu and Brunei.

The two-day camp was facilitated by engineering and science, business and humanities faculties.

Themed “Cultivate, Innovate, Captivate”, the camp aimed to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a project-based curriculum on a variety of subjects.

The event provided interesting science and engineering, humanities and skills based activities entitled “Stargazing”, “Journey to Mars”, “Curtin’s Next Top Entrepreneur”, “Introduction to Photojournalism”, “Language Skill Games” and “Developing Personal Leadership”.

The participants also enjoyed activities such as an “Amazing Race” and tour of the campus.

In the closing session, the participants, facilitators and student volunteers got together to reflect on their experiences during the camp.

In her closing remarks, deputy pro vice-chancellor Prof Beena Giridharan encouraged students to continue pursuing their interest in different academic fields and reminded them of the importance of a good education.

Many of the participants said the sessions were very enriching, allowing them to gain insights into university studies and career pathways. They were also glad to be able make new friends and had fun while learning.

Doris Chelam, a teacher of SMK Tinjar, Baram, in a letter to the university, praised the camp for not just for the programmes but also for the organiser’s warm hospitality.

“We felt very welcomed and were well taken care of.

“It was especially so when some of our students were unwell.

“We are grateful as the camp provided an opportunity for rural students to explore an world-renowned university and we hope to collaborate in organising outreach projects in Baram in the future,” Doris added.

The university also held Curtin Discovery Day to allow secondary school students and their parents to find out more about available courses, study loans and scholarships and campus facilities to make informed decisions about enrolment.

Activities held included course counselling; loans and scholarships sessions with PTPTN and Curtin Malaysia’s Loans and Scholarships Section; and a tour of the campus, including the new RM20mil engineering and science faculty building.

Students and parents also attended a talk on engineering studies and a graduate-sharing session, where Curtin Malaysia alumni were invited to share their experiences as the university students as well as their current jobs.

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