University upbeat on graduates employment rate

A scene at BCCK after Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus convocation, whereby 236 graduates received their scrolls.

KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak has an outstanding record of having well over 90% of its students employed within six months of graduating each year.

The university attributes this to its “Swinburne Advantage” initiative, which focused on ensuring that students are job-ready.

With the latest batch of over 230 graduates who received their scrolls at its convocation ceremony at the Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK) in Kuching yesterday, the university is confident the graduates will not have difficulty in securing jobs.

“Swinburne is committed to being a nationally and an internationally recognised university in the fields of science, technology, design, business and innovation.

“Our education programme and research are relevant to the world community and not just to one particular country.

“We have a significant commitment to international education and take pride in seeing our graduates from a round the world find meaningful careers,” Swinburne University of Melbourne, Australia vice-chancellor Prof Linda Kristjanson said at the convocation ceremony.

She added that Swinburne researchers routinely collaborate with scholars worldwide and through such collaborations, the university is able to create a greater impact on society.

“Swinburne prides itself on the quality of its teaching and learning as well as the excellence of its research,” she added.

Among the 236 students who received their parchment from Kristjanson, the majority were engineering graduates followed by graduates of business programmes. Apart from these disciplines, Swinburne Sarawak offers programmes in computing, design and science. Also awarded were doctor of philosophy degree and four masters degrees.

In its Sarawak campus, the university also focuses on ensuring that students are fluent in English thus when they graduate, they can seek jobs anywhere.

It has a strong emphasis on English, with intensive language courses, and also offers a Masters of Arts (Teaching English as a Second Language).

Swinburne Sarawak has a strong emphasis on research and it engages with the industry in numerous research projects.

“It supports and invests in its researchers by offering them international collaborations, industry involvement an access to world-class facilities,” Kristjanson said.

She added that Swinburne Sarawak was keen on developing the student as a whole person, developing skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving and other relevant skills required in professional working environment.

The university places emphasis on wholesome education so that they are able to apply their skills and knowledge in the workplace as well as contribute to society.

Of its 4,000 students on campus, about 20% are international students from 63 countries from diverse parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. It also received exchange students from Europe and Australia each year.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is the pro-chancellor of the university’s full-fledged and only international branch Sarawak campus.

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