KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus has retained its five-star rating in the Higher Education Ministry’s latest Rating System for Higher Education Institutions (Setara) for the fourth time.
In the results announced by the ministry in Kuala Lumpur this week, Swinburne Sarawak joined the ranks of other universities with a five-star rating, comprising Curtin University Malaysia, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Malaysia Perlis and International Islamic University Malaysia.
Swinburne Sarawak’s acting deputy vice-chancellor Prof Ajay Kapoor said this was a great achievement for the university.
“The latest five-star award is a reflection of and testament to the high quality education we continue to provide at Swinburne Sarawak.
“This achievement could not have come at a better time as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Swinburne as a university this year,” he said, adding that Swinburne Sarawak was previously awarded five stars in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Swinburne Sarawak also maintained its three-star rating awarded last year by the Malaysia Research Assessment Instrument for its research initiatives, making it the first private university in east Malaysia to achieve the rating.
The university consistently boosts its research capacity to produce real-world impact by collaborating with organisations such as the National Institute of Biotechnology Malaysia, Wildlife Conservation Society, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn Bhd, Bachy Soletanche and National Oceanography Institute Southampton.
It has also launched two research centres, the Centre for Digital Futures and the Transport Innovation Centre.