PERTH: A special event to showcase a new Sarawak-inspired garden to visiting Curtin Malaysia pro-chancellor Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and board of directors was held recently at the main campus of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
According to Curtin University vice-chancellor Prof Deborah Terry, the garden provides a special connection to the Malaysian campus in Miri, Sarawak, for staff and students at the main campus.
She added that the garden with plants and shrubs indigenous to this region was created by staff of the main campus’ public places team.
An Australian garden would also be developed at the Malaysian campus.
“Over the past 18 years, Curtin Malaysia has played a crucial role in the university’s global presence and its institutional strengths have enhanced our international reputation,” Prof Terry said.
“This garden also serves as a tribute to the dedicated people at the Curtin Malaysia campus, who through the years have worked hard to build its reputation both within Malaysia and internationally.
“We are pleased that Curtin Malaysia is today an institution that the whole of Curtin and our respective nations can be proud of,” she said.
Dr Chan said Curtin Malaysia was very honoured to have such a beautifully landscaped garden in Perth dedicated to it.
He thanked all those who envisioned such a garden and spent considerable time and effort in making it a reality.
Like Prof Terry, he said the garden went beyond being a representation of the campus in Miri and was a fitting tribute to the campus’ founders, both in Sarawak and in Western Australia, who had the bold vision of creating Curtin’s first international campus in the state.