IT IS no easy task organising an international food, music and song festival, but for students and lecturers of Curtin University of Technology Sarawak campus in Miri, this seems like second nature.
It is no surprise really, because Curtin students and staff members come from some 40 countries.
This multi-national quality of Curtin Sarawak explains why the International Fest 2010 held at the campus recently was a resounding success.
This glittering extravaganza to celebrate the diverse cultures at the campus was staged by the university’s Student Council and International Students Association.
The audience comprising the university’s students and more than 300 guests, including secondary school students, parents, teachers and lecturers, were treated to an electrifying performance of dances, music and songs by students from Africa, Asia, Europe and other countries.
They were also treated to an array of traditional food cooked by students of the different countries.
Students in traditional national costumes in splendid colours paraded on a catwalk, much to the crowd’s delight.
It was indeed an event to be proud of, said Curtin Sarawak deputy pro-vice chancellor Prof Dr Joan Gibble. “It shows that multi-culturalism is indeed the hallmark of Curtin University.
“We in Curtin always gear towards internationalism in terms of studies and social practices. We aim to become one of the top 20 universities in Asia by 2020 and we believe that having more international students is a step towards achieving that goal,” he added.
Dr Gibble said more than 20% of the students were from overseas and the university expected the figure to increase.
Organiser Seyedomid Lameh said the students put in a lot of time and effort in preparing the national costumes and traditional food.
“It was a truly international effort in every sense,’’ he added.
Student Recruitment Department marketing officer Felecia Ngalih said the event not only inculcated harmony and unity among the students and teaching staff, but also to gave secondary school students and their parents a chance to witness what life was like at an international university like Curtin.
Curtin Sarawak is the first and biggest international university campus in Borneo.
Some 3,000 students take up courses in science, languages and economics at the university.