Curtin Malaysia celebrates achievements and 69 years of Australia-Malaysia diplomatic relations with Australia Day BBQ

Miri – 2 February 2024 – Over 350 staff members of Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) gathered at the foyer of its Harry Perkins Lecture Theatre last Thursday to celebrate Australia Day and mark 69 years of Australia-Malaysia diplomatic relations.

The lunchtime barbecue event, known as the ‘Australia Day Aussie Sausage Sizzle’, has been a cherished annual tradition at Curtin Malaysia since 2014 but was skipped during the COVID-19 pandemic only to be revived this year as part of Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary celebrations this year.

The event was welcomed with much excitement by the staff members who flocked to the venue to enjoy typical Australian barbecue fare like chicken and beef hot dogs, grilled vegetables and salad. One notable attraction was the senior management, faculty deans, managers and other staff donning aprons and coming out in full force to prep, grill and serve the food to their colleagues.

In addition to the food and beverages, the staff members also had a great time participating in games and a lucky draw.

Curtin Malaysia’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, President, and Chief Executive, Professor Simon Leunig, said in his speech that there is much cause for celebration in Curtin Malaysia’s twenty-fifth year as the campus has made impressive progress in academia, research, campus development, student experience, and strategic partnerships in recent years. He also shared the good news that Curtin Malaysia is on track in its efforts to recruit more pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate students this year.

“When you have a national day, whether it is Australia Day, Malaysia Day or other national celebration, it’s about pride. It’s about being proud of what you have achieved,” he remarked.

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Prof Leunig (3rd right), Chong (5th left), together with faculty deans and managers cutting Australia Day cake.

Prof Leunig (front, 3rd left), Chong (front, 5th right), faculty deans and managers pose with all the attending staff members.