Curtin Malaysia explores collaboration with Bintulu District Office and Bintulu District Education Office

Miri – 5 February 2024 – A delegation Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) recently paid courtesy visits to the Bintulu District Office and Bintulu District Education Office (PPD) to explore avenues for collaboration that would benefit students in Bintulu seeking to further their studies at a global university right here in Sarawak.

The delegation comprised Manager of External Engagement Muhamad Rahman Sallehin and External Engagement Officer Nita Bohari.

They were warmly received by Assistant District Officer Latifah Moksen, representing the District Officer at the Bintulu District Office, and Deputy District Education Officer (School Management Sector) Law Siong Lee at PPD Bintulu.

Rahman said it is hoped the visits significantly enhanced educational opportunities and community engagement in the Bintulu region.

“The visits underscored Curtin Malaysia’s commitment to contributing to local community development and education,” he said, adding that Curtin Malaysia’s engagement initiatives were aligned with Curtin University’s Vision 2030 which focuses on People, Planet and Partnerships, as well as Curtin Malaysia’s mission to engage communities and change lives through excellence in education and research.

In addition, he said Curtin Malaysia, as a Sarawak government-owned institution, is committed to equitable access to quality education and supporting the educational aspirations of students in Sarawak, including in Bintulu. Thus, its current impetus to actively engage with local government and education offices and community groups to create more educational opportunities for students.

During the visits, Rahman and Nita shared several initiatives to foster educational growth and support local communities. Key among these was a proposal for Curtin Malaysia to set up information booths at various local events hosted by the Bintulu District Office to provide relevant information on educational opportunities at Curtin Malaysia.

These include the Yayasan Sarawak’s English Enhancement Programme (EEP) offered at Curtin Malaysia. Discussions with the district office and education office revolved around how they and local community leaders could play a vital role in disseminating information about the programme. The aim is to encourage Form 5 students to participate in the EEP after completing their SPM examinations to enhance their English proficiency in preparation for university studies.

They also highlighted the Curtin Malaysia BP40 Bursary scheme sponsored by Yayasan Sarawak. This bursary offers a substantial subsidy of up to 60 per cent on tuition fees for Bumiputera students, opening the doors to more students from indigenous communities to pursue higher education at Curtin Malaysia.

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Rahman (left) presenting a souvenir to Latifah during visit to Bintulu District Office, while Nita looks on.

Law (second right) receiving souvenir from Curtin Malaysia which presented by Rahman and Nita look on.