Curtin Malaysia students gain valuable insights into construction projects

Miri – 31 March 2023 – Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) recently visited the construction site of the new LAKU Management Sdn. Bhd. head office here to gain practical insights into construction projects beyond what they have learned in the classroom.

The 14 civil and construction engineering and environmental engineering students, who were accompanied by Head of the Faculty’s Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Associate Professor Ir. Wong Kwong Soon, and lecturers Dr. Tony Hadibarata and Dr. Muhammad Noor Hazwan Bin Jusoh, observed the construction process and learned about the design, materials, and techniques used by the construction team.

The state-of-the-art L-shaped, eight-storey building situated on elevated ground at Bukit Selatan overlooking the South China Sea will serve as the company’s corporate headquarters and is expected to house approximately 200 employees.

“We were delighted to host the students and provide them insights into our construction operations,” said Siaw Kok Seng, LAKU Management Sdn. Bhd.’s project delivery executive.

Associate Professor Ir. Wong, meanwhile, remarked that the visit was an excellent opportunity for the students to get a better understanding of the environmental considerations and integrated structural designs involved in construction projects. In addition, they were able to connect theories learned in class to a real-world scenario.

It also demonstrated Curtin University Malaysia’s commitment to providing its students with practical opportunities to enhance their education and prepare them for future careers in engineering, he said.

Environmental engineering student Yien Yu Tang said she benefitted greatly from the site visit and thanked the staff of LAKU Management for sharing their expertise in construction project management, as well as allow the students to observe the construction in progress.

Civil and construction engineering student Nicholas Ling Chung Long was also appreciative of the opportunity, saying he was impressed by the scale and complexity of the project.

Curtin Malaysia offers Curtin’s Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Construction Engineering, which equips students with the knowledge and skills to apply scientific and technological principles to the design and construction of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water supply and wastewater treatment systems, tunnels, power projects, offshore structures, and commercial and industrial buildings.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering provides a broad scope of environmental engineering, including water treatment, solid waste management, and domestic and industrial waste water treatment. Graduates can find employment in areas such as environmental impact assessment, environmental monitoring and management systems, soil erosion prevention, noise monitoring and control, recycling systems and oil spill recovery.

Both are four-year honours courses accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

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Students and lecturers pose with LAKU staff at the construction site.

Students and lecturers pose with LAKU staff at the construction site.