Curtin Sarawak recognises academic excellence of Miri students

Miri – 18 October 2013 – 30 academically outstanding students from 15 secondary schools around the city received Curtin Awards of Excellence from Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) recently.

The awards were presented during the Curtin Sarawak Award of Excellence and PIBG Night held at the Imperial Palace Hotel. In addition to the recipients, the principals and PIBG representatives of the schools, as well as Curtin Sarawak’s Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ir. Yudi Samyudia and the deans of the university’s three schools, were present.

In his speech during the event, Professor Ir. Samyudia said the Curtin Awards of Excellence, which were first introduced in 2003, were one of the ways the university shows its appreciation of the local community’s continued support.

According to him, Curtin Sarawak believes in recognising the academic achievements of outstanding students in local secondary schools just as it recognises the academic performance of its own students.

“I trust that by receiving your awards, you will be encouraged to face the coming SPM or STPM with full confidence, knowing that you have already come a long way in your studies. With continued determination and hard work, I am sure you will do well in your SPM or STPM,” he said to the recipients.

He also hoped that through the Curtin Awards of Excellence and other collaborative efforts, the university’s ties with the schools will be strengthened.

“By working together, we can collectively support the government’s vision of producing independent and creative thinkers through education and the embracing of technology and innovation, and of making Miri an education hub,” he pointed out.

He added that Curtin Sarawak is ever willing to support local schools by providing academic support and student mentorship, sharing its expertise and resources, and conducting educational workshops and seminars for teachers and students.

Touching on Curtin Sarawak’s development, he said the university has come a long way since its establishment in 1999 and is now a leading tertiary education provider in the region, offering students from all over the globe the internationally-acclaimed Curtin degree at an affordable cost.

“Curtin Sarawak is one of only 8 universities granted self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Government, and having been rated a Tier 5 institution by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency in its SETARA rating system in 2009 and again in 2011, Curtin Sarawak is classed among the top universities in Malaysia,” he disclosed.

Professor Ir. Samyudia said Curtin Sarawak fully supports the government’s educational goals as outlined in the Malaysian National Education Philosophy (NEP) to churn out a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to meet the growing needs of the millennium and strengthen Malaysia’s economic competitiveness.

The recipients of the Curtin Award of Excellence for 2013 were:
SMB St. Columba 
Jennifer Kong Sing Ying, Bernard Goh Teck Yang, Jonathan Tan Yun Lin, Phiong Xin Ni
SMK Taman Tunku
Gillian Gelang anak Ondom 
SMB St. Joseph
Sharmieza Binti Kasmi, Vanessa anak Jambon
Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang
Chia Siu Fen, Norman Chong
SMK Riam
Syamira Nabila Binti Noor Bashah
SMK Merbau
Rida Spica Japarin, Aaronn Avit Ajeng
SMK Dato Permaisuri
Adeline Norlee @ Lee Shu Wei, Ho Chui Tchin, Muhd. Aliff bin Fendy
SMK Chung Hua 
Chai Shi Wen, Wong Chun Chin, Irence Sim Xin Hui, Vivian Hii Yan Lee,
Kelvin Ling Kuok Jie, Angel Tiong Hui Ping
SMK Luak 
Salimah Binti Swali
SM Pei Min
Cindy Ngui Xin Yu, Ling Wei Ching
SMK Baru
Brandon Law
SMK Pujut
Audy Azfar bin Hamidi, Wong Yieng Yii
SMK Lopeng Tengah
Muhammad Irfan bin Maslan Malik, Ting Si Qin
SM Sains 
Arwin Ishawn anak Kendary


Professor Yudi giving his opening speech.

Phiong Xin Ni from SMB St. Columba receiving her certificate from Professor Yudi.

Professor Yudi, recipients from SMK Chung Hua and their parents in a photo call.