Pro­duc­ing all-rounded grad­u­ates

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IF you want a busi­ness de­gree that gives you a com­pet­i­tive edge and puts you ahead of the pack, Curtin Univer­sity has what you are look­ing for.

The univer­sity’s strong in­dus­try con­nec­tions en­sure its busi­ness cour­ses are aligned with the lat­est in­dus­try trends, with con­sid­er­able em­pha­sis on de­ci­sion-mak­ing, trends in tech­nol­ogy and as­so­ci­ated work pat­terns and other as­pects of man­age­ment in the highly com­pet­i­tive busi­ness arena.

Its Bach­e­lor of Com­merce cour­ses are de­signed to de­velop pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise in sev­eral rel­e­vant ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion and in a range of other re­quired skills.

Fur­ther­more, the prin­ci­pal roles of ac­coun­tancy and fi­nance in so­ci­ety and their no­table in­flu­ence in daily busi­ness trans­ac­tions world­wide make them in­ter­est­ing dis­ci­plines in their own right.

Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance dou­ble-ma­jor

The Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance dou­ble-ma­jor re­mains one of the most pop­u­lar dou­ble­ma­jor com­bi­na­tions that Curtin Univer­sity of­fers both at its main cam­pus in Perth, Western Aus­tralia, and at its largest in­ter­na­tional cam­pus – the Curtin Sarawak cam­pus in Miri, Malaysia.

The three-year full-time course is de­signed for stu­dents who want to spe­cialise in cor­po­rate and in­sti­tu­tional fi­nance. Grad­u­ates of the course with suit­able work ex­pe­ri­ence may be con­sid­ered for ad­mis­sion to grad­u­ate cour­ses at both cam­puses and other in­sti­tu­tions in­ter­na­tion­ally.

In their first year, stu­dents study units com­mon to all the com­merce ma­jors, fol­lowed by more spe­cialised units such as fi­nan­cial ac­count­ing, man­age­rial ac­count­ing, busi­ness and com­pany law, tax­a­tion and au­dit­ing, cor­po­rate fi­nance, in­ter­na­tional fi­nance, de­riv­a­tive se­cu­ri­ties and port­fo­lio man­age­ment.

In ad­di­tion, they will gain a broad un­der­stand­ing of the struc­ture and op­er­a­tions of fi­nan­cial mar­kets in Asia and glob­ally, to­gether with the the­ory and tech­niques un­der­ly­ing ac­count­ing and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

At Curtin Sarawak, the course is of­fered un­der the Depart­ment of Ac­count­ing of the Curtin Sarawak School of Busi­ness and is avail­able on a full-time ba­sis where stu­dents can com­plete the de­gree in a min­i­mum of six semesters over three years.


Stu­dents are of­fered flex­i­bil­ity in com­plet­ing their de­grees, in which they can opt to com­plete all three years at Curtin Sarawak or trans­fer to the main cam­pus for Year two and three. Ad­mis­sion to the course re­quires stu­dents to meet Curtin’s English lan­guage and stan­dard ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing recog­nised by the Malaysian Gov­ern­ment through the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) and the Pub­lic Ser­vices Depart­ment, the course is recog­nised as be­ing ac­cept­able for as­so­ci­ate mem­ber­ship in CPA Aus­tralia and the In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Ac­coun­tants (IPA), as well as en­try to the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants Aus­tralia (ICAA) grad­u­ate pro­gramme.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing mem­ber­ship in CPA Aus­tralia, ICAA or ACCA, grad­u­ates are el­i­gi­ble for mem­ber­ship in the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­coun­tants (MICPA) and the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Ac­coun­tants (MIA).

All cour­ses of­fered at Curtin Sarawak are iden­ti­cal in struc­ture to those at the main cam­pus and de­grees are awarded by Curtin Univer­sity in Perth. Stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence the same stan­dards of teach­ing and learn­ing that are highly prized by grad­u­ates and re­spected by in­dus­try and pro­fes­sional bod­ies world­wide.

Fur­ther­more, the de­grees are awarded un­der the Aus­tralian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work, a sin­gle na­tion­wide sys­tem de­signed to en­sure Aus­tralian qual­i­fi­ca­tions are recog­nised and ac­cepted through­out the world.

As a re­sult, grad­u­ates from the Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance course can look for­ward to ex­cel­lent em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Grad­u­ates can look for­ward to lu­cra­tive ca­reers as pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tants, au­di­tors, fi­nan­cial an­a­lysts, fi­nan­cial plan­ners, fund man­agers and fu­tures traders, both within Malaysia and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Stu­dents also learn from ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ing staff, and are ex­posed to some of the in­dus­try’s top em­ploy­ers through field trips, in­tern­ships, real-life sce­nar­ios and prac­ti­cal as­sign­ments, guest lec­tures by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and net­work­ing events.

Curtin Sarawak School of Busi­ness depart­ment of ac­count­ing head Dr An­bal­a­gan Krishnan com­mented that his depart­ment’s highly qual­i­fied teach­ing staff en­sures stu­dents are equipped with ex­cep­tional for­ward-think­ing qual­i­ties and cut­ting-edge knowl­edge to meet the needs of their fu­ture em­ploy­ers.

An­bal­a­gan is con­fi­dent that com­bined with class­room learn­ing, in­volve­ment in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and the depart­ment’s strong af­fil­i­a­tions to busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions in and around the re­gion, the depart­ment will con­tinue to pro­duce all-rounded grad­u­ates that will be com­pet­i­tive in the global mar­ket.

He said that just as with the Curtin Busi­ness School (CBS) in Perth, Curtin Sarawak’s School of Busi­ness of­fers stu­dents more than just a class­room ex­pe­ri­ence.

School of Busi­ness R&D Co­or­di­na­tor and se­nior lec­turer of ac­count­ing Dr Pauline Ho said, as the depart­ment with the largest num­ber of stu­dents in the school, the Depart­ment of Ac­count­ing has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for of­fer­ing high-qual­ity, mar­ket-driven ac­count­ing pro­grammes.

“The de­sign of our cur­ricu­lum in­cor­po­rates the at­tain­ment of Curtin’s grad­u­ate at­tributes to en­sure our ac­count­ing grad­u­ates are not only aca­dem­i­cally sound but also work­place ready,” she said.

Curtin Sarawak opened its doors in 1999 fol­low­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from the Sarawak State Gov­ern­ment to Curtin Univer­sity to es­tab­lish its first in­ter­na­tional cam­pus in Miri in the north of the state.

It has one of the most mod­ern univer­sity cam­puses in South-East Asia, where stylish build­ings based on the ar­chi­tec­tural style of Curtin’s main cam­pus in Perth com­ple­ment world-class, state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment.

It is a pop­u­lar choice for both Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from over 40 coun­tries be­cause of its in­ter­na­tional out­look, in­no­va­tive cour­ses, world-class teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties, flex­i­ble study op­tions, ap­plied and prac­ti­cal sub­jects, use of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, and part­ner­ships with in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment.

The rel­a­tively lower tu­ition fees and liv­ing costs com­pared with go­ing through the same cour­ses at the main cam­pus is also a big draw.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Curtin Sarawak, visit, face­ Univer­si­tySarawakMalaysia, Twit­ter pro­file at twit­­sarawak, YouTube chan­nel at­inUniSarawak or In­sta­gram at in­sta­­sarawak

At Curtin Sarawak’s School of Busi­ness, stu­dents are of­fered more than just a class­room ex­pe­ri­ence.

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