A world of op­por­tu­ni­ties

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HEM­I­CAL engi­neers are the most ver­sa­tile of engi­neers and the field of chem­i­cal engineering presents wide-rang­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates.

Curtin Univer­sity, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) is a lead­ing in­sti­tu­tion in Malaysia of­fer­ing chem­i­cal engineering cour­ses.

As Curtin Univer­sity’s largest in­ter­na­tional cam­pus, Curtin Sarawak of­fers the same un­der­grad­u­ate and re­search de­grees in chem­i­cal engineering as Curtin’s main cam­pus in Perth, Western Aus­tralia. Fur­ther­more, Curtin Univer­sity’s chem­i­cal engineering pro­gramme ranks among the top in the world.

Like all its other engineering cour­ses, the chem­i­cal engineering cour­ses at Curtin Sarawak are closely linked to in­dus­try, par­tic­u­larly the lo­cal petroleum and plan­ta­tion in­dus­tries and new man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries be­ing es­tab­lished in the Sarawak Cor­ri­dor of Re­new­able En­ergy (SCORE).

The chem­i­cal engineering cour­ses are recog­nised by Engi­neers Aus­tralia (EAust) and the In­sti­tu­tion of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers in Aus­tralia, and in Malaysia by the Malaysian Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (MoHE), Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA), Malaysian Pub­lic Ser­vices Depart­ment (JPA) and Board of Engi­neers Malaysia (BEM).

They are also recog­nised by the pres­ti­gious In­sti­tu­tion of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers, UK (IChemE, UK). Curtin Sarawak was the first in­sti­tu­tion in Malaysia to re­ceive IChemE’s Mac­Nab Medal for Ex­cel­lence in De­sign Project in 2006, an award won in the pre­vi­ous year by Univer­sity of Cam­bridge in the United King­dom.

Curtin’s pop­u­lar Bach­e­lor of Engineering (Chem­i­cal Engineering) is a four-year, full­time course with a com­mon first year with all other engineering dis­ci­plines.

The course also leads to the post­grad­u­ate Mas­ter of Phi­los­o­phy in Chem­i­cal Engineering (by re­search) and Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy in Chem­i­cal Engineering (by re­search).

Curtin Sarawak deputy pro vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Ir Yudi Samyu­dia said, “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and pre­par­ing stu­dents to live and work in a global en­vi­ron­ment.”

In line with this, the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering of the School of Engineering and Sci­ence re­cruits aca­demic staff with global knowl­edge and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence from all over the world.

Prof Samyu­dia, who is also a se­nior aca­demic in the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering, joined Curtin Sarawak in 2005 af­ter spend­ing 12 years as an aca­demic and re­searcher at renowned uni­ver­si­ties. He is a re­cip­i­ent of the In­done­sian-To­ray Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (ITSF) Re­search Award and Young Academics Award from the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Repub­lic of In­done­sia.

Mean­while, Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering head Prof Dr Chua Han Bing said his staff has se­cured some RM2mil in ex­ter­nal re­search grants.

An alum­nus of Queen Mary Col­lege, Lon­don Univer­sity, Prof Chua is an ac­tive re­searcher.

Chem­i­cal engineering se­nior lec­turer Tan Yin Ling is a good ex­am­ple of such high-cal­i­bre staff.

Re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious 2011 Aus­tralian Learn­ing and Teach­ing Coun­cil (ALTC) Ci­ta­tion for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tions to Stu­dent Learn­ing (Early Ca­reer) and the 2010 Curtin Ex­cel­lent and In­no­va­tion in Teach­ing Award, Tan is known for her in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive ap­proaches to teach­ing that fos­ter in­de­pen­dent learn­ing.

In the past, Curtin Sarawak’s chem­i­cal engineering stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated and won in many na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

To fur­ther pre­pare its stu­dents to live and work in a global en­vi­ron­ment, the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering has formed col­lab­o­ra­tions for re­search, in­tern­ships, guest lec­tur­ers and site vis­its with a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions.

For de­tails on Curtin Sarawak, log on to www.curtin.edu.my, Face­book at face­book. com/Curt­inUniver­si­tySarawakMalaysia, Twit­ter at twit­ter.com/curtin­sarawak, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/Curt­inUniSarawak or In­sta­gram at in­sta­gram.com/curtin­sarawak

Stu­dents get to in­ter­act with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, un­dergo prac­ti­cal train­ing and be ex­posed to in­dus­try prac­tices.

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