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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

100 years of delivering quality education
Consistently ranks among the top 3% of universities in the world
Students may transfer to the Melbourne campus to complete their studies under a transfer programme


#1. About Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak) is a private university in Malaysia. It was established in 2000 and is a branch campus of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia which was established in 1908. The year 2019 marks the 27th anniversary since the institution gained its university status.

Swinburne Sarawak offers a selection of courses, from Foundation to PhD programmes in the fields of Engineering, Science, Business, Computing and Design. Its Master and PhD programmes are offered in both coursework and research formats.

As a university of technology, Swinburne Sarawak has advanced facilities which include world-class engineering, research and science labs, as well as tutorial rooms and computer labs adorned with cutting edge equipment.

Students have the option of completing their studies at Swinburne Sarawak or its Melbourne campus under a transfer programme. Alternatively, students can spend one semester in Melbourne while only paying local fees under its international student exchange programme.

They may also choose to complete part of their studies as an exchange student with any of Swinburne’s partner universities in seven countries including Germany, South Korea and the US, for up to 2 semesters.

Swinburne University Ranking & Reputation

The university has an international reputation for its quality research and was ranked 65 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings in 2018 and is among the world’s top 450 universities according to Times Higher Education World University. Swinburne was also recognised as having one of the best design schools in the world by the 2016 QS World Rankings of Universities by Subject.

Additionally, based on the last graduate tracer study conducted by the university’s career office, Swinburne Sarawak graduates reported up to a 100% employment rate for numerous business and engineering courses while the overall employment rate came in at a high 94%.


#2. Why Choose Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

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Value for Money

You will receive the same degree and standard of education from the Australian campus at the Malaysian cost

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Well Recognised

The courses are all recognised by their respective field such as Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM), CPA and Australian Engineering (EA)

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Vibrant Community

Has over 4,000 students from 60+ countries studying in the campus providing a rich learning experience


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#3. Location

Swinburne Sarawak is built on a 16.5-acre land and is 15 minutes away from the heart of Kuching city and the Kuching International Airport. The campus is adjacent to residential and commercial areas with hospitals, entertainment spots and one of the biggest shopping malls in the capital within a walking distance away.

Getting Around

  • Public Transport: Accessible via taxis.
  • Parking: Motorcycle parking & ticketed parking are available on campus.


#4. Accommodation

(a) On-campus accommodation

The on-campus hostel has 4 options of rooms which are single or twin-sharing with fan and single or twin-sharing with air-conditioning. The rooms are furnished with basic daily amenities (bed, mattress, study table, chair, shelf, etc.) It’s equipped with 24-hour security and is minutes away from the post office, banks, food courts and shopping areas.

The hostel blocks are equipped with a common lounge with TV and sofa set, free wireless internet access, among other furnishings. Full-time international and outstation students are given priority to reside at the hostel. First-year Foundation/Degree students are encouraged to reside at the hostel.

(b) Off-campus accomodation

The university’s Accommodation Office offers assistance to students who wish to look for other suitable off-campus accommodation for free. Interested students may obtain a list of private off-campus accommodation from the office. Students would have to sign a tenancy agreement with the landlord for private rentals.


#5. Swinburne University Scholarships

Here are some of the scholarships offered by Swinburne University.

Name of ScholarshipStudy AreaKey HighlightsDeadline
Swinburne Sarawak Academic Excellence Award (Foundation)FIS, FIA, FIB- Up to RM12,000 tuition fee waiver
- At least 6As at SPM to qualify
- Additional fee waiver if you continue on with your degree
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Academic Excellence Award (Degree)Accounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Up to RM4,500 tuition fee waiver
- At least 2Bs at A-Level/STPM to qualify
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Outstanding Youth AwardFIS, FIA, FIB- Up to RM3,500
- For those who excel academically and/or active at co-curricular activities
- Requires a Letter of Recommendation from school principal
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Principal AwardFIS, FIA, FIB- Up to RM3,500 per award
- For SPM/STPM leavers from selected secondary schools in East Malaysia
- Requires a Letter of Recommendation from school principal
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Emerging Technology BursaryDesign, Engineering, Computer Science, Bioscience- Up to 20% waiver for first year tuition fee
- Meet min. entry requirement for A-Level/STPM
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Engagement AwardFIS, FIA, FIB, Accounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Up to 30% waiver for first year tuition fee
- For students who have won a competition organised by Swinburne Sarawak
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Credit Recognition Excellence AwardAccounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Up to 10% waiver for first year tuition fee
- For Diploma graduates who are from one of Swinburne Sarawak's partner institutions
- At least CGPA of 3.70 and above
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Bumiputera Financial SchemeFIS, FIA, FIB, Accounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Must be a Sarawakian Bumiputera
- Family income of not more than RM1,300 per dependent
- Must meet course entry requirements
Always Open
MELOLISA Foundation ScholarshipAccounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Up to 75% tuition fee waiver
- Priority for those who are financially in need
- At least CGPA of 3.0 and above
- Those who are active in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate leadership qualities will have an advantage
Third Monday after the commencement of the semester
Yayasan Sarawak BESTARI ScholarshipAccounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Open to Sarawakian students only
- At least CGPA of 3.5 and above
- Sponsorship includes tuition fees, accommodation, living allowance and opportunity to complete a semester at Swinburne Melbourne
Always Open
Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Peneraju Tunas Potensi)FIS, FIA, FIB, Accounting, Business, Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Bioscience- Open to Malaysian Bumiputeras only
- Household income must be less than RM3,000 per month
- At least 5As at SPM or 2As at STPM
- Sponsorship includes tuition fees, accommodation and living allowance
Always Open

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