Swinburne Sarawak calls 'lost' alumni

MELBOURNE, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Young professionals Victor Gan and Alexander Tho have appealed to the thousands of their fellow Swinburne University of Technology graduates to join them in founding a Swinburne Alumni Chapter for the first time in Sarawak.

The majority of Swinburne's large community of graduates in Malaysia graduated from Sarawak, so it is a natural step to expand the Swinburne alumni headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to a chapter in Kuching.

Mr Gan said the new Sarawak chapter -- to be launched at a special alumni dinner on October 26 -- was timely since the Sarawak campus had been established for over 10 years.

"For many, university years may be some of the best years of their life. With this new network we hope to keep a common thread alive within the many graduates who have left the university and are now working here in Sarawak," he said.

In a message to mark the launch and 11th anniversary of the Sarawak campus, Swinburne Vice-President Jeffrey Smart, said Swinburne was “extraordinarily proud” to count many Malaysian citizens as graduates of its programs. 

Swinburne Pro Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive (Sarawak) Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen -- who is attending the dinner -- said returning graduates would enjoy all the traditional benefits open to alumni of a first-class research university.

With Swinburne Sarawak's extensive connections into industry, returning alumni would also be kept informed of emerging career opportunities such as that associated with the RM 9 billion Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy, or SCORE.

"Government authorities expect SCORE to develop the Central Region and transform Sarawak into a developed State by the year 2020, with more than 800,000 jobs at various industries and skills levels expected to be created in the Corridor by 2030," he said.

Swinburne Sarawak has successfully designed and conducted short SCORE-relevant programs sanctioned and approved by the state government in the last two years, Professor Lueckenhausen said.

If you would like to become a part of the Sarawak alumni chapter, contact Swinburne's Alumni and Development Office, email: or visit

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Source: Swinburne University of Technology
Keywords: Education