Friday, August 14

Go forth and lead society towards a better future, Swinburne grads told


Kristjanson speaks at the graduation ceremony. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus students who received their academic scrolls yesterday have been encouraged to address the new challenges facing their community and make a positive contribution.

Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson urged them to seize these opportunities and help lead their society into a promising future.

“You have fulfilled the requirements of a demanding course of study with focus and discipline, and your reward is an excellent education.

“Such an education is all the more important today because of the need to respond to a rapidly changing world. Within our knowledge-based society, many people are engaged in ‘knowledge-based’ work across a range of fields and disciplines,” she said at Swinburne Sarawak’s 20th graduation ceremony, held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday.

Kristjanson said the achievement of high quality education and training positions the graduates to attain greater prosperity and participate more fully in a dynamic knowledge-based global economy. She noted that Swinburne is consistently named as one of the top universities in the world, according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“Therefore, I hope you take pride in knowing that you graduate from Swinburne with a high-quality education, obtained from a world-ranked university,” she added.

She said Swinburne encourages its students to embrace the notion that they are all learners for life and therefore, she anticipated that the graduation ceremony would not represent an end-point to the graduates’ educational adventures.

“We look forward to welcoming you back to Swinburne in the future, either in person or through one of many online learning opportunities, to help you further your knowledge.”

A total of 314 students received their scrolls yesterday, presented to them by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is Pro Chancellor of Swinburne Sarawak, and Kristjanson.