Sunday, July 12

Quality Australian education at Curtin Malaysia now well within reach of Sarawakian Bumiputera students


Curtin University, Malaysia is collaborating with Yayasan Sarawak to offer the Yayasan Sarawak BP40 Bursary Scheme for Sarawak Bumiputera new students at who enrol for the university’s 2020 foundation and degree intakes.

Limited to 100 Sarawak Bumiputera students in the B40 and M40 household income brackets, the special bursary scheme offers a quality Australian education and world-recognised Curtin degrees at discounted and subsidised tuition fees that are equivalent to public university fees.

The bursary scheme’s special fee structure is applicable to all foundation and undergraduate degrees in business, engineering, science, technology and arts at Curtin Malaysia.

Furthermore, students enrolled under the bursary scheme are still eligible to apply for other educational financial assistance schemes offered by Yayasan Sarawak, such as the Yayaysan Sarawak loan. For more information on the BP40 Bursary Scheme, visit

Besides the BP40 Bursary Scheme, Curtin Malaysia as Curtin University’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia, offers a number of attractive scholarships and financial aid schemes to give more students access to a quality Australian education and world-recognised Curtin degrees.

Established 20 years ago as a joint venture between Curtin University and the Sarawak Government and other Sarawak stakeholders, Curtin Malaysia is Curtin University’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia.

Curtin University, meanwhile, is a global university with campuses in Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore and strong partnerships with leading universities around the world. The university is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019, and has risen to 230th in the world in the 2019-20 QS World University Rankings.

Bird’s eye view of the Curtin Malaysia campus.

All engineering courses at Curtin Malaysia are double-accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and Engineers Australia, while business courses are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and other international professional bodies.

Students at Curtin Malaysia study the same course curriculum as their counterparts at Curtin’s main campus in Perth and other Curtin campuses. Study materials, the academic calendar and examinations are also identical, as are the degrees awarded upon graduation.

Distributed learning facilities that enable students to have classes concurrently with the main campus in Perth.

As the courses are identical, students have the opportunity to transfer to one of the other Curtin campuses on student exchange or transfer to complete their degrees.

The university boasts a scenic 1,200 acre garden campus in Miri offering a comprehensive campus experience and a truly international and cross-cultural learning experience with students from over 50 countries. Internationally-recruited staff from over 15 countries further strengthen its global focus.

Students enjoying group study around the garden campus during their free time.

Curtin Malaysia believes in rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential, to graduate with high practical employability and to achieve their ambitions.

Here’s the lowdown on the key scholarships and financial aid available to new students at Curtin Malaysia:

Curtin Malaysia Merit Scholarships
Open to Malaysian SPM, STPM, O-Level, A-Level, UEC and accredited external foundation, matriculation and diploma leavers. Offers fee waivers of between RM3,000 and RM10,000 for foundation or first-year undergraduate studies, based on academic merit. Similar scholarship for international students also available. T&Cs apply.

Special Malaysian Grants
Up to RM3,000 grant for Malaysian students who enrol in February/March and July/August 2020 intake, applicable for enrolment in foundation and undergraduate degree programmes. T&Cs apply.

Curtin Malaysia Outreach Scholarships
For high-achieving students in Sarawak rural secondary schools. Sarawakian candidates achieving 10As and above in SPM will receive full scholarships, including subsidised on-campus accommodation, to undertake foundation and degree courses. Must meet academic requirements to be eligible to continue receiving scholarship in undergraduate years. T&Cs apply.

Yayasan Sarawak Loan
Open for full-time enrolled Sarawakian students (or students of Sarawakian parentage) in foundation or undergraduate programmes. T&Cs apply.

Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) Loan
Open for full-time enrolled Malaysian students in undergraduate programmes. Must have at least 1 more year of study at point of applying. T&Cs apply.

EPF Withdrawal Scheme for Education
Open for full-time enrolled EPF member’s children. Applicable for undergraduate programmes. T&Cs apply.

There are also a number of merit-based scholarships sponsored by government and industrial bodies such as Daiken, Sarawak Timber Association, Yayasan Sarawak, Sabah State Government, PENERAJU, and the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC).

Curtin Malaysia’s February/March 2020 intake is currently in progress. For more information on scholarships and financial aid at Curtin Malaysia, visit or call 085-630000.

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