MIRI: All courses offered by Curtin University in Perth, Australia and its international campuses in Malaysia and Singapore benefit from the input of industry experts in their development and delivery.

Curtin Malaysia in a statement said combining theory with practical that incorporate relevant industry placements resulted in industry-linked courses that take students beyond the classroom into the real working world.

Thus ensuring quality education and research relevant to industry needs and development are features looked for in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Curtin is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the ARWU, and positioned 211th in the world and 10th in Australia in 2016.

At Curtin Malaysia, industry input is garnered through Industry Advisory Committees (IAC) comprising representatives of relevant industries at each of its faculties.

The campus’ Faculty of Engineering and Science recently held the first meeting of its Environmental Engineering IAC for the year to review and seek feedback on its Environmental Engineering programme.

It was attended by IAC members Ir Brian Chong Sin Hian who is senior director of Chemsain Konsultant; Dr Tie Yiu Liong, managing director of Ecosol Consultancy; Ir AK Woo, managing director of Master Jaya Environmental; Mohamed Nasir Wan Idrus, director of Bamboo Bio Composites; and Marina Michael, environmental manager of Sarawak Shell Berhad.

Also attending was Professor Ir Lau Hieng Ho, Dean of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science; Environmental Engineering programme coordinator Dr John Lau Sie Yon and other members of the Environmental Engineering programme team.

During the meeting, Dr John Lau briefed the IAC on the latest development at the Faculty of Engineering and Science besides its Environmental Engineering programme.

According to Dr Lau, the Environmental Engineering programme team is honoured to engage in dialogue with the industry experts who gave pertinent feedback on aspects of the programme such as its curriculum, objectives and outcomes.

Such formal engagement enables more practical and solid industrial collaboration, the meetings opportunities for academics and industry

experts to discuss the latest development in education and industry.

After the meeting, the IAC members toured Curtin Malaysia’s new RM20 million Faculty of Engineering and Science building which houses modern laboratories and lecture theatres for shared delivery of classroom instruction and discussions between the Australian and Malaysian campuses via live video link.

Curtin’s Environmental Engineering programme commenced in 2015.

The course structure integrates fundamentals from three majors: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering and Environmental Sciences.

Its graduates will enjoy good employment prospects as the demand for environmental engineers is growing rapidly throughout the world.

From – The Borneo Post –