Opening of Sarawak campus

students in white lab coats stand at a stall speaking to attendants about their project at the innovation expo. on the table is chemistry beakers and equipment.

Our Sarawak campus buildings officially opened in 2002.  Established in 1999 at a temporary location at Riam Road Middle School with an initial enrolment of 220 students and 23 academic staff, Curtin swiftly commenced planning and work for a permanent campus in Sendadin that same year.

In 2000, a graduation ceremony for 72 foundation programme students was held at Holiday Inn Miri.

Graduands and staff at graduation for foundation students, December 2000.

The new buildings were occupied in 2002 and classes in Commerce and Engineering programs commenced.

Later that year on 23 September 2002, the new campus buildings were officially opened by the Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud. Sarawak is our first international campus.

With thanks to Frank Sheay for his notes and photos on Curtin Sarawak campus history.

A traditional Orang Ulu welcome for the ground breaking ceremony, 1999.
Foundation chemistry class at the Riam Campus, 1999.
The Riam complex which served as the temporary university campus from 1999 – 2002.
Aerial view of site preparation Senadin, 2000.
Presentation of Honorary Doctor of Technology award to Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud by Chancellor Harry Perkins, AM, September 2000.
Senadin campus buildings taking shape, 2001.
A traditional Chinese welcome to the new campus for the Opening Ceremony 2002.
Speech by Dr George Tan, September 2002.
The new campus, 2002.
Graduation ceremony, 2004.
Graduation ceremony, 2008.
Curtin Sarawak students, 2009.
Students enjoying iFest, 2015.