Great line-up of activities for Curtin’s open day

INVITING THE PUBLIC: Lai (seated 2nd left), Mienczakowski (3rd right), Curtin Sarawak chief operating officer Nicholas Ching (seated left) and others showing the lucky draw prizes and eco bags.

INVITING THE PUBLIC: Lai (seated 2nd left), Mienczakowski (3rd right), Curtin Sarawak chief operating officer Nicholas Ching (seated left) and others showing the lucky draw prizes and eco bags.

 

MIRI: Curtin Sarawak is celebrating its 7th Open Day on Sept 14 with various activities lined up from 10am until 5pm at its campus.

The theme ‘Make a Change Today and Make Tomorrow Better’ is in line with the university’s vision to be a recognised international leader in research and education.

Like in previous years, the event will incorporate environment-friendly initiatives and practices in support of Curtin Sarawak’s environmental sustainability programme and Miri’s goal of becoming a green city as well as support of local charities and community causes.

Curtin Sarawak’s pro-vice chancellor cum chief executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski remarked that the university’s open day continued to gain popularity each year.

“From crowds of just over 2,000 three years ago, it grew to over 6,000 last year. It is still a far cry from the over 18,000 that attend the Curtin Open Day in Perth but I am sure as Miri continues to grow, and Curtin Sarawak with it, we’ll achieve those numbers someday,” he stated during the second press conference on the Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2013 at ParkCity Everly Hotel yesterday.

He said all visitors to the event can expect an educational experience in addition to a variety of fun activities and entertainment.

“We are showcasing how Curtin Sarawak, as Curtin University’s largest international campus, is helping Curtin fulfil its vision to be a recognised international leader in research and education.

“It will be an opportunity for prospective students and their parents, and indeed the entire community to visit us and discover what we have to offer in terms of academic programme, facilities and campus life.”

Meanwhile, Miri mayor Lawrence Lai said Miri City Council (MCC) is proud to support the university’s open day for the fourth consecutive year.

“This open day is a green event which incorporates environment friendly initiatives and practices in support of the council’s goal to make Miri a green city.

“MCC is a strong advocate of going green and we are always happy to support like-minded organisations.”

During the event, the council will set up an environmental corner which will showcase a number of greening activities.

The council is sponsoring 50 bougainvillea trees for a tree planting ceremony near the main stage as part of the opening ceremony.

Furthermore, the council will distribute some 1,000 eco-bags to visitors to the event.

The main highlights of the event are innovation expo, academic talks, future students’ booth, student support showcases, charity and community corner, environmental corner, stage performances, kiddies’ corner, free health checks, mobile dental clinic, food and product sales, photography exhibition, attractive door gifts and luck draw prizes.

There will be six special showcases for the day such as Fishing Competition, John Curtin Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Newspaper Bag Design & Break Competition, Tibou traditional game, Miri Got Talent Competition and Mr & Miss Curtin Contest.

Visitors also have the chance to win two return airfares to Singapore sponsored by AirAsia, two 32” Sony Bravia flatscreen TV, two Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and two iPad Mini (16GB) tablets as lucky draw prizes.

Chairman of Curtin Sarawak Council Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam will officiate the open day.

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