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Media Releases 2012

An Electronic and Communication Engineering degree can take you places

Have a fascination with the world of computers and want to make a career out of it? Why not enroll in the Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering) course at Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) and graduate as an electronics or network communications engineer?

Modern computing is predominantly distributed, that is, it involves an interaction of network-connected processors, so that computing and networking are inextricably linked. The role of the network communications engineer is to design such networks, encompassing all hardware, software and firmware functions.

The network communications engineer’s role also involves implementing protocols for transmitting data frames, detecting and correcting transmission errors, sharing communication capacity on high-speed media, and routing data packets to specific destinations within the networks.

The growth in computer networking in terms of sales volume is more than 20 percent each year and the corresponding demand for network communications engineers is currently far outstripping supply, meaning that upon graduation, you will be well-placed to seek employment in a variety of settings almost anywhere in the world.

As Curtin’s largest international campus located in Miri, Malaysia, Curtin Sarawak offers students the same widely-recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Electronic and Communication Engineering as Curtin in Australia.

It offers a good balance of theoretical background and practical experience throughout the duration of its engineering courses. It places considerable emphasis on giving students the practical skills necessary to begin effective professional practice immediately on graduation, as well as the understanding necessary to keep up with developments in technologies used by professional engineers.

Course units are presented in a way which emphasises the significance of the academic material to applications in engineering design and operations. Project and research work is conducted in association with industry and ranges in scope from fundamental studies to topics directed at development of processes or plant.

The 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) course, one of the most popular at Curtin Sarawak, examines analogue and digital communication systems, information processing, telecommunications and computer communication networks, signal and image processing, and control and instrumentation, as well as electronic design.

All Curtin engineering programmes have a common first year which builds students’ range of basic science skills and knowledge with particular emphasis on emphasis on physics, chemistry and mathematics. Students then undertake one year of study in common with those in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering. They have the flexibility to change between these courses until the beginning of the third year. 

Graduates of the course fulfill the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered-engineer status (CPEng).

Before graduating, students are required to obtain 12 weeks of engineering work experience and a senior first aid certificate. Honours are awarded to graduates based upon their performance during the four years of the course as there is no additional honours year.

The Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE), the largest department of the School of Engineering and Science at Curtin Sarawak, strives to provide a conducive learning environment for its students.

Besides having excellent teaching facilities and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, it has highly qualified and experienced academic staff recruited internationally, many of whom have extensive industry experience. They include degree-holders from prestigious institutions like Imperial College London, University of Manchester, Australian National University, several Indian universities, and of course, Curtin University.

Academics of the Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering have also contributed to raising Curtin Sarawak’s overall research performance through their research and development efforts and have secured numerous research grants from the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) and other external funding agencies.

Furthermore, they engage in external collaborations which keep them up-to-date on industry requirements and practices, and facilitate the delivery of the most relevant lectures, practicals and tutorials.

As a testimony to the quality of its courses and its high standard of teaching and learning, students of the Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering have participated and won in numerous national and international technology and innovation competitions. They include top prizes in the Think Big Business Plan Competition in Brunei, the annual Sarawak Open Source Competition, the MSC Malaysia – Ericsson CR Innovation Awards and Scope International ICT Competition, and successful participation in the IEEE and Freescale Smart Car Competition, RoboCon and PanaGEEK Competition.

In addition to Electronic and Communication Engineering, the Department offers Bachelor of Engineering majors in Computer System Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Technology majoring in Computer Systems and Networking, Master of Engineering Science majoring in Electrical Engineering, and Master of Philosophy and PhD degrees by research in any of the disciplines.

The courses are accredited by relevant authorities such as the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council and Engineers Australia (EAust). Through the Washington Accord, Curtin degrees are also recognised internationally, including in countries like Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

Curtin Sarawak was established in 1999 in partnership with the Sarawak State Government. It offers industry-focused learning with excellent teaching methods and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a unique international and cross-cultural environment with students and staff from more than 40 countries on campus.

Curtin Sarawak offers admission pathways to suit a variety of needs, including bridging and foundation courses to help international students meet the prerequisite requirements.

Further information on Curtin Sarawak can be obtained from its website at Alternatively, one can contact its Student Recruitment Department at 085-443939 or via e-mail to for more details.