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Preparing Sarawak’s workforce for SCORE

BS Abdur Rahman University is one of India's top in engineering

WE have all heard of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Understanding it is not so easy though. Who can blame us? All this time industry has not been a driving force for Sarawak. It is a new concept for Sarawak to be transformed into a developed State.

Without getting into the technicalities of things, here is what SCORE intends to do — accelerate Sarawak’s economic growth and development, as well as improve quality of life for Sarawakians.

The five new growth nodes will be Tanjung Manis, Mukah, Samalaju, Baram and Tunoh. These are areas which have yet to see the development that has been enjoyed by Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.

It will open up many new opportunities for the people in priority industries such as aluminum, glass, steel, fishing and aquaculture, livestock, marine engineering and tourism. Real higher income jobs for the people in both urban and rural areas.

Now to achieve this vision, Sarawak urgently needs to prepare the Sarawakian workforce with the necessary technical skills.

It is good to learn that Yayasan Sarawak is tweaking its policy to focus on technical and skills education to meet the needs of SCORE.

Yayasan Sarawak has been providing services in the development of quality human capital towards a developed State since 1971. The fact that the foundation has the vision to adjust its policies to fulfill the needs of the State’s human capital development is very positive.

Tertiary institutions in the State also need to step up and ensure that they have the appropriate programmes to meet SCORE’s workforce needs.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud pointed out the urgent need for Sarawak’s institutions of higher learning to work closely with their counterparts overseas.

Recently, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B S Abdur Rahman University for friendship and cooperation, promotion of mutual understanding, academic, cultural and scientific thought and personnel exchange.

This university in Chennai is one of the largest engineering institutions in India and is ranked among the top-50 engineering colleges of that country. The Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Technology and Civil Engineering Departments are often regarded as one of the best among colleges of Chennai.

Links such as this are vital if Sarawak is to produce the average of 5,000 engineers and technical assistants yearly for SCORE.

It looks like Sarawak is on the right track to achieve its transformation to developed State.

The reports from The Star:

Policy change on the horizon for Yayasan Sarawak

KUCHING: There will be a shift in policy for Yayasan Sarawak in light of the growing demand for technical and skilled workers in the future.

“The requirement for manpower is tremendous for the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE),” said Yayasan Sarawak chairman Tan Sri Adenan Satem during his speech at the Chief Minister’s Special Awards presentation last night.

“The need for professional, skilled manpower is ever growing due to the fact that Sarawak is about to undergo its second stage of industrialisation.

“Previously, the large growth in the industrial sector was what changed Bintulu and Miri from the sleepy hollows they were in the past into the industrial powerhouses we see today.”

“But before we can do the same, we need to train an adequate and constant flow of graduates that are skilled, professional technical workers.

“Yayasan Sarawak is doing its part by contributing to the development of several educational institutions around the state, namely Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus and Kolej Laila Taib.

“For example, we are not content to keep Kolej Laila Taib the way it is.

“We are looking to improve and expand it further by upgrading it into a university in the near future,” he explained.

“We will look into capitalising on our natural resources, like water and rain which are not depletable, unlike oil and gas.

“Yayasan Sarawak will play a large part, and do all it can in order to fill the 20,000 to 30,000 jobs that will be available in the coming years due to the upcoming industrialisation of our state,” Adenan added.

A report from The Star:

CM: Varsities need to collaborate with overseas counterparts

KUCHING: Higher learning institutes in Sarawak are encouraged to forge more collaborations with overseas skill-learning institutes and polytechnics to meet the state’s urgency for technical workforce.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said this was because the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) had switched the scenario in the state whereby now the jobs are waiting for the people.

“We need to step up the pace. Our universities need to expand their collaborations with other institutes and polytechnics like in India so we can expand our manpower accordingly. It is a challenge but it is something we can overcome,” he said at the Sarawak Foundation’s Chief Minister Special Awards presentation ceremony here last night.

Well done: Taib presenting an award to a recipient during the Chief Minister’s Special Awards ceremony as Yayasan Sarawak chairman Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (right) look on. — RUSSELL TING / The Star

He said the next couple of years was going to be crucial for manpower development and by the look of things, Sarawak would need to churn out an average of 5,000 engineers and technical assistants each year.

As for the quarter of a million support staff at the certificate level, he hoped the technical institutes here would double their efforts to produce the numbers as soon as possible by 2030.

Taib stressed that he needed the whole society to focus on technical education from now.

Not only would this generate the manpower needs of Sarawak, he said this direction also gave hope to those students, particularly in the rural areas, who did not do well academically.

Earlier on, he admitted that he was worried Sarawak could be overly ambitious in the beginning.

However, he became more confident and convinced that the state was on the right path with this aim, given the amount of investment pouring into SCORE in the past two years.

He said the Samalaju Industrial estate, for instance, was almost fully occupied with the setting up of high energy industries.

“Each time I’m called to present certificates to fresh graduates, I see bright faces eager to play a role and exercise their skills and talents.

“So I am confident that even if SCORE demands a change towards technical education, this is the best choice to help our anak Sarawak,” Taib added.

The report from The New Indian Express

Malaysian varsity inks MoU

CHENNAI: B S Abdur Rahman University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Teknologi Mara Sarawak, Malaysia, on friendship and cooperation,promotion of mutual understanding, academic, cultural and scientific thought and personnel exchange.

The MoU was signed by Dr Jamil HJ Hamali, Rector, UITM, Malaysia, and Dr P Kanniappan, Vice-Chancellor, B S Abdur Rahman University, on Sunday at the college campus.

Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud was also present.

The minister along with his high level delegation visited the university, with the aim of entering into a collaboration for skilled man power development as Sarawak State of Malaysia is planning fivefold development in overall GDP.

“Malaysia is planning to become a developed nation by 2020 and is planning large scale development in bio-technology, pharmaceutical industry, eco tourism and production of world class food products, developing deep seaports, etc.” said the Chief Minister speaking at the event.

“We are seeking co-operation with B S Abdur Rahman University in training man power development through its main campus and at Malaysia. A high level core committee will work out the modalities,” he added.

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