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Sarawak tertiary institutes sign MoUs with Indian university

TWO tertiary institutes in Sarawak — Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and the Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) — have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with India’s B S Abdur Rahman University (BSAU).

Most of us probably first heard of the university during the State Government’s visit to the country last December.

During the visit, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak inked an MoU with BSAU for friendship and cooperation, promotion of mutual understanding, academic, cultural and scientific thought and personnel exchange.

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

Linking Sarawak’s tertiary institutions to universities such as BSAU is vital as the State prepares its workforce for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

SCORE isn’t just a fancy political plan but very much a reality as some RM200 billion has already been invested by global companies.

This is why the government is working hard to ensure that Sarawakians  have the skills and knowledge to work in the industries that are coming our way.

“No economy can succeed without a highly skilled talent base that is able to rapidly respond to economic changes, which is centered on developing and utilising knowledge,” said Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

“To achieve Malaysia’s aspiration to catch up with a first world skill and talent base by year 2020, it is imperative to develop, attract and retain a first world talent base.”

SCORE’s priority industries are expected to generate 58,200 new jobs up to 2015. Sarawakians must ensure that they are fully qualified to fill those jobs.

Reports from The Borneo Post:

Unimas, BSAU sign MoU to promote academic, research interaction

KUCHING: To mark its commitment in striving to meet the mission of being an exemplary university of internationally acknowledged stature and a scholarly institution of choice for both students and academics, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) promoting academic and research interactions with B S Abdur Rahman University (BSAU) of Chennai, India, here yesterday.

“In the pursuit of strengthening our internationalisation programme, Unimas is happy to partner with BSAU, which aspires to be a leader in education, training and research in engineering, science, technology and management and to play a vital role in the socio-economic progress of the country,” said Unimas Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid who represented the university at the ceremony while BSAU was represented by its Vice Chancellor Dr P Kanniappan.

He said that the MoU would establish a framework on friendship and cooperation, promotion of mutual understanding, academic, research, cultural and scientific thought and personnel exchange particularly in the fields of engineering, computer science and information technology as well as related areas.

“With BSAU’s strong emphasis on industrial exposure and linkages, I am sure both universities will benefit through technology transfer and this will certainly play a pivotal role in meeting the manpower requirement for Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score),” added Khairuddin.

With an agreement spanning a five-year period, the MoU is set to promote international academic cooperation such as institutional exchanges between faculty, staff and students from each partner institution, organisation of symposiums, conferences, workshops, short term courses and meetings on various research issues, exchange of information pertaining to developments in teaching, student development and research, and cooperation in any other areas.

Also present at the ceremony were Unimas Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Dr Peter Songan and BSAU Pro Chancellor Abdul Qadir A Rahman Buhari.

Sarawak Skills Development Centre signs MoU with Indian varsity

KUCHING: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and B S Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, India will strengthen the skilled talent base of the state as well as the country.

Industrial Development Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, who expressed confidence at the signing ceremony here yesterday, said skilled talents must be retained as they were essential for the country to become a high income nation.

The MoU was signed between PPKS executive director Baharudin Abdullah and deputy executive director Hallman Sabri with B S Abdur Rahman University vice chancellor Dr P Kanniappan and pro chancellor Abdul Qadir Abdur Rahman Buhari.

Described the MoU as timely, Awang Tengah said it was in line with the transformation efforts of the government.

At the state level, he said the MoU would produce skilled workforce that was needed for the industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) area.

“No economy can succeed without a highly skilled talent base that is able to rapidly respond to economic changes, which is centered on developing and utilising knowledge.

“To achieve Malaysia’s aspiration to catch up with a first world skill and talent base by year 2020, it is imperative to develop, attract and retain a first world talent base.”

Awang Tengah hoped that the MoU would help to develop stronger relationship and friendship between Malaysia and India.

He felt that India, with its “indomitable spirit to excel despite the odds” and advancement in technology had the high possibility in becoming the next global economic giant.

Realising the potential of India, the state government led by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud visited the country last December to explore possible collaboration in the area of business and education, he revealed.

Baharudin said the MoU was the milestone of the higher learning institution to have close cooperation with B S Abdur Rahman University, a well-established and very experienced institution.

He explained that their cooperation would focus on promotion of skill development; higher education mutual understanding; academic, cultural and scientific thought; and personnel exchange between the two institutions.

He believed that the cooperation would help PPKS to remain as one of the frontrunners in providing technical education to school leavers and working adults in the country.

“In the 21st century, higher learning institutions seem to continue retaining a very important position as ‘brain factory’. For that matter, the spirit of this MoU can be a platform for pooling intellectual resource and a fruitful exchange of new ideas for both institutions, ” he said.

PPKS, which was established in 1994 had to date trained 33,000 graduates, of which 73.8 per cent had joined the workforce as semi-skilled workers, said Baharudin.

Kanniappan said the university is committed in providing quality education to the people, as it should be the role and responsibility of any higher learning institution.

Besides producing skilled workforce, he said the university also shared its knowledge with local industries.

“We are happy to associate with PPKS. We look forward to have more cooperation with Sarawak,” he said.

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