A UNIVERSITY of technology is being planned for Sibu town as part of efforts to ensure Sarawakians can fill the high demand for skilled workers under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
By the year 2030, at least 100,000 more engineers and 500,000 workers with skills in welding and operating computers would be required in the State.
And by the way, highly skilled welders who work for SCORE could earn up to RM10,000 a month, while the starting salary of welders would be around RM2,000 per month!
Anyway, a survey has found that 52 per cent of the jobs created from now until 2030 would require at least semi-skilled workers.
“The next 20 years is going to be a different kind of economy that is based on heavy industry to the sophisticated bio-technology process. So this transformation will not only effect economic transformation but there is also a need to train our younger generation to be skilled workers,” Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is quoted as saying.
Having a university of technology would ensure that Sarawak’s youths are armed with better skills, training and education.
Being located in Sibu is also ideal as the town would be a hub for many areas under SCORE.
It is also good to know that the State’s current tertiary institutions have already set up links with foreign universities such as India’s B S Abdur Rahman University (BSAU).
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak, and Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) have all signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with BSAU.
BSAU is one of the largest engineering institutions in India and is ranked among the top-50 engineering colleges there. Its Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Technology and Civil Engineering Departments are often regarded as one of the best among colleges in Chennai.
Linking Sarawak’s tertiary institutions to institutions of higher learning such as BSAU would speed up the process of equipping Sarawakians for SCORE.
Having a specialist university of technology would further strengthen these efforts.
Real transformation for a secure future for all Sarawakians and not just passing change.
A report from The Star:
Technological university in Sibu proposed to meet high demand for skilled workers
By ANDY CHUA
SIBU: A technological university has been proposed for this town to meet the high demand of skilled workers for the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said by the year 2030, at least 100,000 more engineers and another half million workers with skills in welding and operating computer would be required.
“Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (Local Government and Community Development Minister) has persuaded me to have a university of technology in Sibu. We can work together to make it a success as it is what we need for SCORE,” he said at SMK Methodist’s 110th anniversary and alumni 40th anniversary dinner on Friday night.
Taib said the state already had four universities providing commercial and management training but it was still facing an acute shortage of technical people to steer development for the future.
According to a survey, he said, about 52% of the jobs created from now until 2030 would require at least semi-skilled workers when SCORE would be fully implemented, attracting an investment of RM30bil.
“The next 20 years is going to be a different kind of economy that is based on heavy industry to the sophisticated bio-technology process. So this transformation will not only effect economic transformation but there is also a need to train our younger generation to be skilled workers,” he added.
“Our Prime Minister had said that as we work towards a high income economy, our young people will not be satisfied with middle income earning. So we need to aim higher by providing our youths with better skill, training and education,” he said.
He advised the youths to think seriously about technical jobs as their future would be brighter if they were willing to adjust to the new changes until the year 2020.
On SMK Methodist, he praised it for contributing to the development of the society as many of its former students had become either successful businessmen or professionals in various fields — even in politics.
Among those notable figures are Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King (Rimbunan Hijau group executive chairman), Datuk Tiong Thai King (Lanang MP), Wong and the late Datuk Lau Hui Kang.
“You have started well, have done well and will progress well. You will shine more in the new Sarawak,” he said.
Wong attributed the success of Methodist School, being one of the best schools in the state and country with its consistent remarkable performance in public examinations over the years, to the efforts of the church leaders, students and teaching staff.
Earlier, Bishop Dr Hwa Yung of the Methodist Church appealed to the state government to allocate them a piece of land either in Sibu, Miri or Kuching to build a private school.
The school, he said, would benefit students as the state aspired towards educational excellence.
The Bernama report:
University of technology in the offing
SIBU: The state government plans to set up a university of technology in Sibu, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said here.
He said the university would produce graduates trained in technical fields to meet the manpower needs of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
The state would focus on technical education and training in view of the need for more trained manpower in technical fields, he said at the 110th anniversary celebration of SMK Methodist Sibu on Friday.
Taib called on all quarters to cooperate with the state government to realise the establishment of the proposed university.
On SMK Methodist Sibu, he said the school should be proud to have produced three famous businessmen in Datuk Hii Yii Peng (Kingwood Group), the late Dato Sri Lau Hui Kang (KTS Group) and Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King (Rimbunan Hijau Group).
“Former students of the school are also among the well-known politicians, such as Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (Second Finance Minister) and Datuk Tiong Thai King (Lanang MP),” he said, adding that the school is a ‘nursery of successful people’.
At the event, Taib announced an allocation of RM250,000 to meet part of the cost of building a RM4 million digital library at the school, which was established in 1903. — Bernama