Education group

Education is key to propelling S’wak into the new economy

Abang Johari (third from left) receives a souvenir from Mersal during the event, while Dr Sim (second from left), Fatimah (left), Abu Bakar (second from right) and Dr Azhar (right) look on .

KUCHING (September 14): Education will play a key role in securing Sarawak’s future as the state moves towards a new economy, which is increasingly knowledge-based and intensively uses innovative technologies , Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

For this reason, he said that the State has put in place initiatives such as the Post-Covid-19 2030 Development Strategy, where one of its objectives is the development of human resources, in order to create a society based on knowledge.

To have more knowledgeable Sarawakians, he also said that the Sarawak government has decided to take over the private education assets found in Sarawak such as Swinburne University, Curtin University, University of Sarawak Technology (UTS) and i-Cats University College.

“We also want to transform the Sarawak Center of Technical Excellence into a training center and provide scholarships and incentives to those who have excelled in their studies.

“This is about ensuring that all Sarawakians have access and opportunity to further their education,” he said at the Prime Minister Yayasan Sarawak Special Award Ceremony which took place held at a hotel here today.

He informed that one of the other reasons why the state government wants to take over the private education assets found in Sarawak is that the state government is aware that in the past some students have not failed to enter public institutions of higher education although they had good results. .

This is despite applying through the Central University Admissions Unit’s online portal (UPUOnline), while others managed to enter but did not complete the course in which they had a strong interest.

“So by taking over these educational assets, we hope that Sarawak can create a knowledge-based society, to support the new economy by ensuring that our children who wish to continue their education can do so while enrolling in courses that ‘they’re interested,’ he said.

He encouraged students and graduates to consider furthering their studies in digital and technology, biochemistry, materials science and engineering, as these would be the most sought-after or in-demand jobs in the future.

Meanwhile, 58 outstanding students from 2019 to 2021 received awards at the Prime Minister’s Special Awards Ceremony in Yayasan Sarawak.

The award recipients include 20 students from the classes of 2019, 26 of 2020 and 12 of 2021.

According to the Director of Yayasan Sarawak, Mersal Abang Rosli, a total of RM138,000 has been allocated for the awards as cash incentives for the recipients.

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Minister of Women’s Development, Children and Community Welfare; Sarawak State Secretary Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and Sarawak Director of Education Datuk Dr Azhar Ahmad.