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Unimas conducting study to cover whole range of jobs

on 02 September 2010.

UNIVERSITI Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) will present the results of a study on the manpower requirements of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Sept 16.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid said he would not reveal the details of the study but assured that it would be comprehensive and cover the whole range of jobs.

“It is conducted by my staff and this shows that local universities have the expertise to conduct such in-depth studies. It is Unimas’ contribution to the state,” he told reporters in Kuching yesterday.

The study, which looks into the manpower requirements of the 10 priority industries in Score from now until 2030, involves 50 academic staff and researchers from Unimas aside from the Chief Minister’s Department.

The 10 priority industries are oil-based, aluminium, metal-based including steel, nickel and zinc, glass, tourism, palm oil, timber-based including pulp and paper, livestock, fishing and aquaculture, and marine engineering such as shipbuilding and construction of oil rigs.

Dr Khairuddin said that Unimas was also contributing in bridging the digital divide and generating power for communities in remote areas of Sarawak.

He said the university had embarked on programmes with agencies like the Public Works Department (PWD), Sarawak Energy Bhd and Natural Resources and Environment Board to develop the communities.

On connecting the people, he said that Unimas had carried out ICT projects such as eBario, eBedian and e-Lamai.

He said the varsity recently launched a similar project in Sabah called eBuayan and would implement another one soon for Pulau Larapan in Semporna.

“The criteria for us is to choose a place that is inaccessible and has no power supply. As researchers, we like to venture into extreme situations,” he said.

Another area of interest to Unimas was mini-hydroelectric projects, he added.

Recently, Unimas became the first university to develop a sustainable in-stream horizontal micro hydro turbine generator prototype that will provide electricity in rural Sarawak a year from now.

PWD provided RM1.2mil to undertake this green project that involved 20 engineers and researchers.

Dr Khairuddin said the prototype, which would make use of recycled materials, would be ready for testing soon.

The turbine is different as it does not depend on river depth as it floats.

Placed horizontally, it works according to the flow of the river.

 

Extracted from The Star Online.

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