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Taib's expectations of Unimas

on 13 Oktober 2010.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also Sarawak chief minister, said he has high hopes for the university.

“I hope that Unimas could play a vital role, together with other institutions, to ensure that they could produce at least 30 per cent of Sarawakians with tertiary qualification,” Taib said at its 14th convocation ceremony at the campus here yesterday.

Unimas and other higher learning institutions could help the state produce a professional workforce of calibre.

Sarawak would further progress under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) and could help the government achieve its vision of a nation with a high income economy, said Taib.

“For the past 14 years, Unimas has produced many graduates who have contributed significantly in the public and private sectors. However, the state still needs a more educated and skilled workforce.

“In order to produce quality human capital, Unimas must review its programmes to stay relevant amidst the changing environment,” Taib said.

He reasoned that as knowledge was not static, it was essential to inculcate the value of life-long learning in students.

He urged Unimas to be visionary and actively engage with government agencies and local and international companies to enhance its teaching and research activities.

Though a young university, Unimas had the advantage and potential to emerge as a world class education and research centre, Taib said.

“However to be a world standard university, Unimas can't afford to be complacent and have the attitude of a big fish in a small pond. Unimas must be visionary and work closely with its international counterparts,” he suggested.

It should consider inviting more visiting professors to the campus, Taib said, adding that he was willing to be the main sponsor.

Before presenting scrolls to 391 graduates for the morning session, Taib advised them to be proactive, positive, innovative and have the courage to dream and try everything.

“Some 20 years ago, no one imagined a world class university would be set up in a remote area. Today Kota Samarahan has become a progressive modern town and Unimas is increasingly recognised as a centre of excellence.

“This is a good example of vision becoming reality. You have every reason to be visionary. This is my advice. Do something to not only benefit yourselves but also the whole nation,” he said.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid was among those present.

Extracted from The Borneo Post.

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