Sarawak govt wants its technical institutions to increase green tech training, says premier
08 Aug 2023
Sarawak Skills and i-CATS University College — two technical education institutions belonging to the state government — can afford to increase green skills training programmes to produce a more skilled workforce in the field, says Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg.
He said this was because the state was now active in the development of green technology and renewable alternative energy sources.
“We are implementing a policy towards environmental preservation by switching to green energy with zero-carbon emissions. In fact, this state is a leader in ecosystem development and green hydrogen generation in Malaysia,” he said.
Speaking at the two institutions’ convocation ceremony here today, he said development in the state was not only to uplift the economy and increase household income but also involved preserving the environment.
“Sarawak will develop in a more sustainable way based on green economy technology,” he said.
Abang Johari also announced that a new i-CATS University College campus equipped with the latest technological equipment would be built with the aim of producing more graduates skilled in applied science.
In addition, he said the Sarawak government would also increase bursaries and scholarships for students who pursued their studies at i-CATS University College and other higher education institutions owned by the Sarawak government.
“We will ensure that facilities at i-CATS are on par with other universities in Malaysia,” said Abang Johari who is also the Chancellor of the university college.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Skills chairman and Pro-Chancellor of i-CATS University College, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the university college was actively designing new master’s and doctoral degree programmes, in line with the aim to achieve full university status in the near future.
He added that Sarawak Skills was planning to develop an Advanced Automotive Training College in Demak Laut here and an Automotive Training Centre in Sibu.