ART can attract foreign students to universities in Sarawak, says Abang Jo

Abang Johari speaking at the Sarawak Education Expo launching ceremony at Dewan Jamilah, Yayasan Sarawak here today (June 25, 2022).

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By Ling Hui and Chris Bishop

KUCHING, June 25: Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) is a pull factor to attract foreign students to study in Sarawak universities, says Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

While Sarawakians are furthering their studies in foreign universities, he said Sarawak also welcomes students from other countries to pursue their higher education learning here.

“We want foreign students to study in Sarawak. That’s why we are building the ART. ART is part of the attraction for foreign students to come and study here.

“With that, there will be an interaction of cultures between us and the outside world,” he said.

That way, he added, young Sarawakian talents are not confined to only Sarawak but exposed to different elements of the world.

Abang Johari was addressing the audience when launching the Sarawak Education Expo at Dewan Jamilah, Yayasan Sarawak here today.

For the first time, Yayasan Sarawak is collaborating with its strategic partners, the Sarawak Resident and District Office and the Education District Office, to organise this education expo.

The joint collaboration involved 43 district offices and 30 education district offices, with 42 venues throughout Sarawak.

The expo features counselling sessions, exhibitions, and opportunities for students to enrol at about 10 participating institutions including Curtin Malaysia, Swinburne Sarawak, UTS Sibu, Sarawak Skills, I-CATS, CENTEXS, SATT College, Laila Taib College, Pelita Maslaut, and Land and Survey Department.

Among others also present were Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion (virtual through Zoom), Deputy State Secretary (Economic Planning and Development) cum Yayasan Sarawak deputy chairman Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Deputy State Secretary (Operation) Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, Sarawak State Education Department director Datu Dr Azhar Ahmad, and Yayasan Sarawak director Mersal Abang Rosli. — Dayakdaily