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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 8: Sarawak Foundation is currently in the process of taking over two more private higher learning institutions (IPTs) namely i-CATS University College and Sarawak Maritime Academy (SMA) in Sibu.
Its director Mersal Abang Rosli said the foundation has so far, taken over four private IPTs namely Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, University of Technology Sarawak (UTS), Curtin University Malaysia and Laila Taib College in Sibu.
“Later, this means that the six private IPTs in the State will fall under the supervision and responsibility of the Sarawak Foundation,” he said when speaking at Sarawak Foundation’s 50th Anniversary event held at Pullman Hotel here last night (June 7).
Sarawak Foundation now has assets worth RM1.8 billion.
Since its inception in 1971, approximately 1.83 million Sarawakians have received assistance and benefits in various forms as well as through various programmes.
Mersal further mentioned that the involvement of Sarawak Foundation in the development of Sarawak’s education sector is no longer focused only on human capital development.
The foundation also had its share in developing six skills training institutions, namely Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs), in Kuching, Lundu, Betong, Mukah, Dalat and Lawas.
The foundation also assisted in the construction of five Sarawak-owned international schools in Petra Jaya, Kuching/Serian, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri respectively.
Present to officiate at the event was Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg who is also the chairman of Sarawak Foundation.
The event also witnessed Abang Johari launching the the Sarawak Foundation’s 50th Anniversary video which highlighted the foundation’s milestones in spearheading educational development in the State.
He also inaugurated Sarawak Foundation’s “Hall of Fame” which highlights the success stories of 50 former students who the foundation has supported over its 50-year history.
In addition, 31 employees of the Sarawak Foundation received the Special Long Service Award as recognition of those who have served the organisation for 25 years or longer. — DayakDaily