UCTS, MPI sign collaboration pact

Good for students: Chang (second from left) exchanging documents with Hakim.

SIBU: University College of Technology of Sarawak (UCTS) has achieved another milestone with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI).

The documents were signed between UCTS vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Hakim Juri and Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) chairman Wilson Chang on Saturday.

The ceremony was witnessed by Prof Datuk Dr Sabarudin Mohd, deputy vice chancellor Prof Datin Dr Napsiah Ismail, Centre of Quality Assurance directpr Dr Bakri Madon, among others.

UCTS, a university set up and fully owned by the Sarawak state government focusing on developing technical human capital for Sarawak, and MPI, a pioneering private higher learning institutions in Sibu owned by the Methodist Church in Sarawak, share many things in common.

The MoU among others enable both not-for-profit higher learning institutions to develop all rounded graduates with potential not only in intellectual but also spiritual, social and cultural capacities. The collaboration, initiated by the School of Computing, UCTS, with MPI endeavours towards contributing to the common good of the people in Sarawak in general, and of the communities in Sibu and the central region of Sarawak in particular, through joint education, training, research and innovation activities among its staff and students.

The cooperation is expected to bear fruit in the years to come. In the long run, it is envisioned that people in Sibu and the central region will benefit economically and socially via the close working relationships among the two institutions.

Hakim regarded the collaboration as a win-win situation for both parties to achieve the objective.

“By working together, we can make higher education more accessible and affordable to the people as students now do not need to go oustation for such education,” he said.

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