SIBU: The state needs to retain its home-grown talents to help it achieve a high-income economy by the year 2030.
It will also need to ensure that 30% of its people receive tertiary education by that time, said Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Speaking at the sixth convocation ceremony of Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) on Saturday, Taib said it was important to ensure that local talents would stay back to help in the state’s transformation programmes to achieve the status of developed state by 2030.
A total of 111 graduates pursuing various diploma courses, including accounting, architecture, business management, civil engineering, quantity surveying and electrical and electronic engineering, received their scrolls at the ceremony.
“The retention our people and graduates who go abroad for better opportunity, is of paramount importance for the state’s development,” he said.
He added that the state government was committed to transforming the state’s education system to produce graduates with critical thinking skills, which was necessary to drive it into the 21st Century.
The government, Taib said, was working hard to provide better education and training programmes to ensure that it would have sufficient workforce to cater for the jobs created in heavy industry, tourism, bio-technology and marine engineering as it leapfrogged into the fourth industrial revolution.
“Changes are underway to Sarawak’s education system to prepare for a more competitive workforce besides developing human capital regardless of their race and locality,” he added.
The 2018-2022 digital economy strategy was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Taib said it would enable the state to expect exciting changes to happen which would boost its socio-economy while increasing employment for youths with skills.
“A college like Kolej Laila Taib will continue to train and produce youths with skills to meet the needs of human capital in the state transformation programme, which is powered by innovation, knowledge and digital technology,” he said.
“I am pleased that the college is excelling well beyond expectation. All the programmes offered have gained accreditation from Malaysian Quality Assurance (MQA) and Public Service Commission. As such I strongly believe it will continue to place emphasis in academic excellence and nurturing of the community,” he added.
Taib said KLT, which was set up in remembrance of his late wife’s dedication and philanthropic commitment to Sarawakians, needed to further improve in its teaching and learning facility to provide a better environment for the students.
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