KUCHING: Members of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak Alumni Association (Mitsa) have been urged to help promote courses to the bumiputras in rural Sarawak.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said in its bid to become a high-income state by 2030, the government had been pushing higher learning institutions across Sarawak to set up and promote courses related to Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
He said since its establishment in 1973, UiTM Sarawak had successfully produced some of the most successful bumiputra graduates who are among the members of Mitsa. As such, he urged them to give back by encouraging more bumiputra youths to take up courses at the university.
Speaking at Mitsa’s 30th Anniversary and UiTM Sarawak’s 40th Anniversary dinner at Pullman Hotel here on Friday, Taib said UiTM remained one of the key players in producing highly skilled human talents crucial for the development of SCORE.
On top of this, the institution was also a gateway for young rural bumiputras seeking tertiary education.
“UiTM Sarawak over the years has contributed immensely to the development of Sarawak. It has managed to adapt its courses according to the needs of the state’s industrial progress.
“My hope is for Mitsa to help promote courses and popularise them so that they would appeal to the rural youngsters; thus enabling us to transform Sarawak into a developed and high income state through SCORE by 2030,” said Taib.