MIRI: Sarawak wants to get the help of specialists from China to develop the state’s potential in herbal medicine and to assist in coastal protection and river erosion control.
“We want to initiate collaborative research projects with the universities and research centres in China,” said Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, adding that China had the expertise in these fields.
“I hope that Curtin University of Technology Sarawak can explore this and co-operate with the institutions in China,” he said after witnessing the signing of memorandums of understanding with 12 Chinese universities, research institutes and schools here.
The MoUs between Curtin Sarawak and these Chinese groups were for joint projects in intensive English course and other research and academic programmes.
Among the signatories were Xinhua Medical College, Hebei Continuing Medical School and Sichuan Province Pixian Youai Vocational.
Dr Chan, who is also Sarawak Finance, Public Utilities and Industrial Development Minister, said China had always been of great interest to Sarawak not only because of its huge student population but also because of its skills in many socio-economic development sectors.
He said Sarawak wanted to seek help to overcome the serious problems caused by erosion along the state’s coastal belts and riverine system.