The passion to develop the human capital workforce took another step ahead on 11 January 2012 when International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur embarked on a new journey together through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
During the auspicious ceremony, Sarawak Skills Development Centre’s (PPKS) Executive Director, Haji Baharudin Abdullah unveiled the newly planned UniKL-iCATS campus, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018 – spanning across 18 acres of land in Demak Laut. According to him, the new campus, estimated to cost RM80 million, will have its first phase of development this year, which is on a schedule to be completed in 2013.
He added that the initiative was imperative on a mission to further enhance and develop the human capital, especially in technical and vocational education. Through this cooperation, i-CATS together with UniKL will strive for technologies and new approaches in various aspects, especially in academic development, quality of works as well as effective and realistic method sharing with the objective towards a quality studying environment.
The ceremony was witnessed by Assistant Minister of Land Development Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, who commended that the MoU supports the transformation of the human resource in the state. This is also crucial to meet the needs of the development of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which requires skilled and semi-skilled workforce.
Signing on behalf of UniKL was their President and Chief Executive Officer, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Hakim Juri, who shared the same passion in developing human capital, particularly in the state of Sarawak. He mentioned that UniKL all this while has been eager to spread its wings, in view of the development in technical and vocational education and learning and their significance in today’s global setting.
The technology sharing and transfer could only mean good things for both parties, and we hope that this strategic alliance creates a winning pathway on the education frontier in the nearest time. Congratulations to both UniKL and i-CATS for a great start.