Does Taib mean that Laila Taib College will not become the next university in Sarawak? This sounds like a serious matter based on what SUPP promised to the Sibu people
CM: No plan for another public university
June 11, 2010, Friday
KUCHING: There is no immediate plan to set up a new public university in Sarawak, said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“The present population (in the state) does not justify such a big plan.
“Nevertheless, I think it is worthwhile to get reputable private universities to come in and develop their own campus in Sarawak instead,” he told reporters after a delegation from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus visited him yesterday.
Taib pointed out that both Curtin and Swinburne were actually doing quite well, where the latter was looking forward to increase its capacity to 4,000 students next year from the present 3,000.
He said that Curtin and Swinburne universities had been conducting good programmes for undergraduates and both had been able to maintain their high standard.
“As for Swinburne, it has just receive a self-accreditation recognition from the Ministry of Higher Education, which means they now can get the accreditation for their own courses themselves,” he explained.
Taib said private universities ought to maintain their high quality of education and grow big enough to attract both local and international students.
At the same time, he also urged the various universities in Sarawak to have sufficient consultation among themselves so as to avoid conducting too many “uneconomic courses”.
He added that the present set of education programmes in the state was on the right track to meet the state’s manpower demands, particularly with the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Meanwhile, during the visit, the Swinburne delegation, led by its chairman Datuk Amar Tan Sri Adenan Satem, presented a copy of the university’s certificate of self-accreditation status to Taib, who is the Pro Chancellor of Swinburne’s Sarawak Campus.
The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) awarded Swinburne Sarawak the status after an audit of the campus in October last year based on the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit.
MQA is a statutory body responsible for monitoring and overseeing quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education.
In the audit, it looked into nine areas, namely — vision, mission, educational goals and learning outcomes; curriculum design and delivery; assessment of students; student selection and support services; academic staff; programme monitoring and review; leadership, governance and administration; and continual quality improvement.