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Lahir generasi muda penuhi keperluan modal insan, cabaran masa kini

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Muhyiddin Yassin (kiri) menyerahkan watikah pelantikan Canselor kepada Yang DiPertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud pada Istiadat Pemasyhuran Canselor Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) di Astana Negeri Sarawak, semalam. – BERNAMA

KOTA SAMARAHAN 27 Okt. – Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, cabaran utama dihadapi Malaysia hari ini adalah melahirkan generasi muda yang mempunyai ilmu pengetahuan yang diperlukan bagi mengisi keperluan pembangunan modal insan negara.

Menurut beliau, semua pihak sedar bahawa keadaan negara ini bukanlah seperti zaman dahulu kerana berlaku pembangunan pesat yang boleh dilihat dalam pelbagai bidang.

Katanya, ekonomi negara tidak lagi hanya tertumpu kepada bidang pertanian semata-mata, malah Malaysia sudah diiktiraf sebagai sebuah negara perindustrian baharu.

“Jadi, kita boleh dikatakan maju dalam pelbagai aspek pembangunan iaitu baik pembangunan dari segi sektor ekonomi, perindustrian dan perkhidmatan.

“Sebab itu tuntutan paling mendesak pada waktu ini ialah menjana ekonomi dengan cara lebih mampan lagi kerana usaha itu membolehkan kita menyediakan banyak peluang pekerjaan kepada rakyat sama ada di bandar dan luar bandar,“ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam majlis Dialog Bersama Warga Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) di Dewan Tun Abdul Rahman (DeTAR) Putra, Unimas di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir isterinya, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman; Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang merangkap Pro Canselor Unimas; Menteri Kerja Raya, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof; Menteri Perumahan negeri, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg; Menteri Kemajuan Tanah negeri, Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing; Naib Canselor Unimas, Prof. Dr. Mohamad Kadim Suadi dan Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah Unimas, Datuk Dr. Hatta Solhi.

Kira-kira 5,000 warga Unimas terdiri daripada pensyarah, penuntut dan kakitangan sokongan hadir dalam dialog yang berlangsung selama dua jam bersempena dengan kunjungan pertama Muhyiddin ke universiti berkenaan.

Pada majlis itu, Muhyiddin turut menyaksikan penyerahan kunci bangunan Fakulti Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan serta Institut Kesihatan dan Perubatan Komuniti Unimas yang baharu.

Mengulas lanjut, Muhyiddin yang juga Menteri Pendidikan berkata, Malaysia tidak perlu lagi bergantung kepada kepakaran dan kemahiran rakyat asing untuk membangunkan negara.

“Kita sudah dapat membuktikan keupayaan dengan membangunkan institusi pengajian awam (IPTA) seperti Unimas dan 20 lagi IPTA lain serta IPT swasta.

“Jadi, di Malaysia kita sudah ada keupayaan untuk melahir dan membimbing generasi pada hari ini dan masa hadapan yang mempunyai ilmu pengetahuan serta menguasai semua bidang kemahiran dan kepakaran yang pada masa dahulu tidak disediakan tetapi amat diperlukan dalam masa 40 tahun akan datang,“ ujarnya.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, beliau berharap pihak universiti dapat memberi tumpuan mengeluarkan tenaga terlatih yang bukan sahaja mahir tetapi berkualiti sebab kualiti penting bagi memastikan bangsa Malaysia boleh melangkah jauh ke hadapan dan meningkat dalam semua aspek pembangunan.

Sumber: Utusan Online

Taib Mahmud dimasyhur sebagai Canselor ketiga UNIMAS

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TIMBALAN Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (kiri) menyerahkan watikah pelantikan Canselor kepada Yang DiPertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud pada Istiadat Pemasyuran Canselor Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) di Astana Negeri Sarawak hari ini - Foto BERNAMA

KUCHING: Yang Dipertua (YDP) Negeri Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud hari ini dimasyhurkan sebagai Canselor ketiga Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Pelantikan Taib, 78, mendapat perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang juga Menteri Pendidikan, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mewakili Tuanku Abdul Halim menyerahkan watikah pelantikan pada upacara pemasyhuran yang berlangsung di Astana Negeri, Petra Jaya di sini.

Taib menggantikan Canselor terdahulu yang juga bekas YDP Sarawak keenam, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng.

Turut hadir pada upacara pemasyhuran itu ialah isteri Taib, Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib; isteri Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman; Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Satem dan isteri Puan Sri Jamilah Anu; Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang; Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah UNIMAS, Datuk Dr Hatta Solhi serta Naib Canselor UNIMAS, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi.

Taib dalam ucapannya berkata beliau akan memastikan UNIMAS terus menyerlah sebagai sebuah institusi pengajian tinggi awam yang tersohor bukan sahaja di dalam negara malah di luar negara.

"Perjalanan dalam memacu UNIMAS ke arah kejayaan akan tetap diteruskan walaupun Canselor dan Pro-Canselornya bertukar. Segala yang telah dirancangkan sebelum ini dalam Pelan Strategik 2011-2015 akan diteruskan.

"Kita perlu menunjukkan yang kita mampu meraih pencapaian cemerlang selagi kita bekerja sebagai sebuah pasukan yang komited dan kolektif," katanya.

Taib berkata, beliau memahami hasrat UNIMAS untuk mempunyai hospital pengajar tersendiri sebagaimana institusi pengajian tinggi awam lain.

"Saya sangat menyedari kepentingan keperluan ini dan akan berusaha untuk membantu UNIMAS. Saya yakin hasrat murni UNIMAS ini akan mendapat sokongan dan kerjasama daripada kerajaan Sarawak khususnya dan kerajaan Malaysia amnya.

"Kewajaran memiliki hospital pengajar di UNIMAS ini amat saya sokong," katanya.

Berikutan pelantikan sebagai Canselor ketiga UNIMAS, Taib akan menyempurnakan pengisytiharan konvokesyen ke-18 UNIMAS pada sidang pertama di Dewan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Putra (DeTAR PUTRA), UNIMAS Kota Samarahan, 1 November ini.

Beliau juga akan menyampaikan Ijazah Kehormat Doktor Pembangunan Manusia Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin dan Ijazah Kehormat Doktor Seni Gunaan dan Kreatif kepada arkitek tersohor negara, Hijjas Kasturi.

Sidang pertama turut menyaksikan penyampaian anugerah akademik seperti Anugerah Pendidikan Diraja, Anugerah Canselor dan Anugerah Pro-Canselor.

Majlis konvokesyen yang berlangsung tiga hari bermula 1 November itu akan diadakan dalam lima sidang, menyaksikan 3,240 graduan menerima ijazah masing-masing merangkumi pelbagai peringkat pengajian iaitu Ijazah Doktor Falsafah, Sarjana dan Sarjana Muda.

Daripada jumlah itu, 3,016 graduan terdiri daripada prasiswazah manakala selebihnya 224 adalah graduan pascasiswazah.

- BERNAMA

Sumber: BH Online

Unimas Produces High-impact Research For Society

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has conducted several high-impact research which have brought many benefits to the society, its vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Kadim Saidi said today.

He said the research included in the field of biodiversity, malaria virus, dengue, communicable tropical diseases, rural informatics research and renewable energy.

"The outcome of these research has also received recognition, even at international level, with various awards received by the research teams, comprising Unimas lecturers and students," he added.

He said this in his speech during a special meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Unimas staff and students at its campus here.

Unimas, he said, was now planning to set up an integrated learning centre for lifelong learning and postgraduate programme in the Klang Valley, as well as developing a smart-township in Mukah and an integrated learning centre in Sibu.

"These plans take into account the encouraging response from local and international students to take up programmes offered by Unimas," he added.

He said Unimas, now in its 22nd year, had 16,452 students.

The university, he said, had also set up nine excellent centres and five institutes to further enhance its research.

"The success of Unimas collaboration with several agencies, locally and abroad, as well as renowned institutions of higher learning, such as in Japan, South Korea, France, New Zealand, United States of America and Indonesia, has yielded results in the aspects of research, teaching and learning," he added.

Source: Bernama

‘Local varsities can opt to set own MUET target band scores’ — DPM

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Local universities will be entrusted to set their own target band scores for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), beginning next year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this would be the flexibility offered to these institutions under the transition period for them to accommodate the new required minimum English language criteria set for intakes of students.

Adding on, he said the new qualifications were determined following discussions among relevant stakeholders who called for better English proficiency among graduates.

“We need to ensure that our graduates are proficient in the English language. In Cyberjaya, 300 students of local IPTA (public institutions of higher learning) had been called for interviews by multi-national institutions – only seven passed as the rest could not converse well in English.

“This is one of the reasons why we need to raise the band scores. The Employers Association of Malaysia also said something must be done so that graduates of local universities could have a better command of English – not just being able to write, but also able to speak it fluently,” he said in response to a question posed during a dialogue at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, stressed that multi-national corporations needed graduates who were proficient in English and as such, the minimum qualification set was not ‘just an issue’ among local universities.

“It is an issue to the whole country, not just at university level. Therefore, we decided to raise the qualification. If you enter the university with Band 2, after a couple of years, we expect you to go up to Band 3.”

He said it would not be sensible for a student to maintain at Band 2 upon graduation.

When tabling Budget 2015 earlier this month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that starting next year, the general condition for student intake to higher learning institutions of at least Band 1 in MUET would be raised so as to increase their self-confidence and skills to communicate in English.

The new minimum qualification for Arts and Social Science studies has been upped to Band 2 (and Band 3 to graduate) while for studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it is elevated to Band 3 (Band 4 to graduate) and Band 4 for Law and Medicine (Band 5 to graduate).

Source: The Borneo Post

DPM says GST for all, barring state’s review

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Muhyiddin stressing a point during his speech at Unimas.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawakians will not enjoy a different taxation system, other than the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be implemented on April 1 next year.

They, however, could place hope on their state government to review the existing taxes that did not come under Putrajaya, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during his half-day trip to Kuching yesterday.

“As far as the federal government is concerned, we have come up with a mechanism to implement GST, which should not burden the people,” he said when replying to a question at a dialogue held at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here yesterday.

A student asked whether it would be feasible for the federal government to introduce a different taxation system for Sarawak and Sabah, following the implementation of GST next year.

The student reasoned that the GST, which will impose a six per cent tax on selected goods and services, would burden many in the two Borneo states.

Muhyiddin assured the federal government never intended to increase the burden of Malaysians by implementing the GST next April.

He said details had been let on in Budget 2015, such as what the exempt items would be while enforcement teams would be set up in every state throughout the country.

The dialogue was held in conjunction with a special meeting with Muhyiddin at the university’s Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

Earlier, vice chancellor of Unimas Prof Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the university planned to set up an integrated learning centre for lifelong learning in view of encouraging enrolments, both local and international.

He added that Unimas was also in the midst of putting in place a postgraduate programme in Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur, to facilitate research students from Peninsular Malaysia.

“We are also committed to developing Mukah Smart Town and Sibu Integrated Learning Centre.”

Kadim pointed out Unimas had won four gold medals, four silver medals and four special awards in the British Invention Show 2014 held recently in London.

He said research carried out at the university had also won other awards such as the Premier Information Award and Industry Innovators Awards.

Apart from the British Invention Show this year, Unimas also landed two gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals in the Malaysia Technology Expo 2014.

“At the expo, we also received special awards from the Japan Patent Office and Jury Panel.”

Source: The Borneo Post

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