Tuesday, November 17, 2009

State needs high quality manpower, says Resident

BINTULU: Effective teaching and learning process will produce well-balanced and quality manpower for the state as well as for the country.

It is a fundamental aspect towards the success of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) which requires a high quality human resources, Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis said.

He said education played an important role towards a continuous transformation of Sarawak, and according to him to ensure it continued, it was critical to have human capital development.

He said with this sense of responsibility, the focus and commitment of the local educational institutions should be to provide the best education and development of knowledge skills.

“That is why the government has doubled its effort in improving, strengthening and providing a high standard education platform in the country through various assistance,” Ismail said in his speech at the sixth graduation ceremony of Sedamai College at ParkCity Everly Hotel here.

He reminded the graduates that today’s working world had extremely changed and unlike before it was now more challenging.

Thus, he urged the graduates to prepare themselves with multi-skills and adapt to changes in workplace.

He said it was also a challenge for educational institutions like Sedamai College in providing quality courses and effective teaching in order to produce marketable graduates.

Ismail pointed out that in a working world today, companies that hire new employees would like to get the best workforce from the best group of graduates.

“Thus, it is important for the graduates to practise lifelong learning and always be prepared,” he added.

Bintulu Development Authority general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak who also spoke told the graduates not just become bystanders of development.

He said they must participate and contribute to the development and that was why the mentality of young people had to be changed.

Mohidin said to change the mentality, the answer was through educational development and the government realised that without new mentality any of their physical development would not produce maximum result.

In other word, he said physical and mental development must go along.

He said BDA as a local authority in charge here is looking forward to have even greater cooperation and continuous support from the local higher learning institutions like Sedamai College to produce quality workforces for the state.

Meanwhile, college chairman Billy Wong advised the graduates not to be choosy when looking for jobs, adding that they must possess the right attitude and make lifelong learning their principle.

A total of 29 graduates of various fields of study – diploma in business management, diploma in information technology, diploma in administration (LCCI, UK) and diploma in accounting (LCCI, UK) received their scrolls during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, four students of diploma in business management – Connie Chiong, Ivy Song, Pui Tsing Ye and Tang Ming Ming and one student of diploma in information technology Bong Kuan Hwa were awarded with a Dean’s Award for their achievement of a semester GPA of at least 3.5 points.

Chiong was also awarded with the Best Student Award for 2009.

Abdul Muin Abdul Kassin, the representative of Bintulu education officer and members of board of director of Sedamai College (Bintulu) were also present.

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