East Kalimantan students to study here
Sarawak Tribune - Wednesday, 9 July 2003
KUCHING - Private colleges
and foreign varsity branch-campuses can look forward to an influx of students
from East Kalimantan by the next stake.
The news with the heading
Malaysia Tawar Pengajian Tinggi Murah' (Malaysia offering cheaper education)
goes to the front page of 'Tribun Kaltim', a leading newspaper in the province
one day after the Sarawak trade delegation arrived on Thursday.
Comparing the quality of
education offered in Sarawak and the costs at parents have to pay sending
their children to America, Europe or Australia the paper quoted East Kalimantan
vice governor predicting at more students would be Sarawak-bound soon.
The paper's editorial placed
on second page (which is also a business page) with headline `Selamat tang
Sarawak' commented on Sarawak's great business sense.
Swinburne Institute of
Technology chief operating officer Mohamad Abdul Rahman when met during one of
their sales calls said the college's advantage was on the branding.
"We are selling an
internationally renowned varsity, not just a college," he said.
He added that Swinburne was
one of the four foreign varsity branch campuses in the country, apart from
Curtin University in Miri, and Monash and Nottingham University in Kuala Lumpur.
With the institute set to
have its' varsity status approved by the end of the year, Mohamad is confident
that they will be able to attract some East Kalimantan students.
"We will do some
follow-up with the local agents to recruit students from here," he said,
adding that renovation works cost some RM50 million were being carried out
to further improve facilities at Swinburne.
"Lee said Curtin should
not have problem attracting students from East Kalimantan as the incomes of the
people in the province were rather high.
"They used to send their
children to America, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. Now with the availability
of a foreign varsity branch campus in Sarawak, it will be to their advantage.
"It will be much nearer
to their home and they can always visit the children with the availability of
the direct flights between Kuching and Balikpapan," he added.
Sharing similar views was
Managing Director of New Zealand Centre Sdn Bhd Rodger Chan, who pointed out
that Sarawak had the advantage of not only attracting ethnic Chinese students
from East Kalimantan but also students from China.
"We have signed an
agreement with NZ Christchurch Polytechnic Institute in March and is looking forward
to make Sarawak a centre of excellence for Food and Hospitality Industry
"By the virtue of being
in the middle of the route between NZ and China, we have the advantage of
having their students here trained either in Chinese or English," added
The advisor of Inti College
Sarawak Dato Sri Safri Zaidel revealed that Inti was already catering to some
400 students from Kalimantan.
"Majority of those on
board the first flight to Kuching are actually Inti College students," he
said, adding that Inti had a branch in Jakarta and in time would be setting up
branches in both East and West Kalimantan.