UTS collaborates with universities from 13 countries

SIBU, March 6 — University Of Technology Sarawak (UTS), which is fully owned by the Sarawak government, has entered into international collaboration with several universities from 13 countries in an effort to become an internationally recognised higher learning institution.

Its vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid, said the countries are the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Namibia.

“In fact, we have collaborated with five foreign universities for a degree transfer programme (also known as articulation programme), whereby they can accept our students to continue and finish their undergraduate degrees at their universities after students complete one and a half years or two years of study at UTS.

“These universities are the University of Essex, University of Birmingham and University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom; Murdoch University in Australia; and University of Canterbury in New Zealand,” he said during the second session of UTS 6th Convocation Ceremony here, today.

A total of 387 graduates received their scrolls during the two-day convocation ceremony, which started yesterday.

UTS was founded in April 2013 in Sibu, and was known as University College of Technology Sarawak or UCTS before being upgraded to a full-fledged university on Nov 8, 2021, hence the change of name from UCTS to UTS.

Meanwhile, Dr Khairuddin said UTS’ main objective is to provide higher education opportunities to as many Sarawakians and Malaysians as possible and to produce a professional and skilled workforce.

He said UTS has established six research centres focusing on areas of great importance for Sarawak, such as renewable and green energy, sustainable technological innovation, Borneo regionalism and conservation, wood engineering products, drone technology, blockchain, cybersecurity, and business technopreneurship.

As a newly-established university, he said, UTS is proud to be able to publish its own online journals, namely Borneo Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Borneo Journal of Sciences and Technology.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency