TAWAU: Director of the Tawau Vocational College, Ahmad Fakhrurasi Hamzah, is confident its international cooperation with seven Taiwan institutes of higher learning will strengthen Sabah’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). He said they signed a memorandum of understanding with these universities and colleges during a recent benchmarking visit to the country and is now in the midst of streamlining the agreement, including taking into consideration the standard operating procedures of the law. He said it was understood that equipment such as machines for learning at Taiwan’s higher learning institutions are replaced every three years and, hopefully, this will be donated to the Tawau Vocational College. “They have already shared their intention of donating their equipment and we hope this can be done,” he said.
Commenting further, Ahmad Fakhrurazi said the inking of the MoU is to provide lecturers from the Tawau Vocational College with the opportunities of advancement at higher learning institutes in developed countries to enhance their competitiveness. In addition, he hoped that the development would be a starting point towards producing competent and skilled students.
Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of Taiwan’s Sabah Branch Alumni Association, Pang Thou Chong said Tawau Vocational College has a huge potential and that TVET is very important for the job market and also provide good prospect for the State. He hoped the initiatives and cooperation would enhance the students’ skills particularly in agriculture, mechanics, construction, culinary and electronics in view of the job market for graduates with TVET skills.
Comment: Such tie up definitely benefit our students as well as cost savings from the purchase of these machines, some of which maybe very costly.
But am just wondering, why would the Taiwanese higher learning institutions donate to Malaysian counterpart rather than to their local TVET institutions? Are they so rich or even their local TVET institutions consider those machines would be too outdated by then?