KOTA SAMARAHAN: Twelve high impact projects have been proposed for implementation to help improve the living standards of local communities through entrepreneurial, research and innovation activities.
The projects are categorised into five clusters, namely Go Rural, Entrepreneurship, Innovative Research, Human Resource Support and Development Systems.
It was proposed by the Research and Industrial Linkages Division (PJI) of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak Branch to the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during a courtesy call at the latter’s office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, last Thursday.
The delegation was led by UiTM Sarawak Rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali with PJI Deputy Rector Assoc Prof Dr Abang Zainoren Abang Abdurahman and UiTM Sarawak PJI division coordinators.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the opportunities and potential of high impact projects with appropriate technologies and approaches to be implemented in the state.
In addition, Abang Johari was also informed that the projects are designed to promote technology transfer among academia, students and communities where it will contribute to socio-economic development. In order to empower students, voluntary activities through these projects will be emphasised.
Meanwhile, UiTM Sarawak advised all parties to work together in formulating strategic and sound actions to adapt to the current global changes.
“Creative ideas and innovative outcomes are needed to make the impact and the benefits of capturing income generating opportunities in turn boosting the socio-economic level of the local community.
“A more focused and correct approach will produce high-quality products and can meet consumer demand,” it said in a statement.
It further added that local communities especially the B40 category need to be assisted for socio-economic sustainability and community well-being.
“These poor community members will be given priority.
“The state government is also concerned about this situation by implementing various projects related to socioeconomic sustainability for the well-being of the local community. Any interested parties are welcome to participate in the development of this community,” it continued.