Abang Johari (inside excavator) and (from left) Manyin, Dr Sim, Azmi Bujang, Dr Annuar, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, Project Monitoring and State-Federal Relation) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali attend the school earth-breaking ceremony. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Students who excel at Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School may be awarded scholarships to further their studies at world-renowned universities such as Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics (LSE).

In saying this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg added that this depended on the students’ capabilities and eligibility to enter these prestigious universities.

He said that the state-owned international secondary schools would help to pave the way for students to achieve this.

“Our international schools will train our children to be on par with the international standard,” he said when officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony of Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School in 12th Mile, Jalan Kuching-Serian here today.

In addition, he pointed out that international institutions of higher learning such as Swinburne University Sarawak Campus and Curtin University Sarawak Campus were under the operation of Yayasan Sarawak as well.

Meanwhile, when met by reporters, Yayasan Sarawak director Azmi Bujang said that with regard to the four universities – Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, and LSE – Yayasan Sarawak would provide scholarships for two individuals per year.

“These are very competitive and highly regarded universities, so if we have students who are able to gain entry, then we may consider giving them scholarships depending on the discipline and level of study.”

He added that priority was given to post-graduate Masters and PhD courses.

Also present were Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong; Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Assistant Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee; Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki; and State Education Department director Abang Mat Ali Abang Masagus.