Uggah to serve three-year term as Pro Chancellor


KOTA SAMARAHAN: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was officially appointed as the fifth Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Pro Chancellor on Monday (June 27).

Uggah was appointed Pro Chancellor for three years from January 24, this year with the approval of Yang di-Pertua Sarawak Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who is also UNIMAS Chancellor on February 10.

He was proclaimed Pro Chancellor at a ceremony officiated at by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra hall (DeTAR Putra) in UNIMAS.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with the first day of the UNIMAS convocation ceremony for students who graduated in 2020.

“I would also like to express my appreciation and thanks for the trust and hope given in me to become a Pro Chancellor of UNIMAS,” said Uggah.

“I humbly accept this appointment as a trust and responsibility of considerable importance to establish and promote UNIMAS, as a renowned university in the region, which can benefit the well-being of society and the community, as well as ensuring that UNIMAS continues to flourish at the international level.

“Indeed, I am honoured and will be responsible for empowering UNIMAS, especially in this beloved land,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Uggah replaced Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang who served as UNIMAS Pro Chancellor from October 8, 2013 to October 7, 2021.

He also expressed his appreciation to UNIMAS’ top management and staff who have given their best in bringing the local university to the highest level.

In addition, Uggah said he was confident that the UNIMAS Strategic Plan 2021-2025 will elevate it as a globally-known sustainable university in the near future.

“As the most important higher learning institution in the state, UNIMAS needs to play a big role not only in developing human capital but also in producing first-class graduates that are able to drive community development.

“I believe the expertise possessed by academics in various disciplines will be a catalyst for the development of the state,” he added.

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