Varsity role in community visible during Covid-19

Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The role of universities in the community has been evident during Covid-19, University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid said.

He said for UCTS in particular, the varsity has managed to help local hospitals with their expertise in producing personal protective equipment (PPE).

“When we heard that there is a shortage in face shields, we used our 3D printer and we gave a sample of what we tried to produce to them. They said it was perfect so we produced 2,500 more and gave them for free.

“When the hospital in Sibu used the face shields, word got to their Kuching counterpart and we sent another 2,000 to Kuching.

“This is one of our experiences during Covid-19 where we contributed to the community,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune today.

Khairuddin said UCTS also stepped up to help Sarawak students returning from Malaya to be sent to their homes in Sarawak’s central region.

“Unimas was asked to handle all of the students across Sarawak, but they could not manage. So, we were asked to help and we handled a total of 1,200 Sarawakian students in the region,” he said.

He recalled that among the constrains faced by the varsity is that information was late and often came at the last minute.

“Imagine that we had to quarantine students; buses needed to be sanitised, also we had to work with the police and Bomba. But our staff managed to do it despite the pressure. “It paid off with satisfaction when we did not receive any complaints from parents regarding their children. This is the value of humanity that we experienced,” he said.