KUCHING: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Samarahan 2 at Kampung Pinang inKota Samarahan – an extension of UiTM Sarawak – is expected to commence its October 2013 session with around 10,000 Sarawak students next year.
According to its pro-chancellor Tan Sri Nuraizah Abdul Hamid, the university would provide about 4,000 placements to new, needy and orphan students to enable them to pursue further education.
“As of this year’s September intake, the total number of Sarawak students from its Samarahan and Mukah campuses has reached 6,598.
“Based on this encouraging achievement, I am confident that the university will be able to realise its dreams of attaining 10,000 students,” she said at UiTM Sarawak 77th Convocation yesterday.
With regards to UiTM campus in Mukah, which has been operating since 2002 through the rental
of shops and government
buildings, Nuraizah said that the permanent campus building was currently under construction and would start operating in October 2015.
“This is in support of the university’s original mission of providing an education institution for needy and orphan students particularly those from rural areas to further their studies.
“Efforts have also been made through the ‘Mengubah Destini Anak Bangsa’ programme for the needy to enrol in pre-diploma and fundamental science programmes, to be fully funded through a special allocation from the government,” she said.
The convocation, which was also attended by UiTM Sarawak rector Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali, saw 291 students from the Faculty of Accountancy, Faculty of Art and Design, Faculty of Architecture Planning and Surveying, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, and Faculty of Information Management receiving their scrolls.