KOTA KINABALU: The University College Sabah Foundation (UCSFO) that barely have its first intake of students has signed a memorandum of understanding with Otago University.
Otago University based in New Zealand was established more than 145 years ago in 1869 compared to UCSFO which is still at an infant stage.
“It is definitely going to be a one way street kind of collaboration,” said UCSFO vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghazally Ismail during the MoU signing ceremony at a resort on Saturday.
The agreement was signed between Dr Ghazally and Otago University vice chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne.
The event was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman and Sabah Foundation director Datuk Sapawi Ahmad.
“Otago University is big in conservation biology and this is an area UCSF intends to shine one day.
“In New Zealand, conservation efforts have long moved beyond what we in Malaysia are still busy doing,” Dr Ghazally said.
New Zealand conservationist are already one notch up from us where many species of birds,lizards, bats and plants that otherwise would have become extinct have been reintroduced into predator free area in order to save them from going extinct, he noted.
Another area UCSF aims to benefit from the relationship with Otago University is in the science communication using videos, films and new media, he said.
“We would like to invite them to Sabah and learn from them to produce world class documentaries about our wildlife in Sabah.
“Together we can produce nature documentaries to open the eyes of the outside world to what we in Sabah are doing for conservation,” Dr Ghazally said.
Through nature documentaries we hope to bring more visitors to the State and further boost our tourism industry, he said.-Sayangsabah