KOTA KINABALU: University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) has made a record in history with its collaborations in education with a university from New Zealand.
The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCSF and Otaga University was held at The Magellan Sutera, here today, witnessed by the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Musa Aman, in his speech, said as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabah Foundation, he hopes for the cooperation plan to benefit both learning institutes.
“To some it may seem an unlikely collaboration as Otago University has been around for almost 150 years, while UCSF is only a year old.
“Today, we show that it is possible to work together despite this huge gap, with both parties having expressed their willingness to work together and gain from one another,” he said.
According to Musa, while UCSF have been collaborating with esteemed institutions from abroad, it is the first time the institution owned by Sabah Foundation officially working with a university from New Zealand.
“We in Sabah also aspire to change the world through the creation of new knowledge. This collaboration between an established and new learning institution can make that difference,” he said.
Through the collaboration, Musa also hopes for the cooperation between UCSF and Otago University will benefit the tourism sector.
“Tourism sector is a major contributor to Sabah’s economy by bringing in about three million visitors a year, and in the process generates jobs,” he said, adding that tourism plays a significant role in New Zealand’s economy as well.
Musa is confident the partnership between Otago University and UCSF will spark interest in collaborative research in tourism.
He also said that in three years time UCSF will be accorded a full University status, joining the ranks of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
“This is our commitment to the importance of education as a determinant for economic growth,” he added. – SayangSabah