KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor wants Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to produce future entrepreneurs, especially among Sabah students in oil and gas (O&G) field.
He said this was only apt since UMS was currently producing graduates in the O&G field.
Hajiji said this when meeting with UMS Board of Director Chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin at his office in the State Administrative Centre (PPNS) here on Monday.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said the courtesy call was to inform the Chief Minister of his appointment as one of the two Pro Chancellors of UMS replacing Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Chief Minister was informed that the appointment letter would be presented by the Head of State soon.
Abdul Rahman said the other Pro Chancellor was Tan Sri Azman Hashim who is chairman of Arab Malaysian Bank.
Abdul Rahman and Dr Taufiq also briefed Hajiji on the latest development and challenges faced by UMS such as the students’ housing and the status of UMS Smart Hospital building that has been delayed due to the pandemic.
At the same time, UMS was offering the state govenment their expertise in research particularly on the economy, policies amongst others.
Abdul Rahman also expressed UMS’ keeness to work together with the State Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry as its science and technology advisor.
Since all universities have been given autonomy to be self sufficient, Abdul Rahman believed UMS and the State Government could explore possible collaborations in many fields.