On 17 July 2023, a delegation from the People’s Republic of China visited Sarawak Skills, Tabuan Jaya, Kuching, setting the stage for the parties to explore various joint strategic initiatives in areas such as the transformation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and Research and Development (R & D).

The aforementioned visit was coordinated by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, and the Sarawak Skills Group of Learning Institutions (Sarawak Skills). Led by Mr. Du Xiaolin, Counsellor, Bureau I, and Member of the Silk Roadster, the visitors were welcomed by Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Chairman of the Sarawak Skills Development Centre and Pro-Chancellor of i-CATS University College, Yang Berbahagia Dato Hajjah Maznah binti Dasmi, Secretary of the Sarawak Skills Management Council, Mr. Hallman bin Sabri, Executive Director of Sarawak Skills and Chairman of the Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres (FMSDC), and members of the Sarawak Skills and i-CATS University College management teams. Among those present were Mr. Xing Weiping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, Mr. Shao Liang, Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, Ms Zeng Haoyao, Vice-Consul from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, and officials from the Offices of the Premier of Sarawak, Deputy Premier of Sarawak and the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Sarawak (MEITD).

On arrival, the visitors were given a guided tour of the Sarawak Skills’ Talent Development Gallery. The gallery chronicles Sarawak Skills’ voyage over the past twenty-nine years as a stakeholder in the transformation of Sarawak’s vibrant socio-economic landscape. Following the tour of the gallery, a briefing was held to update the visitors on the latest developments at Sarawak Skills, including upcoming training centres/institutions.

As part of his welcoming remarks, Mr. Hallman bin Sabri, Executive Director of Sarawak Skills and Chairman of FMSDC shared, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Professor Dr. Sim Kui Hian, Deputy Premier of Sarawak, and Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Sarawak for his tremendous support. Thank you, Madam Anielia Anak Siam, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Sarawak (MEITD) for being with us this morning, and for your support during many events. I would also like to take a moment to thank Mr. Xing Weiping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, Mr. Shao Liang, Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, and their team members for working closely with us to coordinate this visit to Sarawak Skills by the delegation from the People’s Republic of China. My thanks also to the Head of Delegation Mr. Du Xiaolin, Counsellor, Bureau I, and Member of the Silk Roadster for leading the delegation from the People’s Republic of China.”

With regard to opportunities for collaboration between the parties, Mr. Hallman emphasized, “This morning marks an important step forward in our mutual objective to advance the noble cause of transforming lives and communities, within the shores of our respective nations, and around the globe. Yes, the doors of opportunity are open for us to explore the possibility of formalizing joint initiatives covering the broad spectrum of talent development (workforce training), research, knowledge sharing, new programme development, consultation services (including the application of the latest technologies in accordance with global environmental sustainability standards to transform existing operations and practices), staff and student exchange programmes (mobility programmes), cultural exchange programmes, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. In line with the Silk Road Enhancement programme, Sarawak Skills also stands ready to facilitate business exchange(s) and cooperation between business entities in the People’s Republic of China and Sarawak. Yes, there is much to explore – as strategic partners, we will be able to chart the way forward for the betterment of humankind.”

During his address, Mr. Du Xiaolin, Counsellor, Bureau I, and Member of the Silk Roadster shared that this visit would pave the way for joint initiatives, especially in the area of vocational education and people-to-people exchanges. Following his address, various members of the delegation took the opportunity to share on their respective institutions/organizations, namely Beijing Chuangmei Star Source Cultural Communication Company Ltd., Beijing Polytechnic, Beijing Business School and Tongren Polytechnic College.

During his address, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Chairman of the Sarawak Skills Development Centre and Pro-Chancellor of i-CATS University College thanked the delegates for sharing on their respective institutions. He expressed confidence that this visit would pave the way for joint strategic collaborations between Sarawak Skills/i-CATS University College, and institutions of higher learning from the People’s Republic of China.

For more information on the Sarawak Skills Group of Learning Institutions, please visit the Sarawak Skills official website at www.ppks.edu.my or social media platforms (Facebook at Sarawak Skills and Instagram at sarawakskillsofficial).

Group Photo (following the guided tour of the Sarawak Skills’ Talent Development Gallery):

Seated:

Centre: Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Chairman of the Sarawak Skills Development Centre and Pro-Chancellor of i-CATS University College.

Sixth from left: Mr. Hallman bin Sabri, Executive Director of the Sarawak Skills Group of Learning Institutions (Sarawak Skills), and Chairman of the Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres (FMSDC).

Sixth from right: Head of Delegation Mr. Du Xiaolin, Counsellor, Bureau I, and Member of the Silk Roadster.

Fifth from left: Mr. Xing Weiping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching.

Fourth from left: Mr. Shao Liang, Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia.

Third from left: Ms Wang Wei, Deputy Party Secretary, CPC Beijing Polytechnic.

Fifth from right: Professor Dr. Xing Lianxin, Principal of Beijing Business School.

Fourth from right: Ms Yang Haiying, Deputy Secretary of Tongren Polytechnic College.

Third from right: Madam Anielia Anak Siam, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Sarawak (MEITD).

Second from right: Puan Hajah Khaninah binti Haji Ariff, Principal Assistant Secretary (Talent Development Division), Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD).

First from right: Ms Kho Teck Wan, Political Secretary to the Premier of Sarawak.

Second from left: Ms. Angeline Stephen Raja, Political Secretary to the Premier of Sarawak.

First from left: Mr. Niponi Anak Undek, Political Secretary to the Premier of Sarawak.

Standing:

Fourth from right: Ms Zeng Haoyao, Vice-Consul from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching.

Sixth from left: Mr. Kua Jack Seng, Political Secretary to the Premier of Sarawak.

Officials from Sarawak Skills and i-CATS University College.

Guided Tour of the Sarawak Skills’ Talent Development Gallery.