Perak is eyeing to become the regional education hub of renowned universities, with the objective of luring some 200,000 students by 2020.
Perak is one of the Malaysian states known for its abundance of tertiary educational institutions, and this might have something to do with the state’s serene and conducive environment that encourages creativity and new ideas. For example, there are plenty of disused mining lakes in the state that offer a conducive environment that would improve concentration.
Perak is also one of the states providing academic training for the most number of SPM graduates in the country.
The decline of the tin mining industry means the state now has ample space for the establishment of institutions of higher learning. Petronas University of Technology and UTAR, globally recognized for their top-rated infrastructure, are two instances of campuses built on disused tin mining land.
The Perak state government is wholly devoted to turn the state into a regional hub of educational excellence on par with world-renowned education-exporting countries such as New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
We all know that a university will stimulate the economic growth of the surrounding areas with developments tailored to meet the needs of the students and educational staff. Take the Petronas University of Technology and Universiti Teknologi Mara in Seri Iskandar for instance, the real estate development in the vicinity of the campuses have given rise to the phenomenal growth of Seri Iskandar. The gross development value of the entire education city project stands at approximately RM2 billion on more than 300 acres of land.
The UTAR in Kampar has given rise to a newly developed township around the sprawling campus with developments such as the Rawang-Ipoh dual tracking project with stations in Kampar and Gopeng.
Established in 1997, Sultan Idris Education University has been a catalyst for the rapid development of the economy of Tanjung Malim.
The state of Perak is setting its sight to lure more than 200,000 students to study in the tertiary institutions in the state to become a veritable regional hub of educational excellence. The state government believes Perak will be a natural choice for many renowned universities to set up their campuses in Malaysia.
The development of educational infrastructure is meant to train high-caliber professional workforce for the country. To achieve this end, the Perak state government established Perak Amanjaya Career Center (PeKA) in 2011 as part of its strategic plan for integrated human resources and career-building activities.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir says the career center now in its third year of operation is located in Meru Raya with a capacity of career placement or some 6,000 job seekers in the state.
Since its inception, the Perak Amanjaya Career Center has provided more than 35,381 job opportunities, with a total of 31,381 vacancies filled.
Zambri points out that the center organizes annual franchise and business training programs for young people in the state in hope of accentuating the abilities of young people by combining professional and career training programs to meet the manpower needs of the state.
He says the center’s recruitment department provides the services of human resources training, adoption and placement for the private sector. The career center has so far made arrangements for the placement of more than 10,000 job seekers in collaboration with over 1,000 employers.
Touching on the strategies adopted by the state government in developing the state’s human resources capital, Zambry says where educational reform and training are concerned, the state government have been working closely with some 40 public and private institutions of higher learning and colleges, including community colleges, national youth vocational institutes, Mara technical institute and Malaysia Institute Of Technology Academy, among others.
The Menteri Besar says the career center is also actively taking part in the programs implemented by other institutions such as the information department and ministry of youth.
In short, through the establishment of Perak Amanjaya Career Center, the state government is training a new generation of high quality workforce that will actively takes part in the socioeconomic transformation of Perak.
The career center helps Malaysians from different ethnic backgrounds to move along towards socioeconomic transformation and growth. As a pioneer in this aspect, Perak is undoubtedly moving ahead in the right direction.