KOTA KINABALU: Perpaduan Anak Negeri (PAN) and Sabah Institute of Art (SIA) are working on a collaboration to provide higher learning education to youths in the rural areas.
Chief executive officer of SIA, Professor Datuk Wilson Yong Tung Yung, said this collaboration would enable these youths, especially those from low income families, to pursue higher education, get a better job and change their family’s life.
“Education will be the new hope for them,” he said, adding that it was SIA’s corporate social responsibility to assist students with financial constraints.
He said this during a meeting with PAN office bearers to discuss the possibilities to work together to provide financial aid to students from rural areas who want to pursue higher education after completing their SPM examinations.
SIA, he pointed out, offered diploma courses that the students might be interested in and these included Interior Design, Graphic Design, Architecture Design, Fashion Design and Music Studies which are accredited by MQA.
Wilson also said SIA had established an academic collaboration with Asia e University (AeU), University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Central China Normal University (CCNU) of Wuhan on Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.
SIA is also implementing the concept of borderless education and integrated AeU, UNIMAS and CCNU as the learning centre in Sabah. The AeU Learning Centre offers Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, Master in Education, Master in Business Administration; UNIMAS Learning Centre offering Corporate Master in Business Administration, Master of Science in Human Resource, Msc Learning Science, and Master of Advanced Information Technology.
The centre for Chinese culture and education in Malaysia, CCNU operated by SIA provides Master’s program in Teaching Chinese and Fine Arts. It is the only learning centre in Malaysia integrated with CCNU.
SIA also provides scholarship to students who had outstanding achievements in academics, and financial aid to students who are keen to learn but having financial constrains.