Free Education to State Tertiary Institutions from 2026: Premier

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Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg has declared that the state government will offer free education to more than 25,000 potential students in all state-owned universities and higher learning institutions (IPTs) beginning in 2026. Sarawak will offer free education at state tertiary institutions from that point on.

He promises that the state government will not waver in its commitment to helping impoverished parents and students while he is in office. “The government’s commitment to supporting educational opportunities and elevating the hopes of the future generation is demonstrated by this progressive strategy,” he stated during his speech at the University of Technology Sarawak’s (UTS) eighth convocation ceremony, held yesterday at Dewan Canselor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The pro-chancellor of the university and premier emphasized the importance of education and human capital development in improving workforce productivity and enabling countries to progress up the value chain.

“Notable is the UTS’s contribution in this field. Employers are in great demand of the quality experts this university continuously produces in addition to its large number of graduates. “UTS is also recognized as the leading technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institution in the country,” he said.

“In addition, the university has produced a strong alumni body that has successfully entered the entrepreneurial world, attesting to the caliber of education offered by UTS.”

297 UTS students in total, including three PhD holders and 26 master’s degree holders, earned their scrolls for this convocation.

Amanda Yong Seng Ping was given the Chancellor Award, and Wong Jing Fatt and Rasyidah Azhari were the winners of the Academic Award.

Prof. Datuk Khairuddin Ab Hamid, vice-chancellor of UTS, gave the introductory speech.

Khairuddin’s wife Datin Dayang Mariani Abang Zain, the head of the convocation organizing committee Alan Ting, and Datuk Annuar Rapaee, the Deputy Minister I for Education, Innovation, and Talent Development and the chairman of the UTS board of governors, were among those in attendance.

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