Three New Polytechnics To Be Built This Year
BESUT, March 18 (Bernama) -- Three new polytechnics will be built in Terengganu, Perak and Sabah this year, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
Idris said the ministry received an allocation of RM180 million from the government to build a permanent campus for the Besut Polytechnic in Terengganu, RM220 million for the Bagan Datok Polytechnic in Perak, and RM20 million for the Metro Polytechnic in Tawau, Sabah.
"The construction of the Besut Polytechnic on a 70-acre site will benefit 1,200 students when it is fully completed in two years from now.
"Currently, there are 35 students in the Diploma in Digital Technology programme at the Kuala Terengganu Polytechnic and these students will move to the Besut Polytechnic's temporary building that will start operating this July.
"As many as 150 new students can be placed in this building and it has classrooms, administrative space and laboratories," he told reporters at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Besut Polytechnic in Kampung Raja, here, Saturday.
Also present were State Education, Science and Innovation Committee chairman A. Latiff Awang, State Rural Development, Entrepreneurial, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman Nawi Mohammad, who is also Hulu Besut assemblyman, and Polytechnic Education Department director-general Datuk Amir Md Noor.
Idris, who is also the Member of Parliament for Besut, said two additional courses would be introduced in the new campus, namely the Diploma in Craft Industry and Diploma in Batik and Fashion Designing to meet the needs of the country's digital batik and creative industry in the future.
"Our country is moving forward and requires a number of experts in this field," he said.