KOTA KINABALU: The proposal to build a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus in the rural area under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) is relevant, said Rector of UiTM Sabah Campus Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline.
Once the campus is in place, the younger generation of the rural areas need not travel to the city to further their education, he said.
He added that the campus will be built in the vicinity of Sook town in Pensiangan to accommodate about 2,000 students.
“So far the only progress that we know about is that the state government has approved 500 acres for the proposed campus, in an effort to establish a rural education hub in Sabah.
“With a commitment to provide the bumiputeras the chance to study at UiTM, we a believe this university is serving the people to balance the education development among bumiputras and non-bumiputeras,” he said at the UiTM media appreciation night at Le Meridien Hotel on Sunday.
He said UiTM is the only local university that will help parents who cannot afford to send their children to university because of expensive fees.
“With very low fees and to be set up in the rural area, it will help parents’ burden in terms of paying for their children’s education.