BEBC chairman, Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed said that the decision to adopt was made following a visit by the BEBC to the Sandakan Polytechnic and upon studying the polytechnic’s students’ curriculum.
He also said that the move was in line with the BIMP-EAGA’s Socio-Cultural and Education (SCE) pillar.
“The Sandakan polytechnic will be receiving all the technological inputs and guidance arising from recommendations under the SCE cluster due to the adoption.” Said Roselan.
“This breakthrough is made possible after Hassan Siraj, the Director of the polytechnic, presented a paper at the BIMP-EAGA Educational forum in Davao recently. What made it interesting was his desire to churn out students to become entrepreneurs instead of wage-earners. This is a very commendable foresight and BEBC shares his passion,” said Roselan.
He added that the polytechnic has all the best equipped instruments and facilities meant for a University.
It was also emphasised that the polytechnic would focus on the agri-agro sector in its 2017 programme.
Roselan said that this was in line with the aspiration of BIMP-EAGA which calls on the working population to go back to the basic, for example, in agriculture.
“This is going to be the future of Sabah and Sarawak because it guarantees exports and exports bring money into the country,” he said.
Under the BEBC adoption programme, promising students from the polytechnic will have the opportunity to visit varying agriculture and fishery centres in the Philippines.
“Arrangements have been made to provide exposure to the students to varying standards of research and technological innovation in order to create better quality harvest and bumper catch for aquatic marines,” he said.
In addition, final year students will sit for entrepreneurial lectures which will prepare them for the real business world.
Roselan also noted that the polytechnic was unable to cater hostel facilities to all of its 1,000 students and urged companies and corporate bodies to carry out their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and contribute towards the construction of more hostels for the students.
During the visit, Roselan also presented a carton of Biojadi, an organic fertiliser which he felt would revolutionise the agri-sector of the faculty.
“After the 50-day challenge, the agri-faculty is going to make recommendations as to whether Biojadi is or not relevant for Sabah. We shall wait for the result soon,” he said.