Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 26

Tan Kee Hian dared Sibuians to dream. We need dreams to turn Sibu into a more-developed place. Kee Hian's vision of "Polytechnic" University in Sibu is as follows:

An outstanding tertiary educational institution in Sibu:
- That is well-respected by its peers as among the best places of learning and knowledge
- Where students from Greater Sibu are challenged , develop their talents and knowledge,
and achieve their dreams.
- That contributes visibly, proactively, substantively and innovatively to critical areas of
the economy and society.

Photo: Liong


Sarawakiana@2 said...

Perhaps schools should start with good community projects ("I love Sibu" campaign)
Perhaps Sibu people should publish more books ("Pictures of Sibu Buildings"; "Pictures of Sibu Roads"; Pictures of Sibu Traditional Houses; ) and other publications to make Sibu people proud.
Must dispel fears of investment.

too many people have been saying "Cannot do this...cannot do that..." or "Not easy this...Not easy that..."

Need to scratch deeper. TKH and many others must harder try to wake Sibu up......

We are just commentators who do not have any clout...may be that is why so few comments. Or we are too tired already?

Here's a poem for you Tony:

Like the Yellow River at the end of the journey....
slow slow slow slow
quiet quiet
still still still still
clouded clouded
numbed numbed
hushed hushed.



Hope Sibu people feel the opposite.

Anonymous said...

I think the narrow-minded local politicians are the killer. SUPP or its main people own the United College and would stop anything better from developing, and thus competing with the United College. The very honorable Wong Soon Kai, the state Science Adviser, once said we don't need another university in Sarawak because there is a lack of student supply.

On the other hand, parents kept sending kids overseas for their education. Where did we get the money to do so?

I think we may as well build a university in the foreign land for the people of Sibu, since we cannot do it here. I meant for the future generation. There are too many obstacles here in Sibu. Why waiting? Do it in America, Australia or China - any favorite place for the people of Sibu.

What do we need from here on? Donors! I have idea, but I don't have money to start this process. Imagine if there is a person like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who proposed and started the KAUST with the aim of making it one of the best research universities in the world. Will there be donors from Sibu who may combine their effort to become King Abdullah?

I hope all the major businessmen in Sibu will read this message. The education for the future generations of Sibu will be of quality (world standard) and more affordable with your help. The university may as well be named under you.

Anonymous said...

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A driving force in all of this is the incubator's Director, Bruce Niswander, a modern day Renaissance man who has degrees in law and business and a background in chemical engineering. He has the street cred of having started successful ventures as well as a history of teaching people how to launch commercially viable start-ups. His passion and practical "been there/ done that" stance communicate confidence and drive. He came to NYC from Columbus, Ohio, two years ago to lead another incubator in Brooklyn, the BEST Center for Entrepreneuring and Technology. He learned enough about how to get things done in New York and is now taking no prisoners as he garners the support for new businesses at 160 Varick Street.