Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said KYS should introduce new degree courses and doctorates in the field of research as it prepares a better facility for students to cater to the growing number of students each year.
For two decades KYS has been offering technical and vocational skill courses in 24 fields, 10 courses in diploma and 14 at certificate levels.
"After all these years, KYS has undergone various impressive transformation through the offering of various technical and vocational courses and has given opportunities to youths including those from the rural areas to obtain skills and work in various sectors," he said during the KYS 18th Convocation Ceremony, here.
Musa also congratulated the effort of the KYS management and staff for their commitment in attaining the university college status and called on Sabahans to be proud once the goal is realised.
"Sabah will become a centre for higher education and will carry the country's higher learning aspirations that is to produce excellent graduates and quality human capital," he said.
He believed it will be the choice private higher learning institution in future with its current development to meet the needs of present and future times.
A total of 796 students from various courses received their scrolls at the convocation ceremony, here.
In congratulating them, Musa called on the graduates to have a positive change of perspective and build their confidence and prepare for their respective careers and assist in the country's economic growth.
"I would also like to thank parents and educators for their commitment in making KYS remain competitive in the work of nation building through higher education excellence," he said.
Meanwhile, the college also named Building Construction Technology Diploma student, Shaika Shuhda Mohd Aminuddin, Technology Management Programme Diploma student Bridget Ann Boisi and Automotive Technology Diploma student David Lee Poh Chuan as gold medal award recipients.
Shaika recorded a CGPA of 3.70, while Boisi and Lee scored 3.68 and 3.94 respectively.
Lee now works with UMW Toyota Labuan as a technician for having scored the highest CGPA in his batch.
Among those present were Yayasan Sabah Director, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, Education Director Datuk Jame Alip and others.