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MRSM Ranau to enhance access to quality education in Sabah
Published on: Friday, December 01, 2023
By: Ricardo Unto
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MRSM Ranau to enhance access to quality education in Sabah
Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz and Datuk Asyraf Wajdi witness the handover of MRSM Ranau from Datuk Bacho Pilong to Razlan Samsuri.
THE development of the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) campus in Ranau, marks a significant milestone in enhancing access to quality education among students in the State.

At a symbolic handover ceremony held on 20 November, PETRONAS Senior Vice President Project Delivery and Technology Datuk Bacho Pilong handed over a key replica to State Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Sr Safar Untong, representing the state government, who in turn handed over the replica to MARA Deputy Director General (Education) Razlan Samsuri, for the facility’s operation. 

Also present to witness the handover were Sabah Finance Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, representing the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor, PETRONAS President and Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz, and MARA Chairman Datuk Wira Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

The facilities provided at the new campus offer a conducive learning environment for students.

The new campus, developed by PETRONAS, is a collaborative effort between PETRONAS, the Sabah State Government and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), where the land and location were provided by the state government and the campus was designed according to the facilities determined by MARA. 

Datuk Seri Masidi, in delivering Datuk Seri Hajiji’s speech, said that this positive initiative is in line with the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan in generating high quality and competitive human capital.

This campus also aims to nurture interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among students.

“With the development of MRSM Ranau, we hope to provide opportunities for students to cultivate an interest in STEM-related subjects, and then become experts in STEM who will contribute towards the development of the industry, state and the nation,” said Datuk Seri Masidi.

Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik said the success of the MRSM Ranau project encapsulates the spirit of collaboration and shared commitment between the state government, MARA and PETRONAS to empower human capital development through education.   

“This ceremony symbolises a new chapter in our commitment to support the aspirations of the state government in developing young Sabahan talents who are equipped to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the state,” he said.

He added that PETRONAS believes that Sabahan students will achieve academic excellence towards delivering the State’s social, economic and sustainability goals in line with the Sabah-PETRONAS Human Capital Development Agenda (HCDA) objectives.

“As a progressive energy and solutions partner, PETRONAS is delighted to continue working hand in hand with the state government in realising Sabah’s development aspirations.

“I hope our good relationship will continue to be strengthened towards our progress together,” said Tan Sri Tengku Taufik during his welcoming remarks.

An aerial view of the MRSM Ranau campus.

Datuk Wira Asyraf Wajdi said the result of the collaboration between MARA, PETRONAS and the state government in developing MRSM Ranau will create a new dimension for rural education that will bring benefit to the people of Sabah, especially around the Ranau district.

“We hope that the effort to develop this newest secondary education institution in the state will further strengthen the education system among rural communities, as well as contribute to the state’s socio-economic development,” he said.

MRSM Ranau is the fifth such institution in Sabah, aside from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau and Semporna.

Located at 721 metres above sea level, this new college is the highest MRSM in Malaysia and is positioned at the base of Mount Kinabalu.

This uniqueness would attract students throughout Sabah, including from Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Tuaran, Tamparuli, Tambunan or even Beluran to study there.

With a floor area of over 26,000 square metres, the MRSM Ranau campus has the capacity to accommodate 450 students. 

The enrolment of its first batch of 180 Form One and Form Four students will be in March next year.  

It is equipped with various facilities, including an administrative building, academic block, resource centre, student dormitories, student centre, dining hall, multi-purpose hall, pavilion, surau, staff residence, teacher’s residence, ancillary buildings, and sports facilities that have been carefully planned to meet the needs of students, teachers, and campus management.

With rapid transformation in the energy sector, PETRONAS believes that change driven by education and capability development is indispensable.

The global energy company is committed to nurturing wholesome and multi-dimensional talents who share their aspirations for a better future.

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