Before listing Sarawak tertiary institutions, an overview of the state will be considered.
Sarawak is the largest of the 13 states in Malaysia and situated northwestern coast of the island of Borneo. Kuching is the state capital of Sarawak.
Sarawak borders the country of Indonesia, adjacent to the state of Sabah and is divided from Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea.
Sarawak has a population of approximately two million five hundred thousand people within an area of one hundred and twenty four thousand four hundred and fifty square kilometers (Department of Statistics Malaysia 2011, Sarawak State Government 2011).
In addition to its tourism, the following Sarawak tertiary institutions are popular in Malaysia.
Sarawak tertiary institutions
1. Cosmopoint International College of Technology (campuses in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Kedah, Pahang, Johor, Sabah, Kelantan, Melaka, Penang, Sarawak and Terengganu)
2. Curtin University Of Technology
3. FMM Institute (campuses in Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Malacca and Johor)
4. FTMS College (campuses in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak)
5. GGIFA International College of Aviation
6. IBS College
7. Institut Eksekutif
8. I-Systems Group of Colleges (campuses in Kedah, Penang, Johor, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak)
9. INTI College Sabah (campuses in Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and Subang)
10. Kolej UNIKOP (campuses in Sabah and Sarawak)
11. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (campuses in Selangor, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur)
12. Masterskill University College (campuses in Kedah, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Sabah)
13. Open University of Malaysia (campuses in Selangor, Bangi, Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, Kalantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak)
14. PTPL Group of Colleges (campuses in Selangor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sungai Petani and Terengganu)
15. Riam Institute of Technology
16. SATT College
17. SEDAMAI College
18. SEGI University (campuses in Kota Damansara, Subang Jaya, Penang, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur and Seri Kambangan)
19. Sunway College (campuses in Sarawak, Selangor, Perak and Johor)
20. Swinburne University of Technology
21. Taylor’s University (campuses in Penang, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Johor and Selangor)
22. Twintech College Sarawak
23. UCSI University (campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Sarawak)
24. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
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Sarawak State Administrative structure
Sarawak state is divided into divisions, districts and sub-districts.
There are thirty one districts namely Kuching, Bau, Lundu, Samarahan, Asajaya, Serian, Simumjan, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Betong, Saratok, Sarikei, Meradong, Julau, Pakan, Sibu, Kanowit, Selanggau, Mukah, Dalat, Daro, Matu, Bintulu, Tatau, Kapit, Belaga, Song, Miri, Marudi, Limbang, Lawas.
The state is headed by the Governor who is appointed by Malaysia’s Head of state. The Governor administers Sarawak by coordinating the activities of the Executive Council.
The Chief Minister is appointed by the Governor to oversee the activities of the Executive Council and other council members who are drawn from the state legislative assembly.
The Executive council executes the state projects and proposals with the assistance of the state cabinet (made up of ministers with various portfolios) and specialized government agencies.
These ministries function by carrying out activities such as promoting tourism, improving state works and infrastructure, social welfare, town planning, agricultural and mines development and beautification of the territory.
The districts have a district municipal council that provides oversight at the district level. Local municipal councils exists especially where the district has other sub-districts.
The State Assembly concerns with the passage of legislations, policy oversight and other activities relevant to the functioning of the state (Sarawak State Government 2011).
Tertiary institutions in Sarawak are regulated by the Malaysian Department of Higher Education that ensures the institutions benchmark to international standards.
Department of Statistics 2011, Basic population characteristics by administration districts, Department of statistics, Malaysia.
Sarawak State Government 2011, About Sarawak, Sarawak State Government, Malaysia.
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