Fourth Meeting of SIDMA College & Waseda University of Tokyo, 24th Borneo Project Counterpart Club. Print
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:02

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah and Waseda University of Tokyo have collaborated for the Borneo Project, and Puan Azizah Khalid Merican as the CEO of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah and Mr Ren Matsuki , Leader, 21st Borneo Project Waseda University, Japan co-launched the initiative last year on 22 February 2016 at SIDMA College Atrium, Kota Kinabalu. This marked the bonding of the two higher learning institutions between the two countries in the field of education and research for underprivileged children. Two other institutions of higher learning in Sabah that have volunteered themselves in the project are University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Sabah Institute of Arts (SIA). Volunteers from these three institutions of higher learning in Sabah together with volunteers from Waseda University collaborated and get themselves connected with the local communities and conducted various educational activities involving the underprivileged children, especially in Tamparuli, Ranau Tambunan and other areas of Sabah that they visited.

The fourth meeting held at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah on 11 August 2017 was unique as Prof Yukino Iwai from Waseda University felt attached to the Borneo Project and would like to give a more personal touch by personally launching the 2017 segment of the project. Prof Yukino, who was unable to meet in person with Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman Of SIDMA College UNITAR but had heard of the successful stories of him, and would like to personally convey her special thank you message to him as well as to the Management team, staff and students who have assisted and commit themselves sincerely to assist volunteers from Waseda University, Tokyo without failed in the various educational activities.

The arrival of Prof Yukino Iwai and volunteers from Waseda University were eagerly and warmly greeted and welcomed by Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Managers and Heads of Departments, staff, Student Representative Council (SRC) members and students of the college.

Dr Morni in his welcoming address to volunteers from Waseda University of Tokyo, welcomed and thanked Prof Yukino Iwai for her keen interest in the project, and took the time off to visit SIDMA College for further discussion on the 2017 segment, as well as to personally and officially launch the 2017 segment of the project at SIDMA College. He too expressed his genuine gratitude and appreciation to the Prof Yukino and the Management of Waseda University for selecting and continued their collaboration and cooperation with SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah in the field of education and research. He hoped that this would lead further development in more substantial projects and development collaboration particularly in the areas of education, health, research, as well as in other related areas between Waseda University and SIDMA College.

Dr Morni also took the opportunity to share his wonderful memory of his recent visit to Japan with his family earlier and praised Japan for its beautiful and unique scenery as well as richness n culture. On the same note, he invited Prof Yukino and volunteers to visit his village (kampong) in Keningau to have better insight of Sabah’s unique local culture and their way of life and hopefully can build greater cooperation, collaboration, understanding and bonding among volunteers of the these two Asian countries.

Earlier, Mr Tatsurou Shiraishi; Representative from Japan 24th Borneo Project Team; thanked Dr Morni and SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah for the warm welcome and strong support given to the Waseda University volunteers during their stay in Sabah. He too took the opportunity to enlighten those present during the meeting on the aim of Borneo Project which among other to develop more understanding about the local underprivileged children and together with various local partners will be able to provide them with the relevant and necessary educational support such as developing their individual skills, willpower and strength to enable them to be more independent and be able to move forward and function effectively in the society

Meanwhile, Kameniska Agullana (President, SIDMA College Borneo Project Counterpart Club), on behalf of all SIDMA College volunteers thanked Waseda University for accepting them as co-volunteers and their willingness to share and worked with them as a team. She too expressed her excitement about the meeting and ever-ready to move forward with all her fellow volunteers as a great team. On behalf of all SIDMA volunteers, she too expressed her appreciation to Dr Morni and to SIDMA College for giving them the opportunity to be involved in this very special international project, and she promised that she and her teammates will put forth their best effort to ensure the success of the project.

Also present during the meeting were Mr Delvin J. Saupin (Coordinator of Borneo Project Sabah), Darren Lo (President, Borneo Project, Sabah Institute of Art) and his team members, as well as Tamara Fadil (President, Borneo Project, University Malaysia Sabah) and team members.

Immediately after the launching of the 2017 segment of the project, the volunteers quickly proceeded with their round table discussion and development of their Action Plan for the implementation of the 2017 segment of the project. The team of volunteers later headed to Kundasang, Ranau for a break where the volunteers were brought to visit Desa Cattle Farm and the Poring Hot Springs.


By Rachel Chin, Teo Eng Seng and Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor,

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah,


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