i-CATS - SAINS Collaboration Sets the Stage for the Offering of Customized Short Courses in Geographic Information Systems


Article by Stanley Gona

Senior Manager, Corporate Services, PPKS



The signing of a Collaboration Agreement on 27 October 2017 between the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) and Sarawak Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (SAINS) has set the stage for the offering of SAINS’s customized short courses in Geographic Information Systems at the i-CATS West Campus in Kuching.


In his opening remarks during the signing ceremony at the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur in Kuching, i-CATS CEO, Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, shared that with the collaboration, i-CATS students, especially those in the Diploma in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Plantation Management programmes, would have the option to take SAINS’s value added customized short courses, namely Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Working with SuperMap iDesktop. He added that this would give the students a competitive edge when they enter the world of work.

Mr. Mohamad Isham also highlighted that the tie-up with SAINS, an internationally recognized software solutions and IT services provider, would also pave the way for future initiatives, especially in the development of future-ready talent for the broad spectrum of positions in the digital economy.


During the signing ceremony, Dr. Anderson Tiong, CEO of SAINS, commented that the collaboration was part of SAINS’s ongoing effort to work closely with institutions of higher learning to nurture and promote home-grown ICT talent. He added that GIS applications are used across the vibrant canvas of industry. He also expressed confidence that i-CATS students, for example, the Diploma in Plantation Management students, would appreciate the wide-ranging applications in areas such as Precision Farming and the Modernization of Agriculture.


For more information, members of the public are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.


Signing of Collaboration Agreement
From Left:
Mr. Michael Wong, Head of Geomatics, SAINS
Dr. Anderson Tiong, CEO, SAINS
Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO, i-CATS
Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director, i-CATS

Signing of Collaboration Agreement: Exchange of Documents
From Left:
Mr. Michael Wong, Head of Geomatics, SAINS
Dr. Anderson Tiong, CEO, SAINS
Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO, i-CATS
Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director, i-CATS

Signing of Collaboration Agreement:
Group Photo with the first batch of GIS students and staff members of i-CATS & SAINS
Front Row (Seated, From Left):
Madam Rosmawati binti Priman, Registrar, i-CATS
Mr. Michael Wong, Head of Geomatics, SAINS
Dr. Anderson Tiong, CEO, SAINS
Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO, i-CATS
Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director, i-CATS
Mr. Wayne Goh, Account Manager, Business Development, SAINS