Sarawak free tertiary education policy to benefit some 25,000 students

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Sarawak free tertiary education policy to benefit some 25,000 students

BY: Patrick Beech

Starting from 2026, Sarawak will implement the free tertiary-level education policy which is expected to benefit about 25,000 students in the state.

These students include those who are already in their second or third year at five state government-owned tertiary institutions.

State Deputy Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister, Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee said the state-owned tertiary institutions are Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, University of Technology Sarawak, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak, the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS), and I-CATS University College.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the free tertiary education policy in August this year which is parallel with the state government's plan to establish five international schools.

"The main objective of the policy is to give students from low-income or rural backgrounds a chance to benefit from free education," said Annuar.