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Transforming a 70-year-old campus into educational tourism
Published on: Saturday, October 29, 2022
The campus was established in 1952 and opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.
Tuaran: The Teacher Training Campus of Kent (IPGK Kent) here has great potential to be transformed into a heritage building with its 70 year history as the state’s premier teaching campus. The campus was established in 1952 and opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. To this day, IPGK Kent continues to preserve and store antique items such as the first camera ever used by the college, as well as video recorders, projectors and paper compressors, among others.
On Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Joniston Bangkuai visited the campus for the celebration ceremony of the 70th Platinum Jubilee. He toured the campus and visited galleries displaying old education-related artifacts, including scrolls and certificates, newspaper clippings, trophies, and nostalgic photographs. “Given the rich history of the campus, IPGK Kent has the makings of an educational tourism offering,” he said at the event. “It has come to my attention that the campus intends to make its Kent Education Heritage Center a state heritage site. As Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, I will do my best to draw attention to this issue within the state government. “I consider this a good effort as it will cement Tuaran’s position as the oldest center of excellence in teacher training, in addition to its already established status as a tourist hotspot,” he remarked. .
Also, Joniston strongly suggested that the campus administrator gather documents about it. Attending the event were IPGK Kent Deputy Director, Datin Dr Rosnah Edinin; Head of Department of Academic Excellence Harun Sarail; Head of Student Affairs Amidy Malagob; Head of Department of Social Science Studies Dr. Jais Abdul Hamid; and Kent Alumni Association President Adnan Ibrahim. According to Dr. Rosnah, IPGK Kent, which is Malaysia’s fourth largest teacher training institute, has successfully trained around 18,500 teachers who have served nationwide. She added that the state government’s commitment to supporting and strengthening the old campus site as a national education heritage site will make it one of the district’s landmarks. “Certainly, it can boost the local economy and become an ideal tourist attraction,” she added.
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