KOTA KINABALU: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has expressed its interest to continue to work collaboratively with Institute for Development Studies, Sabah (IDS) in research and development issues.
Professor Tokoro Ikuya from the university’s Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), made the commitment during a meeting with IDS Executive Director Mohd Hasnol Datuk Ayub at the IDS office here yesterday.
Professor Ikuya was on a five-day study visit to Kota Kinabalu.
Mohd Hasnol welcomed the ILCAA interest and assured IDS commitment in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) which was signed earlier between the two organisations.
In 2008, the ILCAA and IDS had signed a MOU to collaboratively undertake research related activities, especially on matters pertaining to languages and cultures development.
“IDS is indeed happy that the ILCAA continues its interest to work collaboratively with our organisation.We in IDS always welcome such collaboration, especially in terms of sharing of ideas and knowledge,” said Mohd Hasnol.
“At present our immediate concern is on the issue of poverty eradication in this state.We would like to help and educate the poor to allow them to have a better prospect in life and improve their living conditions.We believe this can only be done by inculcating the culture of sustainability,” he said.
Mohd Hasnol said IDS is currently involved in research consultancy for the Sabah Development Corridor.
He said one of the main challenges that IDS needs to look into is to eradicate poverty by changing the mindset of the poor.
“Our main task is to help the poor realise their potentials and enhance these potentials to benefit them and the community as a whole,” said Mohd Hasnol.
“We would also like to use the collective strength of the Sabah multicultural society to build the state.We would like to turn our unique cultural heritage as a leverage to create wealth for the people, especially the poor.”