From the day Sime Darby landed on this soil to begin its industrial activities, one thing it did not shy away from is the urgent need to immediately provide a well-nurtured academic (technical) package that will propel determined and serious students fresh and ready to brace the challenges in the technical segment as well as the various technically-related sciences that will in the shortest possible time increase the volume of Liberian engineers including technocrats professionally ripe to become captains of the technical sphere regarding the nation's economy.
Being people-centered as the face of its investment philosophy, this farsighted and illustrious partner in progress, growth and development with the unshakeable courage that academic (technical) investment in the human resource capacity building process indeed reaps the most fruitful, reliable, dependable and credible foundation from where flows innovation, concepts that enhance modernization and the cardinal tenets of transformation for the production of the state of the art equipments, has flung the door wide open for Liberian students desirous of being in full control of the technical and industrious landscape to establish their imprints.
What is so interestingly significant is the timing of the numerous scholarships Sime Darby has provided with all the institutions of higher learning owning shares with emphasis on the technical sector of the economy, especially when technology is now the driving force behind the success, power, respect, honor and glory for any nation that is endeavored to play a leadership or influential role in our global village.
With its international worth and vast experience in partnering with peoples of different backgrounds and orientations, Sime Darby has always striven to subscribe to the maxim that in order to feed a man and his dependents for life, teach him how to catch fish for himself instead of spoon feeding him with handout day in and day out. Cognizant of that vivid reality, this partner has proven that it does not for an inch believe in the delay of the promise of prosperity for the Liberian partners.
While we also profoundly applaud other giant multinational companies like bhpbilliton. Arcelor-Mittal and Golden Veholeum for their immense contributions towards the offered opportunities designed to advance the technical status of the prospective engineers and technocrats in all fields that this nation will be counting on in the not too distant future, we want to in a special way say hat off to Sime Darby for the establishment of such elaborate scholarship foundation which will train our next generation of engineers, technocrats and not ruling out scientists, and coincidentally, with the looming echo of the discovery of oil in the country, their achievements from such praiseworthy contribution and gift from Sime Darby, capital flight, brain drain and the dominance of alien experts clamoring over key positions in the oil industry and other high profile technical entities will be drastically curtailed.
Corroborating with the existing reality concerning the pressing need of engineers , World Bank Country Manager, Madam Inguna Dobraja noted that it is becoming glaring that there is a need for Liberia to train more engineers if it is to adequately carry out reconstruction process in the country. Already a number of multinational companies in the country have hired engineers from outside Liberia due to the lack of trained engineers in specialized industry.
Indeed, the provision of so many scholarships in one swing by a foreign investor-Sime Darby heavily grounded in the technical setting, is a stitch in time, and whole heartedly welcoming such human-driven interest, it is with satisfaction that we say: Sime Darby is sustaining the Future for Greater Partnership.