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UNIRAZAK’S efforts in exporting its knowledge and expertise in Islamic banking and financial services to emerging markets have gained its due recognition when the university was awarded with the ‘Export Outstanding Achievement Award 2015’ by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation or MATRADE, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

The glittering award presentation ceremony, officiated by the honourable Minister of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, was held on the 26th February at Menara MATRADE. UNIRAZAK’s President and Vice Chancellor YBhg Prof Datuk Seri Dr Md Zabid Bin Hj Abdul Rashid was present to receive the award.

UNIRAZAK, via its Centre for Executive Education (CEE), has been playing a pivotal role in various initiatives and projects to promote and implement Islamic banking and finance. This includes efforts undertaken in some of the emerging markets and also in countries as far as Rwanda and Somalia.

One of the most prominent projects was the feasibility study project to implement Islamic banking and finance in Russia, which was commissioned by the Russian government. The project, which was spearheaded by MATRADE and under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia, was undertaken by UNIRAZAK in partnership with IBFIM and the Russian Islamic Business and Finance Development Fund (IBFD Fund).

UNIRAZAK, via its Graduate School of Business, had also successfully organised the International Conference on Waqaf, Trust and Endowment in Moscow, Russia. The conference, organised in partnership with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), was supported by MATRADE, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia, the Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Malaysia and the Centre of Competence in Islamic Business and Finance of Russia (IBFD Fund). The speakers featured include academics from UNIRAZAK, International Centre for Waqaf Research (ICWR), RANEPA and the Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation.

UNIRAZAK once again established itself as a premier university for education and research with the achievement of four-star rating from the Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA) for the year 2014 – 2015.

The MyRA star ranking, assess the research, development and commercialisation (R&D&C) performance of Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs) in Malaysia. The instrument used measures the input, process and output of eight criteria, namely, the quantity and quality of researches and the researchers, the number of postgraduates and their standard, innovation, professional service and endowment, networks and linkages in addition to support facilities.

The aim of MyRA is to encourage a research culture at HLIs that will contribute in the production of high impact human capital, publications and intellectual property. This year, a total of 20 public universities, 27 private universities, five branch campuses of foreign universities and six university colleges were assessed for the MyRA ranking.

UNIRAZAK’s President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid said that MyRA four-star rating is a great recognition to UNIRAZAK’s efforts in various researches. We have made emphasis in the areas of Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship since its inception in 1997. This has facilitated the UNIRAZAK’s brand as a reputable provider of higher education and a credible partner for industrial research.

UNIRAZAK have secured 10 national research grants in the areas of Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics as well as Government Public Policy. The university also actively participates in the research development and collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) and with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

MyRA have been conducted by the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) since 2006. The star rating for the year 2014 – 2015 was presented by the Higher Education Minister, YB. Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) has reached another milestone by winning the grand prize for Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year (Private University) at the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Entrepreneurial Awards 2015 which was held on 4 November 2015 at The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

MOHE introduced the MEA awards to act as a catalyst for the creation of a conducive entrepreneurial ecosystem and holistic entrepreneurship development in Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) in 2012. The original concept for the awards was adapted from the Times Higher Education “Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year”, sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, United Kingdom.

The Awards are meant to provide recognition to the Institutes of Higher Learnings which demonstrate excellence in terms of promoting entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial development in their institutions. MOHE also aim to recognise the importance of developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in all students as well as supporting those seeking to become graduate entrepreneurs.

At UNIRAZAK, entrepreneurs are developed and nurtured to identify opportunities and manage resources that result in wealth creation and/or value creation to the community. The programmes in UNIRAZAK are tailored towards ‘education for entrepreneurship’ and designed to produce quality, efficient and effective entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, from both an economic and social standpoint. Students are exposed to a variety of learning approaches provided by a team of well qualified and experienced academics and professionals in various areas of entrepreneurship, business and management-related fields.

Continuing its run of accolades and plaudits, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) won further recognition at the 2nd International Standard Quality Award 2012, held at the Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel on 27 April 2012. UNIRAZAK was honoured as the winner in the category ‘Quality College and University’, and was the only award winner in this category.

UNIRAZAK is an ISO 9001:2000-certified institution, meaning that its work processes adhere to strict internal quality controls and procedures. This enables UNIRAZAK to increase efficiency, prevent errors, reduce risk, and generally plan better when it comes to work execution. UNIRAZAK’s faculties and departments under a major ISO audit every year to ensure that all its Quality Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures are revised and up-to-date.

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Zabid b. Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, said “This award is in addition to the Putra Brand Award, BrandLaureate Awards, SME Award, and other awards that we have won. It signals the continuation of the plaudits and acknowledgments that UNIRAZAK is receiving due to your (the staffs’) hard work and dedication. We accepted this award on behalf of all the staff who have contributed their time and effort to ensuring that UNIRAZAK constantly reaches new heights.”

“We very thankful to have received this award and wish to express heartfelt thanks for making it possible. We hope you (the staff) will continue striving and working hard to make UNIRAZAK even more successful than before.”, he continued.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s preferred private universities by winning not one but two awards at the recent BrandLaureate’ SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011, organised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) and held on Thursday night, 12 January 2012 at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and graced by H.E. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Patron of the APBF.

On behalf of UNIRAZAK, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul accepted the following two awards: Best Brands in Education – Tertiary and Best Brands in Brand Management.

  • Corporate Branding: Best Brand in Education – Tertiary
  • Brand Specialty – Best Brand in Brand Management

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Zabid said “These awards are ours because UNIRAZAK has an immensely talented and capable staff who have all contributed immeasurably to UNIRAZAK’s success.”

“In 2009 the decision was made to rebrand ourselves from UNITAR to UNIRAZAK. Cosmetically, we undertook a rebranding exercise with a new acronym, logo and university tagline that reflects our strengths and aspirations – ‘Innovation. Leadership. Entrepreneurship’ The most crucial step, however, was the decision for us to focus on innovative academic programmes that offer niche content, thereby separating us from our competitors. The purpose of our rebranding had little to do with monetary or financial improvements. Rather, we saw a need in the education industry to provide more unique academic programmes that will further propel Malaysia into high-income nation status and developed nation status by 2020.”

UNIRAZAK has pioneered many innovative academic programmes, becoming the first to offer programmes in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia. They are also the first to offer an accounting bachelor’s degree in co-operation with CPA Australia – graduates from this UNIRAZAK course will automatically qualify for CPA Australia membership.

UNIRAZAK’s strategic rebranding decision has paid off handsomely as UNIRAZAK has won not just at the BrandLaureate – SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011 but also took the bronze award at the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning) 2011 (Malaysia’s largest consumer based awards) and SME Negara from SME Recognition Award. With these awards in hand UNIRAZAK has won recognition from Malaysia’s leading consumer-based awards and industry-based awards. With the awards testifying to the strength of UNIRAZAK’s brand and the undeniable niche, unique content offered by its academic programmes, UNIRAZAK is well poised for its future and deliver on its vision to become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s preferred private universities by winning not one but two awards at the recent BrandLaureate’ SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011, organised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) and held on Thursday night, 12 January 2012 at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and graced by H.E. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Patron of the APBF.

On behalf of UNIRAZAK, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul accepted the following two awards: Best Brands in Education – Tertiary and Best Brands in Brand Management.

  • Corporate Branding: Best Brand in Education – Tertiary
  • Brand Specialty – Best Brand in Brand Management

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Zabid said “These awards are ours because UNIRAZAK has an immensely talented and capable staff who have all contributed immeasurably to UNIRAZAK’s success.”

“In 2009 the decision was made to rebrand ourselves from UNITAR to UNIRAZAK. Cosmetically, we undertook a rebranding exercise with a new acronym, logo and university tagline that reflects our strengths and aspirations – ‘Innovation. Leadership. Entrepreneurship’ The most crucial step, however, was the decision for us to focus on innovative academic programmes that offer niche content, thereby separating us from our competitors. The purpose of our rebranding had little to do with monetary or financial improvements. Rather, we saw a need in the education industry to provide more unique academic programmes that will further propel Malaysia into high-income nation status and developed nation status by 2020.”

UNIRAZAK has pioneered many innovative academic programmes, becoming the first to offer programmes in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia. They are also the first to offer an accounting bachelor’s degree in co-operation with CPA Australia – graduates from this UNIRAZAK course will automatically qualify for CPA Australia membership.

UNIRAZAK’s strategic rebranding decision has paid off handsomely as UNIRAZAK has won not just at the BrandLaureate – SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011 but also took the bronze award at the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning) 2011 (Malaysia’s largest consumer based awards) and SME Negara from SME Recognition Award. With these awards in hand UNIRAZAK has won recognition from Malaysia’s leading consumer-based awards and industry-based awards. With the awards testifying to the strength of UNIRAZAK’s brand and the undeniable niche, unique content offered by its academic programmes, UNIRAZAK is well poised for its future and deliver on its vision to become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), one of Malaysia’s foremost universities in innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship, is proud to announce that it was recently honoured as “Asia’s Best B-School for Outstanding Contribution to Education”. YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor, received the award at the recent 2 nd Asian B-School Awards 2011 held at Suntec Singapore on 22 July 2011.

The Asian B-School Awards are regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the academic world, and are presented by CMO Asia with the CMO Council as its Strategic Partner and Stars of the Industry Group as a research partner. The awards are presented to individuals and institutions which have surpassed several levels of excellence and have set an example of being a role model providing exemplary leadership, building institutions through Leadership, Innovation, and Academic and Industry interfaces. The basic criteria for nomination were quality input, academic output, placements, faculty and purpose, and the institution’s vision and mission.

The CMO Asia Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the World Bank Congress were tasked with identifying Asia’s best business schools. These included prestigious universities from about 29 participating countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, UAE and many more.

The jury included dignitaries such as Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; Michael McDonald, Global Chairman, World HRD Congress; Jonathan Peters, Global Chairman, Stars of the Industry Group; Dr. Prasad Medury, Partner, Amrop India Consultants Pvt Ltd and many others. In addition to winning the regional “Asia’s Best B-School for Outstanding Contribution to Education” award, UNIRAZAK was also honoured in March this year with the bronze award in the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning), Malaysia’s largest consumer-based awards.

UNIRAZAK specialises in providing niche academic programmes that offer a unique and rewarding alternative to conventional, mainstream academic programmes. Examples include degrees in entrepreneurship, leadership, Islamic finance, taxation, insurance, retail & hypermarket, and others.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s premier private universities by winning the bronze award in the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning). Held on Friday 11 th March at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama and graced by HRH the Sultan of Selangor, the Putra Brand Awards are Malaysia’s largest consumer-based awards – 6000 consumers were surveyed online to determine the winners.

The winners are based on various factors such as consumer brand awareness, brand relevance, and usage intent. UNIRAZAK’s win is remarkable considering that just over 2 years ago, the university went through a “strategic makeover” and transformed itself at a fundamental level.

Taking the bronze in the Putra Brand Awards is an impressive feat considering the relative youth of the university’s new strategy. YBhg. Prof. Datuk. Dr. Md. Zabid. Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, says “UNIRAZAK began a journey a few years ago to transform from a hybrid university offering conventional and online programmes to a more niche university offering programmes that are more specialised and exclusive. We see this shift in strategy beginning to pay off as we are better enabled to achieve our vision and mission through our new and innovative programme content.”

UNIRAZAK offers a range of niche academic programmes that are not readily available at most local universities – UNIRAZAK has pioneered many academic programmes, becoming the first to offer innovative degrees in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

This up-and-coming university is rapidly rising the ranks due to the vision of its leaders and management, the commitment and dedication of its staff, and the quality of its products.

Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid says “We have also been very fortunate to build partnerships with many institutions. Some that we have started working with over the past 2 years include Ministry of Human Resources (Department of Skills Development), PUNB, Amanah Raya Berhad, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM), Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants (MATA), CPA Australia, UEM etc. All of these new partners, in addition to the ones we have made before such as Bank Rakyat, INCEIF, Ministry of Defence, IBFIM, FPAM, and many others, have enhanced the content of our academic offerings and positioned us well in pursuit of our vision and mission.”

“I attribute UNIRAZAK’s success to these key contributors and more, such as the leadership of our Board of Trustees and Board of Directors and the hard work of our staff. From the top-down, we all strive to achieve our university’s vision and mission. I deeply thank all involved and ask that they continue to work and support us to achieve our vision and become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’.

UNIRAZAK received the Sahabat Negara SME Award 2011 from the SME Recognition Awards 2011 at the SMI Grand Dinner and Awards Presentation Ceremony, held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre, PICC on Thursday, 8 December 2011.

This Sahabat Negara SME Award is bestowed on corporations/institutions such as government bodies, NGOs, media, financial Institutions or service providers/facilitators which have contributed significantly to the promotion and development of SMEs in the country. The contribution could be pecuniary or non-pecuniary in nature to the SME community to help develop or improve their operations.

UNIRAZAK’s Center of Executive Education (CEE) played a prominent and proactive role in the promotion and development of SME’s competitive edge and operation efficiency in the pursuit of globalization simultaneously.

The SME Recognition Award is fast gaining recognition and prestige on the domestic and international front. The independent auditor is S J Grant Thornton, an international accounting firm, while the Selection Board is comprised of prominent business leaders headed by YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Megat Najmuddin Khas, President, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance.

Awards & Recognition

UNIRAZAK’S efforts in exporting its knowledge and expertise in Islamic banking and financial services to emerging markets have gained its due recognition when the university was awarded with the ‘Export Outstanding Achievement Award 2015’ by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation or MATRADE, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

The glittering award presentation ceremony, officiated by the honourable Minister of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, was held on the 26th February at Menara MATRADE. UNIRAZAK’s President and Vice Chancellor YBhg Prof Datuk Seri Dr Md Zabid Bin Hj Abdul Rashid was present to receive the award.

UNIRAZAK, via its Centre for Executive Education (CEE), has been playing a pivotal role in various initiatives and projects to promote and implement Islamic banking and finance. This includes efforts undertaken in some of the emerging markets and also in countries as far as Rwanda and Somalia.

One of the most prominent projects was the feasibility study project to implement Islamic banking and finance in Russia, which was commissioned by the Russian government. The project, which was spearheaded by MATRADE and under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia, was undertaken by UNIRAZAK in partnership with IBFIM and the Russian Islamic Business and Finance Development Fund (IBFD Fund).

UNIRAZAK, via its Graduate School of Business, had also successfully organised the International Conference on Waqaf, Trust and Endowment in Moscow, Russia. The conference, organised in partnership with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), was supported by MATRADE, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia, the Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Malaysia and the Centre of Competence in Islamic Business and Finance of Russia (IBFD Fund). The speakers featured include academics from UNIRAZAK, International Centre for Waqaf Research (ICWR), RANEPA and the Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation.

UNIRAZAK once again established itself as a premier university for education and research with the achievement of four-star rating from the Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA) for the year 2014 – 2015.

The MyRA star ranking, assess the research, development and commercialisation (R&D&C) performance of Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs) in Malaysia. The instrument used measures the input, process and output of eight criteria, namely, the quantity and quality of researches and the researchers, the number of postgraduates and their standard, innovation, professional service and endowment, networks and linkages in addition to support facilities.

The aim of MyRA is to encourage a research culture at HLIs that will contribute in the production of high impact human capital, publications and intellectual property. This year, a total of 20 public universities, 27 private universities, five branch campuses of foreign universities and six university colleges were assessed for the MyRA ranking.

UNIRAZAK’s President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid said that MyRA four-star rating is a great recognition to UNIRAZAK’s efforts in various researches. We have made emphasis in the areas of Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship since its inception in 1997. This has facilitated the UNIRAZAK’s brand as a reputable provider of higher education and a credible partner for industrial research.

UNIRAZAK have secured 10 national research grants in the areas of Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics as well as Government Public Policy. The university also actively participates in the research development and collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) and with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

MyRA have been conducted by the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) since 2006. The star rating for the year 2014 – 2015 was presented by the Higher Education Minister, YB. Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) has reached another milestone by winning the grand prize for Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year (Private University) at the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Entrepreneurial Awards 2015 which was held on 4 November 2015 at The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

MOHE introduced the MEA awards to act as a catalyst for the creation of a conducive entrepreneurial ecosystem and holistic entrepreneurship development in Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) in 2012. The original concept for the awards was adapted from the Times Higher Education “Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year”, sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, United Kingdom.

The Awards are meant to provide recognition to the Institutes of Higher Learnings which demonstrate excellence in terms of promoting entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial development in their institutions. MOHE also aim to recognise the importance of developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in all students as well as supporting those seeking to become graduate entrepreneurs.

At UNIRAZAK, entrepreneurs are developed and nurtured to identify opportunities and manage resources that result in wealth creation and/or value creation to the community. The programmes in UNIRAZAK are tailored towards ‘education for entrepreneurship’ and designed to produce quality, efficient and effective entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, from both an economic and social standpoint. Students are exposed to a variety of learning approaches provided by a team of well qualified and experienced academics and professionals in various areas of entrepreneurship, business and management-related fields.

Continuing its run of accolades and plaudits, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) won further recognition at the 2nd International Standard Quality Award 2012, held at the Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel on 27 April 2012. UNIRAZAK was honoured as the winner in the category ‘Quality College and University’, and was the only award winner in this category.

UNIRAZAK is an ISO 9001:2000-certified institution, meaning that its work processes adhere to strict internal quality controls and procedures. This enables UNIRAZAK to increase efficiency, prevent errors, reduce risk, and generally plan better when it comes to work execution. UNIRAZAK’s faculties and departments under a major ISO audit every year to ensure that all its Quality Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures are revised and up-to-date.

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Zabid b. Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, said “This award is in addition to the Putra Brand Award, BrandLaureate Awards, SME Award, and other awards that we have won. It signals the continuation of the plaudits and acknowledgments that UNIRAZAK is receiving due to your (the staffs’) hard work and dedication. We accepted this award on behalf of all the staff who have contributed their time and effort to ensuring that UNIRAZAK constantly reaches new heights.”

“We very thankful to have received this award and wish to express heartfelt thanks for making it possible. We hope you (the staff) will continue striving and working hard to make UNIRAZAK even more successful than before.”, he continued.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s preferred private universities by winning not one but two awards at the recent BrandLaureate’ SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011, organised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) and held on Thursday night, 12 January 2012 at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and graced by H.E. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Patron of the APBF.

On behalf of UNIRAZAK, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul accepted the following two awards: Best Brands in Education – Tertiary and Best Brands in Brand Management.

  • Corporate Branding: Best Brand in Education – Tertiary
  • Brand Specialty – Best Brand in Brand Management

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Zabid said “These awards are ours because UNIRAZAK has an immensely talented and capable staff who have all contributed immeasurably to UNIRAZAK’s success.”

“In 2009 the decision was made to rebrand ourselves from UNITAR to UNIRAZAK. Cosmetically, we undertook a rebranding exercise with a new acronym, logo and university tagline that reflects our strengths and aspirations – ‘Innovation. Leadership. Entrepreneurship’ The most crucial step, however, was the decision for us to focus on innovative academic programmes that offer niche content, thereby separating us from our competitors. The purpose of our rebranding had little to do with monetary or financial improvements. Rather, we saw a need in the education industry to provide more unique academic programmes that will further propel Malaysia into high-income nation status and developed nation status by 2020.”

UNIRAZAK has pioneered many innovative academic programmes, becoming the first to offer programmes in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia. They are also the first to offer an accounting bachelor’s degree in co-operation with CPA Australia – graduates from this UNIRAZAK course will automatically qualify for CPA Australia membership.

UNIRAZAK’s strategic rebranding decision has paid off handsomely as UNIRAZAK has won not just at the BrandLaureate – SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011 but also took the bronze award at the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning) 2011 (Malaysia’s largest consumer based awards) and SME Negara from SME Recognition Award. With these awards in hand UNIRAZAK has won recognition from Malaysia’s leading consumer-based awards and industry-based awards. With the awards testifying to the strength of UNIRAZAK’s brand and the undeniable niche, unique content offered by its academic programmes, UNIRAZAK is well poised for its future and deliver on its vision to become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s preferred private universities by winning not one but two awards at the recent BrandLaureate’ SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011, organised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) and held on Thursday night, 12 January 2012 at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and graced by H.E. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Patron of the APBF.

On behalf of UNIRAZAK, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul accepted the following two awards: Best Brands in Education – Tertiary and Best Brands in Brand Management.

  • Corporate Branding: Best Brand in Education – Tertiary
  • Brand Specialty – Best Brand in Brand Management

YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Zabid said “These awards are ours because UNIRAZAK has an immensely talented and capable staff who have all contributed immeasurably to UNIRAZAK’s success.”

“In 2009 the decision was made to rebrand ourselves from UNITAR to UNIRAZAK. Cosmetically, we undertook a rebranding exercise with a new acronym, logo and university tagline that reflects our strengths and aspirations – ‘Innovation. Leadership. Entrepreneurship’ The most crucial step, however, was the decision for us to focus on innovative academic programmes that offer niche content, thereby separating us from our competitors. The purpose of our rebranding had little to do with monetary or financial improvements. Rather, we saw a need in the education industry to provide more unique academic programmes that will further propel Malaysia into high-income nation status and developed nation status by 2020.”

UNIRAZAK has pioneered many innovative academic programmes, becoming the first to offer programmes in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia. They are also the first to offer an accounting bachelor’s degree in co-operation with CPA Australia – graduates from this UNIRAZAK course will automatically qualify for CPA Australia membership.

UNIRAZAK’s strategic rebranding decision has paid off handsomely as UNIRAZAK has won not just at the BrandLaureate – SMEs Best Brand Awards 2011 but also took the bronze award at the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning) 2011 (Malaysia’s largest consumer based awards) and SME Negara from SME Recognition Award. With these awards in hand UNIRAZAK has won recognition from Malaysia’s leading consumer-based awards and industry-based awards. With the awards testifying to the strength of UNIRAZAK’s brand and the undeniable niche, unique content offered by its academic programmes, UNIRAZAK is well poised for its future and deliver on its vision to become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), one of Malaysia’s foremost universities in innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship, is proud to announce that it was recently honoured as “Asia’s Best B-School for Outstanding Contribution to Education”. YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor, received the award at the recent 2 nd Asian B-School Awards 2011 held at Suntec Singapore on 22 July 2011.

The Asian B-School Awards are regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the academic world, and are presented by CMO Asia with the CMO Council as its Strategic Partner and Stars of the Industry Group as a research partner. The awards are presented to individuals and institutions which have surpassed several levels of excellence and have set an example of being a role model providing exemplary leadership, building institutions through Leadership, Innovation, and Academic and Industry interfaces. The basic criteria for nomination were quality input, academic output, placements, faculty and purpose, and the institution’s vision and mission.

The CMO Asia Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the World Bank Congress were tasked with identifying Asia’s best business schools. These included prestigious universities from about 29 participating countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, UAE and many more.

The jury included dignitaries such as Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; Michael McDonald, Global Chairman, World HRD Congress; Jonathan Peters, Global Chairman, Stars of the Industry Group; Dr. Prasad Medury, Partner, Amrop India Consultants Pvt Ltd and many others. In addition to winning the regional “Asia’s Best B-School for Outstanding Contribution to Education” award, UNIRAZAK was also honoured in March this year with the bronze award in the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning), Malaysia’s largest consumer-based awards.

UNIRAZAK specialises in providing niche academic programmes that offer a unique and rewarding alternative to conventional, mainstream academic programmes. Examples include degrees in entrepreneurship, leadership, Islamic finance, taxation, insurance, retail & hypermarket, and others.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) further cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s premier private universities by winning the bronze award in the Putra Brand Awards (Education and Learning). Held on Friday 11 th March at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama and graced by HRH the Sultan of Selangor, the Putra Brand Awards are Malaysia’s largest consumer-based awards – 6000 consumers were surveyed online to determine the winners.

The winners are based on various factors such as consumer brand awareness, brand relevance, and usage intent. UNIRAZAK’s win is remarkable considering that just over 2 years ago, the university went through a “strategic makeover” and transformed itself at a fundamental level.

Taking the bronze in the Putra Brand Awards is an impressive feat considering the relative youth of the university’s new strategy. YBhg. Prof. Datuk. Dr. Md. Zabid. Hj. Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, says “UNIRAZAK began a journey a few years ago to transform from a hybrid university offering conventional and online programmes to a more niche university offering programmes that are more specialised and exclusive. We see this shift in strategy beginning to pay off as we are better enabled to achieve our vision and mission through our new and innovative programme content.”

UNIRAZAK offers a range of niche academic programmes that are not readily available at most local universities – UNIRAZAK has pioneered many academic programmes, becoming the first to offer innovative degrees in areas such as Government and Public Policy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, etc, and their Global Islamic Finance master programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

This up-and-coming university is rapidly rising the ranks due to the vision of its leaders and management, the commitment and dedication of its staff, and the quality of its products.

Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid says “We have also been very fortunate to build partnerships with many institutions. Some that we have started working with over the past 2 years include Ministry of Human Resources (Department of Skills Development), PUNB, Amanah Raya Berhad, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM), Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants (MATA), CPA Australia, UEM etc. All of these new partners, in addition to the ones we have made before such as Bank Rakyat, INCEIF, Ministry of Defence, IBFIM, FPAM, and many others, have enhanced the content of our academic offerings and positioned us well in pursuit of our vision and mission.”

“I attribute UNIRAZAK’s success to these key contributors and more, such as the leadership of our Board of Trustees and Board of Directors and the hard work of our staff. From the top-down, we all strive to achieve our university’s vision and mission. I deeply thank all involved and ask that they continue to work and support us to achieve our vision and become ‘The Leading Institution in providing Quality Education and Human Capital in ‘niche’ Areas among Emerging Economies’.

UNIRAZAK received the Sahabat Negara SME Award 2011 from the SME Recognition Awards 2011 at the SMI Grand Dinner and Awards Presentation Ceremony, held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre, PICC on Thursday, 8 December 2011.

This Sahabat Negara SME Award is bestowed on corporations/institutions such as government bodies, NGOs, media, financial Institutions or service providers/facilitators which have contributed significantly to the promotion and development of SMEs in the country. The contribution could be pecuniary or non-pecuniary in nature to the SME community to help develop or improve their operations.

UNIRAZAK’s Center of Executive Education (CEE) played a prominent and proactive role in the promotion and development of SME’s competitive edge and operation efficiency in the pursuit of globalization simultaneously.

The SME Recognition Award is fast gaining recognition and prestige on the domestic and international front. The independent auditor is S J Grant Thornton, an international accounting firm, while the Selection Board is comprised of prominent business leaders headed by YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Megat Najmuddin Khas, President, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance.

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