Strength through adversity


 


New Straits Times
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

 

 

Bengkel Pengurusan Jenazah Muslimat


The Bengkel Pengurusan Jenazah Muslimat event was organized by the Jawatankuasa Wakalah UNIRAZAK on 5th January 2018 at Lecture Hall 6.01, Level 6, UNIRAZAK. This event was hosted by Ustazah Siti Mariam Ghazali from Jabatan Kemajuan Islam (JAKIM).

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNRAZAK Student Representative Council (SRC) Leadership Engagement with Executive Director of Outward Bound School Lumut


On 4th January 2018, UNIRAZAK Student Representative Council (SRC) went to Outward Bound School (OBS) at Lumut. The activities done was OBS Tour with by the OBS Trainer, Ms. Nad, Ice Breaking session with games such as Juju game and Solve the circle game, and OBS Presentation by Mr. Firdaus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Festivity Fundraising


The third semester students of Foundation programme conducted a charitable activity for the tenants of Rumah Amal Kasih Bestari, Shah Alam on 3rd January 2018 using the proceeds of fundraising through their program the Tropical Festivity Fundraising last November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usrah Muslimin UNIRAZAK (UMU) Club Annual General Meeting (AGM)


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a yearly event for all UNIRAZAK Students' Clubs. This time, the Usrah Muslimin UNIRAZAK (UMU) Club organized their AGM to select the new higher committees for 2018. The AGM was held at UNIRAZAK Auditorium on 27th December 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive UNIRAZAK Toastmasters Meeting with the CEO


Held in the Senate Room, members of UNIRAZAK Toastmasters Club were privileged to showcase their speeches at the Exclusive Meeting with the CEO on 20 December 2017. The enriching session ran for 2 hours, from 4 pm to 6 pm and was graced by UNIRAZAK’s CEO, Encik Amil Hamzah, numerous Distinguished Toastmasters, Datin Hafizah Ismail, Dean of Centre for Student Affairs and Student Involvement (CSASI) and members of UNIRAZAK Toastmasters Club. Apart from building one’s Communication skills, Toastmasters also enhances one’s Leadership skills and boosts one’s confidence in public speaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIRAZAK Volunteer Mission to Rantau Panjang


On 29 December 2017, the UNIRAZAK Volunteer Mission team depart to Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. The activities done during the event was Confidence Building activities with students of SK Tok Deh (Rantau Panjang), Distributing goody bags to villagers affected by floods at Kampung Tasik Hilir, Leadership session with Datuk Paduka Major General Ghazali Ibrahim, and visited the Home built by Islamic Relief for Villagers affected by the floods. The program end on 01 January 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTPTN, MARA: What Should I Care?


This PTPTN, MARA: What Should I Care? Talk was organized by the UNIRAZAK BRSBE Student Society Club (BRSBESS). It was held on 27th December 2017 at UNIRAZAK Auditorium, Level 20. The objectives of the event are to create awareness on their students financial position and to discuss about PTPTN and MARA as a way of education financing. This talk was hosted by UNIRAZAK alumni, Wan Nur 'Izzati bt Wan Ab Rahman as Licensed Financial Planner, IFP from VKA Wealth Planners Sdn. Bhd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIRAZAK E-Sport Club (UESC) Annual General Meeting (AGM)


This PTPTN, MARA: What Should I Care? Talk was organized by the UNIRAZAK BRSBE Student Society Club (BRSBESS). It was held on 27th December 2017 at UNIRAZAK Auditorium, Level 20. The objectives of the event are to create awareness on their students financial position and to discuss about PTPTN and MARA as a way of education financing. This talk was hosted by UNIRAZAK alumni, Wan Nur 'Izzati bt Wan Ab Rahman as Licensed Financial Planner, IFP from VKA Wealth Planners Sdn. Bhd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSASI with FD092017 Intake Escape Room Experience!


Centre for Student Affairs and Student Involvement (CSASI) organized Escape Room Experience Event with the new UNIRAZAK Foundation students (September 2017 Intake). The event was held on 16th December 2017 at Escape Room, Entertainment Podium Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 25 Foundation students participated in this 1 day programme. The objectives of the event are to encourage the interaction among Foundation students for the batch September 2017 Intake and to enable the students to experience on how to organize and manage their own evens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Journey in Applying for Fulbright Global UGRAD Exchange Program


My journey began on 18th October 2016, when Morris Deri, now an alumnus for the program, was undergoing his exchange semester in Minnesota. During which he approached me with the prospect of applying for the same program. To put things into perspective, it was a flagship program performing under Fulbright Scholarship, a highly coveted scholarship sought by applicants of great stature and contributions. Knowing his idiosyncratic aptitude, it comes unsurprising to me when he secured the spot. I am on the other hand, at the opposings spectrum, and making it through the selection process was not an auspicious odd for me to hold. In all fairness and unbeknownst to most Razakians, prior to my degree, pursuing stellar results was not in my interest.

I was a problematic student, transferred to three different schools and subsequently earning a subpar result during my SPM, in my diploma neither did I fare a better tale to tell. The sole interest was then to find recognition among my reckless peers while pursuing a hedonistic lifestyle with little to care for my future. My current character, is a recent change I made to recourse my life for a better future, attributable to random encounter with strangers who empathized and believed in me. Nevertheless it is still a recent tale, pale in comparison to those who had always been a well-rounded achiever, those who I thought, had better chances than I did.

Even though people had faith in my capacity, as my aggressive character, said once by a person, would survive me through the academic environment of the United States. I was still nonchalant to the idea of making it through, and the endorsement did not convince me as a feasible venture to commit. For a while I remained in contemplation, sharing it only with those closest to me. All of which changed when my parents and strongest supporter pushed me to do so, despite of them knowing my rebellious history and futile attempts to obtain five different scholarships throughout my degree, they remained resilient in my ability. Armed with their blessing, I planned my steps.

My first challenge was to produce two essays. In order for me make the cut, I had to compose essays that suffices the quality of an outstanding student. Thanks to my engagement with UNIRAZAK’s academic and corporate social responsibility, the contents were in abundance, the issue however is in my writing and convoluted mind. Realizing this, I mustered enough courage to seek tutelage from two of TARSOG’s notable individual, known for their quality in education. Madam Jenny Gryzelius and Dr. Abdillah Noh. The latter was personally known to me, where his rigors on educational matters and being meticulous by not providing leeway has helped me to achieve a better standard. After an assiduous period of revisions, I submitted the essays along with other requirements for the application on 30th December 2016.

Passing the interview was the next challenge. In early February 2017, I received the momentous call from Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) informing me as one of seven candidates qualified for an interview session. A backdrop of international appraisal unfolds upon me, and preparation was ever more pressing. Series of intensive mock interviews were done with the help of Madam Jenny and Dr. Abdillah, probing on a myriad of possible questions. At 9.30 am, 16th February 2017, the moment came when my name was called, having said my prayers, I greeted the interviewers and made my best introduction. Nothing, however, would have prepared me for a glance through the setting, my submitted dossier was resting on their table, and yet there was no need for them to review it while the interview was in session, as they have come to know the seven candidates by heart. Making the right choice, therefore, was their main objective. Unswayed and steadfast, I braved through the questions, and what was scheduled as a half an hour session, ended up consuming an hour worth of session. As I bid my farewell to the interviewers and other candidates, I was assured that a lengthy interview bodes a foreboding omen.

In the following days, I went to see the tutors who had tirelessly helped me through the process, and within the same thought, I recount my experience of the interview. Nonetheless, they held an optimistic view, and it was confirmed in March 2017. MACEE had revealed to me, my greatest achievement of all time. A euphoric moment struck me, with tears running its course, the realization of serving an exchange period of cultural contribution, sharing, and bonding in the United States was no longer an inauspicious odd. I was granted with the prestigious honor of being one of the five participants from Malaysia, departing to Florida in spring 2018. My life’s story, resolution, and commitment in giving back to society, turns out to be an important aspect of an outstanding candidate. Never had I been so wrong in my ability. Which is one of the compelling reasons that I have in writing this “synopsis”, to believe in oneself. Another reason was Professor Nik Rosnah belief on my story deserving a write-up, leaving an aspiring legacy for Razakians.

Thank you Professor Nik Rosnah for holding to my promise. To Global UGRAD, World Learning, MACEE, Fulbright Scholarship, and the United States Department of State, thank you for giving me this opportunity. A special thanks to the Dean and Deputy Dean of TARSOG Professor Dato’ Mohd Ibrahim and Dato’ Muhamad Hamzah for their encouragement and support, Dr. Abdillah and Madam Jenny for their unconditional dedication to me, Madam Esmat Levin for her psychological support, Ustaz Aizuddin Hakim for the platform and administration lessons in CSR, the Dean of CSASI Datin Nor Hafizah in her support, CLMS Mr. Razol Mahari and Madam Rosleen Khairi in their guidance, Ms. Harvinder Kaur and Mr. Khairi Ismail in their investment in me, and lastly, Morris Deri for his approach and suggestions. Overall, thank you everyone in UNIRAZAK, and most importantly TARSOG members, both lecturers and administrators in helping my undergraduate journey.

 


Ahmad Firdaus Bin Ahmad Azman, 3rd year Bachelor of Arts (Leadership) (Hons)

 

 

UNIRAZAK – UTP SPEAKER'S CORNER


KUALA LUMPUR, 22 October 2017 (Sunday– UNIRAZAK and Universiti Technologi Petronas (UTP) collaborated recently to hold the 1st Speaker’s Corner - Public Speaking Competition on 21st and 22nd October 2017.

Organized by UNIRAZAK, the event took place at the University’s Razakian Hall and Innovation Hall, and saw the 50 students fiercely competing for the grand prize of RM1,000.000 in five intensive rounds of Public Speaking. This included Prepared Speeches, Delivery Speeches, Extemporaneous Speeches, Table Topics and concluded with Inspirational Speeches.

The participants for this eminent event were from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UNITAR), International Islamic Universiti Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Help Universiti, Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPG), UTP and UNIRAZAK.

The winners for the event were Ms Syaza Nathirah (Institutut Pendidikan Guru) for 1st prize, Mr. Benjamin Mark Bastian (UTP) for 2nd prize and Mr. Abdallah Abdelmoniem Abdallah Mohammed (UTP) for 3rd prize.

Dean of Centre for Student Affairs and Student Involvement (CSASI), Datin Nor Hafizah binti Ismail and Puan Norhaniza binti Zainal Abidin, Head of Centre for English Language (CEL) were also present to give the awards to the recipients.

 


The excited participants at the start of the UNIRAZAK - UTP Speaker's Corner

 


1st prize winner, ms. Syaza Nathirah receiving her prize money of RM1,000.00

 


The winner, participant and judges celebrating their success.

 

 


SARA’S JOURNEY:
JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) 2016

 

The JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme is a project advanced by the Japanese Government from the standpoint of providing a sound foundation for strong solidarity within Asia through large-scale youth exchange. For a five-year period since 2007, JENESYS have been carrying out exchange programmes aimed at promoting mutual understanding and friendly relations. The theme for this year's JENESYS is Economics with the sub-theme of Transportation System. The two-week event was organised to strengthen Asia-Pacific economic partnership. There are 4300 youth involved in the 2016 JENESYS and Razakian, Sara Zalizan is one of them.

 


Sara attended lecture on Understanding Japan / Key Note Lecture at Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT)

The picture was taken in front of the Ministry building with participants from Malaysia (mostly Engineers and Technicians from PRASARANA & SPAD).

 


Workshop for Reporting Session and Sara's last day in Miyagi Prefecture

During the workshop, they discussed on action plan on how to have a closer economic relations between Japan and participating countries in the field of SME's.

 


Sara during her stay at KAMI TOWN, Miyagi Prefecture

Sara is wearing a Kimono, a Japanese traditional garment. The pattern of the kimono can determine in which season it should be worn. For example, a pattern with cherry blossoms (the one Sara is wearing) should be worn in spring.

 


Shibata Sakura Festival

Every year during the cherry blossom season, they hold the Shibata Sakura Festival in Shibata town, Miyagi prefecture. This is called '1000 cherry trees at a glance' and is one of the top 100 places noted for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.

 


The Maruyama Dam (丸山ダム Maruyama Damu)

Picture shows of Sara and her foster father, Mr. Utsumi Shinichi, 74 years old farmer at the Murayama-Kami Dam. The weather is up to 7˚c and few places are still covered by snow.

 


Farewell Party at Sea Gull Restaurant with participants from other Asian countries

At the farewell party, we share experience among the participants and attendees and promote net-work for future relations. That is me with my Vietnamese friends taking a picture right before the party end.

 


 

ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME BETWEEN USIM-UNIRAZAK-BABSON COLLEGE

 

On 20th March 2017, Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE), UNIRAZAK in collaboration with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and Babson College had organised a student engagement programme conducted at Kampung Kelaka, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. The objectives of this programme is to help develop students social and communications skills besides fostering public – private university relationship as well as creating awareness about the importance of preserving and conserving the environment. Total of 68 students from USIM, UNIRAZAK and Babson College participated in this programme.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC) OATH TAKING CEREMONY

 

OUNIRAZAK Student Representative Council (SRC) Oath Taking ceremony was held on 1st March 2017. The ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs), Datin Nor Hafizah Ismail, Dean of Centre for Student Affairs & Student Involvement (CSASI), Assoc. Prof. Dato' Dr. Muhamad Hamzah, Deputy Dean of Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG) and Prof. Dr. Shanmugam Munuswamy, Deputy Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE). Auni Zulfaka from BRSBE was named the President for the 2016/2017 session and four other members are Muhammad Al Razi Bin Muhaiedin, Zainal Abidin Bin Mohamad, Muhammad Yusri Bin Abdullah and Shanthiran Manimaran.

 


SRC members discussing their future planning and programmes

 


Oath taking ceremony led by Auni Zulfaka

 


Soaring Upwards: Photo session with all the SRC members

 


 

LEADER IN THE MAKING:
Razakian Elected as Youth Parliament Member of Malaysia

 

It is a proud moment for UNIRAZAK when one of our students, Muhammad Danial Afiq Bin Mohamed Meera was officially elected as The Youth Parliament Member of Malaysia (Ahli Parlimen Belia Malaysia) representing the state of Selangor on 26th January 2017. The Youth Parliament is a youth council and parliament which simulates the Parliament of Malaysia. The members consist of youths aged between 18 and 30. The Youth Parliament provides an insight into the proceedings of the Parliament of Malaysia and raises their awareness on the working of the Government. Three sessions are held each year (three days for each session), each involves 133 elected members.

 


Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid (right) with Muhammad Danial Afiq (left)


 

UNIRAZAK TOASTMASTERS CLUB – EXCLUSIVE MEETING

 

On 22nd December 2016, UNIRAZAK Toastmasters Club successfully hosted their first meeting with YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid. The exclusive meeting was held at Level 20, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur. The main focus of the meeting was to introduce TMC to Datuk Seri and also to present latest update of the club. Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs) and Datin Nor Hafizah Ismail, Dean of Centre for Student Affairs & Student Involvement (CSASI) also attended the meeting.

 


General Evaluator, DTM Azizah Hassan introducing her role to the audience

 


The winner of "Table Topic" session, TM Intan Nurshiela

 


YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid (left) receiving "The Golden Gavel" from DTM Azizah Hassan (right)

 


Group photo session with YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid

 

 


 

PVC FOOTBALL CUP 2016

 

President & Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Football Cup 2016 was held on 10th December (Saturday) at Kelab Sultan Ismail, Kg. Baru, Kuala Lumpur. PVC Football Cup 2016 was organised by Centre for Student Affairs & Student Involvement (CSASI) in collaboration with UNIRAZAK Sports Club. This year, Bank Rakyat School of Business & Entrepreneurship won the cup and 2nd runner up goes to Unirazak's Staff team. Congratulations to all players!

 


Kicking it with style: Muhaimin from TARSOG team

 


Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG) vs Bank Rakyat School of Business & Entrepreneurship (BRSBE)

 


Alumni representative (left) receiving hamper from Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs)

 


Harith Najmi (left), TARSOG team representative receiving 3rd place hamper from Assoc. Prof. Dato' Mohd Ibrahim Abu Bakar

 


Tough squad: UNIRAZAK's Staff team spice up this year's match

 


Champion: Bank Rakyat School of Business & Entrepreneurship (BRSBE)

 


 

TARSOG 8TH ANNIVERSARY

 

TARSOG 8th Anniversary was organised by United TARSOG Students Association (URSA) on 8th December 2016 at Razakian Hall, Level 2. President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid attended the event. Various activities were held which include performances by TARSOG students and lecturers, lucky draws, and Dean List Award presentation. Everyone enjoyed the evening and activities held, especially the food, of course! The anniversary celebration concluded with cake cutting ceremony.

 


YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid delivering his opening speech

 


Talented: URSA committee and apprentice performing their humorous sketch

 


Dean List Award: Chua Jun Yi (right) receiving his certificate from Assoc. Prof. Dato' Mohd Ibrahim Abu Bakar

 


Faculty members and lecturers enjoying their time together

 


The anniversary would not be complete without TARSOG's alumni

 


One Happy Family: Group photo session with the Dean

 


 

UNIRAZAK HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST

 

UNIRAZAK Toastmasters Club successfully hosted their first ever Humorous Speech Contest. The contest took place on 26th August 2016 at Level 7, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur. Megat Firdaus Bin Putra Megat Zulkarnain won first place with the title 'The Poke-Go, Pokemon'. Second place goes to Ikram Muhammad @ Yusof with his speech 'The Super Confidence Level Student' and Nor Azimah Othman secured the third place with 'The Awkward Me' story.

 


One of the contestants, Chua Jun Hao presenting his speech

 


Winner of the first UNIRAZAK Humorous Speech Contest, Megat Firdaus (left)

 


Group photo session with the participants, judges and guests

 

 


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