CEO TALK: YBHG. PROF. DATUK SERI DR. MD. ZABID HJ ABDUL RASHID
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2017 (Monday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM) organised CEO Talk with YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid, President & Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) with the topic of Growing Talent Crisis in Malaysia – Challenges and Solutions. The talk was held at Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and was attended by IMM members, Vice Chancellors of IPTA, IPTS and CEO's from corporate organisations and government agencies.
In today's global marketplace, competition for good and great talent is growing each day. Malaysia is facing a two-pronged talent shortage, the first being migration and also the effect of aging on the talent pool in the country. It is not only crucial to find employees with strong backgrounds of knowledge, skills and right attitude, however this is one of the primary concern of CEOs and investors of major company. Malaysia talent crisis require a relook at the overall landscape of education, human capital development and talent sustainability.
The Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM) is the only registered institute in Malaysia established for the purpose of serving the marketing fraternity in Malaysia. Formed under the Society's Act in 1979, the institute has assisted and will continue to assist, train and bring together marketers from various businesses and industries with one common goal and that is to improve the marketing skills of its members. The institute has brought together marketers from various business and industries with a common goal that is to improve the marketing skills of its members. This institute was founded by Y.B.M Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, in 1977. He became the first Patron of IMM. Currently the Patron of IMM is YB. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia.
Using the box-office movie "The Intern" as reference, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid stresses the importance of collaborative working between the experienced workforce and also the younger talent in an organisation. Experienced workers bring wisdom and balance into the organisation whilst younger talent introduces creativity and newer working culture. So it is vital that policymakers, educators, and business leaders examine the dynamics of a multi-generational workforce and development supportive management practices. As experience plays a crucial role in ensuring stability and quality of work, creativity that younger talent can introduce is equally important to ensure that the organisation remains competitive. "The Intern" features the value of creating a multi-generational workforce - with the central character a 70 year old retired executive played by Robert DeNiro.
THARAWAT MAGAZINE: INTERVIEW WITH LEILANIE MOHD NOR AND MOHAR YUSOF
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohar Yusof & Asst. Prof. Dr. Leilanie Mohd Nor shares their journey with Tharawat Magazine on family business. The interview explores the challenges and opportunities that exist for family owned businesses in Malaysia.
Here is the link of the magazine for further reading: https://www.tharawat-magazine.com/environmental-business-models/education-family-business-malaysia OR Tharawat_LMN_MY_2017_2perPage.pdf
GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONITOR (GEM) 2016/2017 REPORT LAUNCH
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 February 2017 (Monday) – Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE), Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) organised the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016/2017 Report Launch. The launching ceremony was held at Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is the world's foremost study of entrepreneurship. GEM is a trusted resource on entrepreneurship for key international organisations like the United Nations, World Bank and the Economic Forum, providing custom datasets, special reports and expert's opinions. GEM began in 1999 as a joint project between Babson College (USA) and London Business School (UK). The aim was to consider why some countries are more 'entrepreneurial' than others. After 17 years, GEM has the richest resources of information on subject, publishing a range of global, national and 'special topic' reports on an annual basis.
The main purpose for GEM's research study is to provide a holistic understanding of the entrepreneurship phenomena and the underlying ecosystems across countries. The key values are a shared view of the importance of entrepreneurship for enhancing social welfare, the pursuit of scientific discovery and reliable data, and a commitment to cross-cultural collaborations and global reach.
The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey had tracked rates of entrepreneurship across multiple phases of entrepreneurial activity; assessed the characteristics, motivations and ambitions of entrepreneurs; and explored the attitudes societies have towards this activity. The 2016 GEM surveyed a total of 65 world economics. The survey covered 69.2% of the world's population and 84.9% of the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The research is conducted using the National Entrepreneurship Survey (NES) and the Adult Populations Survey (APS) which allows for a comparison of the results between opinions of the experts and the behaviour of a population.
According to YB Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of High Education of Malaysia in her opening speech, many entrepreneurs have played an important role in transforming the Malaysian economy by choosing to set up their business in Malaysia. She also reminds us not to forget that local enterprises here in Malaysia are one of the main benefactors of the Malaysian economy. "Although SME are small, they are able to discern and carve out niche opportunities for themselves. They also have developed deep capabilities in order to serve the growing needs in their chosen markets and of their multi-national partners", said Datuk Mary Yap. Malaysia has also been ranked as one of the four countries in the world with equal or higher female participation in entrepreneurship activities, according to the GEM 2016/2017 report.
To thank the participants for attending this year's GEM, Gala Dinner was held on the night of 7th February 2017 at Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Ignacio de la Vega, Chairman of Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, expressed his excitement and gratitude in his speech to all that attended the event. The Gala Dinner was also graced by the presence of YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid, President & Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Prof Mike Herrington, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), Embassy representatives, and all relevant stakeholders.
CSR: 'BACK TO SCHOOL' PROGRAMME WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN UNDER THE CARE OF JKM
PUTRAJAYA, 20 December 2016 (Tuesday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development organised 'Back to School' programme for school children under the care of Social Welfare Department (JKM). The programme was held at Dewan Perdana Nur located in the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), Putrajaya.
This programme is a charity event that aims to assist under-privileged students to prepare for next year school session. The goal was to provide basic school supplies to 500 students under the care of Social Welfare Department. For that, UNIRAZAK provided school uniforms, shoes, socks, school bags and stationery. The objective of this programme is to reduce burden of the under-privileged students in preparing for 2017 school session and provide them with adequate school supplies. This is also to encourage and motivate the children to go back to school.
YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Hj Zabid Abdul Rashid, President & Vice-Chancellor UNIRAZAK, in his speech said, education is the foundation for the betterment of one's life. Education and continuous learning up to tertiary level will not only ensure the award of degree, but it will also shape our lives in the future. Most importantly is our contribution to the society.
The school supplies were presented by YB Dato' Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. In her speech, YB Dato' Sri Rohani encouraged involvement of various parties including corporate sector to organise joint programme with the Ministry to improve the lives of children. Additionally, the contribution or assistance provided should not only be limited to financial or material alone but instead can also be in the form of time, energy, mental and spiritual support. This can make tremendous difference and have positive impact on children. Smart partnerships and strategic cooperation between Government, corporate sector and voluntary organisations must be in line with the concept of "Kebajikan Tanggungjawab Bersama".
Also present during the programme was YBhg. Dr. Rose Lena Binti Lazemi, Secretary General of KPWKM, YBhg. Dato' Zulkiply b. Ramli, Director of Social Welfare Department, and Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs). Other representatives from the Ministry and UNIRAZAK also attended the programme.
UNIRAZAK'S 16TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 November 2016 (Saturday) – It was a momentous moment for 321 UNIRAZAK graduates as they celebrated the highest point of their academic journeys when they received their scrolls at Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Three (3) students received Doctoral degrees, 24 received Master's degrees, 244 received their Bachelor's degrees and 50 students received their Diplomas continuing the trend of strong growth that UNIRAZAK had enjoyed since its inception in 1997. The ceremony was graced by UNIRAZAK's Chancellor, YABhg Tun (Dr) Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid and Pro-Chancellors, YBhg Tan Sri Andrew Sheng Len Tao and YBhg Dato' Mohamed Nizam Abdul Razak.
President and Vice-Chancellor, YBhg Prof Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid during his speech, congratulated the graduates for choosing to further their studies in UNIRAZAK. Datuk Seri also stated that UNIRAZAK has always been sensitive towards the needs of the people and the country. "Besides offering quality and affordable education for all, we have been producing professional graduates who are competitive in the workforce. 95 percent of our graduates have been employed within three months of completing their studies, which shows UNIRAZAK's impressive track record," he added.
During this ceremony, 11 of our UNIRAZAK received Best Academic Awards. Three (3) were from the Graduate School of Business, five (5) from the Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship and three (3) from Tun Abdul Razak School of Government. This year's Chancellor Award was presented to Nurul Atiqa Binti Afandi in recognition of her remarkable academic and non-academic excellence. She graduated from Bachelor of Business Administration (Islamic Financial Planning) (Hons) with a CGPA of 3.91. Nurul Adilah Binti Mohammed Nordin from Bachelor of Taxation (Hons) was named as the recipient of Vice-Chancellor Award with a CGPA of 3.87. The ceremony concluded at 12pm.
Our heartiest congratulations to the graduates of UNIRAZAK's 16th Convocation Ceremony!
MOA SIGNED BETWEEN CMI WITH UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK
Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2016 (Thursday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), a leading Malaysian private university in Leadership and Entrepreneurship, today signed an agreement making it a partner of the UK's Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) ceremony was held at the Senate Room, Level 20, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
This MoA is to improve the current state of talent management in Malaysia. Talent management, as the name itself suggests is managing the ability, competency and power of employees within an organization. Furthermore, it will introduce new diverse ways to manage talents and to provide proper training for students preparing to venture into the corporate world. The partnership between CMI and UNIRAZAK will see an estimated of 180 students studying MBA courses with focus on Leadership, Services Management, and Retail & Hypermarket, together with the MSc in Management - Human Resource Management (MSM-HRM), earn CMI's Level 7 Strategic Leadership & Management qualification, in addition to their MBA accreditation.
The students will also work towards achieving CMI's Chartered Manager status, the UK's most prestigious management accreditation, recognising the application of knowledge and competency to the highest standards. It’s expected that CMI qualifications and accreditations will also be made available to undergraduate students as part of the partnership. The agreement marks the first direct higher education partnership for CMI in Malaysia and allows UNIRAZAK, one of the first private universities in Malaysia, to demonstrate the academic rigour and the skills development delivered through their programmes.
During the MoA signing ceremony, UNIRAZAK was represented by the President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid and CMI were represented by Ann Francke, the Chief Executive. Dean of Graduate School of Business (GSB), Asst. Prof. Dr. Johari Mat commenced the programme by welcoming CMI to UNIRAZAK. Among the guests that attended the event were Professor Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor Dr. Zulkiffle Bin Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Ian Myson, CMI's Director of Higher Education Partnerships.
UNIRAZAK ASEAN BUSINESS DISCOURSE SERIES:
MAKING GLOBAL PROFITS VIA BEHAVIORAL MICROTARGETING BIG DATA ANALYTICS
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 October 2016 (Wednesday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with SCL GROUP organised the UNIRAZAK Asean Business Discourse Series titled Making Global Profits via Behavioral Microtargeting Big Data Analytics. The talk was held at Innovation Hall, Level 2, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur. Among the guests that graced the event were Asst. Prof. Dr. Johari Mat, Dean of Graduate School of Business and Prof. Hafriza Binti Burhanudeen, the Director of Corporate Citizenship.
The speaker for the event was Mark Turnbull, Managing Director of SCL Group. Mark Turnbull is a strategic communications consultant with 30 years' experience and extensive international achievements in corporate and political communications, reputation management, brand strategy, advertising and public relations. Mr. Turnbull, who was also the former Managing Director at Bell Pottinger, has numerous experience on advising world leaders in politics and business - from managing election campaigns to building brands and reputations in highly contested sectors like pharmaceuticals, mining and petrochemicals.
Mark Turnbull commenced the talk by sharing about SCL GROUP background and how it became a trusted advisor to governments, political parties and private corporations for over 20 years. Mark Turnbull talked on how they helped brands build better relationships with their customers through psychographic targeting and data-driven communication strategies. He also stated that SCL Group acts as a global election management agency, skilled in applying behavioural modeling and microtargeting solutions to political campaigns and deliver communication strategies and behaviour change campaigns in social, cultural and NGO sectors.
Before Mr. Turnbull ended his talk, he shared the importance of data collection in research for business and branding and how data contribute to the success of a company or organization. The guest made use of the feedback session to ask questions to Mr. Turnbull. The questions from the floor mainly asked on how data can affect an organisation's performance and the main type of data that is considered reliable. The event concluded at 1pm.
4TH GLOBAL WAQF CONFERENCE 2016 SWANSEA WALES, UK
UNITED KINGDOM, 20 September 2016 (Tuesday) – The 4th Global Waqf Conference 2016 was held in Swansea University, Wales from 19th to 20th September 2016 with the theme "Waqf as a Way of Life". It was jointly organised by UNIRAZAK, the International Centre for Waqf Research (ICWR) of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Swansea University, Wales. The conference was a follow-up from the two previous conferences; the "International Conference on Waqf Management: Turkish Experience" in Istanbul, Turkey from 16th to 21st June 2014 and the "International Conference of Waqf, Trust and Endowment" in Moscow the Russian Federation from 28th September to 1st October 2015.
The objectives of the conference was to provide a platform for the participants to obtain current developments from industry experts and scholars on waqf as a way of life and to discuss proposal on the introduction of waqf projects on a global scale besides providing an opportunity for academics and practitioners to discuss contemporary issues on Waqf, Trust and Endowment, and their roles in the development of the 3rd sector economy.
There were close to 50 registered participants at this year's conference. The first keynote speaker was Professor Dr. Randi Deguilhem of the National Centre for Scientific Research, TELEMME-MMSH, AMU, Aix-en-Provence, and Director of Int'l GDRI (CNRS) Research Network on Waqf. Her topic was on the "History of Waqf and Voluntary Finance Activities, Products and Services during the Islamic Civilisation". The second speaker was Professor Dr. Mohammad Akram Laldin Executive Director of International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA). His presentation was on a topic "Making a Quantum Leap in the Progress of Global Waqf Institutions in the 21st Century". The third keynote speaker was by Hussein Benyounis, Ceo of Awqaf New Zealand on a topic "New in Awqaf Finance – Smart Waqf".
The co-host, Swansea University was represented by Professor Dr. Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Internationalisation and External Affairs. He presented a paper on "The Role of Charitable Structures in Promoting the Commercialisation of IP within Universities : A Case Study of the UK". The first keynote address was delivered by YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Bin Hj. Abd Rashid, President and Vice-Chancellor of UNIRAZAK with the topic "Future Prospects of Global Waqf Practices in Higher Education". The second keynote address was "Practicing Waqf as a way of Life – Prospects and Potentials for Government, Institutions and Families Globally" by Professor Dr. Barjoyai Bardai also the Conference Co-Chair. The conference ended at 1.00 p.m., September 20th.
TUNAS POTENSI 2016 YAYASAN PENERAJU PENDIDIKAN BUMIPUTERA ENGLISH PREPARATORY PROGRAMME CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 September 2016 (Thursday) – Centre for English Language (CEL), Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) organised a certificate presentation ceremony for Tunas Potensi 5 2016 (Batch 2) of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera which was at UNIRAZAK Campus today. A total of 99 students were awarded certificates upon completion of their 2-month English Preparatory Programme with CEL.
The ceremony started off with welcome remarks from Ms. Kahmini Grace, Deputy Director of CEL, UNIRAZAK. In her speech she highlighted that the English Preparatory Programme (EPP) by CEL is introduced to prepare students for foundation and degree programmes at their respective universities. It is also designed to enhance student's abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English and to equip students to present information, concepts and ideas on a variety of topics and to enable students to express feelings and exchange opinions. Claiming that the students were 'The Stars of the Day' she congratulated them for their hard work and hope they would excel in their studies.
Next was a speech from En. Razol Mahari Bin Mohd Ali, Acting Director of CEL, UNIRAZAK followed by En. Mohamed Harun Bin Abdul Jabbar, Director of Operations, Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera. En. Mohamed Harun in his speech stated, scholars are nurtured and developed based on structured framework that is aimed at identifying critical needs and providing continuous development programme in phases which includes English classes and soft skills among others. The Peneraju Tunas Potensi scholarship programme aimed to allow opportunities for financial assistance to SPM and STPM leavers who have potentials and are from families with household income of RM4,000 and below monthly in order to attain a quality tertiary education. This programme is offered to Malaysian Bumiputera between average to excellent academic qualifications.
Students that participated in EPP also staged a number of performances consisting of drama and singing during the event. The gist of the performance was based on what they have learnt through the 2-month preparatory programme. The most awaited program of the day was certificate presentation to the students by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hafriza Burhanudeen, Director of Corporate Citizenship, UNIRAZAK. Four students were selected as winners for letter writing competition done earlier by Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (YPPB). The ceremony concluded at 4.45pm.
VISIT FROM SEKOLAH TINGGI ILMU EKONOMI AMM
KUALA LUMPUR, 29 August 2016 (Monday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) recently welcomed 15 delegates from Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi Amm (STIE AMM), Mataram, Indonesia for their trip here in Kuala Lumpur. The visit was held at Auditorium, Level 20, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
The main purpose of this visit is to acquire information about UNIRAZAK specialised programmes and explore opportunities to partner in academic researches with Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship and Tun Abdul Razak School of Government. Furthermore, STIE would like collaborate for academic activities such as seminars or workshops about Economics, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Islamic Banking and Finance, etc.
Other than that, this visit will could capture Indonesian market as this college offering Diploma programme in Banking and Finance, Accounting and Management. Students exchange programmes can be conducted between UNIRAZAK and Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi AMM (STIE AMM).
The visit to UNIRAZAK was led by Dr. H. Umar Said SH MM, Head of STIE AMM. The delegates arrived at UNIRAZAK at 10.00am. During their visit, they watched UNIRAZAK corporate video and heard a presentation from Assoc. Prof. Dato' Mohd Ibrahim Abu Bakar, Dean of Tun Razak School of Government (TARSOG) and En. Ahmad Zawawi Jamal, Senior Lecturer of BRSBE about programmes information. Dr. H. Umar Said SH MM, Head of STIE AMM also shared some information on STIE AMM. Later that afternoon, the delegates were given a campus tour around UNIRAZAK.
UNIRAZAK HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 August 2016 (Friday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Toastmasters Club, successfully hosted their first ever Humorous Speech Contest. The contest took place at Level 7, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
The aim of the contest is mainly to improve UNIRAZAK students public speaking and leadership skills. Other than that, students can broaden their networking via their knowledge sharing session. There were 5 contestants who took part in the first UNIRAZAK Humorous Speech Contest. The contestants were only given 5 - 7 minutes to present their 'Humorous Speech'.
The contest started at 6.30pm with the arrival of the participants and guests. By 7.30pm, Contest Chair, Toastmaster Zakaria Sanu Wan delivered his welcoming address. The session continued by Toastmaster Nur Hafiza, with the presentation for the rules and regulations for the contest. The contestants, who participated in the UNIRAZAK Humorous Speech Contest were Nor Azimah Othman, Chua Jun Hao, Megat Firdaus Bin Putra Megat Zulkarnain, Christine Chan and Ikram Muhammad @ Yusof.
The winner of the first Humorous Speech Contest went to Megat Firdaus Bin Putra Megat Zulkarnain with the title 'The Poke-Go, Pokemon'. Second place to Ikram Muhammad @ Yusof with the title of 'The Super Confidence Level Student' and third place to Nor Azimah Othman, with the title of 'The Awkward Me'. Before the session ended, there was a group photo session with the participants, distinguished judges and guests.
The event concluded at 9.30 p.m.
UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK RECEIVED RECOGNITION AWARD FROM LHDNM
CYBERJAYA, 22 August 2016 (Monday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) is truly honored to be given the recognition for the Placement for Academic and Research (PACER) Program by Malaysia's Internal Revenue Board (LHDNM) during their monthly Creative Showcase. This award presentation was held at the Internal Revenue Board Headquarters in Cyberjaya.
The highlights of the showcase were the award presentation ceremony to one of the LHDNM Staff, Puan Razilina Binti A. Razak. She is one of the LHDN staff who completed the "Program Penempatan Penyelidikan dan Akademik (PEPENA)" or Placement for Academic and Research (PACER) Program at UNIRAZAK. This program was carried out for nine months from June 2015 until March 2016. Other than that, UNIRAZAK was also awarded the certificate of appreciation from LHDNM for the of PACER Program. The award was presented by Kolonel (K) Tan Sri Datuk Wira Dr. Hj. Mohd Shukor Bin Hj. Mahfar, Chief Executive Officer of LHDNM to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Bin Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE).
The monthly showcase by Malaysia Internal Revenue Board is to highlight on the activities and the functions done by each LHDN throughout the month. With the tagline of refresh, recharge, reposition and rejuvenate, LHDNM creative showcase 2016, is one of the means used by LHDNM to gather all the staff. The showcase started with the arrival of Kolonel (K) Tan Sri Datuk Wira Dr. Hj. Mohd Shukor Bin Hj. Mahfar, Chief Executive Officer of LHDNM.
During the event, there were a few performances from the staff such as performance from the Non-resident branches, Toastmasters presentation, a tribute to P. Ramlee, Performance from Hasil Care Line and a special performance from a Malaysian Singer, Hazama.
MOU BETWEEN ALMACREST INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK
KOTA KINABALU, 15 August 2016 (Monday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) has proudly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Almacrest International College (AIC). This MoU was held at the Almacrest International College, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The main purpose of this MoU is to create a giant step forward in enhancing the education standard. Furthermore, to develop a mutual cooperation between UNIRAZAK and AIC on scholarly interaction, cooperative research and other form of academic and non-academic related program pertaining to human capital development.
Other than that, this MoU will pave the way for graduates from private college to advance their studies in UNIRAZAK via credit transfer. Throughout this way, it will help the graduates to save more time and focus more on their studies.
The signing ceremony took place at the Almacrest International College in Kota Kinabalu. Almacrest International College was represented by Stephanie Yen Chung Wai, Group CEO and UNIRAZAK represented by YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK. Among the guest that attended the MoU signing were, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, Sabah, YBhg. Dato' Dr. Yahya Nordin, Chairman of Almacrest International College and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, UNIRAZAK.
Stephanie Yen Chung Wai, Group CEO (first from the left), YBhg. Dato' Dr. Yahya Nordin, Chairman of Almacrest International College (second from the left), YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, Sabah (second from the right) and YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK (first from the right)
MOU BETWEEN MATRADE AND UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK
KOTA BHARU, 14 August 2016 (Sunday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) has further strengthen its strategic partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). This MoU was held at the Grand Riverview Hotel, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
The purpose of this MoU is to strengthen and develop its capacity and establishing cooperation between UNIRAZAK and MATRADE on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. Furthermore, with this MoU, both parties will be able to develop mutual benefit from scholarly interaction, conferences collaboration, cooperative research and other forms of academic or non-academic human capital development collaborations.
Other that than, this signing will also develop mutual assistance in the preparation of seminars, conferences and workshops pertaining to public and private sector. Moreover, MATRADE will also encourage cooperation in training projects from specific areas of human capital development and also offer opportunities for other forms of cooperation, such as delivery of short courses.
During the MoU signing ceremony, MATRADE was represented by Chief Executive Officer of MATRADE, YBhg. Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud and UNIRAZAK was represented by the President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid witness by YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry. Among the guest that attended the event were the speaker for “Going Global: Entrepreneurial Mindset & Readiness” , Dean of Graduate School of Business, UNIRAZAK, Asst. Prof. Dr. Johari Mat and Mohd Hisham Mohd Junid from Centre of Executive Education, UNIRAZAK.
Guest of Honour: YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK (first from the left), YBhg. Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MATRADE, YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (middle) and YBhg. Datuk (Dr). Hafsah Hashim, CEO, SME Corp. Malaysia during the GenEx2016
MAJLIS SALAM MESRA AIDILFITRI UNIRAZAK
Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday (2nd August 2016) - In conjunction with the 28th Syawal 1437H, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) hosted a Majlis Salam Mesra Aidilfitri at Razakian Hall, Level 2, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
Hari Raya marks the joy and victory after Muslims fast for a month during Ramadhan.Thus, Unirazak gave a special treat to all the staff in UNIRAZAK to enjoy and strengthen the relations among the 'ummah'. Present at the event was also, Guest of Honour, YB Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Higher Education Minister, YBhg. Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid, NSTP Group Managing Editor, YBhg. Dato' Wan Ismail Wan Yusoh, Business Advisor for Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and Encik Abdul Yazid bin Yaacob, Branch Manager for Bank Rakyat, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
At the event, the guests were served with various delicacies such lemang, satay and rendang. The guests were entertained by performances from Dewangga Sakti Band and students. Bank Islam also presented a 'zakat' to Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and the mock cheque were presented by YBhg. Dato' Wan Ismail Wan Yusoh to YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK. Meanwhile, Bank Rakyat also presented the 'zakat' to Yayasan Cemerlang that will be distributed to the students of UNIRAZAK. The mock cheque was presented by Encik Abdul Yazid bin Yaacob to YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid, who are also Board of Trustees, Yayasan Cemerlang.
The programme was also attended by representative from Ministry of Higher Education and members of the media. The Aidilfitri feast continued until 4.00 p.m.
MERDEKA TOWN HALL SESSION WITH NEW STRAITS TIMES
Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday (2nd August 2016) - Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with New Straits Times successfully organised a Merdeka Town Hall Session at Innovation Hall, Level 2, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
The aim of the event was to hear the views of the young generations regarding Malaysia Independents day. Furthermore, what it means to have that patriotism spirit and the importance of unity in Malaysia. Among the guest that grace the session were Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Bin Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business Entrepreneurship (BRSBE), YBhg. Assoc. Prof. Dato' Mohd Ibrahim Abu Bakar, Dean of Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG), YBhg. Datin Nor Hafizah Binti Ismail, Dean of CSASI and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hafriza Binti Burhanudeen, Director of Corporate Citizenship. There were 30 selected students from UNIRAZAK that were chosen to voice out on this matter. They were also joined by 3 moderators from New Straits Times (NST). The moderators were YBhg. Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid, Group Managing Editor of New Straits Times Press, Ms. Sofia Cheok Suat Ling, Associate Editor (News) New Straits Times and Ms. Hazlina Abdul Aziz, Education Editor for New Straits Times.
The session started at 10.45am and more than 130 people attended this interesting session. Among the questions that were asked during the session were what does Independence Day mean for the students and what are the ways to encourage the young generation to celebrate Independence Day. From young generation today, Independence Day can increase their self-esteem and by celebrating Independence Day, the young generation can remember the struggle to achieve Independence. Furthermore, this event encourages the young generation to celebrate Independence Day by creating more activities that are related to Malaysia’s history. For example, the government can provide extreme activity such as paintball and obstacle course race that requires participants to use both physical and mental element.
It was without doubt that this event had been a very fruitful forum for the students and the participants involved in crafting a better understanding regarding Independence Day. The Merdeka Town Hall session ended at 12.30pm.
The moderators: YBhg. Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid, Group Managing Editor of New Straits Times Press ( middle), Ms. Sofia Cheok Suat Ling, Associate Editor (News) New Straits Times (left) and Ms. Hazlina Abdul Aziz, Education Editor for New Straits Times (right)
DESIGN THINKING AND PROBLEM THINKING BY MAGIC
Kuala Lumpur - Saturday (23 July 2016) - Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) along with Malaysia Global Innovation and Creative Centre (MAGIC) has organised the Social Enterprise Learning Sessions. The sessions were conducted by trainers from Tandemic Consulting, a subsidiary of MAGIC. The full-day session was held at Level 7, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak on Saturday. There were 15 participants involved in the session. Among the participants were lecturers, professional workers and university students.
The main purpose for the session was to help aspire and create early stage of social entrepreneurs that will develop specific technical skills, such as getting the public to be aware of social, enterprise field and essentially getting them to be involved in this sector. Furthermore, it was designed to help the entrepreneurs in realizing their social enterprise ideas and help multiply the impact of social entrepreneurship and its performance in Malaysia. On top of that, the session presented participants a sneak speak into industry insights and expertise to help them plan as well as build their social enterprise.
The programme commenced with the introduction of the trainer from Tandemic, Encik Daniel Shafry. He began his session by presenting the five Frame Works of Design Thinking, such as Discover, Synthesise, Ideate, Prototype and Test. The session continued with Encik Daniel requesting the participants to choose the area they wish to polish and finding the specific issue they hope to tackle. He further share with the participants why it was important for them to solve the issue in they are facing.
After the lunch break, Encik Danial addressed the underlying causes of the problem entrepreneur face. The participants were divided into groups and proceed to discuss how to find the most common cause in a problem. The participants were additionally required to come up with ideas as a group. With the idea they have discussed, they needed to test and validate their assumption. There were sessions whereby the participants need to barrier analysis of their solution as well. The training session ended at 3.30 p.m.
MAJLIS MESRA AIDILFITRI 2016 IMM WITH PERTUBUHAN KEBAJIKAN ISLAM PERIBADI MULIA (PKIPM)
Kuala Lumpur, Sunday (17 July 2016) - Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM) hosted a Majlis Mesra Aidil Fitri at Dewan Berjaya, Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort. IMM gave a special treat to children from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Peribadi Mulia (PKIPM) to enjoy and celebrate the Raya gathering event.
Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Peribadi Mulia (PKIPM) is a school for orphans and under privileged children in Malaysia. It is under the purview of Ustaz Wajid Abdul Manan, the principle of the organisation. PKIPM educates and nurtures 45 students age 3 to 12 years old.
At the event, Sufi Dance and Nasyid recital were performed by the children of PKIPM. Institute of Marketing Malaysia presented the 'duit raya' and school bags donated by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) to all 38 childrens of PKIPM. The gifts were presented by YBhg. Dato’ Sharifah Mohd. Ismail, President of IMM accompanied by YBhg Prof Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice Chancellor UPM and YBhg. Datin Nor Hafizah Ismail, Dean for Centre for Student Affairs & Student Involvement, UNIRAZAK.
The Aidilfitri feast continued until 4.00 p.m and before the end of the event, there was a group photo session of the kids with the representative of UNIRAZAK and IMM. The programme was also attended by individual members and corporate bodies invited by IMM.
RAYA SHOPPING SPREE WITH MADRASAH HASHIMIAH KIDS
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 JUNE 2016 (Sunday) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with YAYASAN NOAH successfully organised the Raya Shopping Spree with Madrasah Hashimiah Kids, at Mydin’s Wholesale Hypermarket Store, USJ Subang Jaya.
The aim of the Programme was to give the less fortunate children at Madrasah Hashimiah a special treat in the form of a “Shopping Excursion” for their new Raya attire. Madrasah Anak-anak Yatim dan Tahfiz Quran Hashimiah is the school for Orphans and Tahfiz Quran, under the purview of Ustaz Al-Hafiz Hashim bin Kassim, who is the Founder and Principal of the school. There are a total of 135 children studying at the school, from Rohingya, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The programme was also joined by 132 students from UNIRAZAK, to assist the kids on buying their new Hari Raya attire and necessities. The shopping spree started at 10.30 am and ended at 1.00 pm, before the programme ended there was a photo session with UNIRAZAK students and Yayasan Noah with the Madrasah Hashimiah kids. On behalf of Yayasan Noah, YBhg. Datuk Mohd Nizar Najib (Alternate Director) presented a cheque to Ustaz Al-Hafiz Hashim. Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Saidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs), UNIRAZAK also donated school bags for the children of Madrasah Hashimiah. Gracing the event was also the Chairman of Yayasan Noah, YBhg. Datin Paduka Dr. Faridah Abdullah. “Seeing the happiness on the childrens' faces is enough to make you cry” said Datin Paduka Dr. Faridah.
For the event, UNIRAZAK’s role is as organiser and Noah Foundation is the main sponsor for the Raya Shopping Spree, spending a total sum of RM32,800.00. UNIRAZAK students and the family members from the Noah family also assisted the children with their Raya shopping. Each child received an allocation of RM180.00. Mydin Holdings Bhd gave a special discount for the items purchased and Takaful Ikhlas Bhd provided the transport for the Madrasah Hashimiah Kids for this event.
UNIRAZAK PERKIM CLUB WINS OUTSTANDING LEARDERSHIP AWARD 2016
Putrajaya, Saturday (11 June 2016) - It was a momentous occasion for UNIRAZAK Perkim Club when the university club was named as the recipient of the Outstanding Leardership Award 2016 (University Category) at a glittering ceremony held at The Everly Putrajaya.
The award ceremony was held in conjunction with Majlis Berbuka Puasa with the Yang Dipertua PERKIM, YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. It was in recognition as well as to honour PERKIM university clubs immense contribution in conveying the teachings of Islam to non-Muslims in particular and humanity in general as a practice sincerely without any reward.
PERKIM is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which operated in various states with the Peninsular. In Sabah, the organisation is helmed by United Sabah Islamic Association (USIA) while in Sarawak it is overseen by Harakah Islamic (HIKMAH). In addition to make education a channel to convey the message of Islam using the media, PERKIM also do charity work to help those in need.
The event was attended by YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Yusof Nor, Secretary-General for PERKIM, and other guest including YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim, Treasurer for PERKIM and representatives from the Department of Federal Territory Islamic Affairs (JAWI) and Institute Professional Baitulmal.
Other representative PERKIM Universiti Club were also in attendance, such as Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS) and International Islamic Universiti Malaysia (IIUM). Additionally, PERKIM donated funds to the PERKIM University Clubs present at the event.
The event concluded at 9.30 p.m after the Majlis Berbuka Puasa and Terawih Prayers.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. ZULKIFFLEE MOHAMED RECEIVES OUTSTANDING PRIVATE EDUCATORS AWARD 2016
Kuala Lumpur, 28 May 2016 (Saturday). It was a momentous occasion for Assoc Prof Dr Zulkifflee Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE), UNIRAZAK when he was named as the recipient of the National Outstanding Educator Award 2016 (University Category) at a glittering ceremony held at Brickfields Asia College, Petaling Jaya.
The award ceremony, held in conjunction with Private Education Excellence Awards 2016 and Teacher’s Day celebration, was organised by the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia (EduCoop) to recognise and honour private educators in the country who have immensely contributed to the private education landscape or industry in Malaysia.
The event was graced by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Yahaya Ibrahim, the patron of EduCoop and other guests included Dato’ R Rajendran, the Chairman of EduCoop, Professor Elanjsolan Mohan, President of National Association of Private Education Institutions (NAPEI) and representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education and 48 private higher education institutions.
Dr Zulkifflee, very much endeared by all his students and colleagues at UNIRAZAK, was rather nostalgic and sentimental when asked about his involvement in private higher education after he left PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia as external auditor. Starting with a teaching role 19 years ago, he had moved up the rank rather quickly since - from a tutor at University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a lecturer at both Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Multimedia University (MMU) and now a dean at UNIRAZAK’s flagship school or faculty i.e. Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE).
Throughout his engagement as an educator in higher education, Dr Zulkifflee has also been very active in research. His research areas of interest include corporate governance, auditing, financial accounting and reporting, corporate social responsibility, accounting information system, forensic accounting, Islamic finance & accounting and accounting education.
Within his professional fraternities, Dr Zulkifflee is a Fellow member of CPA Australia, Fellow member of Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA-Australia), Fellow Member of Institute Financial Accountant (UK) and Member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (UK).
MOU SIGNED BETWEEN LOKA MALAYSIA WITH UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK
Kuala Lumpur, 25 May 2016 (Wednesday) Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE) of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) proudly organised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNIRAZAK and LOKA Malaysia. This MoU was held at the Senate Room, Level 20, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur on last Wednesday.
This MoU is to develop cooperation in creative and lifestyle entrepreneur development, creative lifestyle industry-scholarly interaction, cultural interchange, cooperative research, and other forms of industry-academic collaborations. Furthermore, LOKA Malaysia has agreed on industry engagements and hands on experience for students and academic members of UNIRAZAK, and to co-organize programs and events targeted to the university community.
Likewise, through this partnership, UNIRAZAK will be assisting LOKA Malaysia develop Asia’s first full-fledged Lifestyle Industry Accelerator program. LOKA Malaysia has brought in some of the most experienced industry players within fashion, design, retail, branding and marketing, and with facilitation and assistance from both UNIRAZAK’s academic faculty and students, hopes to create a first of its kind Accelerator.
During the MoU signing ceremony, UNIRAZAK was represented by the President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid and LOKA was represented by the Executive Director, En. Sharizal Shaarani. UNIRAZAK Program Director of Bachelor of Business Management (Entrepreneurship), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohar Yusof commenced the programme by welcoming LOKA Malaysia to UNIRAZAK. The collaborations with LOKA will help to produce more local brands from UNIRAZAK to become a global brand.
On behalf of LOKA MALAYSIA, the Executive Director, Sharizal Shaarani shared that the main idea of LOKA is to promote local product, local talent and local artist to be able to enter the Malaysia mainstream market. The collaboration with UNIRAZAK will help to develop more entrepreneurs especially students from UNIRAZAK to compete and showcase their products in LOKA store.
Among the guests that attended the event were the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, the Dean of BRSBE, Associate Professor Dr. Zulkiffle Bin Mohamed, LOKA CIO Mr. Zhariff Afandi and representatives from UNIRAZAK and LOKA Malaysia.
President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid (2nd from the right) and En. Sharizal Shaarani, Executive Director of LOKA MALAYSIA (2nd from the left), Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Mohamed, Dean of BRSBE, UNIRAZAK (right) and En. Zhariff Affandi CIO of LOKA Malaysia (left).
TWO DESERVING CIMB BEST GRADUATES ARE TO PURSUE
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ENTREPRENEURSHIP) AT UNIRAZAK
Kuala Lumpur, 11 May 2016 (Wednesday) CIMB Group today awarded scholarships to two outstanding participants in the CIMB Bumiputera Entrepreneur Skills Transformation (CIMB BEST) programme from 2015. The scholarships will enable the winners to enroll for the Bachelor of Business Management in Entrepreneurship at UNIRAZAK, and will cover the cost of tuition and exam fees, worth RM48,000 per student.
The winner of the scholarship from the Aspiring Entrepreneur Programme (Program Usahawan Beraspirasi, for new entrepreneurs) was Umarul Ariffin bin Jeffri, Executive Director of Umashi Resources, which specialises in supplying removable solar film and tint for vehicles, homes, offices and buildings, under the brand of Tinted Mudah Alih Removable and Reusable Tint. The other winner was Mohd Izzuan bin Hassan, who won the scholarship from the Emerging Entrepreneur Programme (Program Usahawan Berpotensi), for entrepreneurs with one to four years of experience. He owns DBY Auto Solutions, which provides delivery and installation of vehicle batteries through the Bateri2U service.
Umarul Ariffin remarked, "The opportunity to further my studies in entrepreneurship has been one of my aspirations. I hope to make use of this opportunity as much as possible to help improve and upgrade my business until it becomes a legacy. It is my hope that I will be able to use the knowledge that I learn from UNIRAZAK will acquired to expand my business in future. Eventually, I hope to have not just agents, but also branches across the country, including in Sabah, Sarawak and even Brunei."
"I hope the degree from UNIRAZAK will provide me with a stronger foundation in entrepreneurship to enable my business to grow and for me to even expand into other businesses. I am very thankful been awarded this scholarship and will commit myself to learning as much as I can on all aspects of entrepreneurship." said Mohd Izzuan.
This scholarship programme highlights one of CIMB's efforts to incentivise Bumiputera to seriously consider entrepreneurship as a career. UNIRAZAK would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Umarul Ariffin and Mohd Izzuan for being bold, innovative and excellent role models as successful Bumiputera entrepreneurs aspiring for bigger successes ahead.
MOU SIGNED BETWEEN UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK WITH MALAYSIA ASSOCIATION OF TAX ACCOUNTANTS (M.A.T.A)
Kuala Lumpur, 5 May 2016 (Thursday) Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE) of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) proudly organised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNIRAZAK and Malaysia Association of Tax Accountants (M.A.T.A). The event was held at the auditorium, Level 20, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
This MoU aimed to develop cooperation in strengthening and promoting the development of higher education in the fields of taxation, research and information exchange that grant benefits for both sides. Furthermore, they will provide competent teachers from their members or of any party deemed fit and proper by M.A.T.A to UNIRAZAK in the field of taxation. Apart from that, M.A.T.A will also offer industrial training for UNIRAZAK students in the organisations that they owned.
During the MoU signing ceremony, M.A.T.A was represented by President of M.A.T.A Tuan Haji Abd Aziz Abu Bakar and UNIRAZAK was represented by the President & Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid. UNIRAZAK President and Vice Chancellor commenced the programme by explaining the needs for taxation experts in Malaysia and enlightened the effect of taxation towards the people. According to him, the cooperation between M.A.T.A and UNIRAZAK can help the university to create more experts in the field of taxation and accountants, especially among the lecturers.
The president of M.A.T.A, Tuan Haji Abd Aziz Abu Bakar stated that programmes to develop specialists in taxation began in the early 80’s. Since that period the program developed more 100 specialists in this field. According to him, with this cooperation M.A.T.A will share their experience, skill and the key values that are needed by the graduates in the future. He gave brief information about M.A.T.A as a tax and GST agent and enlightened that this MoU will increase the value of education to the students of UNIRAZAK.
President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid (seated, 2nd from the right) and President of M.A.T.A Tuan Haji Abd Aziz Abu Bakar (seated, 2nd from the left) during MoU signing ceremony witnessed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Mohamed, Dean of BRSBE, UNIRAZAK (seated, right) and Encik Saizol Ismail, Secretary General of M.A.T.A (seated, left).
President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid (2nd from the right) presenting the token of appreciation to the President of M.A.T.A Tuan Haji Abd Aziz Abu Bakar (2nd from the left).
PRESIDENT AND VICE CHANCELLOR OF UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK (UNIRAZAK), YBHG. PROF. DATUK SERI DR. MD ZABID HJ ABDUL RASHID RECEIVES NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT
Kuala Lumpur, 4 May 2016 (Wednesday) Professor Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Haji Abdul Rashid, President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) was conferred the "Officier" in the "Ordre Nationale du Merite" by the President of the Republic of France through the Ambassador of France in Malaysia, H.E. Mr Christophe Penot. The National Order of Merit, is alongside the Legion of Honor, one of the two most highest Orders in France. Its membership is awarded by the President of the Republic of France on the advice of the Government. This National Order was established in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle, the founder of the Fifth Republic. French citizens as well as foreign nationals, men and women, can be received into the order for distinguished civil and military achievements.
This prestigious distinction of the Republic of France recognises the important contributions of Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid in promoting bilateral cooperations between Malaysia and France in the areas of higher education and research. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md Zabid obtained his Bachelor's degree from UPM, Master's degree from University of London, and Doctorate in Management from the University of Aix-Marseille, and ESSEC, France. He is the first Malaysian to have obtained doctoral degree in Management from one of the most prestigious universities and top business school from France which was done in French in 1987.
Since the inception of Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC) in April 2006, Prof. Datuk Seri assumes the position of co-Director of the MFUC, besides his responsibilities as President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK.
The MFUC, is a joint body fully supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MFUC played an important role in promoting students exchange mobility and institutional partnerships between Malaysia and France. Over the years, more than 125 active partnerships in academic and research collaborations have been developed, and more than 200 French students have been coming to Malaysia annually on students mobility and exchange programmes. This encouraging trend is strengthening the cooperation between Malaysia and France in various field of study in the higher education sector.
The ceremony which was held at the Residence of France was attended by more than 50 guests, family members, his friends, as well as prominent representatives of Malaysian academic and business communities. Among those present were, YBhg. Dato' Dzulkifli Mahmud,CEO of MATRADE, YBhg. Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President & CEO of MIGHT, YBhg. Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice Chancellor of UPM, YBhg. Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, President & CEO of UniKL, YBhg. Professor Dato' Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim, Vice Chancellor of UMP and YBhg. Prof Dato' Dr Mohamad Kadim bin Suaidi, Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAS.
HIGHER EDUCATION: LEADS MALAYSIA'S FUTURE - AKEPT LEADERSHIP TALK SERIES 2016
Negeri Sembilan - 21 April 2016 Akademi Kepimpinan Pendidikan Tinggi (AKEPT) under the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia successfully organised a talk series on 'Higher Education: Leads Malaysia's Future' last week. The President and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md Zabid Hj. Abdul was invited as one of the panelists to share his expertise on the forum titled, 'Curating the Learning Experience for Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.'
The Higher Education Leadership Academy or (AKEPT) was established in January 2008 to create a transformation in Malaysia's higher education in accordance to the objectives highlighted in Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025. AKEPT' missions are to provide effective learning and development programmes, develop nation's talent pool of higher education balanced leaders with the relevant knowledge, competencies and culture of excellence on top of creating and maintaining a high performance researched knowledge on higher education leadership and organizational effectiveness.
More than 130 people attended this talk which was aimed to assure the success of an entrepreneurial programme. It is crucial for the Higher Educational Institutions to collaborate with the industrial experts and entrepreneurs as they are the source of practical and tacit knowledge which may not be found in the university curriculum syllabuses.
Among other distinguished guests including YB. Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, discussed on the 'Traits and Attributes for Effectiveness Higher Education Institution'. YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, Chairman of NADICORP Holdings Sdn. Bhd. contributed his knowledge on 'What Entrepreneurs wish they had learnt from their University.'
It was without a doubt a very fruitful forum for the parties involved in crafting a well-defined and distinctive curriculum in order to produce more accomplished Malaysian entrepreneurs in the future.
IN PERSON WITH YBHG. DATO' MOHAMAD NIZAR NAJIB AT UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK
Kuala Lumpur - 20 April 2016 Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship (BRSBE) and Corporate Citizenship (CC) of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) profoundly organised an insightful talk by an eminent guest YBhg. Dato' Mohamad Nizar Najib, the Executive Director of Deloitte's Financial Advisory Services. The talk was held at the Innovation Hall, Level 2, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur on last Wednesday.
The talk was initiated by BRSBE to create awareness among the students on expected professional skills from Deloitte, one of the biggest accounting firms in the world. The talk session was attended by more than 70 students comprised of Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) and Bachelor of Taxation (Hons) programmes. Among the guests that graced the event were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkiffle Bin Mohamed, the Dean of BRSBE and Assoc. Prof. Hafriza Binti Burhanudeen, the Director of Corporate Citizenship.
The speaker of the event, YBhg. Dato' Mohd Nizar Najib holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Prior to joining Deloitte, he was a member of the Communications and Hi-Tech team with Accenture in Malaysia. Dato' Nizar has more than 15 years of consulting and audit experience with strategic and key Government related entities such as Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Time Dotcom, Celcom, Petronas and Koperasi Permodalan Felda. His wide range of experience includes assignments in the areas of corporate strategy CFO services, mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement, systems testing, financial modelling, and management and technical due diligence.
Dato' Nizar commenced the talk by sharing his 15 years of journey from a junior audit consultant to where he is now. He then enlightened the students on the importance of accounting knowledge in assessing organisations' financial performances. According to him, the country is in need of at least 60,000 accountants by 2020 but there are only 31,000 have registered under MIA. He also stated that "Accounting is a base to become whatever you wish, after that the world is your oyster."
He provided a brief introduction to the participants about Deloitte, one of the largest professional services firm with over 1800 staffs and partners across 8 offices in Malaysia. He then elaborated on the culture of Deloitte and its expected criteria for hiring. Dato' Nizar said, a prospective employee should be talented, smart, innovative, proactive, enthusiastic and must possess a winning attitude. Besides academic achievements, Deloitte also weighs on the extracurricular activities by its potential employees.
BRSBE students made use of the feedback session to ask questions to Dato' Nizar on their career path at Deloitte. Dato Nizar shared his wisdom on reasons why employees tend to leave an organization after 3 years. He said that "There will be lots of job opportunities in the industry but try to resist job-hopping so that you gain the required experience." He also added that "To achieve something, you must make sacrifices in the short term but value as an employee will multiply in the long term and you would be highly sought after."
At the end of the talk, Associate Professor Dr. Zulkiffle Bin Mohamed presented Dato' Nizar with a token of appreciation for sharing his knowledge with the undergraduates. The programme followed by an Hi-Tea session with Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, the President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor besides Assoc. Prof. Dato' Mohd Ibrahim, Dean of Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG) and Assoc. Professor Dr. Zulkiffle Mohamed, Dean of BRSBE. The head of various departments also attended this special tea session with Dato' Nizar.
Dato' Nizar is with Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj Abdul Rashid, the President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK and Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor as well as the deans, the directors and lecturers of UNIRAZAK
IPT ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACTION PLAN 2016-2020
Putrajaya - 15 April 2016 Pelan Tindakan Keusahawanan Institusi Pendidikan Tinggi (IPT) 2016-2020 or Entrepreneurship Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions was launched by the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT). This event was officiated by YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, the Minister of Higher Education.
The IPT Entrepreneurship Action Plan emphasizes the strengthening of ecosystems in producing graduates who tended to IPT careers as entrepreneurs and create jobs. According to the Dato' Seri Jusoh, "Four of these initiatives are aimed at implementing the Education Practices of High Impact (HIEP) by applying elements of entrepreneurship across the curriculum and fields of study."
In this historical occasion, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak's (UNIRAZAK) former MBA student from the Graduate School of Business, Surentran Somasundrum was invited as one of the panelists in the forum organised on the launching day. He is a successful entrepreneur who is well known for his Kacang Putih business which is currently worth about RM 10 Million.
During the forum, he shared his education and business background and the programmes and training that he went through to achieve his goals. In addition to that, he also talked about his aspirations and motivation to succeed in his business venture. He concluded his story of triumph by giving his food product of thought to the students that attended the forum.
UNIRAZAK PARTNERS CIMB IN 'CIMB ACE' TO ACCELERATE CAREER ENHANCEMENT OF CIMB EMPLOYEES
Kuala Lumpur - 9 March 2016 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and CIMB jointly organised the CIMB ACE Graduation Ceremony which witnessed 233 CIMB employees receiving their certificates of completion after completing the CIMB Accelerated Career Enhancement or CIMB ACE training programme.
The ceremony which was held at UNIRAZAK's Razakian Hall was graced by UNIRAZAK President and Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid and CIMB Group Chief People Officer, Puan Hamidah Naziadin. Other special guests present include UNIRAZAK Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) Prof Dr Samsinar Bt Md Sidin, Head of Regional HR Business Partner, Consumer and Commercial Banking, CIMB Group, Pn Rohani Bt Mustaffa, and Head of Regional Learning and Development, CIMB Group, Madam Lim Lee Yong.
Besides the presentation of certificates, there were also presentations of CIMB and UNIRAZAK special awards under the Best Trainee and Best English Achievement categories. Mohd Zaidi Khamsan and Stacey Michael Gom emerged as the dual winners for both categories.
CIMB ACE is a three-month programme that covers banking knowledge, soft skills and the English language. The programme includes a career progression framework that provides opportunities and incentives for further education. CIMB ACE learning modules are endorsed by UNIRAZAK.
For the English component of CIMB ACE, UNIRAZAK's Centre for English Language (CEL) has been entrusted to design and deliver a programme known as 'Structured Programme for English Enhancement and Development' or 'SPEED'. The two focused areas of training are Business English and Workplace English. As of 2015, CEL had delivered 'SPEED' to over 450 CIMB employees.
UNIRAZAK's partnership with CIMB under CIMB ACE was formalised on 17 April 2014 when both parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the training programme.
EXPORT OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - UNIRAZAK SHINES IN ISLAMIC BANKING AND FINANCE
Kuala Lumpur - 26 February 2016 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 ELI 3-3-4 TALK SERIES - ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP:LEARNING TO THRIVE IN VUCA WORLD
Kuala Lumpur - 24 February 2016 UNIRAZAK Graduate School of Business (GSB) profoundly organised an insightful talk by an eminent guest speaker Professor Nick Barker, Professorial Chair of Yayasan Tun Ismail (YTI). The full-day talk was held at the Razakian hall, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak on Wednesday. Among the participants that attended the session were from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and our own UNIRAZAK members.
Professor Nick Barker is a director of the award winning Leadership Programs at East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, personal leadership development, cultural anthropology (leading diversity) and resilience and crisis leadership. He has 18 years of experience teaching at leading universities and also works as a global leadership consultant. He is the Asia-Pacific Director of Tomorrow Today Global, an internationally renowned consultancy business specialising in leadership, global trends and the future world of work.
The programme commenced with the introduction of the guest speaker by Datin Nor Hafizah Binti Ismail, Head of Center of Student Affairs and Student Involvement (CSASI). Professor Barker began his talk by presenting the steps to think like a futurist. Next, he continued with his second topic, TIDES of Change: 5 Disruptive Forces Changing the World, on which he explained on the positive and negative disruptions that could transform the world.
After the lunch break, Professor Barker shared his expertise on Learning to Thrive in a VUCA World. He educated the people on ways to be better leaders with competitive advantage over other organisations. He likewise put forward that leadership should begin by diagnosing the issues, learn to look at the big picture, interpret and think about the possibilities. He urged the participants to do root cause analysis by asking five questions and according to him, the mistake that most people make is treating adaptive challenge as technical problem.
Professor Barker concluded the session by motivating everyone to learn, unlearn and relearn in order to think differently besides questioning our ultimate purpose of doing things. His presentation was absolutely informative and enlightening to all that have participated in the session.
FORUM ON INSURANCE HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND TALENT BETWEEN UNIRAZAK AND STAKEHOLDERS
Kuala Lumpur - 20 January 2016 Stakeholders from various renowned insurance establishments in the country were invited to engage in a forum discussing on the human capital development and talent between UNIRAZAK and the industry talents. The key objective of this discussion is to gather feedback from the members of insurance establishments on ways to improve and enhance the framework of Bachelor of Business Administration (Insurance) (Hons) programme offered by the university.
Forum members from UNIRAZAK that participated in this forum were UNIRAZAK's President and Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid Hj. Abdul Rashid, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Samsinar Binti Md. Saidin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Bin Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business Entrepreneurship (BRSBE) and Encik Ahmad Zawawi Jamal, Programme Director, BBA (Insurance) (Hons).
Among the members from the field of insurance that attended the forum including, YBhg. Dato' Moheeb, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), Dr. Rusli, Chief Academic Officer of MII, Encik Azli Munani, CEO of Malaysian Takaful Association (MTA), Mr. Mark Lim, CEO of Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM), Puan Iszatul Mashani Ishak, Head of Human Capital Management, Malaysian National Reinsurance Berhad (MNRB), Puan Nor Azima abdul, Senior Training Manager, Human Resource & Services from AmGeneral Insurance Berhad and Miss Frances Yew, Head of Human of Capital and Talent from PIAM.
The forum commenced with welcoming remarks by YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid, introducing UNIRAZAK as the well-known boutique university in Malaysia and followed by presentation of UNIRAZAK corporate video. According to Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid, the discussion will cover the curriculum structure of BBA (Insurance), ways to enhance the relationship with the industry, and lack of teaching talents in accommodating specific insurance syllabus. Encik Ahmad Zawawi explained briefly on the BBA (Insurance) Hons for the members to grasp the programme structure of the degree. Prof. Dr. Samsinar explained the challenges involved in the restructuring the syllabus as it needs to be aligned with the government's curriculum structure.
The speakers were very engaging by sharing their inputs and comments about the courses offered as well as the actual scenarios present in the industry. The participants debated whether Bachelor of Business Administration (Insurance) should remain or is it better to replace it with Bachelor of Insurance. They even suggested introducing Master's degree in Insurance as it is more relevant to the existing insurance executives however; they proposed that market research is essential to learn the public opinion on this matter.
Feedback related to the internship placements and scholarships for UNIRAZAK students too were put forward by Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid. He added that there will be a follow up meeting in the future to discuss this subject further. He ended the meeting with the notion that the university needs full support from the industry players to make this initiative a fruitful one.
UNIRAZAK's President and Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Zabid (centre) is briefing the forum members on ways to enrich the curriculum of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Insurance).
THE LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP: SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE SEMINAR ON TUN ABDUL RAZAK
Kuala Lumpur - 14 January 2016 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) is truly honored to be given the opportunity to support the Legacy of Leadership: Special Commemorative Seminar on Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, 1970 - 1976 on the 40th anniversary of his demise. The one-day seminar was jointly organised by Yayasan Cemerlang and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) on the 14th January 2016 in Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.
The welcoming speech was presented by Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, Chairman of Yayasan Cemerlang, and former Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, followed by introductory remarks by Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, CEO of Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI). The conference was officiated by the Minister of Defence Malaysia, YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia delivered the keynote address during the seminar. The event was also graced by the presence of Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Malacca Yang Di-Pertua Negeri, Toh Puan Rahah Mohamad Noah, wife of the late Tun Abdul Razak and Dato' Sri Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
UNIRAZAK's Chancellor, Y.A.Bhg Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid shared some of his fond memories of the late Tun Abdul Razak and his contributions to the nation from his book, "My Recollections of Tun Abdul Razak" which was launched during the seminar by YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. According to him, Tun Abdul Razak was humble and very hardworking and he was very privileged to work with Tun. In his speech, Tun Ahmad Sarji also added that he is very honoured to be appointed as the Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak by Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
The conference accommodated three panel discussions with the first panel focusing on the Challenges and Issues of Nation Building. The panelists were comprised of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Michael Chen, an advocate and solicitor, former cabinet minister and former parliamentary secretary to Tun Abdul Razak, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, former minister of International Trade and Industry and former Wanita UMNO Chief, and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, Chairman of Tenaga Nasional and former Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia. The following special panel reflected on the life and times of Tun Abdul Razak, presented by Tun Hanif Omar, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, Dato' Tan Chin Nam and Datin Kalsom Taib.
The final panelists, Tan Sri Rama Iyer, former Chairman, Malaysia Airlines, former Director-General Socio-Economic Research and General Planning Unit (SERGPU) and Trustee of Tun Abdul Razak Foundation, Tan Sri Dato' Dr Lin See Yan, former Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, Prof Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim, Emeritus Professor of History from University of Malaya and the moderator Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Director of ASLI, Chairman of CPPS and former Secretary-General, Ministry of Transport discussed The Razak Model of Development.
Pro-Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, Dato' Mohamed Nizam Abdul Razak in his closing address thanked all the parties that worked together including the staff of UNIRAZAK to make the event a huge success.
YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak (left) and UNIRAZAK's Chancellor, Y.A.Bhg Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid are shaking hands to mark the launching of Tun Ahmad Sarji's book "My Recollections of Tun Abdul Razak"