Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi taala wabarakatuh
First I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the President and Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Haji Abdul Rashid for his continuous support to the UNIRAZAK Case Writers Club since its establishment in 2009. His visionary leadership in encouraging academic staff to use the case method in the classrooms has been instrumental to the progress and development of the Club. Secondly, on behalf of the members of the Club I would like to thank the previous President of the Club, YBhg. Assoc. Prof. Datin Dr. Raja Hanaliza Raja Ahmad Tajudin who is now the Deputy Vice Chancellor, UMTECH for her inspiring and charismatic leadership in successfully steering the club. Also I would like to thank YBhg. Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Mahyuddin Mohd. Dahan who is now the Vice Chancellor of UMTECH for his contribution when he was advisor to the Club. I am also indebted to the previous committee members and the secretariat of the Club, especially, Puan Noorhayati, Siti Ruhanie and Nik Faridzah, for their dedication and hard work in getting all the activities successfully executed as planned.
From its humble beginnings of 19 founding members who completed the case writing trainings in 2007 and 2008 its membership grew to 44 in 2011. The Club has also published three volumes of cases studies. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Volumes have 21 Cases, 24 Cases and 26 Cases respectively. The Club has also introduced the UNIRAZAK Case Writing Competition in 2011.
With the separation of the two campuses and the establishment of UMTECH, the UNIRAZAK Case Writers Club has appointed new committee members to chart the future directions of the Club since most of the members of the Club are now in UMTECH. Our immediate aim will be to get all academic staff of UNIRAZAK to join and actively contribute to the Club by writing cases and using these cases as their teaching materials in addition to what they have been using in the past. I believe with the three volumes of case studies published and the 8 cases which were submitted for the Case Writing Competition we have enough cases to begin using the case method in our classrooms, although a lot more has to be done to increase the quality and quantity of our case studies and the way these cases are taught. With regard to the future plans and activities of the Club we will continue to organise trainings and workshops for the members. We have also formed working groups to churn out quality cases in specialised areas to be published. We hope that by middle of next year we will see specialised and integrated cases published and disseminated. We plan to collaborate with CWAM and also with International Case Research Institutions to produce quality case research and jointly organize International Conferences, to create a Case Clearing House and produce our own International Journal of Case Studies.
I believe with the appointment of new committee members and the presence of new members of the Club we can strive to bring the Club to greater heights and achieve the impossible if we work as a team and dedicate ourselves to serve the Club in whatever way possible. I have mentioned numerous times that this Club belongs to all members of the Club and it is they who will shape what this Club will be in the future. I am hopeful that the Club can consolidate, develop its position and gain recognition at both the local and international levels.