UMP SOCIAL EVENT: FOSTERING CLOSER TIES WITH THE INDUSTRY
Kuala Lumpur, Aug 25 - More than 50 industry practitioners from all over Malaysia participated in ‘Fostering Closer Ties with the Industry’ Program giving the opportunity to foster university-industry cooperations as well as explore prospects for collaboration in education and potential research that would be mutually beneficial.
In this event, UMP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato' Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim who shared the information in a presentation themed `Communitising Technology’ and presented the university’s developments and directions as well as the initiative in introducing MyGift as a fund for the university.
According to Professor Dato' Dr. Daing Nasir, to become a competitive global player, UMP is always committed to creating innovation and uniqueness in the academic programs offered through internationally strategic links by introducing engineering programs that always undergo value-added improvement through a continuous benchmarking process using world-class models such as the collaborative program with Karlsruhe University of Applied Science (HsKA), Germany.
He said, "UMP continues to gain the trust of the German institution, HsKA in collaborating academically in world-class engineering programs. The continuation of the success of the double degree programs Bachelor of Automotive Engineering and Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering is now being expanded by offering master's double degree program in automotive engineering that can be utilized by our society”.
In the program, Professor Dato' Dr. Daing also shared information about the master's double degree program which would open a new chapter in the cooperation between UMP and HsKA in order to foster strategic collaboration and provide greater opportunities for academic research and development for both universities. The program would create more opportunities for students in this country to conduct research and innovation as well as share their expertise in German engineering which is internationally recognised. This would include benefits which could be utilized among industry engineers, academia as well as practitioners of the automotive industry in Malaysia.
UMP now has a total of 1801 staff with 600 members of its staff having background in the industry including 156 of them with more than five years of experience in the industry who have the advantage of understanding the needs of the industry.
The CEO@Faculty Program conducted by UMP also gives the opportunity to share the experience and knowledge of the corporate world with the university towards developing and guiding the enhancement of graduate marketability and soft skills development holistically. Currently, three people have been appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education, namely, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Ir. Azman Mohd, Managing Director of Penang Operations Motorola Solutions, Dr. Hari Narayanan and Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur.
The achievement of UMP students has also recognized internationally as three UMP students were awarded the Confucius Scholarship for the 2016 Summer Mandarin Language Mobility Program in Tianjin University, China. UMP is the only university in Malaysia to be awarded this scholarship.
Hence, in an effort to boost the quality of the country’s higher education while at the same time move towards the need for the university to be autonomous, UMP has determined other initiatives to generate income for financing including endowments, funds and commercialisation programs by introducing the MyGift UMP Program which is a university endowment donation channel for scholarship sponsorship purposes, student infrastructure facilities, and cultivating a sense of volunteerism to help the needy.
The ten types of endowments or funds implemented are the Chair Endowment, Student Scholarship Endowment, Laboratory/Facility Endowment and Excellence Endowment. Meanwhile, funds include the Ramadan Fund, Mosque Fund, Disaster Fund, Endowment Fund, Community Fund and Shariah Non-Compliant Fund. The program will be introduced as a channel for the campus community and alumni as well as external parties especially from the industry or even companies to contribute to the university's endowment funds.
The ceremony was also attended by UMP’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dato' Sri Mohd Hilmey Mohd. Taib, Patron of the Malaysian Muslim Chamber of Commerce, Datuk Syed Omar Al Sagaff, Chief Executive Officer of Widad Business Group, Dato' Mohd. Rizal Mohd. Jaafar and Chief Executive Officer of Petronas ICT Sdn Bhd, Izwan Hasli Ibrahim.
Prepared by the Public Relations Unit, Corporate Communication Division, Office of the Vice-Chancellor