Seven years of hard work has finally paid off for Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) when UUM College of Business (UUMCOB) obtained the prestigious AACSB accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) on 10 August 2016.
The official announcement was made by the Executive Vice-President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International, Robert D. Reid in Tampa, Florida, USA.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said, the accreditation is a landmark achievement for UUM since its inception over 30 years ago. It also signifies the hallmark of excellence in our pursuit to be among the best in business education.
"We have been working towards this moment since 2009, right after submitting the application to become a member of the AACSB in 2008. Ever since that, we have been steadfast in our pursuit to be part of AACSB accredited member.
"This accreditation represents the highest achievement for UUM, thus making the university the largest management university in the world to obtain the accreditation for six schools, one department, 23 academic programmes with 500 academic staff members and more than 13,000 students," said Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak in a ceremony to commemorate UUM achievement in obtaining the prestigious AACSB acceditation at the Foyer of Sultanah Bahiyah Library this morning.
It is essential to note that only 5% of the world's top business schools have obtained this prestigious accreditation and at the moment, UUM shares this prestigious status with 777 business schools from 52 countries around the world.
He added that, the road to obtain the accreditation is certainly long-winded and we must comply with the requirements and the 15 accreditation standards as stipulated by AACSB.
"It's a rigorous journey especially for UUMCOB, OYAGSB and the Department of International Business (IB) as only five percent of business schools around the world have successfully obtained this accreditation. There are also cases where the accreditation had to be withdrawn for failure to conform to the standards set by AACSB after the reassessment process.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of UUMCOB, Prof. Dr. Rushami Zien Yusoff said, AACSB was established in 1916 and the process to obtain the accreditation is certainly arduous and challenging.
"With this accreditation, UUM must offer and maintain very high standards of academic business programmes as avowed in our vision, To Be The Eminent Management University," he said.
He added that, as an accredited member of AACSB, all activities organised by UUM for staff or students must draw in the three key elements as highlighted by the AACSB- i.e. Impact, Innovation and Engagement.
At the same event, Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor also presented certificates of appreciation to the representatives of the Schools under UUMCOB including OYAGSB and the International Business Department.
In attendance were the Deputies Vice-Chancellor; AACSB Unit Director, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faudziah Zainal Abidin; members of the University Management Committee and UUM officers.
Source : UUM Online
Izrin Shah Arif Shah, pelajar UUM College of Business diberi peluang menimba ilmu bersama-sama barisan kepimpinan Kerajaan menerusi program Fellow Perdana 2016.
Majlis penyerahan Fellow Perdana kepada beliau telah disempurnakan oleh Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di Pejabat Perdana Menteri pada 30 Jun 2016.
Pelajar daripada Pusat Pengajian Ekonomi Kewangan dan Perbankan ini berkata, "menerusi program itu beliau terpilih untuk menjadi mentee kepada Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri".
Beliau turut memberi pandangan bahawa program ini merupakan satu platform yang baik dan bukan sahaja dapat memberi pengalaman baru, malah dapat memberi pendedahan kepada beliau mengenai gerak kerja polisi-polisi kerajaan.
Bagi beliau, penyertaannya dalam program ini disebabkan oleh hasrat untuk bertemu dan memahami isi hati rakyat daripada pelbagai lapisan masyarakat.
Difahamkan juga, program ini terbuka kepada semua pelajar yang mendaftar di Institusi Pengajian Tinggi yang mempunyai rekod akademik yang kukuh dan hanya pelajar yang berani menyahut cabaran sahaja dipilih untuk turut serta.
A total of 170 students from various ASEAN countries including six undergraduates from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) joined the 4th Asean Future Leaders Summit (AFLES 2016) programme that thrives on international network as well as accentuate potential.
The delegation was greeted by the UUM COB Assistant Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rushami Zein Yusoff together with the campus community at the Islamic Centre when the delegation made a brief stop at UUM before they proceeded to PSU to attend the closing ceremony.
According to Prof. Dr. Rushami, the 10-day programme was aimed at strengthening leadership, building consensus and creating a community network to help them lead the society.
AFLES would be the best platform to develop young leaders who are creative, independent, sensitive to social justice and human rights from across the borders apart from trying to enhance the network and collaboration.
"Make use of the opportunity provided to share ideas and strategies on how to build a better future for Asean community and surely much more can be achieved if we are united to work together.
"Here they have the opportunity to meet young leaders from ASEAN and undergo training in prestigious ASEAN organisation as well as get acquainted with students who come from various countries," he said.
The programme in collaboration with UUM, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Prince of Songkla University (PSU) also promoted Malaysia as a destination for higher education among ASEAN.
Meanwhile, a student of UUM Bachelor of Business Management (Logistics and Transport) programme, Ms Nurul Atiqah Hassan welcomed the programme as it provided students with the much needed exposure to master a variety of leadership and management skills.
"Students are given the confidence to manage activities that require critical thinking in decision-making and effective communication skills to build self-confidence when dealing with the public," she said.
"As ambassadors of UUM, I am indeed grateful to have been given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in developing myself holistically as a student by getting the exposure in terms of forming positive attitude, self-confidence, positive values, creativity and teamwork amongst group members.
Trang Le Quyruh Trang of Foreign Trade University, Vietnam also shared valuable experiences when she was able to get acquainted with many new friends apart from having the opportunity to visit interesting places and experience unique cultures.
Trang was also fortunate to get to know many friends from various countries such as Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines indirectly promoting Vietnam in aspects of life and culture.
"This programme has opened the minds of students and promoted positive thinking in fact students have become even more confident to face the global community," said Trang.
Earlier they visited various interesting spots in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Penang.
Source : UUM ONLINE
The exit interview and Q & A session with UUM Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors concluded the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Peer Review Team (PRT) four-day visit which commenced on 24 April 2016.
During the session, members of the PRT, headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Powell, together with Paul Jarley and Boonchai Hongcharu interviewed the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak as well as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Dr. Hassan Ali and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail at the Vice- Chancellor's Meeting Room this morning.
At the end of the session, the Vice-Chancellor presented some tokens of appreciation to the three members of the AACSB PRT.
Earlier on, the Deans, Deputy Deans and several heads of the Centres of Authority (PTJ) also attended a Q & A session with the members of the AACSB PRT. The session was held at the LPU Meeting Room.
During the course of the AACSB PRT visit to UUM, the team was presented with the overall strategic approaches of the School of Business comprising the financial aspects, resources and continuous improvement initiatives, intellectual contribution and the impact which includes human resources as well as the involvement of the industry and alumni.
In addition, the three members of the PRT were also presented with the update on management and curriculum development, including the innovation in learning and teaching, curriculum updates, curriculum management, internationalization and training.
The PRT was also taken on a 'campus tour' which includes a visit to the three-siblings tree in the Sintok forest, UUM COB 'Trading Room', Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB), the University Health Center (PKU), UUM National Golf Academy, Sultanah Bahiyah Library and U-Assist.
These days, with the intense competition in the labour market, an excellent academic credential is no longer a guarantee of employment. Employers call for additional qualities, for instance the candidate's personality and attribute when they look for a new hire.
For this reason, with the aim to better educate UUM students and prepare them to meet the needs and demands of the industry, the Office of Student Development and Alumni, College of Business (PPA COB), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) organised a forum entitled "Graduate Employability & Marketability Issues: What the Industry Wants?" at Seminar Hall C, School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML).
The forum featured four panelists including notable UUM alumni who have achieved excellence in their career and they generously shared insights and experiences after graduating from UUM. The panelist holds various important positions at reputable companies.
The alumni are the Chief Operating Officer of General Electric (Malaysia), Mr. Azli Mohamed; Director of Human Resources Pfizer (Malaysia), Mr. Shazmi Ali; Director of Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) Perak, Mr. Sazali Samjis and the Vice-President of Technip Geoproduction (M) Sdn Bhd, Mr. Kasuma Satria Mat Jadi.
The Dean PPA COB, Dr. Hendrik Lamsali acted as the moderator of the forum and he said that the forum hoped to expose students to the real situations in the industry and we are very privileged that the industry players are here to share their insights.
In the forum, all panel members shared their education experiences at the university, the prevalence development in the industry and the key selection criteria that employers use when recruiting graduates.