So­cial frame­work vi­tal for var­sity grads

New Straits Times - - NEWS / POLITICS - AMIN RIDZUAN ISHAK cnews@nstp.com.my

GRAD­U­ATES of higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, who will serve as torch­bear­ers for the coun­try’s civil­i­sa­tion, must be ed­u­cated with the so­cial frame­work that was agreed upon by all races dur­ing the for­ma­tion of Malaysia.

Re­gent of Pa­hang Tengku Ab­dul­lah Sul­tan Ahmad Shah said the so­cial frame­work in­cluded the po­si­tion of Islam, the rights of Malays and the po­si­tion of Malay rulers.

“This so­cial frame­work forms the ba­sis of unity and un­der­stand­ing among the peo­ple, which leads to a coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment and an ex­cep­tional civil­i­sa­tion,” he said in his ad­dress at Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang’s (UMP) 13th con­vo­ca­tion here yes­ter­day.

Present were UMP Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Seri Dr Daing Nasir and board of directors chair­man Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad.

Tengku Ab­dul­lah, who is UMP chan­cel­lor, pre­sented an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate of En­gi­neer­ing (Elec­tron­ics) to for­mer Mo­torola So­lu­tions Sdn Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dr Hari Narayanan P. On­di­veeran.

Tengku Ab­dul­lah said to date, UMP had pro­duced 22,427 grad­u­ates.

He said the univer­sity had to for­mu­late an ac­tion plan to en­sure that its alumni, some of whom hold se­nior po­si­tions in the govern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor, could con­trib­ute to the univer­sity.

“It is a golden and sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for the univer­sity’s strate­gic and pro­fes­sional net­work. It is not only im­por­tant in the con­text of brand­ing, but also in terms of the grad­u­ates’ progress, re­search ex­pan­sion and de­vel­op­ment of the ‘wakaf’ ecosys­tem and en­dow­ment at UMP.

“I urge the UMP lead­er­ship to fo­cus on the ‘In­dus­try Net­work Alumni Plat­form’ (INAP) ini­tia­tive as a medium for strate­gic in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the alumni, univer­sity and other stu­dents. I am cer­tain that this ef­fort will en­cour­age the alumni to con­trib­ute to the univer­sity that first sowed the seeds of their suc­cess.”

Tengku Ab­dul­lah said he wanted UMP to fo­cus on stream­lin­ing its strate­gic di­rec­tion with the Fed­eral Govern­ment and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s new poli­cies, in­clud­ing pri­ori­tis­ing trans­par­ent and in­tegri­ty­based gov­er­nance, as well as ac­count­abil­ity and ex­em­plary work ethics.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s as­pi­ra­tion to cre­ate an ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem based on a cul­ture of joy, af­fec­tion, hu­man­ity and re­spect is timely. Nev­er­the­less, build­ing a new Malaysia is not based only on the idea of ef­fect­ing change, but must also come with pre­par­ing a line of lead­er­ship at all lev­els to achieve the change.

“This is where higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions play a role in shap­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion into be­com­ing fu­ture lead­ers. Stu­dents need to be taught to have knowl­edge, eco­nomic strength, re­li­gious strength and pos­sess hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues.”

Daing Nasir said UMP gen­er­ated its own in­come, amount­ing to RM3.6 mil­lion up to last month, by un­der­tak­ing con­sul­tancy and tech­ni­cal ser­vice pro­jects from out­side par­ties.

This, he said, proved that the univer­sity’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ex­per­tise gained the at­ten­tion of out­siders.

He said the univer­sity, with the co­op­er­a­tion of its sub­sidiary, UMP Hold­ings Sdn Bhd, se­cured a RM1.03 mil­lion con­sul­tancy project to de­velop a cam­pus man­age­ment sys­tem at the DRB-HICOM Univer­sity of Au­to­mo­tive Malaysia.

He said the UMP 2016-2050 Strate­gic Plan, which out­lines five sec­tors, had be­gun to pro­duce results, hav­ing re­ceived an ac­tive re­search grant worth RM69 mil­lion, with 70 per cent, or RM48 mil­lion, from ex­ter­nal fund­ing, in­clud­ing lo­cal and over­seas pub­lic agen­cies and pri­vate com­pa­nies.

“This year, UMP saw an in­crease of 180 per cent in govern­ment agency grants, amount­ing to RM8.69 mil­lion, com­pared with RM3.1 mil­lion last year through 102 pro­jects. Ma­jor re­search was recorded at 90 per cent com­pared with the na­tional aver­age of 65 per cent.”

Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang (UMP) Chan­cel­lor Re­gent of Pa­hang Tengku Ab­dul­lah Sul­tan Ahmad Shah (cen­tre) with grad­u­ates at the univer­sity’s 13th con­vo­ca­tion at the UMP Gam­bang Cam­pus yes­ter­day. With him is UMP Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Seri Dr Daing Nasir (sec­ond from right).

HAFIZ AWANG PIX BY FARIZUL

Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang grad­u­ates at the univer­sity’s 13th con­vo­ca­tion yes­ter­day.

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