Mile­stones and achieve­ments

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POST GRADUATE -

THROUGH the years of con­stant growth, Universiti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man ( UTAR)’ s Faculty of Busi­ness and Fi­nance ( FBF) has pro­duced a cadre of busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, with the very first group grad­u­at­ing in 2008.

Start­ing with only 512 stu­dents, FBF has be­come the big­gest faculty in UTAR, com­pris­ing seven un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes and three post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

The May 2016 trimester also saw the im­ple­men­ta­tion of three dou­ble- de­gree un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes. Cur­rently, there are more than 6,200 stu­dents en­rolled in FBF’s un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

At UTAR, stu­dents are nur­tured and trained to make op­por­tu­ni­ties out of chal­lenges, echo­ing its mis­sion – tenac­ity in over­com­ing chal­lenges.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing a range of un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes, UTAR of­fers post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes such as the Master of Phi­los­o­phy, Master of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( Cor­po­rate Man­age­ment) and Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy to give knowl­edge seek­ers the right re­sources for a con­tin­u­ous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

For ex­am­ple, UTAR’s Master of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( MBA) pro­gramme has been pos­i­tively re­ceived by many fresh grad­u­ates and in­dus­try can­di­dates as the in­sights of­fered have en­abled them to ac­quire spe­cific skill sets to be­come ef­fec­tive cor­po­rate man­agers.

With its rig­or­ous, in­ter­ac­tive and prac­ti­cal learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, MBA can­di­dates are in­grained with the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­velop holis­tic views and an in- depth un­der­stand­ing of so­cial, cul­tural and eth­i­cal is­sues.

UTAR FBF’s pro­grammes are ac­tively be­ing de­vel­oped, in­cor­po­rated with soft skills com­pe­tency and im­ple­mented with strate­gic plans.

“Those strate­gic plans are aimed at en­hanc­ing and main­tain­ing the high stan­dards of the pro­grammes, de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing re­search strate­gies, and in­ten­si­fy­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try and pro­fes­sional bod­ies,” says FNF dean Dr Au Yong Hui Nee.

FBF pro­grammes are recog­nised and ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA) and the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

In ad­di­tion, FBF’s strong col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­dus­try

part­ners such as Pub­lic Bank Ber­had, Dell, OCBC Bank and Phison­tech en­ables stu­dents to ob­tain hands- on in­dus­trial ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Our pro­grammes are planned and set to meet the global bench­mark for com­pe­tency, ethics and pro­fes­sional prac­tice stan­dards in ac­count­ing, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nan­cial plan­ning ser­vices,” says Dr Au Yong.

The suc­cess­ful ap­proach of FBF pro­grammes can be seen in the achieve­ments of staff and stu­dents. For ex­am­ple, the

con­fer­ence pa­per Smart­phone Credit Card: The Fu­ture of Mo­bile Pay­ment Sys­tem? was awarded the 2015 Highly Com­mended Award by Jour­nal of Ser­vice

Man­age­ment of Emer­ald Group Pub­lish­ing Lim­ited.

A team of UTAR stu­dents was ranked in the top 18 among 215 par­tic­i­pants in the ESPRIEX ( En­tre­pre­neur­ial Spirit Ex­change) Busi­ness Model Com­pe­ti­tion Asean 2016 while a UTAR FBF alumna won fourth place in the Bloomberg Ap­ti­tude Test.

In ad­di­tion, FBF has been or­gan­is­ing the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Busi­ness, Ac­count­ing, Fi­nance and Eco­nom­ics ( BAFE) since 2013.

UTAR en­cour­ages stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, com­mu­nity pro­jects, and stu­dent ex­change and study pro­grammes, such as the UTAR Ex­plore the World Pro­gramme, to ex­pose them to cross- cul­tural learn­ing and en­rich their stu­dent life.

In con­junc­tion with the Oc­to­ber stu­dent in­take, UTAR is invit­ing school- leavers, their friends and fam­i­lies to the UTAR Guided Campus Tour led by UTAR am­bas­sadors.

The Guided Campus Tour will be held on Sept 24 and Oct 8 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at UTAR Kam­par in Perak and UTAR Sun­gai Long in Ban­dar Sun­gai Long.

UTAR also has ex­tended coun­selling hours at the Sun­gai Long and Kam­par cam­puses daily from 9am to 5pm ( ex­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days).

FBF post­grad­u­ates with their scrolls dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion on Aug 21 at De­wan Tun Ling Liong Sik, UTAR.

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