Beyond out­stand­ing

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TAK­ING lead­er­ship and trans­form­ing lives are en­cour­aged of every stu­dent at Man­age­ment and Sci­ence Univer­sity (MSU).

To alumna Nur Farhana Nadi­rah Has­san, her “To­hor Revo­lu­tion” had be­gun as a sim­ple act of kind­ness.

She was an un­der­grad­u­ate at MSU when she had her first taste of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment work by help­ing the in­dige­nous peo­ple of Kam­pung To­hor, a small vil­lage lo­cated between Pa­hang and Negeri Sem­bi­lan.

When she re­alised that the trans­for­ma­tions she and her fel­low MSUri­ans sought to make did not last, she pur­sued the de­sired longterm im­pact.

Nur Farhana grad­u­ated from MSU with a Bach­e­lor in Fi­nance (Hon­ours) from the Fac­ulty of Business Man­age­ment and Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies (FBMP).

She was de­ter­mined to im­prove the so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus of the peo­ple of To­hor. Their ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, as well as their hy­giene and health lev­els, are three key ar­eas she knew needed fore­most ad­dress.

The ex­tent of so­cial im­pact to which her project is set to ac­com­plish won the judges over, one of whom de­scribed it as fun­da­men­tally adapt­able to other ru­ral or even post-disas­ter ar­eas in Asean coun­tries.

Nur Farhana’s ef­forts led to her clinch­ing the top prize in the MyAsean Youth Award (MAYA).

Be­sides a pair of re­turn air tick­ets to any Asean des­ti­na­tion of her choice, Nur Farhana’s MAYA prizes also in­clude a grant worth RM10,000 to ease her To­hor Revo­lu­tion Project into its third phase.

MAYA is a plat­form for change­mak­ers among Asean youths, or­gan­ised by Ta­lent Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia Bhd with the In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry (Miti) to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of Asean’s for­ma­tion as a re­gional eco­nomic bloc and pos­si­bly to chart its path­way for the next 50 years.

MAYA seeks to ac­knowl­edge and re­ward con­tribut­ing Asean youths for their out­stand­ing so­cial im­pact or in­no­va­tions while en­cour­ag­ing their in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion in build­ing the Asean com­mu­nity through vol­un­teerism.

Nur Farhana is no new­comer to ex­cel­lence. She won the Mohd Shukri Ya­jid Out­stand­ing Award on her grad­u­a­tion day.

She now works as a credit an­a­lyst at a lo­cal in­vest­ment bank, at­tribut­ing her suc­cesses largely to her learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at MSU, which de­vel­oped and nur­tured her love of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment work.

In her 2016 vale­dic­tory, she per­suaded fel­low grad­uands that noth­ing can be more ful­fill­ing than in­spir­ing oth­ers to be­come who they can be.

Judg­ing by one young res­i­dent of To­hor, who is ready to un­der­take the Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia ex­am­i­na­tion this year, it is one in­spi­ra­tion that has ma­te­ri­alised into out­stand­ing progress.

As Malaysia’s best teach­ing and learn­ing univer­sity, MSU places top pri­or­ity on build­ing both stu­dents and fac­ulty as well as en­hanc­ing grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

En­gag­ing highly qual­i­fied aca­demics and in­ter­na­tional vis­it­ing pro­fes­sors, the univer­sity de­liv­ers com­pelling learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences within the frame­work of a holis­tic cur­ricu­lum.

Col­lab­o­ra­tive, in­dus­try- and en­ter­prise-em­bed­ded MSU blends global ex­po­sure with ex­ten­sive in­dus­trial train­ing to en­rich the per­sonal com­pe­ten­cies of its grad­u­ates.

Its global mo­bil­ity ini­tia­tives for stu­dent ex­change, lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket im­mer­sion em­power MSU grad­u­ates with the well-rounded trait de­sired and sought af­ter by em­ploy­ers.

Metic­u­lously crafted to en­hance grad­u­ate po­ten­tial, the univer­sity’s pro­grammes of study are among the best in the re­gion, pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates who are a pop­u­lar pick among em­ploy­ers.

A grad­u­ate tracer study by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry (MoHE) shows 98.6% of MSU grad­u­ates se­cured em­ploy­ment within six months of grad­u­a­tion, se­cur­ing MSU the na­tional top spot in grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity among the na­tion’s higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

As an ap­plied and en­ter­prise univer­sity, MSU of­fers pro­grammes of study at post­grad­u­ate, un­der­grad­u­ate and foun­da­tion lev­els through con­nected path­ways that ad­mit stu­dents from all walks of life and per­sonal back­grounds.

Steeped in a cul­ture of re­search and in­no­va­tion as well as so­cial en­trepreneur­ship, tech­nol­o­gy­driven MSU com­prises the Fac­ulty of Health and Life Sci­ences, the Fac­ulty of Business Man­age­ment and Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies, the Fac­ulty of In­for­ma­tion Sci­ences and En­gi­neer­ing, the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal School, the School of Phar­macy, the School of Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Sci­ences, the School of Hos­pi­tal­ity and Cre­ative Arts, the School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies, the Grad­u­ate School of Man­age­ment and the Cen­tre for Foun­da­tion Stud­ies.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­grammes of­fered at MSU, call 03-5521 6868, fax 03-5511 2848, e-mail en­ or visit

(From left) Liang Jian Zhang, Christina Chan Sook Yuen, Nur Farhana, In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Sri Mustapa Mo­hamed, Miti sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Jayasiri Jayasena, Ta­len­tCorp chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sha­reen Shariza Datuk Ab­dul Ghani and Leadero­nomics chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Roshan Thi­ran.

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