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.
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(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.