Turning passion into business
“AS a child, I would always pester my mum to buy me pets and not toys,” recalled Dinend Sivalingam, a final-year student in Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in International Business at Nilai University.
His sisters Revathi Sivalingam and Vengdeshvary Sivalingam are also students at Nilai University. Vengdeshvary, the youngest in the family, is a sophomore student undertaking the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) (Internet Engineering and Cloud Computing), while Revathi is also a final-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in International Business.
At a tender age, Dinend reared a rare breed of chicken – ayam serama, the world’s smallest chicken which is often entered in competitions throughout Malaysia. With his family’s encouragement, Dinend started a website advising people on how to breed, care, and train these chickens for competitions.
While pursuing the Foundation in Science, he discovered that he also aspired to be an entrepreneur. His mother gave her blessing and eventually, the whole family became part of Dinend’s core team. In just three years, he established R&D Capital Logistics, providing logistic services in transporting pets.
As he gained more knowledge from the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in International Business, he expanded his business further, recently venturing to Singapore.
“The course in international business broadened my horizon as I learned to look at all angles in running and expanding my start-up business,” said Dinend.
School of Marketing and Management head Vigneswararao Appalanaidu explained that the teaching methodology at Nilai University focuses on training students to be analytical and versatile.
“We encourage students to participate actively in class. Students will deliver solo and team presentations as part of their assignments. Teamwork is a key focus here. To thrive in a business, working with people from all walks of life is fundamental. This will lead to developing a proper structure, system and support,” he said.
Business programmes in different specialised fields
There are five Honours Business Degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Humanities in various specialised fields:
1) International Business
3) Human Resource Management 4) Management 5) General Business Administration Students who have just completed their SPM/SPMV/UEC or the equivalent can directly enrol in the Foundation in Business or Diploma in Business Administration before opting for a specialised degree programme.
The versatile Diploma in Business Administration programme gives students a head start in the business world. It incorporates nine core courses and other vital courses covering the inter-related aspects of businesses.
The exposure to these different areas of business helps students decide on their field of specialisation. After completing the Diploma in Business Administration in two and a half years, students can then decide on their specialised business degree.
“We craft these courses to expose students to the different areas of running a business. So if other students are budding entrepreneurs like Dinend, they will grasp the knowledge, apply and keep gaining the momentum to expand their horizons.
“It is enriching when we see our students living their true potential. This is the most significant role of any educator,” explained Vigneswararao.
Dinend is ever grateful to his lecturers: “I can ask my lecturers for advice anytime and bounce off ideas with them. It is very encouraging and keeps me motivated to propel my business to another level.”
Determined to expand R&D Capital Logistics, Dinend is collaborating with his customers and close friends to set up another branch as well as a farm in East Malaysia.
Although he will only be graduating next year, he has set more ambitious plans to explore and expand to other related businesses.
“In this era, the business landscape is constantly changing so having the passion and knowledge is one aspect, but personal desire and the drive to succeed is equally important. We train students in risk management as well as in the business programmes,” said Vigneswararao.
Nilai University offers many scholarships to students who have just completed their SPM, SPMV, UEC, O-Levels, STPM and A-Levels. Eligible students will enjoy partial or full tuition fee waivers if they excel academically or in sports or societies.
Dinend, seen here with his sisters Vengdeshvary (left) and Revathi, has set up a successful pet transport business called R&D Capital Logistics.