Pre­serv­ing a legacy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

FOR many young en­trepreneur­s, there is al­ways the big ques­tion of find­ing a com­pelling “why” in dis­cov­er­ing their real pur­pose. Syafiq Adli Mustaffa, a stu­dent in the Diploma of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, is just 19 years old and he is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing over the fam­ily busi­ness in man­ag­ing and op­er­at­ing a home­s­tay known as Villa Kem­boja in Batu Pa­hat.

“Villa Kem­boja was my grand­fa­ther’s home, and my fa­ther in­her­ited the prop­erty. My fa­ther en­vi­sioned to keep this an­ces­tral home for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“His vi­sion trig­gered my cu­rios­ity about run­ning a home­s­tay busi­ness. Also, I have many won­der­ful child­hood mem­o­ries of fish­ing by the stream and gathering un­der a huge rambu­tan tree with my aun­ties and un­cles dur­ing the fruit sea­son. It is our fam­ily rit­ual, and I trea­sure each mem­ory,” de­clared Syafiq.

Villa Kem­boja is the heart and soul of his fa­ther, who would spend days cultivatin­g the land­scape and tend­ing the fruit trees. Now, the fam­ily plans to have an or­chard within the twoacre (0.81ha) com­pound. On the other hand, Syafid has an eye for ar­chi­tec­ture, with dis­tinct Ba­li­nese fea­tures. The fa­ther and son duo seems to com­ple­ment each other in pre­serv­ing their her­itage.

Syafiq’s el­der brother who grad­u­ated from Ni­lai Univer­sity in 2010, en­cour­aged him to fur­ther his stud­ies at Ni­lai Univer­sity. Hence, he en­rolled in the Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion in­tend­ing to ac­quire fur­ther knowl­edge and guid­ance to op­er­ate and ex­pand his fam­ily’s busi­ness.

Cur­rently, in his third se­mes­ter of the pro­gramme, Syafiq has suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented a few pro­ce­dures in run­ning the day-to-day oper­a­tions ef­fec­tively.

In the Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, stu­dents will study 11 core cour­ses such as Man­age­ment, Mar­ket­ing, Fi­nance, Eco­nomics and more. These cour­ses will give stu­dents a glimpse of the fun­da­men­tals in en­trepreneur­ship.

Syafiq started by defin­ing the tar­get mar­kets and cat­e­goris­ing his po­ten­tial cus­tomers into three main groups. By do­ing so, the sales rev­enue in­creased. Then he stream­lined other oper­a­tions by cre­at­ing a ded­i­cated ac­count and mon­i­tored the sales rev­enue against in­ven­to­ries pe­ri­od­i­cally.

Stu­dents who have just com­pleted their SPM/ SPMV/ UEC or equiv­a­lent could en­rol in the Foun­da­tion in Busi­ness or Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. They can com­plete the Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion within two and a half years and then de­cide to fur­ther his/ her stud­ies in the fol­low­ing spe­cialised fields of an hon­ours de­gree pro­gramme:

1) In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness

2) Mar­ket­ing

3) Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment

I have many won­der­ful child­hood mem­o­ries of fish­ing by the stream and gathering un­der a huge rambu­tan tree with my aun­ties and un­cles dur­ing the fruit sea­son. It is our fam­ily rit­ual, and I trea­sure each mem­ory.

Syafiq Adli Mustaffa

4) Man­age­ment

5) Gen­eral Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion

“As an en­tre­pre­neur, I try to mit­i­gate risks, but I am pre­pared to em­brace all chal­lenges. I guess this is part and par­cel of en­trepreneur­ship,” con­fessed Syafiq.

“In this era, the busi­ness land­scape is con­stantly chang­ing, so hav­ing the pas­sion and knowl­edge is one as­pect, per­sonal de­sire and drive to suc­ceed is equally im­por­tant too.

“We train stu­dents in risk man­age­ment as well, in the busi­ness pro­grammes,” men­tioned School of Mar­ket­ing and Man­age­ment head Vigneswara­rao Ap­palanaidu.

When Syafiq com­pared notes with his friends, he dis­cov­ered that he was for­tu­nate to have lec­tur­ers whom he could ap­proach any­time. He val­ues their guid­ance, en­cour­age­ment, and also their thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tions that chal­lenge him to think out of the box.

Be­sides the Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ni­lai Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Busi­ness, Hos­pi­tal­ity and Hu­man­i­ties also of­fers other diploma pro­grammes in Ac­count­ing, Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment and Culi­nary Arts.

El­i­gi­ble stu­dents who wish to study with ease in fi­nanc­ing could opt to ap­ply for schol­ar­ships and re­ceive tu­ition fees waiver of up to 100%.

Ni­lai Univer­sity will have an open day for stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in find­ing out about its 2020 schol­ar­ships on Jan 11 and 12.

Al­ter­na­tively, stu­dents can also call for an ap­point­ment at 06-850 2308 and re­quest for an ex­clu­sive cam­pus tour. The Mar­ket­ing and Re­cruit­ment Of­fice is open daily from Mon­day till Sunday ex­cept for pub­lic hol­i­days.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.ni­lai.edu.my, send an email to mar­ket­[email protected]­lai.edu. my or fol­low Ni­lai Univer­sity’s Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/Ni­laiUniver­sity/ for other Sci­ence and Busi­ness foun­da­tion, diploma and de­gree pro­grammes of­fered for the forth­com­ing in­take this month.

nine­teen-year-old syafiq, a stu­dent in ni­lai univer­sity’s diploma of Busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing over the fam­ily busi­ness in man­ag­ing and op­er­at­ing a home­s­tay known as Villa Kem­boja in Batu Pa­hat.

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