According to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak , the members of the Academia Lounge who comprise both the UUM administrative staff and also academics will enjoy attractive rewards offered by the membership card.
According to him, besides enjoying the discounts for the food and beverages purchased at the Academia Lounge, members can also have the opportunity to use facilities like the gymnasium and the swimming pool located at the EDC Hotels & Resort for free.
"We want the members to have the venue and place to relax where they can sit and discuss matters in a more relaxed and exclusive environment similar to the ambiance of a Club House which is often the norm of many universities abroad.
"In addition, UUM will also open another Academia Lounge which has a more open concept some time next year. In addition to that, the Academia Lounge & Bistro in UUMKL will also be launched in October," he said at the Academia Lounge Membership Card launching ceremony cum Members’ Birthday Celebration yesterday afternoon.
He added that setting up an Academia Lounge has certainly added convenience to the campus community. By creating a harmonious atmosphere, the members of university staff are able to generate more ideas that will indirectly help both the academics and administrative staff to become more productive.
He added that the conducive atmosphere will inspire the campus community to work with much more enthusiasm.
"I hope the Academia Lounge set up three years ago will be a world-class and has a class of its own.
"In addition, the management of the Academia Lounge must also maintain its quality in service," he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the UUM Academic Staff Association, Prof. Dr. Abd Razak said, Academia Lounge, which was established in 2013, first introduced the concept of membership last year and it has received profound support from the members of university staff especially amongst the academics.
He said that the objective of establishing the Academia Lounge was to provide a place for staff to hold meetings and conduct academic interactions, which further strengthens ties when exchanging views.
He added that, by setting up the Academia Lounge, the issue of the lack of space to eat or relax for both the academics as well as the visitors to UUM would be reduced.
At the event, members who were born in the months of June until September were also feted with a Birthday bash.
Also present were the members of the University Management Committee and members of the Academia Lounge.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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