UUM ONLINE: The government’s efforts to make Malaysia a fully developed nation with the introduction of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda has garnered the staunch support of UUM. This support was manifest in the organisation of a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Strategic Initiatives Programme, which included the involvement of the UUM Board of Directors, for two days at EDC Hotels & Resorts.
The launch of the programme was officiated by the Chair of the University Board of Directors, Tan Sri Siti Sa'diah Sheikh Bakir, recently.
In her keynote address, Tan Sri Siti Sa'diah said that the programme was crucial to preserving the Prime Minister's intent of transforming Malaysia into a developed nation along aspects that encompassed education, politics, the cost of living, sport and culture, religion and unity, the environment, foreign relations, the welfare of the city, macroeconomics, and science and technology.
"Trust has to be implemented even though times are changing, especially for the sake of the people and the country we love.
"Furthermore, the world is becoming more advanced and the vigorous pace of progress is even more keenly felt. In fact, knowledge and ability have become the core of life in this century, buttressed by the generation of a continuous and sustainable capacity," she said.
She added that this was the era in which the country needed transformation, to head towards becoming a developed nation as defined by global standards.
She said that TN50 was consistent with the 2017 Budget presented by the Prime Minister last October and that it embodied a new concept to be realised come 2050.
She elaborated that TN50 also embodied an aspiration of the future in which the younger generation would be inspired to achieve a more glorious vision under the efflorescence of a developed, sovereign, and prosperous nation.
"There are several mega trends in the offing which will impact the world, including Malaysia, by 2050, in areas such as politics, economics, social milieu, technology, and the environment.
"Therefore, universities must also bear the great and important responsibility of becoming the catalysts that will determine what will happen in the future when these mega trends become apparent," she said.
She further added that the task of an educator at a university was crucial to helping young people achieve their aspirations even when the world was in the throes of a major transformation.
According to her, UUM, as a leading Management University, must apply the available theories and models of management to help spark ideas to overcome the impact of the mega trends come 2050, aside from coming up with new ideas for the transformation of the nation and for the management to improve the performance of this institution.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato 'Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, said that the programme, which was the brainchild and initiative born of YBhg Tan Sri’s corporate experience, was introduced for the benefit of the university.
He also expressed his hopes that all the participants involved in the programme would contribute their ideas to the government, especially since the two-year period spanning 2017 to 2019 was allocated for input gathering for TN50.
"Apart from planning for the future of the university, we also need to plan for the future of the country.
"Hence, the resulting input will be of use not only at the national level, but also at the international level, apart having an impact on the university and the national higher education system. This will constitute one of UUM’s contributions to the country," he said.
The National Transformation 2050 Strategic Initiatives Programme involved over 80 key office-bearers and Heads of UUM Centres of Authority, who discussed given topics in groups and presented their resolutions according to the topics outlined in the TN50 agenda.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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