UUM ONLINE: 23 January - In a bid to prevent employment accidents from taking place amongst workers, UUM through its School of Applied Psychology, Policy and Social Work (SAPSP) and the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Visitors Lounge this afternoon.
The MoU was signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Dr. Yusnidah Ibrahim who represented the Vice-Chancellor with Deputy Chief Executive (Operation), Mr. John R. Marin representing its Chief Executive, Dato' Seri Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed.
Prof. Dr. Yusnidah who delivered the Vice-Chancellor’s speech said that to continue to succeed and remain relevant as time went by, the university needed strategic partners, especially in both the corporate and industrial fields.
She said the signing of the MoU between UUM and SOCSO was one of the strategic steps that would benefit both parties whereby the memorandum would focus on research, consultation, training and placement of practicum students.
"In addition, SOCSO could also cooperate with SAPSP in the exchange of expertise in areas namely rehabilitation, counselling, psychological support and social work intervention, meanwhile when collaborating with the School of Business Management (SBM), human resource development, occupational safety and health management and social security management could be areas of focus.
"I would also like to express my appreciation and gratitude to SOCSO for their trust in providing activity and research grant amounting to MYR60, 000 for this year and this gesture is the continuation of the initiative pledged last year aimed at conducting research and awareness campaigns on the prevention of accidents at the workplace," she said.
In the speech read by Prof. Dr. Yusnidah Ibrahim, SOCSO members of staff were also invited to pursue higher education at various levels namely Executive Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate level available in UUM.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Executive (Operation), Mr. John R. Marin said that SOCSO had always been supportive of efforts made by Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to implement accident prevention programmes involving workers.
He also expressed hope that both SOCSO and IHLs would hopefully create cooperation to foster awareness of occupational safety for the well-being of workers.
He further reiterated that with the MoU it would hopefully launch cooperation with UUM, thereby bringing about impact to workers' welfare.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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