UUM ONLINE: 25 January - "2017 was an impressive year because the university achieved scores of achievements and successes. Some of those successes were achieved much earlier than projected," said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak during the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Address 2018 at the Mu'adzam Shah Hall, this morning.
Nevertheless, UUM community must remain grateful for the achievements and we must be thankful because the Almighty has also blessed us with a beautiful campus that has attracted almost 2 million local and international visitors since the launch of the Discover UUM 2016 programme.
Reminiscing our past successes, Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor urged the university staff members to unearth the essence of our motto.
"Everything starts with the three pillars - Knowledge, Virtue, Service. These three pillars are fundamental to what we want to do and achieve.
"Without Knowledge, Virtue and Service, you run the risk of committing the Seven Social Sins as listed by Mahatma Gandhi. Those sins are:
Politics without principles,
Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity, and
Worship without sacrifice.
"In fact, knowledge forms the basis of our lives as stated by the former Vice-Chancellor, the late Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dr. Awang Had Salleh.
Looking at the mandate delivered by the Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh in Putrajaya recently, he highlighted that, we must be brave in order to change and we have been brave in redesigning our higher education system. And now, we will once again show that we are brave and innovative enough to change for the 4th Industrial Revolution and beyond!
In facing the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, UUM has also made the efforts to embrace the changes and work towards making UUM an Eminent Management University by nurturing future leaders with holistic characteristics to serve the global community.
According to Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor, the university has also taken proactive measures through the UUM Phase 2 Strategic Planning (2016-2020) which emphasises the four main thrusts, namely - Thrust 1 (Intellectual Enhancement and Internationalisation); Thrust 2 (Human Capital Development and Talent Management); Thrust 3 (Holistic Student Development and Alumni Relations) and Thrust 4 (Wealth Creation).
He further added that, the university has set its target to be among the Top 300 (World), Top 50 (Asia), Top 10 (Southeast Asia) and Top 5 (Malaysia) universities by the year 2020.
"Besides this, UUM has also increased the efforts to generate income from various sources by establishing the Manager’s Coffee Langkawi, the Manager's Coffee Kuala Lumpur, commercialising the Deer Farm, UUM Nursery and also commercialising the Agarwood Farm. UUM has also identified new sources of revenue namely the Poliklinik UUM Sdn. Bhd. and Gua Landak (the cave of porcupines) in Langkawi.
As a closing remark, Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor highlighted the key takeaways for this year’s address and he expressed his hopes that UUM community will uphold the three pillars of UUM - knowledge, virtue and service, remain steadfast in executing our Strategic Plan, be brave to accept changes and be creative and innovative in order to become a useful person to UUM.
At the same event, the Vice-Chancellor also presented the Triple ISO Certification Award to Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB).
In addition, the Vice-Chancellor also launched the upgraded 10 GB bandwidth facility and the new-look of the UUM Portal 2018.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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