SINTOK – The final batch of 2022 graduands who experienced a delayed in their graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic finally attended the 35th Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) convocation at Mu’adzam Shah Hall, Sintok.
According to UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan, a total of 6,694 graduands would be awarded their respective degrees during the nine sessions taking place from 23 to 27 July 2023.
Of that number, there are 5,743 graduands at the Bachelor’s level and 951 postgraduate graduands including 380 graduands from various countries.
At this event, he also shared the achievements of UUM which will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 16 February 2024.
He said, currently UUM has a total of 32,665 students, with 26,774 being undergraduate students and 5,881 being postgraduate students.
The number of alumni has now reached 160,187 individuals since its establishment in 1984. Over this period, 36.4 percent of alumni are working in private companies, 35 percent work in the public sector and 17.4 percent work in multinational private companies.
In order to enhance the appeal and competitiveness of the academic programmes at this university, UUM will introduce three undergraduate programmes that are Hybrid and Flexible or Hyflex. These programmes offer students the option to complete two years of study at the university and two years at home (2u2h) or three years at the university and one year at home (3u1h).
“We will offer three programmes in the October 2023 admission session, namely Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Public Management and Bachelor of Event Management later,” he continued in his welcome speech in conjunction with the 35th Convocation.
Meanwhile, for individuals who work and are unable to attend face-to-face lectures at UUM Sintok or at the UUMKL Campus due to work commitments will have the opportunity to pursue 13 master’s level programmes through ODL or Open and Distance Learning starting in September.
Touching on the employability of graduates (GE), it was projected that in 2022, the achievement would increase by 10 percent, reaching 94.4 percent. This is a significant improvement compared to 2021 which recorded 84.4 percent.
During the convocation ceremony, there were accomplishments achieved by the graduands. One such achievement was Ms. Wong Wei Jie from the Bachelor of Business Administration (Logistics and Transport) programme who successfully secured a position in a Danish company, Maersk Omnichannel Fulfillment based in Singapore as a Global Management Trainee with a starting salary of around RM11,000.
“May the degree awarded during this convocation signifies knowledge and preparedness to be virtuous and dedicated,” he said in his speech.