Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir (mahaliza@uum.)
SINTOK – Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), Indonesia, recently engaged in fruitful discussions on potential collaboration. The primary objective of this collaboration is to establish a dual degree programme at the School of Business Management.
“May the offering of the programme benefit both institutions,” said UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan, in his address at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony between UUM and UNP here on Thursday morning.
He said that in managing an educational institution during this demanding era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is imperative for the university to persistently strive for competitiveness regardless of the circumstances.
But thanks to the diligent efforts and unwavering commitment of the individuals at UUM, the university has achieved notable accreditations, including AACSB, AMBA, ABEST21, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Additionally, UUM takes pride in the fact that six of its academic programmes have been acknowledged by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).
The UUM-UNP MoU was signed by the UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Mohd Foad, and the Rector of UNP, Bapak Prof. Ganefri, PhD.
The collaboration between these two universities spanning over 10 years has yielded numerous advantages through the implementation of diverse programmes and activities. Notably, these include the offering of dual degree programmes, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Economics, the facilitation of student and faculty mobility between the two institutions, and the implementation of various collaborative teaching initiatives between both institutions.
It is vital to continuously strengthen this cooperation from time to time in order to increase the value-added potential of managerial and graduate capabilities in the future.
According to Prof. Dr Mohd Fo’ad, it is the dedication of the university to assist colleagues in acquiring the necessary accreditation to progress in an ever-evolving and uncertain global landscape.
“We at UUM, as an institution and specifically the School of Business Management, demonstrate our unwavering commitment and devotion towards fostering opportunities for academic and non-academic collaboration with all interested parties. This endeavour aligns with the objectives of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) which aims to cultivate highly knowledgeable individuals for the betterment of society,” he reiterated.