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UUM offers a specialised master programme in Strategic Studies for police officers in Kedah

Nordiana Shafiee

Nordiana Shafiee

UUM News Editor, Journalist

Pictures by Mohd Fuad Hamid/UUM Today

ALOR SETAR: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) is set to provide a unique opportunity for police officers serving at the Kedah Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK), to enrol in the Master of Strategic Studies programme.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan, UUM will facilitate the implementation of the programme, which can be completed in just one year and eight months, or five semesters.

“We have the option to begin either in January 2024 or in the subsequent intakes in May or September, provided that we have a sufficient number of participants. This will enable lecturers to travel Kedah IPK without requiring the police officer to travel to UUM Sintok campus.

“On behalf of UUM, I extend our sincere willingness to provide any necessary assistance required by the police. This includes granting access to the well-equipped sports complex facilities located at the Sintok campus,” he said during the meeting with Kedah Chief of Police, CP Dato’ Fisol Salleh.

Also present at the meeting were Kedah Deputy Chief of Police, DCP Datuk Abu Samah Mohd Noor and Dean of the School of International Studies (SOIS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nazariah Osman.

Previously, a total of 35 Perlis GPA officers from various ranks successfully graduated at the 35th UUM Convocation Ceremony last July.

A total of 23 Perlis IPK officers and 15 administration and diplomatic officers are set to graduate during the 36th UUM Convocation Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place from 19 to 23 November 2023.

In addition, Dato’ Fisol also welcomed the proposal put forth by SOIS. He affirmed his willingness to extend opportunities to police officers who are interested in pursuing further studies at UUM.

“I am confident that a programme like this will greatly enhance the professionalism of police officers. I have high expectations that UUM will offer the necessary courses needed by the police.

“I am also kindly requesting that UUM extend their assistance to the police in conducting a comprehensive study and proposing viable solutions to address the increasingly concerns surrounding drug and sex-related cases among the underage population in Kedah,” he said.

Dr Nazariah plans to hold a briefing session for prospective police officers who are interested in pursuing their undergraduate studies in the near future.

“We not only aim to explain the entry requirements and the structure of the programme, but also to share the experiences of police officers from IPK Perlis. Some of these officers have received funding assistance from the Public Service Department (JPA) or the Public Services Commission,” she said.