This collaborative effort was realised through a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) by both institutions yesterday.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Wira Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak signed the MoU on behalf of the university while MARA was represented by its Director-General, Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad.
This collaboration was set to meet the government’s aspiration, in which public universities were encouraged to be more flexible in providing opportunities to not only full-time students, but also working adults to continue their studies at a higher level and improve their potentials at their workplaces.
Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad in his welcoming speech said that this fruitful collaboration aimed at producing excellent MARA denizens who were consistent with the mission and vision of MARA.
"MARA is developed with the intention to nurture and produce human capitals by focusing on three main areas of focus, namely producing entrepreneurs, workers with global marketability and outstanding scholars. Hence, the MARA officials, especially academics must possess excellent quality, capacity, ability and characters that synchronise with these three main areas of focus," he said.
At present, a total of 20 officers from MARA Professional College, Seri Iskandar, Perak, MARA office of Perak, MARA office of Perak Tengah District and Felda Mara Junior Science College are attending this course.
Meanwhile, UUM Vice-Chancellor said in his speech, a lifelong learning aimed to develop an individual's career in addition to increasing the productivity of that individual and his organisation as well as the nation.
"I fervently hope that there will be more of this collaborative effort between UUM and MARA because I believe that more intellectuals in an organisation will eventually lead the organisation towards its targets efficiently and effectively," he said.
Also present at the event were UUM and MARA officials.
Translated by Nurul Nazifah Mat Noh
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