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Unimy Offering Digital Technology Intensive Programme

— University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UNIMY) is offering the Digital Technology Intensive Programme (UNIMY DiTIP), especially for those who have completed their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, to help develop a tech-savvy young generation.

UNIMY vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Ts Dr Mohd Razali Muhamad said the structured online programme offered three courses, namely, Basic Computing, Introduction to Programming and Introduction to Digital Arts and Design.

He said the programme would provide an opportunity for students waiting for their examination results to be exposed to digital technology in a short period of three months.

Mohd Razali said the programme was also open to individuals interested to increase their understanding of digital technology.

“These basic courses are introduced to promote digital skills that have become important in the current Industrial Revolution 4.0 era, in line with the development of automation and digital transformation that is highly imaginative and innovative.

“No matter what the industry, computer and digital skills are something very much needed to increase productivity and effectiveness.

“The scenario will be increasingly challenging, especially for the future generation who will inherit the country,” he said in an interview with Bernama recently.

He said UNIMY offered a flexible approach, with the UNIMY DiTIP to be held online from April 5 to June 25.

“Each course will take a month, so the participants can choose to take one, two or all three courses at once or in stages as long as these are being offered,” he said, adding that the fees for the programme are merely RM500 for one course, RM900 (two courses) and RM1,200 (three courses).

“The course fees are affordable, seeing that each module takes 42 hours,” he said, adding that UNIMY was targeting up to 900 students by the year-end compared to the current 400 students.

The UNIMY DiTIP is a continuation of the programmes offered by UNIMY from foundation to doctorate level, covering eight areas of focus.

The premier digital technology university offers programmes such as the Computer Science diploma (Video Games Development), Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours, and the master’s degree.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Islamic University Of Madinah offers scholarships to Malaysian students

— The Islamic University of Madinah is offering an unlimited number of scholarships to Malaysian students to further their knowledge in Islamic Studies, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

Zulkifli said that the university also offered scholarships to Malaysian students in various fields, including medicine and engineering.

He said that the offer was the result of his meeting with the university’s president, Prince Mamdouh bin Saud bin Thunayan Al Saud during his working visit to Saudi Arabia.

“We are being invited to send our students not only in the field of religion and Syariah, but in the field of engineering science and others.

“InsyaAllah, I take note of this matter and will discuss with stakeholders to send our best students to deepen their knowledge in the Holy City of Madinah Al-Munawwarah,” he told the Malaysian media after visiting the university on Tuesday.

Among the advantages of the scholarship is that each student will be provided with a monthly allowance, accommodation, medical insurance and airline tickets.

Commenting further, Zulkifli said that the offer reflected the close relationship between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia at various levels, including education.

Zulkifli, who is an alumnus of the university, said that apart from this, the Islamic University of Madinah also intends to hold a student exchange programme with Malaysian universities.

“This university has gone through many phases of changes to be able to be placed in the best group in the world. Currently, this university not only offers the latest books, but also an advanced education system according to the latest technology,” he said.

Currently, there are more than 200 Malaysian students studying at the university.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

AADK to conduct urine tests on secondary students in Kelantan

Kelantan National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) will soon conduct urine screening tests on secondary school students in a bid to curb their involvement in drug activities.

State AADK director Rohayu Ahmad said the programme would be carried out at all secondary schools to identify and obtain data on students who may be involved in such activities.

“Right now (this year), we still do not have a record on the number of students involved with drugs.

“We have discussed with the State Education Department and District Education Office (PPD) to conduct the programme,” she told reporters after the opening ceremony and launch of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Petai as an AADK adopted school here today.

She said the programme would be carried out soon on students who had been screened and those recommended by the schools.

“If the students test positive (for drugs), we will not take legal action. Instead, we will hold a rehabilitation retreat for three days and two nights,” she said, adding that AADK had identified 15 high-risk areas for drug activities in five districts, including in Kota Bharu and Tumpat.

She hoped that the schools would cooperate by not hiding the data of students with symptoms of drug abuse.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Rotation system for schools in Sibu beginning Monday

— All primary and secondary schools in Sibu District will start a class rotation system starting Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Sarawak Assistant Minister of Education and Technological Research, Dr Annuar Rapaee said the decision was made after taking into account the safety factors and congestion at schools.

“We want to reduce the number of students to be in school at one time. Last week, when the school session re-opened, all the students went and there was congestion,” he said in a statement posted on his social media site Saturday.

Annuar said under the rotation system, Year 4, 5 and 6 students will go to school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the pre-schoolers and those in Year 1, 2 and 3 will go to school on Tuesday and Thursday.

For secondary school students, those in Form 4 to 6 will attend school as usual every day, he said, adding that those in Remove Class and in Form 3 will go to school on the first and third week of the month.

He said the second and fourth week will be for Form 1 and 2 students to go to school.

On days the students are not required to go to school, Home-based Teaching and Learning session (PdPR) session will be conducted, he added.

Meanwhile, Annuar said a total of 223 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates in Sibu town who could not sit for the examination recently due to COVID-19 will sit for the examination from April 6 to 23.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MEDAC to set up cooperatives and entrepreneurial university

The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) will soon establish a university of cooperatives and entrepreneurship to provide a new line-up of professionals to handle cooperatives management in the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said MEDAC was currently in the process of preparing a working paper before holding further discussions with relevant parties including the Ministry of Higher Education.

“This institute will act as a platform to produce a new generation of cooperative movement leaders who are knowledgeable, have business and entrepreneurial skills. It is expected to open by the end of this year, and premises have already been identified in Cyberjaya,” he said at a media conference after the launch of the Malaysian Cooperative Transformation Plan (TransKoM) here today.

Wan Junaidi said the proposed university would be placed under the Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (IKM) however it would not interfere with IKM’s function as the only cooperatives training centre in the country.

TransKoM was officiated by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The setting up of the university was part of the ministry’s strategies to transform and strengthen the cooperatives movement in the country that has more than 6.1 million members through TransKoM, he said adding that he was confident that the country’s cooperatives movement would be able to achieve great success at the regional as well as international level with the help of the new generation of cooperatives professionals.

TransKoM outlines five goals namely the achievement of goals based on common well-being and prosperity; a constructive and facilitative legal and regulatory system; productive and knowledgeable human capital; new business models based on technology and knowledge; and evidence-based planning and innovative delivery and monitoring systems.

He said overall, 20 strategic measures, 36 programmes and activities as well as 30 Key Performance Index (KPI) were set under five thrusts with the implementation of the transformation in three phases beginning this year until 2025.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Graduate business degree demand Increases as COVID-19 concerns wane – GMAC report

— Interest in graduate management education (GME) programmes this year continues to grow among prospective students, a trend that coincides with waning concerns about the impact of COVID-19.

This is according to a new report published by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC™).

The Council’s 2021 mba.com Prospective Students Survey Report finds the proportion of respondents reporting they are extremely or very concerned about the pandemic declined from 41 to 33 per cent over the survey period.

In addition, three in four (73 per cent) international candidates planning to pursue an MBA outside their country of citizenship are not changing their original plans despite the pandemic.

According to a statement, women candidates are more receptive to remote learning than men.

They are willing to accept a higher proportion of their degree to be completed online and are more likely to agree that career opportunities gained through an on-campus graduate business degree are the same as those gained through an online degree.

GMAC president and chief executive officer, Sangeet Chowfla said: “As vaccines become increasingly available, prospective students around the world are seeing light at the end of the tunnel regarding the global pandemic.

“It is especially, encouraging to find female candidates seeking advanced business degrees for career advantages despite the unique challenges and barriers they face due to COVID-19.”

In addition, more candidates are considering GME to upgrade skills amidst COVID-19 uncertainties; international candidates still prefer mobility over online; and, the United States and the United Kingdom remain top destinations for international students.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Administrators play vital role in shaping public universities – Mohd Zuki

PUTRAJAYA, — University administrators are the architects responsible for shaping their respective institutions’ administration towards realising the philosophy and values of knowledge as well as academic achievement, said Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

In his virtual keynote address to administrators of the country’s public universities, Mohd Zuki said that universities today should not only be seen as higher learning institutions but also as centres of knowledge and research, as well as wisdom and intellect that forms the nation’s culture and civilisation.

He added that universities should not be trapped by corporate culture as they are not corporate bodies whose only aim was to make a profit.

“Universities cannot be solely driven by their vision, mission and corporate values alone, and must also be governed by philosophy and the value of knowledge and academic achievement.

“Universities must adhere to the principles and the spirit of common sense that celebrates the diversity of knowledge, and serve as a strong bridge connecting the house of knowledge and research with others,” he said when officiating the 2020 Public Universities Administrators Convention online today.

Based on the records, a total of 93,638 (5.85 per cent) of civil servants in the country are public universities staff, and about 9,652 (10.3 per cent) of those are professional administrators.

The online convention is a collaboration between Malaysian Council of Public Universities Administrators Association (Masti), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) and Malaysian Public Universities Registrar Committee.

At the event, Mohd Zuki also launched the 3rd Masti special publication, which included 23 articles written by the administrators.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency