The Inaugural WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2014

Under the coordination, close supervision and finance from the Malaysian Academy of SMEs & Entrepreneurship Development (MASMED), UiTM, The Community Herbs of UiTM was crowned as the overall champion of the inaugural WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2014. Represented by four students from the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The Community Herbs emerged as the overall winner for the challenge and received RM20,000 after successfully pitched their idea for indigenous community in Kg Guntur, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. Another team, Embun was announced as the winner for fishermen’s community of Kg. Belakang Kilang, Kuala Perlis, Perlis. Embun was represented by four students from the Faculty of Accountancy.

The first stage of WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2014 started in July 2014 with the participation of 20 teams from various Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning in Malaysia. Four teams from UiTM participated in the first challenge. Team Enactus UiTM, The Community Herbs of the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Embun and Infinite of the Faculty of Accountancy have advanced to the Bootcamp stage. 15 teams went through a 2-day Business Plan Bootcamp where the students were comprehensively trained to further develop their business plan and later submitted the refined business plans for evaluation by the appointed assessors.

The final stage of business pitching took place on 19th January 2015 with eight teams; Enactus Unimas, UCSI University, BumbleBee Sunway & Monash University, Embun UiTM, Eugeniaes University of Nottingham Malaysia, Enactus UiTM, The Community Herbs UiTM and Growth Putra Business School UPM presented and pitched their social enterprise ideas in front of a panel of 8 judges and sponsors by persuading and arguing their cause for their respective communities. Four teams namely UCSI University for community Kg. Kalangkaman, Pulau Banggi, Sabah; Embun, UiTM for community Kg. Belakang Kilang, Kuala Perlis, Perlis; The Community Herbs, UiTM for community Kg. Guntur, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan; and Growth of UPM for community Kg. Muara Tuang, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak received their well-deserved awards of RM10,000 each as well as opportunities for project incubation. The overall winner, The Community Herbs of UiTM for community Kg. Guntur, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan also received an additional RM10,000 and a Challenge Trophy. The winning was more meaningful for MASMED and UiTM as we not only dominated the competition but also defeated other prominent public and private universities in Malaysia and received a total of RM 30,000.

UiTM Vice Chancellor at the Oxford Academy for Education and Development

Tan Sri Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) was invited by the Oxford Academy for Education and Development (OAED),United Kingdom to speak on his experience leading UiTM under the programme Leadership in Higher Education. The programme, which involved senior leaders of universities all over the world, was held from 9–13 December 2014. Tan Sri Sahol’s paper on University Leadership: a Case Study outlined his experience leading UiTM which saw it attaining numerous acclaims at national and international level. Among the university’s accomplishments were Most Entrepreneurial University Award, which was won for two consecutive years, that is, in 2012 and 2013. The award was introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education, respectively, in 2012. At the international level, UiTM was acknowledged as the Best Islamic Finance Education Provider during the Global Islamic Finance Awards 2014, held in Dubai this year.

The the five-day programme hosted by OAED, was a top-level executive programme which brought together leaders of higher education institutions from around the world to review best practices in academic management, leadership and strategy, development and innovation, internationalisation of higher education and other topics which deemed relevant to the higher education scenario in the United Kingdom and pertinent at international level. The programme has been designed to cover both practical and theoretical aspects of leadership in higher education through stimulating debates, workshops and seminars as well as tours of higher education institutions and cultural visits. Familiarisation programmes were also held earlier, among which were the visit to UiTM by OAED Chairman, Dr Moghaddam. He discussed future projects and collaborations with UiTM’s Senior Management. Also present were representatives from OAED’s International Office.

Invitiation to attend OAED’s Senior Executive Leadership Programme was also extended to UiTM’s senior management.

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Innovation Competition

Our students from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering today won 1st 
runner up for Innovation competition organised by Bosch. Project 
entitled Small Wind Turbine Generator.

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FSPU-PKNS (Real Estate) collaboration: Revitalising PKNS

FSPU-PKNS (Real Estate) collaboration: "Revitalising PKNS" project 
done by semester 01 MArch students. Appreciation ceremony held at 
SACC central lobby area. Best design received RM1,500 and four 
consolations RM800 each, given away by PKNS Gen Manager (Corporate) 
En Norhisyam Abd Ghani.

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