By Khairul Anuar Muhamad Noh
Photo by Noor Azreen Awang
SERDANG, 8 Nov – The Convocation Ceremony of the 19th Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – Private higher education institutions (IPTS) Collaborative Programme proves the strategic collaboration in providing wider access to students to obtain formal university education.
Vice Chancellor UPM, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris said IPTS has to be at an excellent level as a complement to public higher education institutions in enhancing access to higher education due to limited place of study.
She said the offering of places at private higher education institutions realizes the concept of democratization of education, which is the increase of those who get higher education in popular and quality fields of study.
“Moving towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0, higher education institutions must compete healthily and focus its own strength towards excellence such as efforts to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning, research and innovation, student development and industrial and community networks.
“However, in the pursuit of excellence, IPTS needs to improve collegiality among themselves to achieve excellence together,” she said in the convocation ceremony.
UPM has established collaborative programmes with 6 IPTS namely Teknologi Timur College, Uniti College, Widad College, Cybernetics International College of Technology, University College of Agroscience Malaysia and Putra Business School as a testament to its collegiality to produce strategic output.
A total of 300 graduates received degrees and diplomas, namely four PhDs, 210 Master’s degree and 116 Diplomas from Prof. Aini at the Main Hall, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Arts and Cultural Center, UPM.
Prof. Aini said that increased higher education costs borne by parents should be appreciated by graduates by giving back meaningful contributions to their families, community and country in any field ventured.
“As alumni, let us always return to our alma mater either physically or through other methods to help your university or college to continue its function as a hub of knowledge relevant to the progress of the country”.
The Convocation Ceremony for UPM-IPTS Collaborative Programme is a ceremony for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), master, bachelor and diploma graduates from UPM with IPTS and Putra Business School. The ceremony was conducted by UPM Education & Training with the help of colleges involved.
Also present at the ceremony was the 19th UPM-IPTS Collaborative Programme Committee Chairman, Datin Seri Datuk Hajah Norayini Ali, Joint Chairman Dr. Mohd Kamil Yusoff and Chairman of the Board of Directors and IPTS Chief Executive Officers.
Updated:: 09/11/2017 [syifarida]
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