By Syifarida Muhamad Zaki
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 – It's a maiden victory for Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) when it wins the Most Entrepreneurial Public University award at the Ministry of Higher Education Entrepreneurial Awards (MEA) 2016 event.
UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris received the award which was presented by Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, in the event held at a hotel here.
UPM received an entrepreneurial development grant valued RM200,000, a trophy, plaque and a certificate.
Four public universities which made it to the finals - UPM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa and Universiti Sains Malaysia – received RM50,000 each.
Also present were Deputy Higher Education Minister, Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching and the ministry’s Secretary-general, Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur.
The awards were presented in appreciation of the initiatives and efforts carried out by institutions of higher learning that resulted in their excellent performances in education and entrepreneurship development programmes.
Among the categories contested were Best Student Enterprise, Best Social Entrepreneurship Project and Best Entrepreneurship Mentor.
Meanwhile, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini said the contest was an effort by the government to empower the entrepreneurship ecosystem of higher learning institutions to be more conducive and sustainable in line with the Higher Learning Institutions Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020.
She also said that the accomplishment proved that UPM staff and students could do more to win major contests in entrepreneurship.
“I hope that all students will get themselves involved in university activities and programmes to make them feel more committed to achieve more successes,” she said.
Expressing her gratitude over the winning, she also paid tribute to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs And Alumni) Prof. Dato’ Dr. Muhammad Shatar Sabran; Putra Science Park (PSP), University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC), Vice-Chancellor's Office, Strategic Corporate And Communication Office, Agriculture Faculty, Veterinary Hospital and Centre For Entrepreneurship Development and Graduate Marketability (CEM) that had been handling the competition in their capacity as the backbone and secretariat entrusted by UPM management. - UPM