UUM ONLINE: 20 June 2012- In efforts to position Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM ) as a Research University (RU) , the School of Technology Management and Logistics ( STML ) in collaboration with the Centre For University-Industry Collaboration ( CUIC ) organised the 2014 Symposium on Management of Technology , Operations and Logistics ( Siptik VI ) recently.
According to the Dean of STML, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Mohamed Udin, the symposium provided lecturers, students and final year students with a much needed platform to present their research work.
"This much awaited annual event creates opportunities for the UUM campus community to share innovative ideas which can be commercialized to the public at large.
Hopefully, the discussions held throughout the two-day symposium will assist fellow participants lay strong foundation in order to further develop their knowledge on matters related to innovations as well as technology.
I fervently believe that a symposium such as this would inculcate the much needed research culture among students and UUM academic staff in order to realise UUM desire to become the next research university. Moreover, this symposium will foster sustainable relationships between the UUM staff and the industry," he said.
Director of CUIC, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hartini Ahmad assured that the exchange of information with experts would provide valuable input to participants.
"This year, many leading speakers with a variety of experiences are invited namely Tan Sri Dato 'Seri Halim Mohammad and Ahmad Fahrin to share their experiences. I hope participants will gain insights on business and its contemporary issues," she said.
With the theme, "Green Management Drives For Sustainability And Transient Advantages" the symposium ran for two days and was attended by senior lecturers and students in their final semester.
Meanwhile, in the keynote address, Chief Executive Officer (CEO ) of Halim Maznim Group, Tan Sri Dato 'Seri Halim Mohammad praised the efforts made by both STML and CUIC in improving the soft skills of UUM students .
“I congratulate both STML UUM and CUIC UUM for organising such a symposium. Siptik VI will certainly bring about a profound impact to students especially those in their final year. In order to ensure that their graduates are marketable, universities should collaborate with industries and invite them to share their expertise,” he said.
Industrial training done in private sector can further enhance students’ leadership skills, communication skills, confidence, discipline as well as personal appearance. Students should not only focus on academics but improving their skills should take centre stage. Academic excellence means nothing if graduates are unable to communicate effectively," he reiterated.
A total of 400 students from various universities namely UniversitiSains Malaysia (USM ), Universiti Malaysia Perlis ( UniMAP ) , Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Polytechnic ( POLIMAS ) , UniversitiTun Hussein Onn ( UTHM ) and UniversitiSains Islam Malaysia ( USIM ) took part in the symposium. Representatives from these universities also showcased their products and research findings at the symposium.
The symposium concluded with a certificate and award presentation ceremony. Certificates and awards were presented to the winners of the various categories namely Branch Innovation Project Paper (BJTH3133) , final project (BJTP3093) , Logistics Seminar (BPMG3123) , Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (BJMP3073) and Engineering Sciences ( BJTM2203 ) .