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Congratulations to all 2019 STPM and SPM Achievers – JOM!!! Let’s Further our Studies at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

The result for the 2019 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations has been released. Congratulations on passing your 2019 SPM or STPM Examinations. Excellence isn’t a skill, it’s rather an attitude. Keep up your good work and continue to strive for your future career!!! It’s all out there! Put your future in good hands – your OWN and let your future starts with us at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah) conveyed his heartiest congratulations to all the candidates who have received their SPM and STPM results, because they have done their best. “Congratulations on your achievements. We hope your hard work has really paid off well. Regardless of the results, what is important now is what you choose to do after this. Whatever your choice, you just have to do your best”, he added when met.

He advised these students to look for better academic qualification in order to achieve their dreamt career after SPM/STPM. “It is a good strategy to continue your studies at university or college after SPM/STPM, as the sooner you earn your degree or diploma, the sooner you can enter the workforce and begin setting up life of your own”, he added.

Do not delay your decision, you need to remember that “your future starts today!”. Enrol for your studies at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah located at Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu.

SIDMA College has prosper jubilantly over the years, and rapidly emerged as the one of few colleges in Sabah offering degree courses; in addition to its home-grown diploma programmes. Its’ technology and environment can support the ambitions and goals of students who want to create a brighter tomorrow. We at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah aim to more than just teaching; together we strive to be “Champions of Change” and change is what drives us ALL to SUCCESS.

List of Academic Programmes offered at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah for 2020 Academic Year are as follows:

  • Foundations in Arts and Social Science
  • Diploma Early Childhood Education
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Bachelor in Management
  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Education
  • Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of English
  • Master in Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Application to SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah can be done online through the following link:

SPM/STPM school leavers are also welcome to visit and register with SIDMA College Sabah located at Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu.

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Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Heartiest congratulations to all successful graduates of SIDMA College Sabah for your accomplishment at the 6th Convocation Ceremony on 15th February 2020 at ITCC, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu.  Well done! This is a proud moment for all of you, your supportive parents, family and friends and communities who have always been there till this graduation. There are countless individuals who have helped emotionally, financially, and in various non-tangible ways to make sure the success of this graduation. Let this convocation ceremony be the beginning of more significant and impactful achievements for you to contribute back to your family, community, and the nation.

The convocation ceremony were officiated by Malaysia’s Early Childhood Education specialist, Prof Dr. Bustam Kamri. He expressed his pleasure to be part of SIDMA College Sabah 6th Convocation for the 411 Diploma Early Childhood educators. He commended that it was an exciting day as it marks another milestone in the graduates’ life. He added “I am sure it is a day full of anticipation, expectation, hopes and dreams as graduating means that you are now more equipped to face the world compared with when you first started your studies with the college. The scroll alone may not guarantee you success, but with your new knowledge, skills and values in a multi-cultural and multinational environments that you been enriched with, it will, as you step up to face the new levels, provide the confidence to take on challenges that life has in store for you.

Dr. Bustam also congratulated Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College) for ensuring that the college possesses resources relevant to the needs of its students to embrace the creative digital economy as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution. He said that the best investment that can be made is the investment in education, as education raises the potential of the students through value added, which in turn raises the potential of the industries and economics to perform well.

Earlier, Prof Dr. Morni welcomed and congratulated Prof Dr. Bustam Kamri for his continuous passion, efforts and supports shown towards the college; as he has been ever willing to be with SIDMA College students, particularly during this auspicious event such as this, despite his busy schedule.

Dr. Morni also felt honoured and acknowledged all the graduates, lecturers, families and the communities who have worked tirelessly for this moment, and he thanked them as well as wishing them the best in their future endeavors. To all the graduates, he reminded them that they are now SIDMA College Alumni, and he hoped that they will be proud ambassadors of SIDMA College; and we look forward to their continuous support and contributions.

He also mentioned that SIDMA College  prides itself in being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah, offering more than ten academics programmes ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Programmes, Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree in various field ranging from education to business, through its close network with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and University of Cyberjaya as well as its own homegrown programmes; offering various fields of studies which are tailored to complement and supplement the increasing demand of the growing economies of Malaysia from its diverse industries. SIDMA College cordially invites SPM / STPM or its equivalent school leavers to pursue their tertiary studies at SIDMA College Sabah.

During the convocation, graduate Mellsie Morius received the 2019 Top Student Award for demonstrating her outstanding academic performance throughout her studies as she has strong determination to complete her studies with excellence result. Meanwhile, student Helmina Peter Rospin was awarded the SIDMA 2019 Chairman’s Award. During her studies she has demonstrated her exemplary effort in various co-curricular and social welfare activities; as well outside activities, particularly with the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).

To all our graduates, may you always look back on this day as a memorable day of hope and promising life, and may it all be realised.

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Embracing the National Philosophy of Education in Teaching

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Prof Dr Zaida Mustafa, Dean
, School of Education & Humanities, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) joined Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College) and took initiative to refresh and enrich teachers in Ranau District to embrace the National Philosophy of Education in their on-going effort towards further develop the potential of every individuals in their respective schools in a holistic and integrated manner. This to ensure that the schools produces individual who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and harmonic, based on a firm belief and devotion to God.

The programme which was jointly organised by Ranau District Education Department, SMK Mat Salleh Ranau, UNIRAZAK and SIDMA College Sabah was attended by more than 60 teachers from all the 10 secondary schools in Ranau at SMK Mat Salleh Conference Room, on 30 January 2020. The schools are: SMK Mat Salleh; SMK Ulu Sugut (Malinsau); SMK Timbua; SMK Ranau; SMK Matupang Jaya; SMK Lohan; SMK Kundasang, SMK Kemburongoh; SMK Bundu Tuhan; and SMK (A) Mohamad Ali.

Referring to the October 2011 comprehensive review of the education system in Malaysia in order to develop the National Educational Blueprint 2013-2025, the decision was made in the context of the raising international education standards, the Government’s aspiration of better preparing Malaysia’s children for the needs of the 21st century, and the increased public and parental expectations of education policy.

Dr Zaida oppugned the teacher’s efforts to educate the students who are physically, emotionally spiritually and cognitively balance, as on which component should they give more focus? In the same breath, she added that researches have shown that 50 % of the contributing factor to learning is students’ self-motivation.

According to Dr Zaida, the role of teachers have changed in recent times. It was once thought that effective teaching pedagogy was to entail strict discipline, rote learning and transmission of information. But effective teachers now are required to engage their students on thoughtful reflection, critical thinking, and self- awareness (Crebbin, 2004; Lunenberg, Korthagen, & Swennen, 2007).

During the session, Prof Dr Zaida discussed and shared with the teachers on the use of National Philosophy of Education in their classroom teaching to enhance the thinking skills of the students. During modern teaching, teachers act as facilitator or guide to encourage children to focus on the content and processes that they are engaged in. This requirement of philosophical thought to pay attention to both content and process reveals the highly meta-cognitive nature of students’ discussion (Silén, C., & Uhlin, L., 2008). The students are required to reflect on the quality of arguments offered by their group members, the meaning underling the argument they are making, and more (Lipman, 1991).

SMK Mat Salleh principal, Mr. Boy @ Sharif bin Francis on behalf of Ranau District Education Department as well Ranau secondary school Principals and teachers congratulated and thanked Prof Dr Zaida for the very fruitful sharing session.

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2020 Chinese New Year Goodies for SIDMA College Staff

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

According to the 2020 Chinese horoscope, the Lunar New Year which starts on 25 January 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and for this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals with new opportunities for finding true love and earning more money. “2020 is going to be a very successful year for all of us”

In conjunction with the upcoming of this auspicious celebration, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah, who has been very well known for his generosity, caring and sharing of profits with his employees, every year without fail, took the opportunities to share out festival goodies to his staff during Malaysian national festive celebrations such Hari Raya Aidiladha, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year(CNY).

On 23rd January 2020, this special event of distribution of Chinese New Year Goodies was organised with the full collaboration of SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) Committee members under the leadership of Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, who was attending another official function, distributed the goodies to SIDMA staff that will be celebrating the Lunar New Year starting from the 25th January 2020. Special goodies such Mandarin oranges, CNY cookies and nuts were distributed. Madam Azizah also took the opportunities to wish all the staff celebrating the Lunar New Year “Gong Xi Fa Cai”. She hope that the year 2020 will bring more and better opportunities especially to SIDMA College and all its staff.

SIDMA College staff who have received the Chinese New Year goodies conveyed their special thanks and cheers to Prof Dr Morni and family and Madam Azizah and family for their caring and sharing attitude, and who has being very emphatic towards his staff particularly during special occasion such as during this Lunar New Year celebration.

Prof Dr Morni and family, Madam Azizah and family, SIDMA Board of Management and Mr Zain Azrai took the opportunity to wish all lecturers, staff, students, relatives and friends “A very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020” . “Gong Xi Fa Cai”!

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2019 Christmas Goodies for SIDMA College Staff

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

We are only one week away from Christmas Eve, and festivities have already started with full swing at the SIDMA College. SIDMA College’s Caroling Team has been performing daily, from house to house (upon request). On 13 December 2019 the group was performing at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu; and on 19 December 2019, the group is scheduled to perform at ITCC Shopping Mall, Penampang beginning 7.00 pm.

In conjunction with this auspicious occasion, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College), Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) in collaboration with SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) distributed Christmas goodies to SIDMA College staff celebrating the event on 24 and 25 December 2019.

Tasty Christmas Goodies consisted of food products that one would find at dinner table such as nice poultry, freshly baked cakes, non-carbonated drinks and more were presented to SIDMA staff by Madam Azizah Khalid Merican on behalf of Prof Dr Morni who is on official function. Madam Azizah thanked all the staffs for their wonderful commitment towards the college and she wishes that year 2020 will provide everyone with more lovely moments and wonderful memories that you want to look back upon every now and then. “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020”, she added.

According to Prof Dr Morni, it has been customary for SIDMA College to distribute goodies to staffs celebrating core Malaysian national festivals such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibilities to share and to celebrate together with the staff as one big family. Dr Morni also expressed his appreciation and recognition to all of his staff for their wonderful commitments, great services and contributions by all the them throughout the year.

Mr. Zain Azrai, (Chairman of PKKKSS) on behalf of all PKKKSS and all SIDMA College staff thanked Prof Dr Morni and family as well as SIDMA College Top Management for their generosity, the caring and sharing attitudes for the staff well-being and happiness; particularly during auspicious occasion such as this Christmas celebration.

Prof Dr Morni, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican, Managers, Head of Departments and Mr. Zain Azrai as well as their families also shared their warm Christmas greetings to all lecturers, staff, students, parents, relatives, and friends. Have a blessed, joyful and Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020 everyone.

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Launching of SIDMA College Japanese Language Centre, Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah launched its Centre for Japanese Language on Friday, 13th December 2019. The event was officiated by Dr Mohd Rozi Ismail, Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Alumni Society of Malaysia (MyJICA)

Dr. Mohd Rozi was invited specially for the event by Dr. Morni Kambrie, the Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College. Also present during the event were local Language activist Datuk Dr. Tarsiah Taman, entrepreneur Mary Jim, as well as students and staff of SIDMA College. The centre currently has a total of 24 students who are taking up Japanese Language course, some of which are planning to prepare themselves for the JPLT or Japanese Proficiency Language Test to prepare them for job employment in Japan.

In his welcoming speech, Dr. Morni stressed that the main purpose of the centre is to enable local graduates, especially graduates from SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK to venture and work overseas, specifically Japan, because, he said, Japan has an ageing population and the country needs several hundred thousands foreign workers over the next few years.

Dr Mohd Rozi Ismail in his speech, congratulated Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie for initiating the establishment of the Japanese Language Centre. This, he said, is in accordance with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) that encourage students in the higher education to learn at least one global language apart from being proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and English.

By having the skill to communicate in foreign languages creates an individual with higher demand in the global marketplace, thus enabling the learner of the language the ability to learn new knowledge, to build rapport in the international business world; and subsequently be successful in their future careers.

Malaysia’s Minister of Education, Dr Maszlee Malik, in his speech at World Language Day 2018 in Selangor recently emphasised that his Ministry are committed to have Malaysians students in higher education that can master a third or even fourth language, including Arabic.

Dr Mohd Rozi added, ‘Apart from learning to converse well in Japanese language to learn skills required to work in Japan, learning Japanese, or for that matter any other languages, makes one to be more culturally sensitive, alert and aware of one’s culture. Other than that it also boosts one creativity, develop confidence, as well as can boost one’s brain power’.

Dr Mohd Rozi, who studied at Daito Bunka University, Tokyo added that through JICA, he can complement the supply of additional learning and reading modules, journals, or other related articles that will benefits Japanese Language learners at SIDMA Japanese Language centre.

Prof Dr Morni Kambrie, thanked Dr Mohd Rozi for taking the time and effort to attend and subsequently launched SIDMA College Japanese Language Centre. Dr Morni added that he had known Dr Mohd Rozi for quiet sometime and has recently visited him while he was serving as Malaysian Education Ambassador in Beijing, China.

He added, ‘The idea of introducing a foreign language in the college started in the early 1990’s’. His initial idea was to establish a Korean Language Centre. However he couldn’t materialise the yet but will look into future opportunities.

The Japanese Language Centre is headed by Mr Izzul Izuan Kok, who joined the college in the 2019 as coordinator and tutor for the Japanese Language programme.

Dr Morni added that the course will be conducted by native Japanese Language speakers. Currently, Dr Morni has people in Japan who will be appointed as Japanese Language tutors, once there are more students registered to study with the college.

The first batch of SIDMA College Japanese Language Class of 24 students began on 3rd December 2019. Currently the centre conducts preparatory course to enable potential candidates to obtain the immediate Japanese Language. The class is conducted twice a week, with a duration of four hours per day.

Upon the completion of the Japanese Language Preparatory Course for a minimum of 3 – 5 months, the students will then have to sit for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), to be conduct by an external syndicate. The students will need to obtain at least N4 Certificate to qualify to be interviewed by the employment agency and to apply for work permit to work in Japan.

Accordingly to Prof Dr Morni, he has met with Mr Yosihyuki Hagino and Mr Masayuki Matsuda from The World Company, Japan who recruit foreign workers for the Japanese market. They have been in constant contact with Dr Morni, interested about Sabahan who are attracted to work in Japan.

Aside from conducting Japanese Language Preparatory Course to work in Japan, the centre also will to conduct two other courses namely: the “Special Japanese Classes” and the “Public Japanese Classes”.

The Fees charged are as follows:

  • Fee structure for Japanese Language Program:
  • Work in Japan - with 5 meetings per week of 5 hours per day: RM450/month with 5 months intensive lesson preparatory lesson for the JLPT N5 and N4 Examination.
  • Special Japanese Classes – with 3 meetings per week of 2 hours a day: RM250/month. Lesson will be conduct in a very small group.
  • Public Japanese Classes – with 2 meetings per week of 2 hours a day. RM 160/month. Open classes up to 10-15 students per class.
  • JPLT Examination – RM110.00 – RM150.00 as of 2019.
  • Other expenses: flight tickets to Japan, etc.

For more information on the Japanese class, please visit the SIDMA College at, Jalan Bundusan Kota Kinabalu. You may contact SIDMA College Hotlines at 088-732 000 or 088-732 020. Mr Mohd Izzul Izuan Kok (Tel: 088- 731 376) or Prof. Dr Morni at 013-810 4301.

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Fostering SIDMA College Graduates with 21st Century Skills

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

In less than a month’s time, the 2020 school year will begin. Most colleges and universities and their students are worrying about the extent of 21st century skills that they need to acquire prior to getting their dreamt job/career. Thus they are eagerly preparing to faces new challenges path ahead. According to Dr Webster, “Our students need to be able to be agile critical thinkers, be able to connect and collaborate with people across various mediums and they need to solve real world problems.” Similarly the industries in the real working world are interested to see colleges and universities preparing students with flexible technical skills, morally correct and being able to be mobile to work within the global market system.

The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed by education reformers, college professors, and employers to be critically important to succeed in today’s world, particularly in contemporary careers and workplaces. In various related terms such as cross disciplinary, interdisciplinary, non-cognitive and soft skills amongst others are also widely used in reference to the general forms of knowledge and skills commonly associated with the said 21st century skills. Rohiman Haroon in his article “Of Re-skilling, Up-skilling Youths” talked about the need to reskilled and up skilling unemployed graduates according to the requirement of the “new” industry.

SIDMA College through its collaboration with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) understands the imparting 21st century skills through improving the mindset, curiosity, and developing a sense of progress and belonging like constructing a bridge between what students know and what they need to learn. To do so, our educators inspired the imagination, and instilled in them a love of learning by embracing the student’s cultural background which is what actually makes teaching effective.

To make sure that all students feel valued, educators need to be aware of their own biases, work deeply to understand their individual students, find ways to bring students’ heritage into the classroom and hold all students up to a high academic standard. Gone are the days of students sitting in rows, poring over textbooks or memorising facts. Academic research and technological developments have shown that educators need the understanding of what great teaching and learning looks like.

Through its collaboration with UNIRAZAK, SIDMA students are empowered to take control of their learning. Through the adoption of SIDMA’s XSEL (Excellent Student Experience Learning), UNIEC (UNITAR); and the latest – UROX (UNIRAZAK) that rides on the Canvas System. UROX is an UNIRAZAK online system that has developed to provide Educational experiences based on the IR 4.0 for students through online experience.

Currently, SIDMA College being equipped with all this online systems or tactile tools has adopted blended teaching and learning, flipped technology and nurturing students to become resilient, curious, analytical, critical, creative and innovative thinkers that reflect a changing world. This is to prepare students for success after graduation. Students are taught on how to use information, rather than present information, thus focusing on preparing students to be learners for life.

All these have empowered this semester September 2019 Bachelor of Education students, particularly those majoring in English and Bahasa Malaysia to showcase their creativity and innovative thinking skills in an array of different manners which can help to develop further creative thinking and new study techniques, as well as building their confidence which benefits their public speaking opportunities through their creative drama performances.

The English Majoring students showcased their talent by the production of “Mulan”. Student Ewayne Loi portrays herself as a young Chinese maiden, disguising herself as a male warrior to save her father. The drama presentation coincided with the visit of delegates from the University of Taiwan. They were very impressed with the performance particularly on the creativity of the students in creating the necessary costume, action and more.

The Bahasa Malaysia option students on the other hand performed a Comedy-drama or dramedy; entitled Bawang Putih Bawang Mreah” which was a portmanteau of drama and comedy in which plot elements are in combination of comedy and drama. The selected story-telling Malay genre emphasized the Malay culture, a comparison of education issued in 1900 and 21 century, which drew great applauses from the audience.

In addition, various musical and creative movement were showcased by this semester’s Diploma and Bachelor Early Childhood Education students. Under the theme “Music Unites Us”, the students collaborated with the nearby nurseries and day care centres, parents, teachers, as and community to stage creative movement, fashion show and more. Various galleries such as Doll House, Puppet Show, Music Room, Puzzle Station, Colouring corner and more were also arranged.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA Chairman and Founder, and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) were indeed very satisfied and amazed with the lecturers’ efforts, responsibility and commitment. They congratulated lecturers for their abilities to transform SIDMA students into future 21st century teachers, ready to meet the need of the education industries. They too advised these students to continue improving themselves by reading latest education journals, attending various professional courses as well as up-grading their academic qualification as education is a very dynamic industry.

SIDMA College collaboration with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Kuala Lumpur and University of Cyberjaya, under the dynamic leadership of Prof Morni Hj Kambrie and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) prides itself as being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah, offering various accredited and affordable courses ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Programmes, Bachelor Degrees and Masters Programme such as:

  • Master in Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of English (Hons)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Foundation in Art and Social Sciences

SPM/STPM Diploma school leavers are warmly welcomed to visit the College, located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU for more information and registration. For enquiries, please call SIDMA Hotlines: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or you may contact via Whatsapp  013-865 4877.

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SIDMA College Sabah Distributed Free School Uniforms to Staff with Schooling Children

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College, distributed two pairs of school uniforms to each of his SIDMA College Sabah staff with schooling children both in primary or secondary school. The event was held at SIDMA College Atrium on 10 December 2019.

Dr Morni in his welcoming address thanked all his staff for their willingness to accept this simple annual gift for their schooling kids. “I have a very soft spot for children. I like to see children are well-nurtured and well-dressed when they go to school”. God willing, i will try to provide at least similar gift for the kids in the coming years”. He hoped that this simple annual gift will serve as motivators for the kids; letting the kids knows that everyone wish them to go to school and learn to become a good individual.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), on behalf of all SIDMA College staff, conveyed their sincere appreciation to Dr Morni and family for their generosity, caring and sharing, as well as being concerned towards his staff wellbeing. She added that as parents, “We always want to give the best to our kids as well as to all the students of SIDMA College Sabah. It gives great pleasure to serve in this college and to see our kids, as well as all the students of this college reach for greater heights”.

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Unirazak prepares students for 4IR

Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak Chancellor Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid presenting the Chancellor’s Award to Nur Syakirah Mawardi at the university’s 19th convocation in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unirazak) is looking to offer new programmes to cater for the needs of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Datin Dr Samsinar Md Sidin said it would introduce the new programmes to ensure that students were prepared for the industry’s demands.

She hoped that Unirazak would be the first private university to cater for the 4IR.

“We will offer programmes that prepare our graduates to be a future-ready generation, hence we are looking not just within Malaysia but also to what is happening around the world.

“It is not just about programmes, but also the teaching and learning techniques, as well as skills.

“In order to achieve that, we have to be dynamic in terms of how we do things and I hope Unirazak would be able to do that for their students, as well as for the nation,” she said at the university’s 19th convocation here.

A total of 215 graduates from faculties of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Tun Abdul Razak School of Government and Graduate School of Business received their graduation scrolls.

The ceremony was officiated by Chancellor Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who presented the scrolls to the graduates.

When asked if the university was prepared to embrace the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programme, Samsinar said Unirazak was working closely with industries to obtain new content to include in its curriculum.

“We want these industry experts to come and teach our students as they are willing to learn beyond their programmes.”

Ahmad Sarji, in his speech, said the Fourth Industrial Revolution had been changing the world. He said Artificial intelligence, robotics, Big Data and the Internet of Things would collectively impact jobs and industries in the future.

“Unirazak has developed an Education 4.0 experience for students through the Unirazak Online Experience, better known as UROX, that rides on the Canvas System.

“This was introduced this year to all students and faculty members with the objective to expand teaching and learning at the university,” he said.

By Esther Landau.

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SIDMA College Early Childhood Education Entrepreneur Week

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

With the advancement of Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) and the adoption of digital technologies in Malaysia, it has been expanding the demand for digital tech jobs. In line with such development, SIDMA College Sabah has plans to introduce new courses and revamping existing ones through its collaboration with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in order to keep pace with the digital progression; providing opportunities for students to work in groups to solve problems, learn online; as well as grabbing more opportunities to integrate science with arts, to enable students to acquire the right skills to navigate through increase automation and ground breaking technologies in their future workplace.

With the rise in digitalization, entrepreneurship education have become the centerpiece of contemporary education where it is vital for nurturing young generation who are creative, innovative and risk taker, competence to create synergies as well as being able to overcome the limitation of resources available, resilience to face challenges and able to convert failures into opportunities. Graduates with such entrepreneurship potential, possess the capacity to not only to start their own company, but also to think creatively and ambitiously.

This is also very much in line with what was highlighted by Hon. Dr Maszlee Malik, Malaysia Education Minister when launching the 21st Century Learning Teachers Campaign organized by Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU). During the event, Dr Maszlee pinpointed that the World Economic Forum’s forecasted that in future, about 65% of primary school students today will be working in jobs that currently do not exist yet.

Entrepreneurship education is making its way into Malaysian schools. The Ministry of Education has made entrepreneurship subjects compulsory to all students at public universities. Students are encouraged to take part in numerous entrepreneurship activities at their respective universities by way of conducting seminars, short courses, conferences, as well as entrepreneurship events. This is to reduce the unemployed graduates, and create an increase in business opportunities; which will have a direct impact on Malaysia achieving the developed nation status by 2030.

Every year SIDMA College Sabah provides opportunities for its students to conduct Entrepreneur Fair as platform for them to sharpen their interest and skills, as well as to showcase their entrepreneurship potentials. For this, SIDMA College Early Childhood Education students taking Entrepreneurship studies collaborated and held an Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Week from 7 – 15 November 2019 at SIDMA Atrium, as a platform for Early Childhood students to showcase their talent, interest and skills in entrepreneurship.

Apart from creating awareness for entrepreneurship skills, it also sharpens their creativity, innovation and leadership skills so that they will acknowledge and value the entrepreneurship activities as one of their future job opportunities. Such event also provides useful information about the variety of opportunities and fields of activities related to entrepreneurship that they can venture into or to expand and share among their colleagues.

Throughout the week, various kiosks were set at the atrium, packed with SIDMA’s young entrepreneurs’ start-ups of creative and innovative products ranging from local art and crafts, photography, as well as other accessory items bearing local cultural themes. Various creatively designed clothing for toddlers, kids, young children as well as for adult were also on displayed.

Other daily necessaries bearing local signatories such as home-made, mouthwatering food and beverage, as well as local delicacies, ranging from “kuih-muih” to “nasi lemak” and other local delicacies were also being promoted.

Both Madam Esther Malius and Madam Soinim @ Sulin Binti Musa, advisors and facilitators for Entrepreneurship in Education were quite impressed and amazed by the students’ ingenuity in creating their product, accompanied by their excellent communicative skills while promoting and marketing their products. Their eagerness in Entrepreneurship education was reflected through their early preparation, teamwork, and collaboration with the various faculties of the college and the surrounding. It is also interesting to note that they were able to conceptualize innovative ideas and present it in the form of creative and innovative products for their customers.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of the college, when launching the SIDMA Entrepreneurship Week on 7 November 2019, congratulated all SIDMA young entrepreneur in actions. He stressed that in today’s economic world, entrepreneurship is considered as a major factor toward economic development. He advises these young entrepreneurs to continue to strive to create more opportunities in industry, providing more employment opportunities and ultimately having a positive impact on per capital income, revenue generation, lifestyle, and more.

Prof Dr Morni also thanked all SIDMA College lecturers, particularly Madam Esther, Madam Soinim as well other lecturers and tutors who have directly or indirectly motivate the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students. He thanked lecturers who were appointed as judges such as Madam Azlina Ngatimin, Puan Izah Muhilin, Mr. Kamal Adzi and all who have contributed in one way or another to ensure the success of the event.

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