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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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“Bohemian Night” SIDMA College Sabah Annual Dinner 2019

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Over 300 students and staff of SIDMA College Sabah attended SIDMA College Annual Dinner 2019 at Ming Garden Hotel & Residences on 14 November 2019. The event was jointly organised by Student Affairs Department (STAD), Student Representative Council (SRC) with the full cooperation and collaboration from the various faculties and departments of the college. Since the establishment of SIDMA College Sabah, its annual dinner, has always been a sell-out event, participated by both the senior and junior students apart from the staff.

Adopting the iconic theme, “Bohemian Night” the event provided opportunities for the students and staff of the college to spent their evening together, immersed in a completely relax celebration atmosphere, listening to SIDMA Idols finalists showcasing their vocal talent and creative movement, and more throughout the evening.

The 2019 Annual Dinner was more extraordinary and meaningful than usual as it was an evening of continuous dinner, lucky draw, music performances and common shared happy time together. Annual Dinner 2019 Project Director, Miss Fifie Andrea Roslan @ Richard, a semester 5 Bachelor of Education student, thanked Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Mr Terence B Stephen (Manager, STAD), Mr Coster Baragang (Head, SRC), lecturers and staff of the college for their continuous support, patience, guidance, cooperation and interventions to ensure the successful implementation of the event.

Prof Dr Morni in his officiating address congratulated STAD and SRC, particularly Mr Terence and Miss Fifie for the smooth running of the event. Dr Morni noted that the organising of such event has progressed from year to year despite the fact that every year, a new SRC committee took over to run the show. Thus, he added that SIDMA Annual Dinner is another of SIDMA’s signature event and without fail every single year hundreds of staff and students are looking forward to attend this annual event, strengthening their networking, taking photos with lecturers, friends and colleagues, and enjoying the good food plus its luxurious evening environment, as another of their wonderful memorable experience.

Dr Morni took the opportunity to convey his appreciation to all the staff and students for their hardworking efforts. He was impressed by the ways they are leading team members and delegating tasks and are very helpful in keeping this college running efficiently; subscribing to the core values and principles of the college.

SIDMA Annual Dinner aims to acknowledge the efforts, accomplishments and success of both the staff of the college. Among the categories of awards were: Best Students Award and Best Club Award.

Best Students Award

  • Shirley Chu – Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Nur Alib Bin Hariyono – Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Adwina Chin Lee Ling – Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Deborah Clare Funk Tze Set – Bachelor of Early Childhood (Hons)
  • Seanarrentcxa Sabinus – Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Donald Benjamin – Bachelor of Hospitality (Hons)
  • Mohd Azmi Bin Mohd Jaafar – Bachelor of Administration (Hons)
  • Quelin Sialid – Bachelor of Management (Hons)

Best Club Award

  • Netball Club
  • Unified Christian Fellowship (UCF)

MASISWA Achievement Award (for their excellent achievement during the MASISWA 2019 Annual Event)

  • Volleyball Women Team (Gold medal)
  • Futsal Women Team (Gold medal)
  • Netball Team (Gold medal)
  • Badminton Male (Double) – Bronze medal
  • Badminton Male (single) – Gold Medal

MASISWA Networking Game Award (staff).

  • Sepak Takraw Team (Gold)
  • Volleyball Female Team – (Bronze)

Five Semi Finalists of the “SIDMA Idol 2019” were given the opportunity to showcase their singing talent to win the title “SIDMA Idol 2019” during the evening. The contest ended with Norini Michael being awarded as “SIDMA Idol 2019”. Meanwhile, Nur Syazwana Binti Mohd Daim was declared the first runner-up, and Mohd Shahmudin bin Sabardin was the second runner-up. The third and fourth runner-up was taken by Lionel Lasius and Ummi Syibrah Afifah Binti Ismail respectively.

Various exclusive performances by SIDMA Prima Dansa, SIDMA live band performances, the selection of “Best Dress” categories Male, Female, staff and students; as well as fabulous lucky draws with spectacular prizes contributed much to the relaxed and informal atmosphere for the participants to socialise unreservedly.

Mr Shannon Pang Kuan Hing and Ms Rachell Maycy M Mojolou were announced the winner of “Best Dress” for the staff category; and Jessie Deon James and Loizendra Lu Xin Shen were declared as the “Best Dress” for the student category.

Thank you to everyone for making SIDMA College Annual Diner 2019 an eventful and a memorable night.

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SIDMA College Partnerships with Families and Communities Day

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

SIDMA College Early Childhood Education (ECE) students taking Partnering with Communities and Families (DEC2223), headed by Helory Morisin collaborated with the relevant authorities and schools to conduct SIDMA College Partnerships with Families and Communities Day at SIDMA Atrium on 09 November 2019.

The event advisor and facilitator, Miss Jila Bingalun, explained that the event act as a platform for these ECE students to interact with SIDMA surrounding community and beyond, the people, the families and things associated with teaching and learning; extending their horizons to develop positive attitudes, skills and knowledge they need to become effective future ECE teachers.

These ECE students need to understand that their role is not just to be teachers on the classroom, but more importantly, it is their responsibility to interact positively with their school children, to build healthy relationships, as well to perform their role models by providing the necessary guidance to their students. In order to enable them to perform effectively, they need to help their school to collaborate with its communities, particularly parents; and it’s such partnerships that a school teacher can reflect, understand, built sympathy and empathy, and thus able to help to meet the needs of all these school children of their care.

In order to build such partnership with parents, teachers need to respect and value parents’ knowledge, and insights about their children. Likewise, parents too need to respect and value teachers’ knowledge and insights about the learning process and understanding children’s educational needs. True partnerships are based on mutual respect. Thus it is important for teachers to build bridges in order to work together so as to ensure that children are safe and healthy. Ultimately, schools, families, and community members need to recognize their common goals to be able to collaborate together to provide children with enrich and supportive learning environment.

During the one day event at SIDMA College, more than 50 parents accompanied their children mainly from Sri Kandi Nursery and Kindergarten, Kota Kinabalu and Sunday School Angel Kids Penampang and their respective teachers participated in the event. With the assistance from their parents and school teachers, the students showcased the ability in musical creative movements as well as singing.

Various fun-based activities such as tossing ping pong balls, dizzy walk, throwing rings, hunt & match, coloring competition, and singing competition for kids and adult were organized by SIDMA ECE students. The winners from each of the respective events received prizes sponsored by various individuals from the communities.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College), and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican were very impressed with SIDMA ECE students’ abilities to conduct such activities with minimal intervention. They too conveyed their appreciation to various head of schools who have sent their kids and teachers to support SIDMA’s activities. They too convey their appreciation to all SIDMA staff particularly the ECE lecturers for their willingness to come to the college on Saturday (public holiday) to conduct the planned activities with the students

Through such activities with schools, parents and their kids, they commented that this is a good evidence that SIDMA College is friendly and welcoming to family members and having easier time with its staff and students. Thus, they reiterate the need of schools and teachers to always offer good, frequent, and user-friendly communication as well as to provide good after-school activities that involve parents and organizations.

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SMK Pitas II Students Visited SIDMA College Sabah

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Despite having a tight education tour schedule for the 78 Form Four SMK Pitas II students who have been so excited to have a peep at SIDMA College Sabah, managed to pay a short visit to the campus on 13 November 2019. Earlier the students were given the opportunity to organise a two days study tour to Kota Kinabalu; visiting institutions of higher learning, places of educational interest, zoo and more.

In his welcoming speech, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of the SIDMA College, sincerely thanked the students for picking SIDMA College Sabah as one of their destination during this short study tour. He shared to the students that SIDMA College are offering various programs of studies ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma, Bachelor and Masters Programs; in various discipline such Early Childhood Education, Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Management, Finance and more. Dr Morni sincerely welcomed SPM / STPM school leavers to continue their study here.

Dr Morni, who has develop deep concern for Malaysian young students’, advised them to always be on track with their school work, understand, share and support the concerned teachers, and their school to ensure the success in their studies. He reminded them that their key responsibilities as students is to pay full attention to their teachers during classes, listening and following their advice; as well as advice from parents, grandparents and relatives; and more importantly, willing to work extra hard in their studies to achieve excellence in their studies. While in school, he reminded them to seize opportunities available and develop their full potentials: talents, skills, values and intellectual in order to help them in solving the most difficult problem they might encounter if future.

He advised these students to find out which field of studies that they are interested in and seek advices from their respective school counsellor, in order to determine and prepare themselves for excellent career that will match well with their academic studies. He too advised these students to make good use of financial assistance such scholarship, study loan (PTPTN), etc. provided by the government to finance their tertiary education.

Earlier upon their arrival, the students lead by their school teachers were welcomed by Mr Terence B. Stephens (Head, Students Affairs Department), officers from the Corporate Marketing and Business Development, as well as the Students Representative Council (SRC).

Various motivational talks, fun-based activities, singing and more were exchanged during their short stay. SMK Pitas II students were being introduced and briefed on SIDMA College background, its basic facilities available such as the library and resource centre, IT Laboratory, Gymnasium, lectures and tutorial rooms, and others.

The SMK Pitas II students were also invited to visit and participate in the on-going Early Childhood Education and Entrepreneurship week from 7 – 15 November 2019. Various booths promoting various local home-made delicacies such as assorted cookies, preserved fruits, food and fruit juice; local arts and crafts and more were displayed for sales.

The guests were later invited to have their lunch at Mus Kitchen Restaurant prior to continuing the tour the next destination.

SIDMA College collaborating with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Kuala Lumpur, 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 of 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.

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah November 2019 Intake of new students is now in progress. 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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Majlis Sukan IPTS Malaysia (MASISWA) “Networking Games” 2019

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The Malaysian Private Institutes of Higher Learning (IPTS) Sports Council (MASISWA) 2019 Networking Games, an annual sporting event to enable all IPTS of the country to collaborate and strengthen the spirit of sportsmanship among the staff of all the Malaysian Private Institutions of Higher Learnings was for the first time being held in Sabah.

This being a first ever 2019 Networking Games held in Sabah was jointly organised by SIDMA College, University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF), Jesselton College, Asia Metropolitan College Kota Kinabalu, Institut Sinaran, and MSU College Kota Kinabalu.

The tournament which began on 31 October till 03 November 2019 was held at a number of venues such as Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex; Tun Adnan Sports Complex, Sabah Foundation; Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu and CPS Bowling Centre Point Kota Kinabalu.

It was estimated that more than a thousand IPTS staff from a total of 34 IPTS throughout the country participated in the tournament to compete in the 9 sports events including Volleyball (M & W), Net Ball (W), Badminton (M, W and Veteran), Futsal (M), Sepak Takraw (M), Ping-Pong (M & W), Petanque (M, W and Mix) and Bowling (M, W and Team)

The tournament was participated by the following colleges: SIDMA College Sabah; University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF); Asia Metropolitan College Kota Kinabalu, Institute Sinaran, Kolej Teknikal Yayasan Sabah (KTYS); MAHSA College, Almacrest International College; Kolej Kiara; Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARUC); Management and Science University Kota Kinabalu; Asian Tourism College; MIB College Sabah; North Borneo University College (NBUC); Eastern College; Cosmopoint College; University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS); Tunku Abdul Rahman College; Kolej Universiti Yayasan Pahang (UCYP); International Medical University (IMU); Kolej TESDEC; TATI University College; WIDAD University College (WIDAD Eagles); Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS); Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN); Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP); HELP University; INTEC Education College (UNTEC); Multimedia University (MMU); Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (UniSHAMS); PSDC College; KUIPSAS; and PICOMS International University College (PICOMS).

SIDMA athletes, led by Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) only participated in Badminton (Men), Petanque (Men, Double, Mix), Sepak Takraw, Volleyball (Men & Women), Bowling (Men, Women and Team), and Netball. They managed to win one Gold medal (Sepak Takraw) and one Bronze medal (Volleyball, women).

The tournament concluded with PETRONAS University of Technology (UTP) being named as the overall winner of the event. Sabah Technical College, Yayasan Sabah (KTYS) was the runner-up of the event, and PETRONAS Institute of Petroleum Technology (INSTEP) secured the third place.

The closing ceremony of the three days event was officiated by Hon. Datuk Dr Yusof Bin Yacob, Sabah Minister of Education and Innovation at Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex Multipurpose hall on 3rd November 2019. He congratulated staff of IPTS Sabah for their cooperation and collaboration among themselves to organise such a successful event. He hoped that the gathering of all the IPTS throughout Malaysia in Sabah will generate further cooperation and collaboration among themselves to benefit Malaysia’s future young generation.

He praised this event as something to be proud of as a result of good teamwork and efficient and effective management. It is one of the great programs where the main objective of organizing the program is to integrate relationships between university staff and colleges across the various races while also fostering a thoughtful, friendly spirit of sports among university and college staff throughout Malaysia. He said this shows that university and college staff are not only great at managing university and college management matters but are also great at sports.

Dr Yusof also stressed that it is of the utmost importance to create a sporting spirit among highly competitive, committed and disciplined university and college staff as it provides an opportunity for each member to get to know each other more closely and thus facilitate the sharing of information. Dr Yusof Yacob extended his heartiest congratulations to the team or participants of the successful sporting events at this time. With this success, it is hoped that this will enhance the sporting spirit and among the university staff and private colleges throughout Malaysia.

SIDMA College and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Sabah under the leadership of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder), and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) prides itself in being the first private institution of higher (IPTS) in Sabah, offering various accredited courses ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Programs, Bachelor Degrees, and Masters Programs with very affordable rate to meet the needs of diverse students.

For the ongoing November 2019 Intake, the following courses are offered:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.

Application can be done online through the following link @ or Whatsapp @

Interested parties are welcome to call SIDMA Hotlines: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020. Potential students are welcome to visit the campus located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu for more information and registration.

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