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SIDMA College Intake of June 2018 New Students.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director of Corporate Relations and Business Development) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of the college cordially invites SPM or STPM leavers, Diploma graduates or those with other related qualifications to enrol for their tertiary education with the college for the June 2018 intake of new students.

Students who enrol in their studies for the following Diploma Programmes on this June 2018 Semester will enjoy an exemption from paying the Registration Fee. The RM Zero (0) registration fee is only applicable to students who registered with the college from 21 May till 21 June 2018 for the following Diploma Courses:

  1. Diploma Early Childhood Education Studies.
  2. Diploma Occupational Safety and Health.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu back in 2002, has been working very closely with UNITAR International University, an university with strong and significant network of academic collaborations with both the academic and corporate sectors, as well as the industrial partners around the region to offer affordable, relevant and demanded study programmes which are professionally aligned with the requirements of these industrial players – both nationally and internationally.

SIDMA College has prosper jubilantly over the years, and has rapidly emerged as the largest regional centre in Malaysia offering UNITAR Programmes; in addition to SIDMA home-grown programmes, particularly the Diploma Early Childhood Education studies.

In June 2012, SIDMA College collaborated with Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences  (CUCMS), a College University of international standing, and a leading medical institution in the region; practicing the core mission of becoming “a distinctive medical sciences institution of international repute, producing competent healthcare professionals, who are intellectually, emotionally and spiritually balanced”.

In responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such automation, globalisation and workplace changes within industries; SIDMA College Sabah, through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni and Madam Azizah have reassured that the college infrastructure and technology have been geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st Century skills and talents. Blended and Immersed Teaching as well as flipped classroom model has been adopted to ensure that its students and graduates will be equipped with ICT and collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking skills, communicative skills, human values, be interested in lifelong learning, to ensure that its graduates can function effective in current and in future time..

For its June 2018 Intake of new students, SIDMA College offers programmes in:

  1. Foundation Courses:
  • Foundations in Management
  1. Diploma Courses:
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Diploma in Management
  1. Bachelor’s Degree Courses:
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)
  1. Masters Courses:
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management – ELM)
  • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

SIDMA June 2018 intake of new students is progress. Various financial assistance, such as PTPTN are available. For more information about courses and financial assistance offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA Website, or like SIDMA Facebook Account – SIDMA College. Potential students are also encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA Website, or to call SIDMA hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-731 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are also welcome to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/156-sidma-college-intake-of-june-2018-new-students

SIDMA College Ihya Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 2018 Programme

Monday, May 21st, 2018

The Muslim’s Holy Month of Ramadan for this year began on 16 May 2018, and the Muslims community of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah embarked upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, offering prayers, self-reflection and charity work from 17 May till 15 June 2018 (upon the sighting of the moon).

Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi and Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association of SIDMA College, under the patronage of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (SIDMA College Chairman and Founder) together with Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), lined up a host of religious and social corporate obligations and commitment to be implemented at the campus throughout this religious month; with the main aim of getting SIDMA community to come together, mingle and pray in this holy month of Ramadan.

According to Madam Noradilah Binti Mohamaddia, Secretariat of SIDMA Ihya Ramadan Committee, among the SIDMA annual religious programmes for Ramadan are the Tadarus Al-Quran and Nuzul Al-Quran. These activities will be held daily from 9.00 am onwards at Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi and will be led by Ustazah Rohaya Binti Roslan; opened for SIDMA staff and students as well for residents nearby (subject to request, and approval by the committee).

Another customary event organised by the committee is the distribution of packed spiced porridge (bubur lambuk) at various selected strategic location such mosques, schools, police stations, fire rescue stations, hospitals and others in the districts of Penampang and Kota Kinabalu.

According to Dr Morni, the history on the distribution of bubur lambuk or Ramadan porridge by SIDMA College can be traced back to 1999 in SIDMA Sarawak, Kuching. The tradition continued in Kota Kinabalu in 2003 when SIDMA College Sabah was established. Bubur lambuk is a unique delicacy of Malaysian as it’s a well-balanced dish for breaking the fast, and rows of people queue up in line to take the dish that is handed out to them for free, usually at mosques, after performing their Asr prayers.

As this year’s Ramadan month coincide with college semester break, SIDMA staff who are free volunteered themselves and take their turn to assist during the packing and distribution of the porridge. The following is the schedule and places for the porridge distribution throughout the month of Ramadan:

17 May 2018

  • Jabatan Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Jln Lintas
  • Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Likas.
  • Kolej Vokasional, Likas.

21 May 2018

  • Masjid Negeri Sabah, Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Maahad Tahfiz Darul Hadis Sabah, Kampung Sembulan Lama
  • Masjid Sembulan, Kg Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu.

24 May 2018

  • SMKA Kota Kinabalu, Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu.
  • Masjid Nurul Hikmah, Jln Khidmat, Kota Kinabalu.
  • Masjid Baitus Salaam, Lorong Vista Minintod, Penampang.

28 May 2018

  • SMKA Tun Ahmadshah, Kg Kalansanan, Kota Kinabalu.
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Bandaran Berjaya.

4 June 2018

  • Penampang District Police Headquarters, Dongongon.
  • Penampang Fire and Rescue Station, Dongongon.
  • Masjid As-Sobirin, Kg Sipanggil,Putatan, Kota Kinabalu.

7 June 2018

  • Maktab Sabah, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu.
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth 1, Kota Kinabalu.

The general public who are staying in and around the above locations are cordially invited to collect their portion of Bubur Lambuk from 3.40 pm or after performing their Asr prayer.

As 2018 Ramadan coincide with the February 2018 Semester Break, SIDMA Communal Prayers together with staff, students and the local community around the college will be arranged in collaboration with SIDMA Student Islamic Club (GAMSIS) and the Student Representative Council (MPM) when the students are back to the campus.

Daily Communal Religious activities such as Tazkirah, Majlis Berbuka Puasa (Iftar Jama’ie), Maghrib prayer, Tarawih session will only be held with staff and students after 4 June 2018 at SIDMA Atrium. Residents staying around SIDMA College are welcome to participate in the event.

More information on Ihya Ramadan Al-Mubarak SIDMA College activities can be obtained from Madam Noradilah Binti Mohamaddia at SIDMA College Sabah; Tel 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/155-sidma-college-ihya-ramadhan-al-mubarak-2018-programme

SIDMA Welfare Association (PKKKSS) Fifth Annual General Meeting.

Monday, May 21st, 2018

SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) Fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at West 1, SIDMA College on 16 May 2018. The event was participated by 45 active members of SIDMA College staff (including staff from SIDMA subsidiaries companies) as well as the 2016-2017 Central Committee Members.

In line with the legal requirements to provide opportunities for all SIDMA staff to gather at least one a year to engage directly with the Central Committee by raising, exchanging views and solving issues regarding their personal welfare, the association and the college; PKKKSS practices having the Annual General Meeting yearly, but the election of new Central Committee Members will only be held once in two years.

Earlier, Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor, Chairman of PKKKSS, announced that as the current Central Committee which was elected in March 2016, has expired, thus it was time for the dissolution of the 2016-2017 Central Committee to give way for the election of the 2018-2019 Central Committee.

Prior to the dissolution of the committee, Mr Zain Azrai thanked Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College) and family for their generosity and caring attitudes towards the staffs welfare and happiness, particularly during both their happy and sad times. He added that as staff of the college, we are indeed very fortunate and blessed to have Dr Morni as our just and caring boss. He takes into account the staff’s welfare as one of his many priorities, and as one of his family members.

Mr Zain also took the opportunity to thank his 2016-2017 Central Committee Members who have assisted him in running the association despite facing hectic situation such as during students registration, examination and more whereby everyone have their core business to attend to. He too thanked all SIDMA staff who are also active PKKKSS members for their continuous and undivided support and cooperation; and hope that they will continue to do so for the new 2018-2019 new central committee.

Madam Vanessanur Daliinte, the acting secretary general, was given the mandate to present all PKKKSS activities held throughout year 2017, whereas Ms Emelda Johnny Willy, Treasurer, presented the 2017 Financial Report to the members of the association. Among some of the major activities held were distribution of goodies during Malaysian Festive seasons, visiting and distributions of financial support packages to staff during their happy or sad occasions, as well as distribution of one-off financial assistance to students who were badly in need of financial assistance. The two reports were approved by the members without any debate.

The meeting also approved the minute of the 2017 AGM that was held on 20 December. It was also passed without any questions asked on the matter.

The following is the 2018-2019 Central Committee Members elected:

Chairman : Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor (Re-elected)
Deputy Chairman : Madam Izah Binti Muhilin
Secretary : Madam Nor Ain Binti Awang Damit @ Hassan
Assistance Secretary : Mr. Al-Ezam Bin Mohd Talib.
Treasurer : Madam Dg. Noraidah @ Bobby binti Abd Latif
Committee Member (i) : Mr. Dellson J. Joingin
Committee Member (ii) : Madam Anisah binti Saidi

During the meeting, most members of the association requested for yearly SIDMA family vacation outside Sabah to re-energize themselves. There were also request to have family-day cum community services where we conduct “gotong royong” to assist some of deprived villagers around Kota Kinabalu.

Mr Zain in his closing remarks thanked all the PKKKSS members for the trust in him to again lead the association, and he hope that all Central Committee will work closely with him to ensure the smooth running of its activities. He added that the Central Committee will have their 2018 First Central Committee soon to plan its yearly activities.

Read more @http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/154-sidma-welfare-association-pkkkss-fifth-annual-general-meeting

SIDMA Chairman Message for 2018 Teachers Day

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

TEACHERS DAY MESSAGE

In Malaysia, 16 May is the day set aside to commemorate and honour the special work of teachers as it is our national Teachers’ Day.

In conjunction with this auspicious occasion, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA College Chairman, with immense pleasure, greet and wish all teachers, on this auspicious day on behalf of the entire management, staffs and students of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Kota Kinabalu.

At SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, we value and deeply appreciate teachers’ commitment in teaching to all children in schools. Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world; and there is no substitute to quality education because it helps in changing the lives of thousands even millions of individuals and their families forever. It is also crucial to the growth of a developing nation like Malaysia.

This is clearly the idea behind the Malaysia’s Ministry of Education 2018 Teachers’ Day tagline – “Guru Pemacu Transformasi Pendidikan”. Directly translated, it is “Teachers as Driver of Education Transformation”.

We also take the opportunity to convey his appreciation to Honourable Datuk Hajah Maimunah Hj Suhaibul, Sabah Education Department Director, as well as her team of senior officers in the department for their genuine and continuous efforts to transform the education system of the state.

Dr Morni also convey his appreciations and “Thank You” messages to Ketua Pengarah KEMAS; Pengarah Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional Sabah, Setiausaha Bahagian PERMATA, Jabatan Perdana Menteri; all District Education Officers, Primary and Secondary Schools Principals, Head Masters, as well as to all teachers and school staff who have allowed, and assisted SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students in their respective institutions during their teaching practicum term.

Thank you very much for making a difference among our students; as well as in our young graduates.

Thank you, teachers. Thank you very much for your dedications, sacrifices and contributions to the success of each coming generation of the nation. Happy Teacher’s Day. May God bless you with the strength to achieve greater personal and professional growths in the coming years.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/152-teachers-day-message

SIDMA ECE Family Day at Oceanus Waterfront Mall

Friday, May 11th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu back in 2002, has rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centre in Malaysia running UNITAR programmes, in addition to its home grown academic programme, particularly Early Childhood Education (E.C.E).

In responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation, globalisation and workplace changes within industries; SIDMA College Sabah, through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder), and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) reassured that its infrastructure and technology have been geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st Century skills and talents; such as the ability to think independently, ability to identify and solve problems on their own, work collaboratively, learn new knowledge and skills that will enable these graduates to thrive the future.

As technology is moving rapidly, educators at SIDMA College have being urged to keep up with this fast pace, be prepared to adapt and change their curriculum and delivery so that its graduates are able to fill in jobs which are yet to emerge. During a recent “Brainstorming Session” held on 8thFebruary 2017 at Shangri-La’s Resort and Spa, “Blended and Immersed teaching; a hybrid teaching methodology which is a combination of the traditional classroom lecture, e-learning, independent and group study has been adopted. This ”flipped classroom” model is to enable students to absorb course content not only through lectures, but also through videos, on-line activities and more; thus enabling students to be equipped with ICT and collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking skills, communicative skills, human values, and be interested in lifelong learning.

Thus in order to drive widespread student success, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah marshalled all its resources, gain commitment from faculty and lecturers, embrace innovation and create incentives; under the supervision and support from the effective leadership from Dr Morni and Madam Azizah.

Not only do students prefer blended learning environments; but lecturers and educators also establishes relations with outsides entities to offer their students an edge in their academic success and beyond.

Recently, SIDMA College Diploma Early Childhood Education students taking the subject “Parents and Community Involvement” organised an E.C.E. Family Day on 5th of May 2018 with the assistance of the young and enthusiastic educators, particularly Ms Nur Syafiqah Binti Usno, as well as others educators and the local community. The event was held at Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Kota Kinabalu with the following objectives:

  • Enhancing development of 21st Century Skills in managing children activities
  • Provide opportunities for parents’ involvement with the children’s learning
  • Create parental awareness on the importance of supporting the children growth developmental processes
  • Further strengthen the good relationships among children, parents and SIDMA College
  • Provide opportunities for SIDMA students to further develop collaboration, integration, cooperation and team work

Through such collaborative and cooperative initiatives from the community, various activities such as Blood Donation, Colouring Contest, Singing Contest, Children Show (Creative and Unique) and more was successfully held during the event.

Dr Morni, Madam Azizah, Azlina Ngatimin (Directors, Business Development and Corporate Relations), Managers and staff who were among the more than 500 parents and general public who have attended the function were amazed by SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students’ initiatives, creativity, and commitment; and hoped that more of such events be held at various others locations in order to motivate more young toddlers and kids to like schooling.

Dr Morni and Madam Azizah also congratulated SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Early Childhood students for their commitment and initiative to conduct such event and hoped that more students will follow their footsteps.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah June 2018 Intake of new students is now in progress. The following are the list of Academic Programmes offered at the college for its 2018 / 2019 Academic Year.

  1. Foundation Courses:
  • Foundation in Management.
  1. Diploma Courses:
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies.
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and health
  • Diploma in Management.
  1. Bachelor’ Degree courses.
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons),
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons).
  1. Masters Courses:
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA),
  • Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management (ELM))
  • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education).

Potential students interested in pursuing their tertiary studies with the college in any of the above mentioned programmes are welcomed to apply on-line by visiting SIDMA College Website or call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020; or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. They can also visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/151-sidma-ece-family-day-at-oceanus-waterfront-mall

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students Received Special Financial Assistance

Friday, April 27th, 2018

A total of 208 SIDMA College Sabah students and another 133 students from UNITAR Sabah received their one-off special financial assistance of RM950.00 per student from the Sabah State Government. The special grant has been banked into the recipient’s personal bank account, and students will be able to withdraw the money from their bank account beginning this Thursday, 26 April 2018.

During the “Majlis Penyerahan Bantuan Khas Kewangan Pelajar IPT Anak-anak Sabah” held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah on 25 April 2018, the Hon. Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (Sabah Tourism, Cultural, and Environment Minister) who is also the minister in charge of Education in Sabah; on behalf of Chief Minister, Tan Sri Musa bin Hj Aman; said the Sabah Government allocated RM 5 million for this purpose, with the main focus to reduce the burden of lower income families in Sabah, particularly those who have children studying in institutions of higher learning. A total of 4,184 students from 18 Institutions of higher learning in Sabah were allocated RM3, 974,800; whereas another RM 1,025,200 was distributed to another 1,079 Sabah students pursuing their tertiary education in 90 other institutions of higher learning in Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO, SIDMA College) were among the hundreds of local universities and colleges’ management representatives as well as the recipients; the students that attended the function. They thanked the government for the initiative, and believe that students of institutions of higher learning in Sabah are very fortunate to have Tan Sri Musa Aman as Sabah’s Chief Minister as he and his team of leaders have been very caring and highly emphatic towards the needs of students of institutions of higher learnings and their families, irrespective of their races and their cultural background.

Apart from the above initiative, the Sabah State Government has also allocated a huge budget for the Sabah Government Scholarship also known as BKNS benefitting thousands of students every year.

Dr Morni and Madam Azizah recommended to the recipients that they should be wise in using the money. They should keep a portion of the fund for emergency usage and not to use it for any unnecessary spending. They added that various other financial assistance are also available in SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah.

For more information about financial assistance and courses offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, please browse SIDMA College Website or like our  Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah June 2018 Intake for new students is now in progress. The following are the list of Academic Programme offered at the college for its 2018/2019 Academic Year.

Foundation Courses:

Foundation in Management

Diploma Courses:

Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

Diploma in Management

Bachelor’s Degree Courses:

Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

Bachelor of Management (Hons)

Masters Courses:

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Masters of Education (Educational Leadership and Management (ELM))

Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Students interested in pursuing their tertiary study with the college in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or Master Level are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or to call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/150-sidma-college-unitar-sabah-students-received-special-financial-assistance

SIDMA College jointly organised a “Let’s Read Together for 10 Minutes”.

Friday, April 27th, 2018

More than 300 staff and students of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah participated in the Let’s Read Together for 10 Minutes programme namely “Jom Baca Bersama Untuk 10 Minit”. The SIDMA College event which was organised by Madam Badrinah Suhaimin, (Head, SIDMA College Resource Centre) at SIDMA Atrium on 24 April 2018, beginning at 11.00 – 11.10 am. Other than at SIDMA Atrium, students were also seen reading at the library, tutorial or lecture rooms, and some were seen reading at cafes; quite a common sight among institutions of higher learning students. The highlight of the event was when everybody at the atrium read something “solid” from books for the said 10 minutes.

The event which was a special joint initiative organised by the Sabah State Library, Sabah Education Department, SIDMA College Sabah, Badan Bahasa dan Sastera Sabah, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, University Technology MARA, Institute Pendidikan Guru, Kinabalu Polytechnic, Amminudin Baki Institute, Tun Haji Mohd Fuad Stephens Borneo Research Library and INTI College.

The state-level programme was launched at the Sabah State Library on 24 April 2018 where participants read silently for 10 minutes from 11.00 am to 11.10 am; and was conducted simultaneously throughout the country; with a primarily aim of promoting reading among Malaysian citizens. It was also an annual event held in conjunction of this year’s World Book Day and World Copyright Programme, an event to further instil an interest in reading among the general public, thus enabling them to open up new horizon for advancement in life.

According to Madam Badrinah, statistics based on the books borrowed from SIDMA Library has been quite small, which might indicate that reading physical book habit among the students is still low. However, this does not into account on the great number of students reading electronic platform as SIDMA College implemented blended learning. Other than that SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students were also encouraged to read related academic journals.

Reading programme is also part of the library programme to encourage the reading culture and the sharing of new knowledge gained among the students. Those taking education courses (Bachelor Education, Bachelor and Diploma Early Childhood Education students) were reminded of a general lack of awareness on the importance for reading together with their students. Reading together with students is an important opportunity to improve their reading proficiency level. Teachers should also be a role model for reading to connect children with books.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Managers, Heads of Departments, lecturers and staff were seen continuing reading their favourite book. Some were even continuing their reading after the scheduled 10 minutes.

According to Dr Morni, this is indeed a unique way of bringing people together. It is also a wonderful way to transport one’s mind into the imaginative and creative world. Life become much more interesting when there are new avenues to be explore.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/149-sidma-college-jointly-organised-a-let-s-read-together-for-10-minutes-programme

SIDMA College Continues to Improve English Proficiency among its students

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

In line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013-2025 to produce young Malaysian graduates who are equipped to work in a globalised economy where English language is the international language of communication, but still preserve the proficiency in the use of a common national language (Bahasa Malaysia) in addition to the international language of communication, SIDMA College continues its effort to improve the English proficiency among its students.

In trying to formulate a successful programme, and one that is as efficient as possible; SIDMA College Sabah, through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO SIDMA Sabah) responded to MEB to produce bilingual efficiency among its graduates by expanding more opportunities for greater exposure to English among its needy students through a special English Enhancement Programme (EEP).

The special EEP programme which was launched by Madam Azizah Khalid Merican on 14 February 2017 is another of SIDMA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to provide a fully funded intensive English intervention course to students who are not fluent in their command of the language, in order to transform their Reading, Writing Listening, Speaking as well as their interpersonal communication skills to a greater level so that they can excel in their studies and for their future need.

According to Madam Jenifah Abdullah, the key module writer and facilitator of the special 20 contact hours course; EEP is indeed a very pragmatic programme, aimed at providing equity to students who are less proficient in their English language through a blended and immersive learning model, including the use of traditional face-to-face teaching, information technology, newspapers, inquiry technique, group discussion, presentation and more, through both formal and informal setting, in their pursuit of being excellent in their English Language mastery.

During a special certificate presentation ceremony for the 83 students from among the February 2018 intake of new students, Dr Morni congratulated the students for their excellent usage of the language and their excellent performances during the function. He also reminded the students that learning to speak a new language is an art skills, and students got to continue using it in order to master it. Dr Morni also shared his successful stories of how he learned to speak English when he was studying in England, and advised the students not to be afraid of making mistakes and being laughed at by their friends when wrongly used.

Of the total 83 SIDMA College and UNITAR Sabah Semester February 2018 new students who received their certificate of completion of the English Enhancement Programme, 13 of them also received their Certificate of Excellence for exhibiting outstanding performance throughout the programme. Among some of the SIDMA Board of Management who witnessed the event were Madam Azlina Ngatimin Director of Corporate Relations and Business Development, Madam Azizah, Mr Louis Jais (Academic Manager) and Student Representative, Sofiansyah Bin Maaruf.

Sofiansyah in representing his batch of colleague as the participant of the programme in his thank you address, congratulated Dr Morni, Madam Azizah and SIDMA College for providing them with the opportunities to attend this complimentary and unique programme to improve their mastery of English language. To extend their appreciation to the Management of the college, the students collectively sponsored door gifts for Dr Morni and to all the specially invited guests of the event.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment back in 2002 in Kota Kinabalu has prosper jubilantly over the year, and rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centre in Malaysia running UNITAR programmes, in addition to its home grown academic programmes. Its infrastructure and technology can support the ambitions and goals of students who want to create a brighter tomorrow. Teaching methodology used are very students-focused and engaging and will bring out the best from each student. Because of that, SIDMA College aim to invite all students to strive to be the Champions of Change” and change is what drives us ALL to success.

The following are the list of Academic Programmes offered at SIDMA College for its 2018/2019 Academic year.

Foundation Courses:

  • Foundation in Management

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies.
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Diploma in Management.

Bachelor’s Degree Curses:

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)

Masters Courses:

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management – ELM)
  • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA Website. Or like our Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

Our June 2018 intake of new students is now in progress. Various financial assistance are available. Students interested in pursuing their tertiary studies with the college are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or through fax 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are also welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/148-sidma-college-continues-to-improve-english-proficiency-among-its-students

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah 2018 Second Staff Gathering

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah 2018 Second Staff gathering was held at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah. For this session of the gathering, Black Team was entrusted to organise it which took place at SIDMA’s Atrium on the 20th of April 2018, and was led by Mr Rody Rodiley Tunai.  Madam Bibiana Buayie, the emcee of the event, was also from the Black Team.

The staff gathering started at around 9 am with staff registering and gathering according to the 4 participating teams, consisted of Green Team, Red Team, Blue Team and Yellow Team. Interestingly, all staffs regardless of their department or rank joined the gathering which was a combination of a formal and informal setting with games and activities being set-up at the end of it to enable all staff to mingle together outside their office setting and most importantly, to have fun and build closer bond among them.

In his opening address at the gathering, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah), extended his warmest wishes to every staff of SIDMA College who took the time to join the event as it was also an event to bring closer and together all of SIDMA staff from diverse background to a united SIDMA Community, to reflect as well as to consolidate the objectives, vision and mission of the college.

Next, Dr Morni mentioned on the current economic situation that have affected 39 colleges last year, 2017, and expected to hit close to 100 colleges this year whereby the said colleges have to be closed down due to various reasons among other the low number of student and/or failing to meet the licensing requirement. Government on the other hand have recommended to the colleges to merge in order to gain the benefit of merging such as ability to penetrate into a new and larger market, improvise in fulfilling the student needs, better product development and most importantly boost the financial power of the colleges. However according to Dr Morni, merging will be difficult as it involves various challenges such as possibility of management style incompatibility, different goals and objectives as well as various other differences that may exist between the merging colleges where it must be ironed out prior to being legally merged. Due to that, for the time being, SIDMA College is leaning more towards joint venture and collaboration instead of merging with other colleges.

Dr Morni also shared on the importance for top management of colleges particularly to the Board of Management of SIDMA College to assess signs from the industry so that they will be better prepared in facing any challenges as the sign could indicate various threats to the sustainability of the education sector such as drops in the number of student and others.

Dr Morni also thrilled to announce that large number of poor students in SIDMA College Unitar Sabah managed to secure a one-off scholarship from Sabah Government amounting to RM950 for each of the successful applicant which will assist them in meeting their financial obligation and need. The scholarship is expected to be distributed in May 2018.

As SIDMA College is determined to improve itself and move to the next level, Dr Morni as the Chairman of the College shared few tips on how every staff can contribute to its success. He reminded that each and every staff need to work hand in hand in meeting SIDMA’s Mission and Vision.

It’s SIDMA’s culture to have a compulsory slot during any of SIDMA College’s Staff Gathering to have the Staffs’ birthday celebration, and in this particularly gathering, staff whose birthday is on the month of March and April are celebrated whereby March-born staff consisted of Soliam, Nadia, Nuriyathi, Shafrani, Izah, Felicity, Meili and Mudin and April-born staff involving Jessica, Arwin, Wasnyliah, Masrin, Vanessanur, Jaccielia, Esther, Fitri and Natasha were called to be together in “Birthday Cake Candle Blowing” ceremony in front of the stage to the tune of the “Happy Birthday” song sang by all the other staff before they cut the cake to be distributed equally.

The Black Team, the organiser of this event, has arranged two (2) games to entertain and instil competitive spirit among the staff via activities such as “Find the French Suit” and “Centipede Run”; which saw the champion was a tie between Green Team and Blue Team; hence the tie-breaker was a “Street Dance” and “Rock–paper–scissors” activities which was participated by representatives from both teams amidst a fun loud cheering atmosphere.

Overall the winner was Green team followed by the Blue Team as the first runner up. Yellow Team on the hand won the second runner up and Red Team only managed to get third runner up. However what matter the most is that all staff are very happy and in a way they have managed to channel their energy to build closer relationship regardless of rank and department.

At the end of the gathering, high tea was served to all, and the event ended at around 11.30 a.m. Black Team extended their sincere thank you note, and congratulated all the staffs for their participation and openness to make the gathering a successful and fun event for all.

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SIDMA College Sabah Cultivate 21 Century Skills Teaching and Learning

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

In the era of globalisation and digitalisation, it is a big challenge for educators to deliver new learning experiences and prepare students to meet the 21st century requirement. Students need to be equipped with ICT and various skills such as collaborative, critical and creative thinking and communicative skills as well as instilling values to them, part of which they need to be interested in their lifelong learning.

In order to equip fresh graduates with the necessary 21st Century skills to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), educators need to determine the types of classrooms activities which can help prepare students to communicate in real life beyond the allocated classroom time, as well as to respond better realistically to technologically enhance teaching methods. Technologically enhanced learning will not only appeal more to the students of the 21st century, but will also provide greater avenues for problem solving, creative thinking as well as collaborating with one another.

SIDMA College Sabah, through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, the Founder and Chairman, as well as  Madam Azizah Khalid Merican as CEO, in responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation, globalisation and workplace change within industries; have been enthusiastic to be geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st century skills and talents; such as the ability to think independently, identify and solve problems on their own, work collaboratively, learn new knowledge and skills and knowledge that will enable them to thrive the future.

As SIDMA College Sabah had held its fourth edition of brainstorming session, with the theme “Into the Horizon”, on Friday 8th February 2017 at Shangri-La’s Resort and Spa, Tanjung Aru, part of the outcome of the brainstorming session held was the plan to implement in 2018 the Blended Learning and flipped classroom teaching methodology whereby it is a hybrid teaching methodology which is a combination of e-learning, the traditional classroom interaction methods, independent and group study. Basically, it is a fundamental change in the way educators and students approach their learning experiences.

SIDMA’s flipped classroom is a blended learning concept adopted to improve students engagement and to generate effective learning outcome. It includes students meeting, collaborating or working together in groups or among peers for purposeful activities. For this purpose, traditional learning environment may be converted into involving debate, creative movement, drama, singing, teacher demonstration sessions and more. Apart from during normal lectures, such scenario is more commonly seen during their tutorials and enrichment sessions where even the car park at the basement of SIDMA building are being used to accommodate their music and creative movement, drama, play activities and the like. Thus for the students learning takes place in the lecture rooms, on stages at the atrium, and the like.

The outcome from such teaching and learning models are proven as students are more creative and more communicative, collaborative, innovative, socially confident, and  increases their willingness to come forward and showcase their new knowledge, skills and attitude acquired during their individual, peer or group inquiries session.

What was interesting is that in the recent weeks the college’s atrium area is buzzed with students collectively arranged various programme to showcase their “creative and innovative” assignments and activities.  It has also been a very stimulating time for the lecturers who have to assess students’ live performances as compared to previously only marking their answer scripts.

Among some of the programmes conducted during these few weeks are as follows:

  1. The Bachelor Early Childhood Education (Hons), Bachelor of Education (Hons), Bachelor of management (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Hons) students collectively organised an Entrepreneurship Month in March 2018 to showcase their entrepreneurship skills as well as their ability to meet the social needs of the general community. The main purpose of this programme is to provide students with hands-on practical knowledge with regard to the process of starting up their own business; help students to acquire the skills of how to plan their business, present their proposal, manage their finance, to manage a small business, or partnership, choosing the relevant pricing strategy, as well as on how to promote their products.
  2. Event Management students for this semester collectively organised an Event Management Week to prepare the students in becoming a successful event managers, as well as to enable them to work together to accomplish their vision and mission. Based on the theme “Malaysian Traditional Games Competition” the students were exposed and have developed various skills and knowledge in areas such as problem solving, promoting and marketing their events or product; the processes involved in a project or event planning, understandings of customers’ behaviour, and many other related issues. Through such activities, students were indirectly provided with the real- life exposures to reflect upon in order to become efficient managers.
  3. Students from Early Childhood Education had organised Music and Creative Movement Week which have provided opportunities for them to understand the importance of providing high-quality musical environments for the young children growth and development; particularly in their musical skills as well as the development of their other related skills and possible talents. Other than showcasing their skills in in singing, creative movement and dances; the participants also created traditional and contemporary music and children songs, and even improvised musical instruments from recycled products such bottles, cans and more.
  4. Various other platforms were also arranged for other students to present their creative and innovative products, conducting professional presentations and more through the whole of the February 2018 semester.

Dr Morni who took time off to attend each of the programmes was amazed at the students’ new knowledge gained, new skills developed during their presentation. He praised them for their collective and collaborative efforts to showcase their new discoveries.

He hoped that through such initiatives, more students will be aspired to pursue the benefits of blended learning, through UNIEC, SLMS, and related sources introduced by their facilitators. Any students from any location in this world with a device and connectivity can learn more, as the Millennial children in this millennium requires learning experiences that must match the technology of their era.

Dr Morni also congratulated SIDMA lecturers for the efforts in transforming their teaching (lecturing) and significantly have a more direct impact on the experience and lifelong skills of students. “Lecturers continuous application of their innovation skills and expertise is very much needed now than ever today”, he added.

On what’s next after their graduation; Dr Morni suggested to the students on the idea of controlling their own destiny by starting their own business based on their knowledge and skills gathered from their studies, and not relying to the typical job-seeking from employer but to be their own boss hence provide more job opportunities. He added that the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization reported that 50 percent to 70 percent of students had started a business whilst in schools or hoped to start one in the future. Beside than that, all the famous success stories such as Microsoft, Netscape, FedEx and Apple, all of which are founded by college students.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment back in 2002 in Kota Kinabalu has prosper jubilantly over the years; and rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centre in Malaysia running UNITAR programmes, in addition to its home-grown academic programmes. Its infrastructure and technology can support the ambitions and goals of students who want to create a brighter tomorrow. Not only that, as proven, the teaching methodology used are engaging and will bring out the best from each students. Because of that, SIDMA College aim to do more than just teach, it strive to be the “Champions of Change” and change is what drives us ALL to success.

The following is the list of Academic Programmes Offered at the college for its 2018/2019 Academic Year.

Foundation Courses:

  • Foundations in Management

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Diploma in Management

Bachelor’s Degree Courses:

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)

Masters Courses:

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Education (Educational Leadership and Management (ELM))
  • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Our June 2018 Intake of new students is now in progress. Various financial assistance are available. For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA Website, or like our Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

Students interested in pursuing their tertiary study with the college in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or master Level are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or to call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

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