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SIDMA College Sabah Excel during 7th Borneo Dance Festival 2018.

Monday, November 5th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah Prima Dansa dancers managed to outshine dancers from others institutions of higher learning in Borneo during the 7th Borneo Dance Festival 2018 at Dewan Sri Kenyalang, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu Campus on 3 November 2018. SIDMA team was awarded second runner-up for the Overall Best Performance, Best Music and best choreographer. The first and second placing went to universities from Indonesia.

Immediately after the award presentation, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College, congratulated all Prima Dansa dancers for their excellent performances. Dr Morni was also feeling delighted for being blessed with one the best choreographers. He too conveyed his thanks and appreciation to all who have contributed, supported and led the team to success.

Dr Morni also congratulated the Secretariat of Borneo Dance Festival 2018 for the excellent organization. He too indicated his appreciation to the host of the game, Universiti Putra Malaysia Campus Bintulu, Sarawak for their warm hospitality and kind assistance to all visiting teams and their supporters alike.

Earlier Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) led a team of thirty (30) members inclusive of SIDMA Officials, project directors, SIDMA Prima Dansa dancers, choreographers, make-up artists and crew members via road from Kota Kinabalu to participate on the Seventh Borneo Dance Festival 2018 “Festival Tari Borneo” that was held on 30 October until 3 November 2018 at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu Campus.

Also present throughout the event were Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Mr Rody Rodiley Tunai (Manager, Student Residence Services Department), Mr Terence B. Stephen (Manager, Student Affairs Department) and related SIDMA supporting staff.

According to Mr Mohd Fikri Shah, President, SIDMA Prima Dansa cum President Student Representative Council (SRC), the team were given the opportunity to present two performances during the occasion. “Sumirid” a local tradition dance was presented during the officiating ceremony on 30 October 2018; and “Molukas” a creative traditional ethical dance was showcase during the competition on 01 November 2018.

SIDMA College Sabah was selected to represent Sabah Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IPTS Sabah). Two other participating teams from Sabah are Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Kota Kinabalu Campus and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Labuan International Campus). Other participating groups are UPM Bintulu, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Kota Samarahan Campus, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), and SIDMA College Sarawak.  University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD) represented its country Brunei Darussalam. From Kalimantan, Indonesia, the participating universities are Tanjungpura University (UNTAN), Lambung Mangkurat University, University of Palangkarya, Mulawarman University and Borneo Tarakan University (UBT).

Coordinator for Festival Tari Borneo 2018 secretariat announced that the purpose of this biennial Dance Festival is to provide a platform for the dance troupes from various institutions of higher learning across Borneo to exchange, share and create new ideas towards further developing and preserving the performing arts for generations to come.

Through such interaction between local and international institutions of higher learning in Borneo, it is hoped to encourage better collaboration between local and international institutions of higher learning across Borneo; which later would lead to strengthen the academic and research collaborations among the various higher education institutions of Borneo through exchanging expertise and services conducting prospective conferences, workshops and more. Such activities could bring together all the people closer to build social connections among dancers from various backgrounds; which could also promote Borneo cultural heritage on the international arena.

The Dance Festival, an initiative in to showcase the cultural diversity of Borneo through live traditional performances, was initiated in 2006, with UiTM Sarawak being given the honoured to host the first and second series of the Dance Festival. UiTM Kota Kinabalu Sabah was selected to host the third series; whereas Universitas Tanjung Pura, Kalimantan Barat then hosted the fourth competition; whereas the fifth biennial event was hosted by UiTM Sarawak. Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur Indonesia was given the honoured to host the 6th Borneo Dance Festival

Meanwhile, Mr Terence invites more of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students to join PRIMA DANSA or other related clubs and societies of the college thus widening their opportunities to participate in cultural activities, resulting in enhancement of their personal skills and experiences: confidence, self-presentation, teamwork and collaboration, time management, organizational skills, self-awareness, self-discipline and more.

For more information regarding SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Student Affairs Department as well as its clubs and societies available, please visit SIDMA College Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu; or call SIDMA Hotline @ 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

SIDMA College 2018 Alumni Annual Dinner

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Former students of SIDMA College’s Diploma Early Childhood Education from its first convocation held in 2014, gathered together with other students and staff and co-organised SIDMA College first ever SIDMA Alumni Annual Dinner themed “Retro Night” 2018 at Tang Dynasty Hotel Kota Kinabalu on 27 October 2018.

According to its Programme Director, Ms Ereka Ejim, the SIDMA College Alumni Dinner was held with the main objective of reuniting past and current students from SIDMA College Sabah with the intention of connecting the graduates and students from SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Regional Centre as well as graduates from SIDMA College Sarawak and strengthening their bond together; as well as the bond between the graduates and SIDMA College Staff. The dinner also aims to build professional networks and connections that can lead to opportunities of making a contribution to the Alma Mater, facilitating job cooperation between alumni and assisting the Alma Mater to nurture young generation.  The dinner was delighted to be joined by Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College).

The gathering also aims to celebrate and to congratulate in advance the 379 SIDMA College graduates who will be receiving their scrolls on 31 January 2018 at Magellan Hotel Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie in his officiating speech congratulated the initiative taken by Ereka Ijim and other graduates who have jointly initiated this event. He hoped more graduates will come forward and participated in such activities. He added that it’s through such gathering that can provide a perfect opportunity for the past, present and future students to network with each other as well as with the college staff; to further enhance their professional development, thus become relevant workforce in the country.

Dr Morni also hope that this gathering will set the way forward for more of similar gathering involved a wider segment of graduates and students, which can be channelled to a more formal setting such as the formal endorsement of SIDMA College Alumni in the very near future.

During the event various fun based activities were held to provide entertainment as well as ‘breaking the ice’ after some of them already left the college for quite some time. Exchanging of gift and singing performances by both the staff and students have received tremendous applause from the participants. Other interesting activities of the night were “Retro Dance” performance as well as “Tarian Patung” performed by staff and students, mysterious chair, lucky draws and more.  During the event, Mr Hanafi Bin Didi and Ms. Mimi Amira Binti Jaimis were respectively crowned as Prom King and Queen of the night after deliberate judging by the judges.

The annual event was also attended by Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Madam Izah Muhilin (Manager, Human Resource), Ms Nur Atiqah Ngatimin, lecturers and staff of SIDMA College Sabah.

And now, do you remember how you felt when you started college? Alone? Sweating under an enormous backpack? Unable to find your Basic ICT class? Now, you’re a big, strong college graduate, and SIDMA College is proud of you. That pride goes both ways of course. So what’s the best way to show that college pride? Join alumni of course! For more information about SIDMA College Sabah Alumni, please contact SIDMA College Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu. Tel 088-732 000 or 088 732 020.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah believes that in this new era of globalization, educators are often challenged in equipping students with needed 21 st century skills. Not only do they need to be proficient in ICT, they also need to focus on critical skills such as collaborative, critical and creative thinking and communicative as well as instilling values to them, part of which they need to be interested in their lifelong learning to successfully participate in the global economy.

Holding on to this, 31 students from SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah recently participated in a two-day Youngpreneurs Go (YPGO) carnival on 27 October 2018 – organized by Malaysian Companies Commission (SSM) at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Accompanied by their lecturer, Madam Bibiana Buayie, these students whom are taking BAGB3023 Entrepreneurship and BARB1013 Principles of Marketing this semester were a part of over 1000 participants from local higher learning institutions attending the carnival.

The carnival is aimed at providing participants with seminars on entrepreneurship knowledge and starting a business, among others. Forty stalls were also set up for students to conduct their business apart from getting information on the available assistance provided by governmental agencies.

The event which was officiated by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who stated  that the state government will continue to work with federal government agencies to create more young entrepreneurs in all parts of Sabah by providing training and granting needed loans . “There is a lot of encouragement that the government provides for young people to venture into business, including loans at various levels. However, there are conditions that they need to fulfill such as registering their respective companies”. He added that Sabah government will welcome every effort to increase entrepreneurs in the state as these entrepreneurs are able to create jobs, thus boosting economy in the state.

Also present were Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Y. Bhg. Chong Chieng Jen, UMS Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin and SSM Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah is very committed in producing relevant and high quality students who in the future, will be successful young entrepreneurs.  Apart from having students participating in various trade fair, carnivals and conventions – annual programmes such as Entrepreneurship Month are conducted almost every semester with the sole purpose of exposing them to real-world skills. This programme serves as a platform for students to build or create their very own products and sell them to the public.

For more information on any of the courses offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, please browse SIDMA College Sabah Website, or at SIDMA College Facebook Account: “SIDMA College”. Potential candidates can visit SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Campus at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, or call the campus hotline number: 088-732000 or 088-732 020.

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The Search for SIDMA Idol 2018 is on!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The search for SIDMA Idol 2018 is ongoing. SIDMA Idol, an annual singing talent competition was first introduced in 2010. The competition is opened to all registered SIDMA College Sabah students (including students registered under UNITAR Sabah) to showcase their talents, particularly their singing talent. The participants of the competition will be judged by a panel of qualified judges, and each participants need to sing one songs; either in English or in Bahasa Malaysia.

The competition aims to bring out the best of hidden talents of the students. It will serve as a platform for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students to showcase their creative and artistic talents with spectacular performances. The organising committee hoped that through SIDMA Idol, they can encourage and motivate students to continue developing and honing their talents while pursuing their studies at the college. From this competition, students can learn and experience college life with a difference. They learn things that cannot be taught in a lecture hall or by reading a book. It provides students with a platform to experience, to lead, to organise, to communicate, to be creative, to break away from the norm and to be confident young adults.

After rigorous promotion and searching for the best of the best talent that students of the college can offer done by the Student Affairs and Department (STAD) and assisted by the Student Representative Council (SRC) which began in the month of September, 2018 the response was immense. However when STAD conducted the first audition on 12 October 2018, only 45 candidates turned up. During the audition, the organiser only selected 10 contestants to showcase their talent during the semi-final round which will be held on 26 October 2018, beginning 2.00 pm, at SIDMA Atrium. The 10 contestants are:

  1. Joel Jefrryson K Jamestan
  2. Coster Baragang
  3. Nur Liyana Safinas Ramlee
  4. Rosabelle Chee
  5. Nurul Wan Maizatul Izriani
  6. Racheley Dizy
  7. Shirtley Senius Niun
  8. Nini Shazielawati binti Norjali
  9. Nursyahirah binti Samsuddin
  10. Norini Michael

Mr Terence B Stephen also took the opportunity to announce that during the semi-final contest, the organiser, with the assistance of independent qualified judges, will select five (5) best contestants as the finalists to compete for the “SIDMA Idol 2018” title.

The Grand Final of the competition, the crowning of ‘SIDMA Idol 2018” will be held on 23 November 2018 at Hotel Ming Garden.

Meanwhile Mr Terence B. Stephen (Head of STAD) invites students and staff as well as supporters of the semi-finalists contest to come and show their support to their colleagues.

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SIDMA College Sabah 3rd 2018 Staff Gathering

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman) officiated the 3rd 2018 SIDMA College Sabah Staff Gathering by conveying his sincere appreciation and thank you note to all SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah staff and staff of SIDMA subsidiary companies such as Fiona Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, SIDMA Didi Childcare Centre, Bentleytel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. The event was organised by staff from the Blue Team at SIDMA Atrium on 12 October 2018.

He expressed his admiration to SIDMA staff on their team spirit shown during some recent SIDMA big events such as, #SIDMAgoesLIVE – where the college launched its Digital Media Day on 6 October 2018. During the event, SIDMA College staff turned up in full force despite it being a Saturday and a Public Holiday (Sabah TYT Birthday). Dr Morni was also glad to note that during the current Kadazandusun Language Club Speech Contest held at various secondary schools and District Education Departments, staff who were also members of the club, travelled to the various schools and district education, together with him as the advisor, to co-organise and provide any required assistance during the competition.

In addition, Dr Morni took the time to emphasise on the necessity for the academic staff to be more focused on their core business, particularly on the students learning. He cited the case where more than 10 SIDMA DECE students failed to meet and complete their semester June 2018 teaching practicum with accordance to the specified timeline (dateline) due to the student’s poor attitude and commitment towards their work (practicum). Thus, he advised lecturers and academic supervisors to be more concerned on their students’ performance and provide appropriate interventions from the early stage.

SIDMA Staff Gathering is never complete without greetings and well wishes from Dr Morni and colleagues to fellow colleagues who were celebrating their birthday that season. For this round, staff whose birthday is on the month of August and September were invited to the “Birthday Cake Candle Blowing”, amidst “Happy Birthday” song sang by all the other staff members.

The gathering continued with various games whereby staffs were divided into their respective teams.  They would then be tested on their creativeness, endurance level and teamwork.

The activities consisted of 3 games, namely, “Do you have it?” whereby participants were asked to create something only with what they have. “Where is Bobo? “, another game which requires the participants’ endurance and teamwork as they have to work together to score the highest goal. “Pembaris”, the last game was more on creativity where they need to give clue to the group’s representative to guess the word. The whole event ended at about 4:00 pm where the finishing was the high tea refreshment that was served. All in all, the red team emerged as the winner with a 50 point, followed by black team, green and the yellow team. There were heartache and disappointment, but with the team spirit, everyone leave with a happy hand and mind knowing that SIDMA Family is a true happy family from all backgrounds.

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SIDMA College Continuous Effort to Preserve and Promote Bahasa Kadazandusun Language

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) in his continuous effort to preserve and ensure the survival of the Kadazandusun language in this modern era, has collaborated with Sabah Education Director, Datuk Hajah Maimunah Hj Suhaibul, District Education Officers, secondary school Principals and Kadazandusun teachers in secondary schools to co-organise Kadazandusun Language Speech Contest “Pialaan Raisol Doid Boros Kadazandusun” for secondary school students to speak the language in a competition setting. The contest is simultaneous held in all participating secondary schools during the month of October 2018. The theme of the contest is “Boros Popoburu Koposion” (Language Catalyses a Nation’s Future), and the closing date for the Secretariat (SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club) to receive names of contestant from the respective District Education Department is by 15 October 2018.

Since the beginning of October 2018, Dr Morni has allow his college resources to be used for sending staff to visit various secondary schools offering Kadazandusun language as elective language to collaborate, assist and motivate the staff and students to participate in the contest at the respective school level. The event is open to all Form One to Five secondary school students offering Kadazandusun as elective language. Each of the participating schools will then forward two (2) names of winners to their respective District Education Department.

Each respective District Education Department will then formed a selection committee to identify and conduct their respective district level contest. Currently five (5) districts that have conducted their district level competition are Penampang District (21 September 2018); Tambunan District (28 September 2018); Keningau District (08 October 2018; Ranau District (10 October 2018) and the next round will be at the Kota Belud District (12 October 2018); Dr Morni despite his busy schedule managed to find time and present himself during each of the respective district level competition to witness the selection of their representatives. The selection committee from each of the district will then forward the names of successful candidates to compete during the semi-final competition to be held at SIDMA College Sabah on 25 October 2018.

Meanwhile, Kadazandusun Language Choir Competition is open for registration. This event is open to all choir groups of Sabah. The required number of participants per group are between 15 to 25 persons, including the conductor and musicians; singing only local Kadazandusun songs. Entrance fee is RM150.00 per group (not refundable) and the closing date is on 09 November 2018, or upon the registration of the first groups of contestants.

A grand semi-final contest for the Choir Competition will be held on 15 & 16 November 2018 at ITCC Penampang Shopping Mall.

The Grand Finale for the above two events, “Sodop Pisompuruan 2018” will be held on 30 November 2018 at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu. Successful teams and individuals selected to perform during the round of competition will be informed by the secretariat. Attractive cash prizes of RM 3,000 (Champion), RM 1,000 (1st Runner-up) and RM500 (2nd Runner-up) will be up for grab.

Dr Morni on behalf of SIDMA College Top Management congratulated and thanked in advance to Sabah Director of Education, Y. Bhg Datuk Hajah Maimunah Hj Suhaibul; respective District Education Officers, respective Secondary Principals, Bahasa Kadazandusun teachers and to each and every individual who have contributed and assisted to ensure the successful implementation of the above mentioned programmes.

For more information on the above contest, please contact SIDMA Kadazandusun Language Club, SIDMA College Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU; at Tel: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or Fax @ 088-732 019. For further details on the above competitions, please channel it to the following officers:

  1. Mr Bonaventure Wences : 088-732 186
  2. Mr Delson J Joingin : 088-732 000; 088-732-020
  3. Ms Sylla Severinus : 088-732 000; 088-732 0202
  4. Ms Brenda : 016-824 5117
  5. Ms Era : 014-562 0314
  6. Ms Erlvina : 013-825 0517

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Organs and Tissues Donation Drive at SIDMA College Sabah

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah collaborated with Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu to organise an organs and tissues donation drive at SIDMA College Sabah on 8 October 2018. The event which was co-organised by SIDMA College Student Affairs Department (STAD) headed by Mr Terence B Stephens, and Organs and Tissues Procurement Team from Queen Elizabeth Hospital II, Kota Kinabalu headed by KJ Roslina Jenang aimed at creating awareness as well as getting more people, particularly SIDMA staff, students as well as the general public; to support the campaign message and slogan “Satu Ikrar Sejuta Harapan” and getting people to pledge as organs and tissues donors.

This is so because even though many Malaysians recognise the importance of saving lives, but when it comes to sharing part of their body by way of organs donation, they hesitate. It is a very touchy question and many non-donors feel that it is a very personal decision shrouded in myths and cultural belief.

It was reported in March 2017 that the then Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Helmi Yahya remarked in Parliament that only 1% of Malaysia’s population have pledge their organs donation upon death. He added that the figure above is too low considering Malaysia’s population of over 30 million (then), compared with developed countries where donors’ numbers are as high as 30% to 40% of the population; and sadly in Malaysia, the numbers of patients who need organs transplants is increasing from year to year.

Present at SIDMA College Sabah to present instructional talks to the SIDMA staff and students was Mr Low Lieh Yun of the Organs and Tissues Procurement Team. He enlightened the SIDMA community and the general public that organ or tissue donation has been accepted as a treatment method. It is a process of donating organs or tissues of the body for the purpose of transplanting into others in need because of the failure or damage to an organ or tissues of the recipient. After transplantation, the recipient can go on and lead a better life quality. Thus it is considered as a very noble deed.

During the event Mr Low also took the time to elaborate on the organs and tissues which can be donated. In Malaysia, as pointed by the National Organ Donation Public Awareness Committee Chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, organs that can be donated, and of high demand are: heart, lung, liver, and kidney. As for the tissues, they are heart valves, eyes (corneas), bones and skin.

He also invited Mr Demian George, a living Donor, to share his personal experience and success stories about his organ donation experience. Living donors are people who have donated one kidney or part of organ, or tissue to either their living recipient whether or not they have any blood ties. The speakers also shared stories of patients who died after waiting in vain for suitable organs.

The Star in September 27, 2012 reported that a pair of kidneys from Sabah was rushed to Kuala Lumpur making it the first organ donation in the state. Earlier, the parents of the boy, who was brain dead, had consented to donating their son’s kidney. According to the then Health Department Deputy Director, Dr. Adlan Suhaimi Ahmad, “They gave their consent because they knew the big difference that two kidneys could make to someone who is in dire need of them in spirit of the “Satu Ikrar Sejuta Harapan” slogan.

To clear the other confusing issues about organs and tissues donation, both Mr Low and Mr Demian also took the opportunity to explain about Cadaveric donors, or donors who have died.  It Malaysia, Cadaveric donations are encouraged and given priority as it does not pose any risk to the donors. However he added that only Brain-dead donors, or donors who have died at the Hospital can donate their organs and tissues. Confirmation of death will be performed by two doctors who are qualified, in two separate trials.

On the survival rate of organ recipients; statistics indicated that Liver Transplantation – 1 year: 80-85%; 5 years: 70-75%. For Heart Transplantation: 1 year:  83%; 5 years: 63%; back to work:  83%. For Kidney Transplantation- 1 year: 85-90%; 5 years > 75%; 10 years: 60%.

According to Mr Terence B Stephen (STAD) the Organ and Tissues Procurement Team managed to send a loud and clear message of “Satu Ikrar Sejuta Harapan” to the SIDMA Community, as the event concluded with Mr Louis Jais (Academic Manager) led a team of 108 staff and students to sign up as well as to pledge as organ donors in Sabah to KJ Rolina Jenang and the Procurement Team.

Various other activities such as free medical check-up, quiz, exhibition booths, photo booths and “most liked picture” were held. The organiser also presented choir “Menanti Sinaran” to the audience.

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SIDMA Digital Day 2018 #SIDMAgoesLIVE” Launched

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah was a hive of activities as we launched SIDMA College first ever Digital Technologies Day #SIDMAgoesLive 2018. It’s also probably the first ever Digital Media Day ever held in any of the institutions of higher learning in Sabah. The grand event was held on 6 October 2018 at SIDMA College Sabah from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

As early as 9.00 am, eager participants were seen queuing up for their turn to participate in activities of their choice; just moments after each of the respective booths and vendors were opened to customers. Some of the trending and inspiring activities prepared and set up for the adventurous participants were:

  • Mobile Legends Game
  • TEKKEN Game
  • FIFA2018 Game
  • Virtual Reality Demo
  • Gunpla Demo Tutorial and Exhibition
  • Cosplay gathering
  • Colouring Contest for kids.
  • Food Truck and as well as various booth offering local product ranging from food to clothing by local vendors.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) when making his round for the event, where he started off at the Kids Colouring Contest, at around 9.30 am was amazed to note that more than 40 kids had registered for the competition. Later when he was at the Mobile Legend Duel, he realized that more than 150 contestants had already registered for the contest. The same scenario was also seen in all the other respective booths.

According to Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development) who is also the key mover of the initiative, the focus of SIDMA Media Day was to provide a platform to bring together creative staff, students, young talents of media users, as well as media experts to engage in dialogue of different areas and genres. The event covered the introductions of various inspiring and trending gaming activities in all genres; and also to provide hands-on experience as well as to share best practices to the beginners. On this aspects she was glad to note that most of the media technologies vendors who set up counters here were more of the social entrepreneurs, who were keen to assist and welcome beginner users to the media technologies rather than just to make profit by participating in the event. She too thanked the vendors and other parties who have sponsored and co-sponsored the event.

During the event, numerous lucky draws was given out throughout the day; while various prizes were awarded to participants of the various games and activities held. Mobile Legends Tournament Champion award of RM 1.000 and it was won by Borneo Dragon, 1st Runner-up went to XTP and they received RM 500. The 2nd Runner-up went to Equalizer Borneo who received RM 300.

Y.B Pritchard Arthur Gumbaris while officiating the event on behalf of Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking who was unable to attend the event due to earlier official commitment was excited to note that SIDMA College Sabah, located in the District of Penampang, was the premier in the introduction of Digital Technologies in the education industry. He congratulated Dr Morni and all SIDMA College Staff for taking such bold and important initiative to ensure that the college graduates are equipped with the 21st Century skills, thus will be able to meet the requirement of their current and future industrial players.

Earlier, Dr Morni, congratulated Datuk Darell Leiking, International Trade and Industry Minister, who was conferred the title “Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) by TYT Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sabah on 6 February on 6th October 2018. Dr Morni also conveyed his appreciation to Y.B Pritchard Arthur Gumbaris who represented Y.B Datuk Darell Leiking during the occasion.

Dr Morni praised and congratulated Madam Azlina and all the staff of Corporate Marketing and Business Development Department, as well as all SIDMA staff, for the initiative of bringing media technologies to the college through this #SIDMAgoesLIVE event. He realised that advanced technology is spreading across the industry of education the worldwide, at a super-sonic speed. SIDMA College Sabah, like any other schools, colleges and universities are introducing technology into all segments of their work – from online lesson assignment uploads to students chats and forums, as well planning towards digitalized administration.

Through today’s initiative, he hoped that both SIDMA staff and students will be aware that there has been a massive investment by the management to provide “access”-information and communication technologies to staff and students. However, Digital media – the internet, mobile phones, computers games, interactive television – are now indispensable aspects of most children’s young people’s leisure-time experiences. For most children, computer is no longer primarily an education medium as it was 10-15 years ago. The uses of computers in the home are massively dominated by video games; and leisure uses of the internet are becoming increasing significant.

SIDMA lecturers thus need to be aware that media education could have a great deal to offer here. They should be aware that nowadays, students learn in virtual class classrooms, lecturers post tutorial activities, assignments, forums, on websites, lessons are packed with videos and live demos from online sources; students achievements and files are stored and maintained electronically; as well their profiles, grades, ratings and assessments for the students to view and up-grade themselves.

Thus he hopes that this is the beginning of the introduction of digital technology in Education in this college. With the use of digital technology in education, there will be significant changes to the teaching and learning process, new technologies involve, new content, new teaching media, new teaching media; and also corresponding changes in the process of learning as well hardware and technologies to be used. Nevertheless, SIDMA College will continue to keep up to its Motto “Champion of Change”

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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Gamers who participated in the mobile legend competition. – SNT Pix/Courtesy SIDMA College

PENAMPANG: Private colleges and universities in Sabah are invited to relocate to Penampang district.

Minister for International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking said the district can be a new education hub for Sabah if more private colleges and universities can relocate to Penampang.

He said, if a given area has universities and colleges, then this will increase the number of people who are involved with the process of teaching and learning.

“By having more private colleges and universities in the Penampang, the parents can opt not to send their children to further their studies far away, thus generating potential cost savings in the process.

“I know for a fact that there are many successful managers and corporate leaders who studied at private institutions and they are equally good,” he said in his speech at the launch of the “SIDMA GOES LIVE” event which was organised by SIDMA College which is located at Jalan Bundusan, Penampang here.

His speech was read by his Political Secretary Pritchard Arthur Gumbaris.

In his speech, Darell commended and thanked the management of SIDMA College for relocating to Penampang from its original city campus which was at Jalan Lintas.

According to Darell, if any private education provider, be it college or university level are willing to relocate to Penampang, he is willing to meet them and invite the relevant authorities along, such as the District Officer or District Council so that they can lend whatever assistance necessary to make it easier for them to relocate.

The highlight of the event was the Mobile Legend Competition which was participated by 30 teams and won by the famous Borneo Dragon team, who walked away with the RM1,000 prize.

By Sitti Nor Azizah Talata


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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Digital Day

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development and SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah staff, will host SIDMA College Digital Day, or more popularly known as #SIDMAgoesLIVE for its staff, students and the general public. The grand event will be held at SIDMA College Atrium and will be broadcasted live on SIDMA’s Facebook Page on 6 October 2018, from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. It will feature various trending activities using various digital technologies. YB Darell Leiking (Minister of International Trade and Industry) is expected to officiate the event.

SIDMA College Sabah is extending its invitation to people from all walks of life in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang to come and participate in the event; as it is intended; to bring and to work together among staff, students, parents and general public as well as young electronic talents, newcomers and experts. The main idea of this programme is to create dialogue between communities and colleagues of the college and its environment for betterment of our future generations on digital technologies usage.

During the event, inspiring activities using digital technologies will be held at SIDMA Atrium.  Among some of the interesting activities are:

  • Mobile Legends Game
  • TEKKEN Game
  • FIFA 2018 Game
  • Virtual Reality demo
  • Gunpla demo,tutorial and exhibition
  • Cosplay gathering
  • Colouring Contest for kids
  • Food Truck and various product and services from local vendor.

The aim is to provide hands-on experiences and best practices on usage of digital technologies. As the programme is focusing on numerous activities, the organiser has appointed various facilitators and set up various booth to connect and work together on specific idea; thus allowing transferring of experiences and best practices for digital usage within the college communities.

Digital progress and transformation has touched on all areas of human existence; and education being among its forerunners. One of the most common example of using digital technologies in education nowadays is that all schools are equipped with computers. The use of digital technology in education has introduced quite significant changes to the learning process, thus calling for new teaching methodologies, new media, new content, new hardware and technologies to be used in the process of teaching and learning.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its humble beginning in Kota Kinabalu Sabah back in 2002, prides itself in being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah; offering numerous academic programmes ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Courses, Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree in various field ranging from education to business; through its close network with UNITAR International University (UNITAR), owned by UNITAR Capital Sdn Bhd which was founded in 1997.

Through the dynamic leadership and management of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) and its Board of Management have responded to the rapid technological advance to trends such as automation, globalisation and workplace change within industries; have been enthusiastic 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 skills and knowledge that will enable them to thrive the future.

Various initiatives such the provision of tablet to new students depending on their courses, UNIEC and SLMS (SIDMA Learning Management System), setting up WIFI around the campus, and other related facilities have enable students from any location globally with a device and connectivity to have access in learning.

SIDMA College, driven by its motto “Champion of Change” has continuously upgrading itself, carefully exercising comprehensive quality control to ensure that the delivery of quality educational outcome is accomplished.

In responding to the recent rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation and globalisation, thus demanding workplace changes within industries; a “Brain Storming Session” was held at Shangri-La Resort and Spa, Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu on 8th February 2017. This creates the big leap for SIDMA College to put in place strategies geared towards producing graduates equipped with a broad set of 21st Century skills, universal values and talents upon graduation. Blended learning and technology immerse teaching ala flipped classroom model has been adopted to equip students with ICT knowledge, collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking skills, communicative skills, human values to ensure that its graduates can function effectively both in current and in future time.

Through the use of technology digital, students’ and teachers’ files are stored and maintained electronically, as well as their profiles, grades, ratings and assessments. This will enable easier access for the student to adapt the 21st century learning. Such “changes” or reformation that are taking place at SIDMA College Sabah points toward the strategies undertaken by the college into all segments of its work- from online lecture notes, exercises, quizzes, assignments, project and group work, on SIDMA Website; lecture notes and extra reading materials packed with videos and live demos from online sources.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah offers the following study programme for the September / October 2018 Semester.

a. Foundation Courses:

* Foundations in Management.

b. Diploma Courses:

* Diploma Early Childhood Education

* Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.

* Diploma in Management

c. Bachelor’s Degree Courses:

* Bachelor of Education (Hons)

* Bachelor of Early Childhood Educations (Hons)

* Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

* Bachelor of Management (Hons)

d. Masters Courses:

* Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

* Masters of Education (Education Leadership & Management)

* Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education).

For more information on any of the above courses offered, please browse SIDMA College Sabah Website, or at SIDMA College Facebook Account “SIDMA College”. Potential students are also welcome to visit us at SIDMA College Sabah located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU; or call the college hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.Online registration is also available.

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