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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.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/249-sidma-college-partnerships-with-families-and-communities-day

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.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/248-smk-pitas-ii-students-visited-sidma-college-sabah

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 @ http://bit.ly/UNIRAZAKSABAH or Whatsapp @ https://urdaftar1.wasap.my.

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.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/247-majlis-sukan-ipts-malaysia-masiswa-networking-games-2019

SIDMA College Participated the National Education Cluster (NEC) Fair Conference at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Kota Kinabalu.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College Sabah led a team of SIDMA lecturers to participate in the National Education Cluster Fair Conference, on 1st and 2nd of November 2019, held at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara, Kota Kinabalu.

The event was officiated by Hon. Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, Sabah Education and Innovation Minister. Earlier, in his keynote address to all Sabah educationalists, Datuk Dr Yusof reminded all state and national educationalists (including school teachers) to collaborate and cooperate  with each other, and collectively play their role in educating and equipping students with relevant skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to ensure that they are able to cope with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), which involves supplemented technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), big data and analytics, and even the Internet of Things.

He added that in order to ensure that current students are able to grasp the IR 4.0 requirement, all teachers need to expose their students with education-based IR4.0 concept across all subjects; by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) as it is the basic pillar of the IR4.0 education system.

Thus, he added that all educators (including school teachers) need to be successful in educating and facilitating Process Decision Programme Chart (PDPC), a new management planning tool that systematically identifies what might go wrong, and counter measures needed to prevent or offset those problems. By using PDPC, teachers in classrooms can either revise the plan to avoid the problems or be ready with the best response when a problem occurs, thus enabling students to be skilled, creative and innovative workforce that can compete in this globalization era.

The key to developing these capabilities among educators is a lifelong learning environment that cuts across interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, cross-functional, cross-industry and cross-cultural. He added that in order to enable teachers to have the necessary skills and abilities to bring change and learning at all levels of society through open-mindedness, they need to embrace the latest thoughts and approaches along with science and technological developments. It is undeniable that the up skilling or reskilling of talents to keep pace with technological changes is becoming more critical than ever; and teachers need to play their role well.

On another note, Datuk Dr Yusof highlighted that based on the data from Ministry of Education’s Enrolment Statistics indicated that although about 32,000 students sat for the SPM, and another 8,000 sat for STPM each year in Sabah, but unfortunately about half of them did not proceed to pursue any kind of higher education. Many of these students have the potential and opportunities to further their education but are hampered by financial constraints or other social factors, and could not pursue their higher education.

Datuk Dr Yusof complemented Prof Dr Morni for establishing SIDMA College Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, which is nearer to the students’ hometown; and has helped students who could not secure a place in IPTA or those whose parents refused them to further their education outside Sabah, to continue their tertiary education at SIDMA College Sabah.

He too hope teachers, particularly those from the rural interior and smaller town of Sabah, through their respective Parent-Teacher Association will encourage parents to allow their children to continue their tertiary education. He added that the government provided various incentives for rural children to further their education through various scholarships, study loans (PTPTN loan) and more, and he hope that more students  are able to continue their tertiary education at IPTA or IPTS; thus benefitting from the various facilities that the government has provided.

Earlier, Madam Gertrude Jock, Director, Institut Perguruan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, in her keynote on the “Challenges and Opportunities of IR4.0 for educationist”; stated that IR4.0 is characterized by new advancement of technologies such as Al, VR, big data and analytics and Internet of Things. When adapted in the workplace it will enable new ways to execute work, bringing new opportunities for value creation to businesses and organizations – thus paving the way for the formation of digital ecosystems and collaborations as well as engagement with consumers at a greater scale.

During the N.E.C. Fair Conference, Madam Gertrude lead a team of more than 100 presenters from I.P. Gaya, Kota Kinabalu to share their innovations to all the participants of the forum through various parallel sessions held at MRSM.

Also present during the event were Sabah’s Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) Director, Mr. Suhaimi Zainuddin and MRSM Principal Mr. Gilbert Wong Kia Kiat.

SIDMA College and University 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 coming 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 @ http://bit.ly/UNIRAZAKSABAH or Whatsapp @ https://urdaftar1.wasap.my.

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.
Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/246-sidma-college-participated-the-national-education-cluster-nec-fair-conference-at-maktab-rendah-sains-mara-mrsm-kota-kinabalu

Japanese Language Centre at SIDMA College Sabah

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah has set up its very own Japanese Language Centre, a centre to provide Japanese Language Preparatory Course for job seekers who are interested to work in Japan. This was announced by Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA College Chairman and Founder, prior to his visit to Japan on 15 October 2019. According to Dr Morni, the main purpose of his trip to Japan is to meet employment agents in Japan; Mr. Yoshyuki Hagino and Mr. Masayuki Matsuda, who are employment agents based in Fukuoka, Japan. This is another of Dr Morni’s corporate social responsibilities to lay the ground work and to provide the necessary assistance to local job seekers (including graduates from SIDMA College) who are interested to work in Japan.

Mr. Hagino and Mr. Matsuda have been in constant contact with Dr Morni, inquiring about any Sabahan who are interested to work in Japan. They have planned to come to Sabah at least four times per year to interview potential job applicants to work in Japan.

Japanese Language Preparatory Course:

Dr Morni added that the Japanese Language Centre at SIDMA College is to conduct preparatory course to enable these potential candidates to work in Japan to obtain the basic Japanese Language mastery. The class will be conducted five times a week with a duration of five hours per day, by native speakers from Japan. The students (minimum 20 persons per class) will be taught to speak proper Japanese with correct pronunciation of each Japanese character; besides, the learning of Japanese Culture at the centre will be conducted to enable them to work in Japan.

Upon completing their Japanese Language Preparatory Course for a minimum 3 – 5 months, these potential candidates will then have to register and sit for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), to be conducted by an external syndicate. These candidates will need to obtain at least N4 Certificate to enable them to get a work permit in Japan. They will only be interviewed by the employment agency after having completed and attended the preparatory course; sit and passed their Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) with at least N4 Certificate.

Thus for those who are Interested to Work in Japan, they can follow the steps below:

Step 1         : Register at SIDMA College for enrolling Japanese Language and Culture studies.

Step 2          : Attend and complete the language training between 3 – 5 months

Step 3          : Take JLPT examination and obtain at least N4 Certificate. (N4 Certificate is the lowest you need to get before one is allowed to work in Japan)

Step 4          : Attend an interview session at SIDMA College with representatives from Japan Employment Agency.

Step 5          : Visa Application (Some companies are known to pay and assist Visa application)

Step 6          : Get job confirmation in Japan

Step 7          : Purchase air ticket to Japan

Step 8          :  Pick up at the airport in Japan and begin work for 2 years contract.

The Fees are as follows:

  • RM 50.00 per registration
  • RM 350 x 5 months (total of RM1, 750 as Tuition fee).
  • Visa RM 250
  • JPLT Examination RM 110 – RM150.
  • Other expenses: flight tickets, etc.

Besides conducting Japanese Language Preparatory Course to enable potential candidates to work in Japan, SIDMA Japanese Centre will also conduct two (2) other Japanese courses as follows;

Private Japanese Class:

This course is to cater people who need very special attention or specialized lessons such as holiday trip to Japan, and more; with syllabus customized according to needs.  The details of such course is as follows:

  • Minimum of 10 persons per class
  • 3 times a week
  • 2 hours a day
  • Fees : RM 200 per month

Public Japanese Class:

This course is similar to the Private Japanese Class, with syllabus customized according to needs as follows:

  • Minimum of 5 to 15persons per class
  • 2 times a week
  • 2 hours a day
  • Fees : RM 160 per month

Prof Dr Morni Kambrie can be reached at 013- 810 4301. Potential candidates can also contact Mr. Mohd Izzul Izuan Kok at 088 – 731 376 or call SIDMA College Sabah Hotline at 088-732 020 / 088 732 020 for more information and details.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/all-bulletin/89-news/245-japanese-language-centre-at-sidma-college-sabah

Student Affair Department (STAD) Leadership Camp

Monday, October 21st, 2019

SIDMA College Student Affair Department (STAD) under the leadership of Mr Terence B. Stephen organized a three days (12-14 October 2019) team building camp for the 23 newly appointed members of 2019 / 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC) at Kiulu Farm Stay, Tamparuli.

According to Mr Terence, the main focus of the event was: confidence building, developing leadership skills as well as promoting collaborative and communication skills among the newly appointed SRC. Mr. Zainurin Bin Bakiah was appointed as chief facilitator of the camp as well as to lead the three day activities. He was assisted by Mr Saidin from Kiulu Farmstay Campsite. To encourage full participation and engagement from each member, the 23 SRC members were divided in four groups, namely: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta.

One of the main team-building activities that were carried out at the camp included Climbing High Wall and Giant Ladder. Through such activities, participants were trained on building high performance and interdependency in team spirit, fostering stronger relationship and cohesiveness to ensure the safety procedure being followed by all members.

Other activities conducted such as Spider Web, Stand by Me, Maze Nowhere, Cup of Love, Obstacles Courses and many more. Apart from enhancing stronger relationship and cohesiveness among team members, it also built high performance and interdependency in team spirit, as well as forging better communication and understanding among all members.

Various other activities conducted were Mysterious Card, Ice Breaking, Koyak Kertas, Nightline and more were also conducted. During the evening (after dinner), various indoor activities such as Mutiara Hikmat and also H2H sessions were held.

The participants also collaborated, planned and organized their own cooking. During evening they had BBQ for dinner, before they continued their team building activities.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of the college, Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development) along with Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) upon visiting the camp on 12 October 2019 were very impressed with the organization and running of the event. They congratulated Mr. Terence and all the staff from STAD for their successful organization of the event.

Dr Morni also took his time to share with the participants on tips for success. Among others, he advised students to be committed in achieving the goal, and what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve. He added that if they are fully committed in what they are doing, motivation will follow. They also need to have fun and look after their team members, including their parents, be creative and be imaginative. They too need to protect themselves from burnout, and not to depend too much on others, get rid of distractions, and ultimately plan and implement their way to success. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”

The camp concluded with certificate presentation to all participants of the event on 14 October 2019. The participants when met after the event mentioned that they have never been so engaged, challenged, and entertained by an event facilitator. They commented that the camp challenged them to think differently, as well as allowing them time to reflect and apply basic elements to solve any situations. This will be invaluable both to the SRC team as well as for the team to further build their rapport with SIDMA College management team and with their colleagues, the students.  The ability to develop a strategy and spirit to deal with people that we are engaged in are the key to one’s success in whoever and whatever one is dealing with. They too hope that more of similar camp should be held for the benefit of all other students of the college.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/244-student-affair-department-stad-leadership-camp

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie Applaud Appointment of Local Graduates as Interim Teachers

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College Sabah, currently in collaboration with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and UNITAR International University to conduct accredited and affordable degree courses, particularly Bachelor of Education (Hons), Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons) and Diploma Early Childhood Education and more; welcomed and applaud reports that a large number of graduates from SIDMA College UNIRAZAK and UNITAR Sabah have been appointed as Interim teachers by the Sabah Education Director, Dr Mistrine Radin.

During the recent exercise by Sabah Education Director to address the shortage of teachers in Sabah in 2019, the department have appointed more than 750 education graduates with the required criteria such as knowledge, skills and attitude, as interim teachers upon passing their Teacher Candidate Qualification Test or Ujian Kelayakan Calon Guru (UKCG) and the interview conducted.

This was in line with the implementation of the 90:10 policy which was announced by the Ministry of Education in 2015. During these exercise, Dr Mistrine announced that the department’s policy to have 90% local teachers and 10% teachers from other states is almost achieved. Teachers from other states upon their return to their hometown will be replaced by local with the necessary qualification.

Prof Dr Morni was indeed honoured that a large portion of those newly appointed Interim teachers are education graduates from SIDMA College UNIRAZAK and UNITAR Sabah. He felt thankful that most of these graduates were appointed as teachers to serve in Sabah, and he hope that it will be a strong motivational factor to encourage our students in schools to strive harder during their studies, and later be teachers to serve their own local Malaysian community.

He too thanked the Ministry of Education (MOE), particularly, Dr Mistrine Radin, Sabah Education Director, Sabah Education officers, District Education Officers, Principals and Headmasters for giving these local graduates the opportunities to become a teacher and serve in their “community”. He thanked them in advance for their mentoring and scaffolding towards the professional development strategies and providing continuous guidance to these Interim teachers.

Meanwhile, Dr Morni also took the opportunities to advise these Interim teachers to view themselves as a team member in their new environment, be partners and be able to share mutual goals and work continuously to achieve their organizational goal. They need to blend themselves into their new institution, work and grow professionally together as a team for the greater benefits of their students.

SIDMA College under the leadership of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) prides itself in being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah, offering various accredited courses ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Programmes, Bachelor Degrees and Masters Programmes with affordable rate.

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah courses offered for the coming November 2019 Intake of new students are:

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

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah November 2019 intake of new students is now in progress. SPM / STPM / Diploma / Degree holders are warmly welcomed to visit the campus located at Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu for more information and registration.

Application can also be done online through this link @ http://bit.ly/UNIRAZAKSABAH or Whatsapp @ https://urdaftar1.wasap.my. Interested candidates can also call SIDMA Hotlines @ 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/all-bulletin/89-news/243-prof-dr-morni-hj-kambrie-applaud-appointment-of-local-graduates-as-interim-teachers

SIDMA College Signed MOU with University of Balikpapan, Indonesia

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019


Assoc. Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College, accompanied YB Datuk Dr Yusuf Bin Yacob, Sabah’s Minister of Education and Innovation to an official visit and to sign an MOU with Universitas Balikpapan (Uniba) East Kalimantan, Indonesia on 30 September 2019.

Apart from Prof Dr Morni, other members of the delegate that accompanied Datuk Dr Yusuf are Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin (Vice Chancellor, University Malaysia Sabah), Datuk Seri Panglima Wong Khen Thau (President of the Association of Sabah Private Higher Learning Education Institutions), Associate Prof. Dr Hj Abdul Kadir Hj Rosline (Rector of UiTM Kota Kinabalu Campus), Mdm. Teo Geck Choo (Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Innovation, Sabah), Mr Rapahi Bin Edris (Political Secretary, Ministry of Education and Innovation, Sabah) and Mdm. Musleha Khairunisa Binti Muluk (Assistance Secretary, Office of the Deputy of  Sabah State Secretary (Administration)).

Assoc. Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie was honoured to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of SIDMA College with the Rector of Uniba, Dr Piatur Pangaribuan, AMd, SH, MH, CLA, at the Uniba Conference Room. Among those who witnessed the MOU signing ceremony was the Sabah delegate. The MoU among other highlighted on the mutual cooperation relating to the improvement of the quality of tertiary education through exchange of academic and non-academic staff and students, collaboration on joint research projects, coordination of joint educational projects as well as organization of joint student development co curriculum activities.

Earlier, prior to the arrival of YB Datuk Dr Yusuf and the other delegates from Sabah, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, accompanied by Ir. Rahmat S. T., Dean of Fakultas Sipil dan Perencanaan (FTSP), conducted a Public Lecture for FTSP students of Uniba on the topic “Reviving the Motivation!”

The signing of the MoU was part of the program under the Sabah’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s first official visit to Kalimantan where it had shown positive signs on economic cooperation, tourism and education relations with the government in the region. Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie during the meeting with East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor had discussed the development of East Kalimantan and the Capital Development Plan in the area.

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah, under Prof Dr Morni as its chairman and founder, prides itself in being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah, offering various accredited courses ranging from Foundation Studies, Diploma Programmes, Bachelor Degrees and Masters Programmes.

Some of SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah courses offering for the November 2019 Intake is as follows:

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

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah November 2019 Intake of new students is now in progress. SPM/STPM/Diploma/Degree holders are warmly welcomed to visit the college located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu for more information and registration.

Application can also be done online through this link @http://bit.ly/UNIRAZAKSABAH or Whatsapp @ https://urdaftar1.wasap.my/. Interested candidates can also call SIDMA Hotlines @ 088-732 000 or 088-732 02

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Islamic Funeral Course at SIDMA College Sabah

Monday, September 30th, 2019


SIDMA College Jamiatul Fathi Madrasah organized a one day short course to prepare SIDMA Muslim community about the rituals and rites when preparing and sending off family members who have passed. The one day program held at SIDMA Atrium and Surau on 26 September 2019 taught the participants to look at the custom and rituals regarding on how to handle the body appropriately and to address the spiritual fate of the deceased or praying for the soul.

Two key speakers, Ustaz Jasimin Bin Haji Mohd Rashid and Ustazah Lilis Mulyani Binti Mamun, both from Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah (JHEAINS) were specially invited to share and immersed the 60 registered participants on the obligatory of Muslim funeral rituals (fardhu kifayah). The participants were mainly the staff and students of SIDMA College. There were also participants from the general public, including a few students from Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP). They were split into two groups; the male participants were placed in the Male Surau, while the ladies had their session in the Female Surau.

According to Islam, when someone passes away, one will naturally be sorrowful, but is discouraged from crying too much. Muslims need to recite the Surah Yassin, to pray for the soul of the deceased. As death is part of a life cycle predestined by Allah the Almighty, thus the body of the deceased must be treated with honour and reverence, and handled gently with utmost care at all time, the speakers explained. The sharing session focused on three main areas: (i) washing and shrouding the body of the deceased; (ii) performing the funeral prayer; (iii) the burial process.

The washing and shrouding of the deceased’s body is known as the ghusl procedure, and is performed preferably by the family members of the same gender, according to Islamic rites.

After the shrouding process is completed, the kafan process will be next. Here the deceased is wrapped in plain white cotton cloth that has been coated with camphor, powdered sandalwood and non-alcoholic perfume. This is to protect the deceased’s privacy and dignity.

Upon ghusl, a congregation is then formed so the jenazah prayer for the deceased can be performed. The jenazah prayer will be led by an Imam, facing the Qiblat (direction of Mecca), usually at home or at the mosque. After the prayer, the body is brought to the cemetery in a coffin for burial.

The burial process involves gently lowering the body into the ground; without the coffin and with the deceased facing the Qiblat. The grave is then fully covered with soil. The completion of the burial process is followed by a talkin, a funeral sermon that will be read at the grave of the deceased.

The speakers, both the Ustazah and Ustaz immersed the participants with discussion and hands-on activities, giving opportunities to share their knowledge and skills with their friends. The speakers ended the sharing session with discussion on the post-funeral rituals that is the organizing of tahlil on the 3rd, 7th, 40th and 100th days after the funeral. The tahlil comprises of prayers for the deceased, and usually followed by a simple meal prepared by the bereaved family.

At the end of the course, all participant received certificate of attendance from the organizing committee. Overall, the participants are satisfied with the organizer for the on the whole as not only the course was conducted professionally but SIDMA College only charge a minimal fee of RM5 with no compromise on the quality.

For more information regarding the college’s various programme and activities, visit its official Facebook and Instagram pages (SIDMA College) or contact us at 088-732000 or 088-732020.

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SIDMA College Supporting Secondary Schools Students English Mastery

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Since English has been given the status as the “Second Official Language” in Malaysian school curriculum, thus the language must be taught effectively in all schools so that Malaysian who have undergone the national education system are able to communicate in the language (Asmah, 1981).

SIDMA College Sabah shares the concern about the poor grasp of English among students in Malaysian primary and secondary schools, and constantly follow and appreciate the various initiatives implemented by Ministry of Education (MoE) to ensure that Malaysian students excel further to become globally competitive, as stated in the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB 2015 – 2025).

However much has to be said about the poor grasp of the language among students in Malaysian primary and secondary schools students More often than not, the low level of English language proficiency is associated with teachers’ ability and competency to teach the subject. According to Associate Professor Dr Hanifa Hassan; Chairperson of the Language Academy, University Technology Malaysia’s (UiTM) Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities; it is important for teachers to note that teaching is not stagnant, but dynamic, and has resulted in multiple perspective in the teaching and learning of English as a second language.

“Fundamentally, Bahasa Malaysia is accepted to unite the culturally multilingual society of the Malaysians; on the other hand, English language has a functional role because of its use as an international language of communication in the economy, thus, demonstrating its pervasive influence through its role in the education system. Language has to be communicated for learners to achieve competency; therefore, it is pertinent for Malaysian English language learners to overcome language anxiety so as to enable them to participate actively and meaningfully in language classes and be competent in the English language.”(Darmi, R., & Albion, P., 2013)

On 13th of September 2019, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Final year students taking Bachelor of Education (mainly those majoring in English), organized a Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) for 140 Form 1 students of SMK Taman Tun Fuad, Kota Kinabalu. The event was part of SIDMA’s initiatives to complement and supplement MoE’s on-going and existing programmes to improve the standard of English amongst Malaysian students.

Nester Duncan, English-majoring final year Education student, President of the HIP, together with 38 other final year Education students, and being assisted by a team of English lecturers namely: Miss Audrey Gee, Mr Bryan Oliver Cabalce, Miss Rachell Maycy and Miss Florence Ajadap who acted as the advisory committee: together organized a fun-based activities for the 140 students to immerse fully in English. All the 38 members acted as facilitators to implement the activities. The HIP comprises of 10 stations with 10 different games for the students. The games created was aimed on increasing the students’ speaking proficiency as requested by the teachers. Here, Nester Duncan and his team designed games that will require students to communicate with one another as they progress from one station to the other.

Nester Duncan, through his welcoming address, among other things, motivated the students to communicate freely in English without hesitation with their friends as well as the facilitators throughout the activities. He hoped that through such initiative, students are empowered to communicate to their friends using English, and hopefully able to cultivate their interest to use English in their daily communication.

The HIP was themed the “Game of Thrones” in which the students were divided into groups and the group that managed to complete the most stations will be able to win the throne. The students were first divided into 10 groups and they were sent to their respective stations. Upon the completion of their task at the station, they were then given a secret word. After they have completed the task, the students then moved to the next station. There was a total of 10 stations and a total of 10 secret words in which students need to gather all of it in order to be able to create a story at the end. The students were then told to present their story. The winner will be chosen based on the creativity of the story and the tasks that they have managed to complete earlier on.

In his closing speech, Nester also thanked SMK Taman Tun Fuad for giving SIDMA College the opportunity to communicate to its students. Madam Nancy from SMK Taman Tun Fuad was thrilled with the programme that was held by the SIDMA students and expresses her gratitude to the rest of the team. According to her the students, were having so much fun and they even converse with each other in English. The principal, Mr Kassim bin Wiro, apologized for not being able to join the closing ceremony but expressed his welcome and gratitude towards the team from SIDMA College for their effort to help the students.

Prof Dr Morni Kambrie, SIDMA Chairman and Founder, who was in away for another official event, congratulated Nester Duncan and all the final year students for the successful implementation of the event. He hoped the students should be ever willing to use the knowledge and skills learn to assist students to empower their learning and thus able to excel in the future.

For more information on how SIDMA College can improve your competitiveness in tertiary study in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or Master’s Level, you 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 UNIRAZAK Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

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