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Teacher Professional Development Students Applied UNITAR Sabah New Vision for Learning at Mandalipau.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students taking Teacher Professional Development (ESEB3051) conducted a one-day camp at Mandalipau White Water View and Fishpond, Papar as an initiative to equip participants; who are also future Early Childhood educators with the much needed 21st century skills such as collaborative, critical, creative thinking, communicative as well as instilling values in them.

The group of 40 students left the college as early as 6.15 am on 16 November 2018 with the main focus of self and group enhancement via participation in ground and water activities such orienteering, tracking, safety in water, floating techniques as well as basic swimming. Mandalipau White Water View, Papar was chosen by the team through their group decision made during a series of meetings held earlier.

According to its Project Director, Ms Patsy Gomboh Edmund, the project aimed at providing opportunities for her colleagues to learn at diverse places, times and self-pace; to break free from the traditional “chalk and talk” method of classroom teaching.

This is very much in-line with SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah commitment on producing quality graduates who will be successful educators by responding to the needs of “Industry 4.0” or the fourth industrial revolution that we are experiencing now – where man and machine align to seek new possibilities. Thus our students not only need to be proficient in ICT, but they also need to focus on collaborative, critical and creative thinking and communicative skills as well as instilling values in them; all of which are very much needed in for their lifelong learning in order for them to be successful citizens in the era of globalization.

This is the new vision for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah teaching strategies, whereby the lecturers, acting as facilitators, let their students know why they need the new information such as knowledge, skills or attitude; as well as identifying with them about where to look for the knowledge, etc. Under the traditional method of teaching, all these will cramped in their heads through series of lectures.

Then through individual choice or group consensus decision, they take the next step – that is where and how to learn, and keeping track of their performance either through hands-on or through data-based customisation. Thus it is building the concept of letting the students learning together or from each other; whereby lecturers act as facilitators of communities built around shared learning and aspiration.

Thus when SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students, particularly those from the Faculty of Education and Humanities are exposed to more opportunities to learn at different times in different places using e-learning tools (UNIEC); it facilitates the opportunities for remote, self-paced learning. Thus the classroom will be flipped, which means that the theoretical part will be learned in the classroom, or face to face interactively; whereas the practical part shall be learned outside the classroom.

With the right procedures and proper systematic tasks are in place, students can be assured on the quality of their training and studies; and employers can have confidence in receiving thee qualified graduates. This is also very much in-line with the Minister of Education decision to abolish examinations in stages from next year (2019) onwards.. As Dr Maszlee Malik correctly put it, the purpose of education is not to evaluate pupils through their achievement in examinations. It is the non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, self-confidence and grit which will determine the child’s success at school and in life later on.

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Equipping students with essential skills

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

THIRD year students from Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences’ (CUCMS) Faculty of Pharmacy organised a community outreach programme known as Karnival Mesra Ubat (KaMU) in Kampung Batu 13, Kajang, Selangor earlier this month.

It was organised together with CUCMS’ Pharmacy Student Society (CUPSS) in collaboration with the Kampung Batu 13 New Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), Kampung Sungai Jernih JKKK and the Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association (MyPSA).

The programme which involved 104 students and 11 lecturers, saw the sharing of knowledge by pharmacy students with the local community on various aspects of health.

This included the proper management of medicine handling as well as giving the opportunity for the students to forge closer ties with the local communities whom they will serve when they enter the profession in the future.

Faculty of Pharmacy deputy dean of Student Affairs Shairyzah Ahmad Hisham said: “CUCMS strongly believes that the students’ participation in volunteer activities such as KaMU is crucial to ensure they learn soft skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills.”

“This, in return, will produce well-rounded and competent healthcare professionals who will serve the communities with passion and care,” she added.

Programme director Nurul Ameera Zahari said the students chose the slogan “Make The Changes Today!” to emphasise the urgency of making lifestyle changes for better health.

She said community outreach programmes like KaMU gives students the opportunity to identify common illnesses and medication-related problems faced by local communities.

Prior to this, similar KaMU programmes have been organised in Sabah, Kedah, Melaka, Perak and Pahang.

A total of 14 houses were visited during the Home Medication Review (HMR) activity on the first day of the programme.

During the HMR visits, students with supervision from the lecturers reviewed residents’ medications and provided appropriate advice regarding their proper use and storage.

A gotong-royong was also held on the same day. In the afternoon, a telematch was held at the children’s playground in Taman Mesra, Kajang.

The highlight of the KaMU programme was when health exhibitions, free health screenings, drug counselling, basic life support demonstrations, healthy food cooking demonstrations, colouring contests and lucky draws were held.

Over 200 residents took part in the programme.

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Warm Congratulations to our 2015 SIDMA-CUCMS Graduates.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (SIDMA Chairman), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Mr. Lim Chin Tong (Registrar), SIDMA Board of Management, lecturers and staff took the opportunity to extend sincere congratulations and best of luck to the first batch of SIDMA – Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) students who will be receiving their scrolls during the 6th Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences Convocation Ceremony at Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC), Alam Nusantara, Shah Alam, Selangor on 28 October 2015.

Dr. Morni was also indeed very pleased to note that these 26 graduates were the first batch of students recruited jointly by CUCMS and SIDMA, after the successful launching of “Collegiate Champion” and the signing of the Academic Collaboration Agreement between Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences with SIDMA College at the Ministry of Higher Learning, Putrajaya on 27 June 2012. They represent the first cohort of students who had successfully undergone Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (12 graduates); and Diploma in Paramedic Sciences (14 graduates).  The number of students increased by leaps and bounds from year to year.

He also very pleased to announce that graduate Logiman J. Gamad has been nominated as one of the recipients for Student’s Award.

Dr. Morni and Puan Azizah also took the opportunity to remind these graduating students that they are indeed a very special batch, being the first of SIDMA-CUCMS graduates. As such, they may have missed out some of the basic facilities provided by CUCMS main campus; however, the college has done it’s best to make their experience at SIDMA college a rewarding one. “You’ve worked so hard for it, and now you have successfully conquered it. It is certainly your success and your great achievement.”

They were also very happy that these students have shown their determination to work hard, willingness to sacrifice, and eventually completed their studies with good standings. They, too, advised them to continuously reflect on the knowledge gained during their studies and put them to good use to help their families, communities and the country at large.

They also praised and honoured the  family members, relatives, lecturers as well as to all those who shared their joy of success and pride of these graduates, for their patience, understanding, sacrifices and support shown to these graduates during those challenging but rewarding years at the college.

To these graduates, Dr Morni added, “You most incredible, amazing journey to be a professional is in the making, continue your climb and aspire excellence. With love and pride, we send our sincere “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION”

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SIDMA College – CUCMS Health and Safety Week.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Ms Shauvina Rens Thomas together with staff and students of SIDMA College, Cyberjaya University of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) jointly organised a Health and Safety Week from 16 – 20 March 2015 at SIDMA Atrium as one the processes of equipping SIDMA-CUCMS students for a successful and rewarding career in the pharmaceutical practice, industry, and academia.

Based on the theme “Together towards health and safe living”, the main focus of the event was to highlight SIDMA students particularly those undergoing Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and those taking Diploma in Paramedic Sciences on the needs and importance of increasing understanding, raising awareness, as well as reducing injuries and illness at home, in the workplace, and in our general community.

Through such an event, the college hopes to create common goals to be shared by all staff, students, and the general public on the awareness of the role, contribution, cooperation at various levels of society to promote new health and safety activities to protect our family members, customers, co-workers, and more who might be affected by the unhealthy and unsafe environment.

Mr. Mohd Hazrul Amrie Bin Mat Rifin, Clinical Instructor, SIDMA-CUCMS staff also conducted talks and sharing sessions on topics related to health and safety.

The organising committee also invited Mr. Kisdey Maljar from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to share his concerns and views on various aspects of “Safety and Health Awareness at the Workplace.”

SIDMA-CUCMS students took special efforts to set up Health and Safety Kiosks at SIDMA Atrium to interact and transmit related information on a face-to face mode to those who were keen to have more information on the health and safety related issues. Slide-shows, various charts and pamphlets were also shown and displayed.

The Paramedic Sciences students also conducted free health scannings for all SIDMA staff to detect symptoms of high blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol level. The free scanning was part of the college intention to ensure that its’ staff are in continuous good health and stay productive in carrying out their respective duties.

The organiser of the event also invited Blood Bank Unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kota Kinabalu to enable staff and students of SIDMA College to donate blood for a worthy and noble course. Other than to create awareness among staff and students of the importance and the need for blood donation to save lives, it is also part of SIDMA’s on-going corporate social responsibilities to assist the Blood Bank to replenish the needy blood supply other than assisting the sick, the less fortunate and the needy in our society.

Puan Azizah Khalid Merican, CEO SIDMA College, conveyed her special appreciation to Ms Shauvina and her team, including the CUCMS students for organising this very important and informative event. She too thanked Mr. Kisdey Maljar, representative from NIOSH, for the very informative sharing session on health and safety at workplace. She also conveyed her special thanks to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Blood Bank team who assisted in the blood donation campaign.

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CUCMS-SIDMA College New 2013 Students Oath Taking Ceremony

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A total of 138 incoming students for Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) for the April, June and September 2013 new intake students pursuing Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health; and Diploma in Paramedic Science at SIDMA College City Campus took their oath as new students of CUCMS-SIDMA College during the 2013 New Students Oath Taking Ceremony held at Seminar Room of Sabah Arts and Culture Department Complex, Kota Kinabalu on 25th September, 2013 beginning 2.00 pm.

During the ceremony, new students Frema Anak Lenson and Jessica Sangalang headed the oath taking ceremony, pledging to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism, and upholding a distinguished aptitude for studying throughout their academic years as students of CUCMS at SIDMA College City Campus.

Prof. Dr. Morni Hj. Kambrie, SIDMA Chairman, in his welcoming address, welcomed and conveyed his appreciation to Prof Dato’ Dr. Mahmood Nazaar Mohammed, Deputy President, Academic and Students CUCMS, Cyberjaya, Selangor for coming to officiate the ceremony and talk to the new students, despite his busy schedule at CUCMS.

Dato Dr. Mahmood took a morning flight to attend the afternoon ceremony, and immediately rushed back to Kuala Lumpur after the programme ended.

Dr. Morni also thanked Ms Azizah Khalid Merican, (CEO), Mr Ronny L Lampok (Head, Student Affairs Department), all Student Affairs Department staff and the Student Representative Council for making the necessary preparations to make this programme a success.

Dr. Morni advised the new students on the importance to develop the right attitude and to cultivate the spirit of self and meaning in their education – to develop a sense of purpose, self understanding and direction in their lives. He shared his personal experience of how his spirit and his determination to achieve success in life that he was able to obtain his MBA in General Management and MIS, as well as his Ph. D in Entrepreneurship both from Sterling University, Scotland despite the fact that his father was a pensioner and that he was not offered any scholarship or study loan.

During his officiating address, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mahmood Nazaar expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Prof Dr. Morni for giving him wonderful opportunity to meet the new students of CUCMS from Sabah study centre. He cordially welcomed these new students to undergo their tertiary education with CUCMS under the recently launched Collegiate Champion, and advised these students to take their studies seriously. Being a Deputy President (Academic and Students), he takes serious efforts to make sure that students improve on their grades during their semester examinations.

He too announced that the two programmes offered by Collegiate Champion, namely, (i) Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, and (ii) Diploma in Paramedic Sciences are very marketable programmes as both these courses fit the current market demands.

He said that the current diploma graduates can easily get into any job opportunities upon graduation without any difficulties. He also advised the students to give their best; to be serious in their studies as students, because good result will enable them to get better job offers.

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