SIDMA College, UNITAR International University Sabah New Students Oath Taking Ceremony (February 2013)

A total of 529 new SIDMA College, UNITAR International University Sabah Regional Centre students took their oath as new students of UNITAR Sabah on 22 February 2013 at SESB Hall, Sabah Ekectricity Sdn Bhd, Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu.

These new students had recently registered for Foundation Courses, Diploma Courses and Bachelor courses at the college. The oath reading ceremony was headed by Spencer Jamiro and Caren Yoni.

The Honourable Datuk Mohd Hasnol Bin Ayub, CEO, Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) was offered the privilege to officiate the ceremony.

During his keynote address, Datuk Mohd Hasnol advised students not to sacrifice or waste their opportunities to study, but to be ready to reflect and understand themselves fully, to seize the opportunities available at the college and to develop themselves holistically; not to merely concentrate on only the components that they are interested in and avoid others that are also meaningful and useful to them later.

Earlier, Prof. Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman, SIDMA College, UNITAR Sabah during his welcoming speech thanked the Honourable Datuk Mohd Hasnol for his effort to attend and officiate the Oath Taking Ceremony.

He also thanked and congratulated the students for choosing SIDMA College, UNITAR Sabah as the college has good track record of producing very successful graduates who are currently attached with both in the public and private sectors in Sabah and Sarawak.

Key personnel’s of the college were also being introduced, and students were advised to contact with their respective coordinators / lecturers should they encounter problems during their studies. He also announced that one of the unique policies of the college is the “Open Door” policy and thus students are welcomed to meet their lecturers or even Dr. Morni personally, if their study problems remained unsolved

Students are also being encouraged to make full use of the basic facilities provided by the college, such as: Resource Centre (Library), IT Laboratory, gymnasium, Madrasah. Childcare Centre, Surau, Lecture / Tutorial rooms, Students Activities Lounges and more.

Meanwhile, Dr. Morni also announced new facilities in the pipeline, such as Boat Club, When fully launched, will be available for both students and lecturers to participate in fishing, diving, boating and other related activities.

Prof. Dr. Morni also announced the opening ceremony of SIDMA College new building which will be held tentatively on 24 April 2013, and advised students to fully prepared and participate in some of the exciting activities that will be lined up during the opening ceremony, which also coincide with SIDMA College (Sabah) 10th year anniversary.

During the oath taking ceremony, two of UNITAR Sabah graduates who excelled during the 12th (2012) UNIRAZAK Convocation received their Academic Excellence Award in the form of check from the College. The award was presented to the recipients by Hon. Datuk Mohd Hasnol. The two graduates are as follows:

i. Desmond Ku Soon Vui – Bachelor of Hospitality and Management (Hons) (CGPA upon convocation – 3.76 )
ii. Janet Jahudin – Bachelor of Education (Hons) (CGPA upon convocation – 3.83).

As token of appreciation, Prof. Dr. Morni presented a memento to Hon. Datuk Mohd Hasnol for his time to officiate the ceremony.

Also present during the ceremony were Ms Azizah Khalid Merican, (Acting CEO), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Board of Directors), Ms Mary Monica Jiony (Chairperson,Board of Governance), Managers and Head of Departments, Lecturers and staff of SIDMA College, UNITAR Sabah.

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