| Rokiah Mahmud |
ORGANISATIONS need visionary leaders to surge ahead. The quality and performance of an organisation are directly linked to the ability of its leaders in managing their respective organisations.
This was underscored by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yusof, during the opening ceremony of the Leadership Course for the Student Council of the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) yesterday.
In his speech, the permanent secretary said leaders should be provided with leadership training in accordance with their roles and responsibilities. They need to have sufficient information and exposure which in turn will enhance their leadership skills and make them role models to others, he added.
“I believe that the appointed Student Council of KUPU SB will be able to improve their discipline and self-reliance with the inputs of this course. At the same time they will able to enhance their spirits, enthusiasm and confidence through positive thinking and determination,” the permanent secretary said.
“The course is also expected to improve students’ endurance skills so that in the future they will be able to encounter challenges more effectively while playing their roles as students and leaders at the same time. With such exposure, it is hoped that the Student Council will be more confident and well-equipped in accordance with the Islamic teachings,” he said.
A total of 25 students who will manage the KUPU SB Student Council for the 2014/2015 session are participating in the week-long leadership course. The students were appointed to the Student Council through voting system.
One of the prime objectives of the leadership course is to generate a variety of management strategies for student affairs and activities that encourage excellence and efficiency. It also aims to create a working student body that is tolerant and well-integrated.
Another objective of the course is to produce confident leaders who are not only skilled and resilient but who also have a spiritual role to play within their academic environment which will in turn enhance their knowledge and experience.
In his welcome speech, the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr Haji Hambali bin Haji Jaili, explained that the leadership course serves as a platform for students to gain knowledge and basic skills in the fields of administration, management and leadership.
He added that the course will be filled with various activities including workshops, motivational talks and institutional visits to ITB and UBD and many more.