| Hazimah Suhip, Hafizah Tarip and Aisyah Janaji |
A GROUP of 23 local and one international graduate students from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) left for Kota Kinabalu recently to participate in the four-day Global Outreach Programme.
They were accompanied by UTB School of Business Lecturer Assistant Professor Dr Fahmi bin Ibrahim.
The programme was fully organised and participated by UTB School of Business students undertaking Master of Science in Management and Technology 2018/2019 Intake 4.
Present to bid the delegation farewell were Programme Leader at UTB School of Business Dr Fadzilawati binti Mohiddin and parents.
The programme commenced with the recitation of Doa Selamat led by one of the participants Muhammad Syazmuie bin Haji Sufri.
The programme aimed to give participants an insight into what it is like to experience real-life business practices in the context of its operation and distribution activities, as well as engaging students with a new environment that may broaden up their knowledge through facilitating dialogue with corporate people and foreign students.
It also sought to nurture the students’ soft skills, especially in leadership and organisational skills on how to preside over international programme, thus building their confidence and initiating self-development.
In addition, the programme helped to foster professional networking between prospective universities – UTB, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) – and other technology institutions in neighbouring countries in term of collaborative research and staff/student exchange.
Adabi Sabah Distribution Sdn Bhd
On the study trip to Kota Kinabalu, the UTB delegation visited four places.
The first place visited was Adabi Sabah Distribution Sdn Bhd, where the delegation was welcomed by the company’s General Manager Zahari Muhd Nasir, Executive Chef Abi Adabi and staff members.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
The next stop for the UTB delegation was the Faculty of Business Management at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah Branch.
The university’s Deputy Rector Associate Professor Jasman Haji Jaafar welcomed the UTB delegation.
The visit also included a forum with UiTM Faculty of Business Management post-graduate lecturers for participants to gain insights on the key drivers for the developments in Sabah.
The forum was led by moderator Dr Imelda Albert Gisip with five panellists presenting different topics.
Dr Abdul Aziz Karia presented an overview of Sabah’s economic development while Dr Nabila Azwa binti Ambad focussed on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) facilitate in such development.
Cynthia @ Annamaria Robert Dawayan talked about how tourism benefits the local communities, Associate Professor Dr Imbarine Bujang highlighted the role of financial institutions and technology, and Associate Professor Dr Uji @ Rozita Mohamed covered the role of higher institutions in Sabah.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
After UiTM it was off to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) where the UTB delegation was greeted upon arrival by Post-graduate Programme Coordinator at UMS Faculty of Computing and Informatics Dr Suraya Ilyas, post-graduates and graduate students.
Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB)
Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd was the final visiting place, with the UTB delegation welcomed by the company’s General Manager (Corporate Communications) Hajah Chendramata binti Haji Sinteh and staff members.
Feedbacks from students of MSc Management and Technology UTB 2018/2019 Intake 4
“First of all, I would like to thank all the parents and siblings for their continuous support and prayers. Throughout the programme, we were exposed to the insights of practitioners, researchers and the wonderful Sabahans there regarding the development of Sabah.
“In addition, we attended a forum and activities in class which were invaluable experiences. Lastly, the impactful, enriching knowledge gained from the study trip was a collaborative effort by our programme leader, accompanied lecturer and classmates. We brought home good memories.” – Aisyah Janaji, Izyan Amin, Tiqah Haji Abidin and Amal Maziah Haji Sawara
“The fruitful experience has created strong friendship and close bond among ourselves. New memories filled with fun and laughter. As the saying goes, ‘The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve been and the memories you’ve made along the way’.” – Auni and Arina
“The trip has benefitted us UTB students in many ways where it was a good opportunity for us to visit universities and private companies in Kota Kinabalu. Hence, we can collaborate with them in the near future. Moreover, we are glad that we have been able to gain experience, knowledge and skills.” – Suriana, Azhana and Syarifah
“Through visiting different universities and enterprises, this programme is an opportunity for us to put theory into practice. Though sitting and listening in class has been beneficial, with the hands-on opportunity from the visits, it intensifies our experience, knowledge, management skills, communication skills and international networking and soft-skills.” – Hafizah Tarip and Hazimah Suhip
“The study trip helped broaden our knowledge and understanding in operation managements of Adabi Sabah Distribution Sdn Bhd.
“Moreover, it was a great opportunity to explore Sabah’s economic development growth in terms of how they plan and promote tourism industry.
“Additionally, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd has given an overview on the supply of the electricity throughout Sabah despite the difficulty of winding roads and mountainous areas as well as power consumption per day.
“Lastly, the visit to UMS gave insights on their own cyber clinic for students to fix or demonstrate.” – Khanafiah, Muie, Meisur, Bazilah, Hafizah, Nabilah, Qidah, Umi and Zahidah