UMP aims to be more self-reliant, independent - Vice-chancellor

Last update: 16/11/2019

KUANTAN, Nov 16 -- The University of Malaysia Pahang (UMP) will give serious emphasis on the concept of a 'Social Enterprise Technological University' to reduce dependency on the government in the future.

Its vice-chancellor Prof Ir Dr Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff said the concept of enabling the university to become self-reliant has been made the basis for the strategic plan to achieve excellence and be more competitive with other universities.

"The UMP will also continue to strengthen research, entrepreneurship and integrity management to meet the challenges ahead," he said when addressing the university's 14th Convocation Ceremony at its Gambang campus here today.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, who is also UMP Chancellor, graced the event and conferred an honorary doctorate in Information Technology to HeiTech Padu Berhad president and deputy executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hilmey Mohd Taib.

The convocation ceremony this time involved 3,782 graduates comprising 2,633 graduates of pre-university programmes, doctorates (77), undergraduate degrees (158) and executive and professional education programmes (914) under the lifelong learning centre, UMP Advanced Education.

Wan Azhar said UMP was also committed to strengthening its Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) programmes, as it was among the institutions given the responsibility over this aspect by the Ministry of Education.

"To implement the TVET agenda, UMP has embarked on a process of organisational transformation that includes planning and implementing various initiatives such as giving way to Malaysian Vocational Diploma and Malaysian Skills Diploma holders to further their studies at the Bachelor’s level here," he said.