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SBM ONLINE: The School of Business Management (SBM), received an honourable visit from the Phuket Rajabhat University, Thailand on Monday, 4th June 2018. The delegation was headed by Mr. Songkhla Hongsavanos and accompanied by three other instructors, as well as a group of 75 undergraduate students from Bachelor of Human Resource Management (BHRM) programme. This is the first courtesy visit made by Phuket Rajabhat University to UUM and the visit was aimed to seek knowledge on postgraduate programmes as well as to establish close ties between both SBM and Phuket Rajabhat University.  

The delegation was welcomed by the Dean of SBM, Professor Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah, Deputy Dean, Dr Khairol Anuar Ishak, Head of HRM Department, SBM, Associate Professor Dr Abdul Halim Abdul Majid and SBM Postgraduate Coordinators, Dr Wan Shakizah Wan Mohd Noor and Dr Nazlina Zakaria as well as Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr Nor Azimah Chew Abdullah.

The Dean of SBM, Professor Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah, was pleased to share some interesting information about UUM and SBM, and put forward his views about the SBM future plan. Likewise the representative from Phuket Rajabhat University, Mr Songkhla Hongsavanos also delivered his talk about the Phuket Rajabhat University. The session was followed by a discussion between both parties on SBM postgraduate programmes as the Phuket Rajabhat University has future plan to set up the MHRM Programme in the next few years.

This visit has managed to achieve several consensus agreements such as the offering of programmes to the students who are keen to further their study at SBM-UUM and several other academic collaborations in research, training and consultancy. The delegation from Phuket Rajabhat University was delighted to meet the SBM team and look forward to develop a close ties between their students and faculty members with SBM and UUM. 



SBM ONLINE : On the 21st of May 2018, SBM-UUM made another landmark by organizing Research Innovation Commercialization Exhibition (RICE-2018) with the theme ‘’Understanding and Embracing IR 4.0 for Business Sustainability’’. RICE 2018 is the second exhibition in its series as the first RICE was organized in 2017.

The exhibition which had 91 participants from both UUM and other Institutions was a platform that assisted all the exhibitors to showcase their projects. In this exhibition, a total of six project categories were contested i.e. Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resource Management, ICT and Multimedia and the Open categories.

In his opening speech, the Dean, School of Business Management and AVC COB, Prof Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah stated that the theme of this exhibition was carefully chosen as one of the objectives of SBM as an institution is to create an avenue through which product and service innovation can be incubated as SBM places priority on research and creativity that will match with the IR 4.0 and beyond. He also urged the participants to consider the exhibition as a continuous platform that will help them to showcase their skills while considering the possibility of commercialization of many of the projects presented during the program.

In this year exhibition, six champions emerged in each category while overall champion of all the categories was also recognized. In business management, a project titled, UUM Food Delivery App anchored by its team leader, Nur Afiqah binti Mohamed Ismail and supervised by Dr Shahmir Sivaraj bin Abdullah won the championship. In Entrepreneurship category, Product Innovation: Ola Hiking Stick project headed by Eric Tay Seng and supervised by Dr Armanurah binti Mustapha won the contest. The marketing category champion was given to J.CO Coffee and Donuts Service Blue Print as led by Carely Xian A/P Boon Suk and under the supervision of Dr Maria binti Rahman. Crack Your Character (CYC), a project led by Ruhaida Baharudin and supervised by Assoc. Prof Madya Dr Ziti Zubaidah Othman in the category of Human Resource Management (HRM) was recognized as the best. In ICT and Multimedia category, Auto S.O.S. project led by Norsaleha binti Idris as supervised Prof Madya Dr. Thi Lip Sam was the champion. In the open category, Automatic Fish Feeder presented by Kolej Vokasional Alor Setar became champion while the overall champion of all the projects was given to Auto S.O.S. project.

In recognizing the novelty of each project, Prof Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah presented certificates and a sum of RM 300.00 (Three hundred ringgit) to the champion in each category while the overall champion was equally presented with a trophy. Prof Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah also presented certificates of recognitions to all the internal and external jurists who added value to the occasion.

In his closing remark, Prof Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah urged all the participants, especially the students, to develop and enhance their soft skills, have good and positive attitude while having audacity to face challenges in their sojourn in the new IR 4.0 competitive market.


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