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The efforts to strengthen the establishment of the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Strategic Plan Phase II (2016-2020) continue to take shape when a workshop which was designed to define the KPI for the UUM Strategic Plan Phase II (2016-2020) was held yesterday.

The workshop is a continuation of UUM’s plan to establish the Strategic Plan for Phase II which is set to be launched come 1 January 2016.  Moreover, a series of enhancement programmes are set to take place at the various Schools.  Previously, Presentations on the Direction and Benchmarking of Schools and Centres of Excellence (CoE) were carried out.

The two-day workshop which was officiated by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak at the EDC-UUM, was organised by the Institute of Quality Management (IPQ) involved Deans and Heads of Departments.

In his speech the Vice-Chancellor said that UUM has achieved its objective outlined in the 2015 Strategic Plan through Phase 1, that is to be recognized on a national level and this has become apparent through a number of successes and recognitions received.

"For Phase II, the plan is to become the leading university in the international arena beginning from 2016 to 2020. The signs which show we are moving in the right direction are already visible through recent achievements attained by UUM namely when UUM is listed in the QS World University Rankings even though we have not yet entered Phase II."

"To ensure that this vision is realized, the UUM campus community should work hard and become more focused in their work in order to position UUM in the Top 200 universities in the World, Top 50 in Asia, Top 10 in South East Asia and Top 5 in Malaysia by 2020,” he said.

He added that internationalization is an important aspect in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Phase II therefore each School should put more focus on collaborating with leading universities from abroad.

He also expressed hope that all the Schools and the Centres of Excellence can ensure that every strategic objectives and KPIs set by them as well as those set by the university can be realised successfully.

Also present were Deputy Vice-Chancellors, members of the University Management Committee, Director of IPQ, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah and university officials.