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The strong commitment of all parties is needed to ensure that the Phase II of the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Strategic Plan which will be launched next year will be effectively implemented.

UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said the Phase II of the UUM Strategic Plan has to be produced collectively by UUM denizens regardless of academicians or senior administrators so as to ensure that everyone can be part of this soon to be developed agenda.

"High commitment from all parties, especially from the main leadership of the academics and administrative is vital. Everyone must be confident and believe in this strategic plan so that it can be implemented effectively as it is the desire and the goal to be achieved together in the next five years to come in hopes of positioning UUM at a better level, " he said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the Key Performance Index (KPI) Determination Workshop Series II UUM Strategic Plan for Phase II (2016-2020), organised by the Institute of Quality Management (IPQ) at EDC-UUM on Saturday.

The two-day Series II Workshop continued yesterday with moderation, revision and determination of the weightage sessions as well as preparation of Key Performance Index (KPI) session for the various Schools and Centres of Authority.

Prof. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak also presented attendees with the achievements accomplished by UUM since the launch of the its Strategic Plan Phase 1 in 2010 as well as the target of Phase II which is set to take place from 2016 until 2020.

"UUM has made several breakthroughs since the launch of Phase I of its Strategic Plan namely when being positioned at the 701+ position in the QS World University Rankings and listed amongst the 200 world's best for subject s namely Accounting and Finance aside from obtaining various accreditation which include Association of MBAs (AMBA), ABEST21 and AUN-QA certification for a total of five courses in 2015, " he said.

He added that the path forward for UUM for the 2016-2020 period in terms of position in the QS World University Rankings is targeted at becoming amongst the world's top 200 universities, Asia’s best 50, ranked 10 in Southeast Asia, the top five universities in Malaysia as well as positioning the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) in the list of the100 of the world's best business schools.

The Vice-Chancellor also added that research, publication and consultation must be improved and strengthened by setting up a centre of excellence for every school and mobilizing the existing research institutes into Higher Institution Centres of Excellence (HICoE ).

In addition to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning programmes, each school should have both undergraduate and postgraduate flagship programmes.

"The three Postgraduate Schools should each have a variety of high impact executive education as well as learning with the assistance of customized case studies," he said.

As for the marketability aspect of graduates, 90% of graduates are targeted to find jobs in 2016-2020, in addition to introducing the integrated cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and industry-based curriculum programme for the desire to produce graduates who are marketable in the job market.

"Schools should also introduce CEO faculty programme + adjunct professor for each study programme to enable professionals from industry to interact with the faculty every semester.  Hence, by doing so the study programme becomes more industry oriented. The CEO and adjunct professor will help to revise the curriculum and programmes of study," he explained.

Human capital, the management and development of talent, internationalization, commercialization and wealth creation and steps to save are among the other matters on the agenda which will be implemented in the year 2016 were also emphasised by the Vice-Chancellor.

Aside from that, the Director of IPQ, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail, members of the University Management Committee, Deans, Heads of Department and university senior officials for gracing the workshop.