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A total of 10 teams representing various Centres of Responsibility (RC) will compete against each other for two days for the title of champion at the 2016 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) 4th Mini Innovative and Creative Circle Convention (ICC), which began yesterday at the Seminar Hall A, Convention Centre.

The Director of UUM Institute of Quality Management (IPQ), Assoc.Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman in his welcoming speech said that the participation of teams representing each Centers of Authority aims to instil the innovative spirit amongst the administrative staff to continue to think creatively and invent new ideas in order to ensure that the servicing system in UUM continues to excel.

"Although we may not be as greatly innovative as universities in developed countries like Japan and Korea, but if we continue to consistently innovate, we will certainly be successful like them someday.

"Winning or not, is no longer a yardstick, on the contrary we want to restore the honour of the Malays and the University has the responsibility to prove to the rest of the world that the Malays are not weak and lazy. This is because our University is in the state of Kedah, the land of the Malays. For that reason we have to work and strive hard with utmost integrity for the sake of the dignity of our people and nation, "he said.

He reiterated that all parties should reignite and mobilise their teams to develop an innovation that can transform and position their department into a better stance, or if not for themselves.

According to him, each team member must continue to persevere in the efforts to transform their respective departments and ultimately transforming UUM to become a much better University.

"I urge all the competing groups not to chase after victory but rather seek and build on strength for UUM and the nation," he said.

Eight teams are set to compete in the ICC Management Category while two teams will compete in the Technical Category.

The Chancellery, CUIC (Centre for University-Industry Collaboration), Sultanah Bahiyah Library, University Health Centre, UUM Press, IPQ, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environment Management (STHEM),  School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML) and School of Quantitative Sciences (SQS) are among the Centres of Authority vying for the champion’s title for the 2016 UUM Mini ICC Convention .

Throughout the competition, teams will be evaluated by the ICC judges namely Haji Ahmad Murshid Abu from Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), Petaling Jaya and Mr. Abd Aziz Yusof from the Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Northern Regional Campus.

UUM Mini ICC Convention which started in 2012 was created as a mechanism to foster the culture of quality work in solving organisational problems.