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Noteworthy creativity displayed by G-Hard Team from the Sultanah Bahiyah Library (PSB) has enabled them to grab the championship title during the 4th. Mini Innovative and Creative Circle (ICC) Convention, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). The two-day Mini ICC Convention was held at Seminar Hall A, Convention Center, UUM.

G-Hard, the seven-member team (including the facilitator); defeated nine other teams representing various Centres of Authority (PTJ). They took home a cash prize of RM2,000, a challenge trophy and certificates.

G-Hard Team leader, Norhardi Saad said, their team decided to focus on the delay in activating new student ID at the PSB. They never expected to win the title at the Mini ICC Convention this year.

"We spent one month in quarantine just for the purpose of brainstorming ideas to help solve the problems faced by PSB staff.

"We never thought that our ideas managed to grab the attention of the jury,” he said.

"The delay in activating new student ID can be overcome especially for the September and February intakes,” he added. G-Hard will represent UUM at the National ICC Convention.

The closing ceremony of the 4th. ICC Mini Convention was officiated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail. Also present at the ceremony was the Director of IPQ, Assoc. Prof. Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah.

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi said, being innovative and creative will intensify the sense of competitiveness in an organisation. It also provides an added value to the organisation to continue providing quality services.

"I hope that all teams will use this platform to explore new knowledge on innovation and creativity,” he said.

The runner-up of the 4th. ICC Mini Convention is the Aura team from the Institute of Quality Management (IPQ). They took home a cash prize of RM1,500 and certificates. The second runner-up is the Energetic team, also from IPQ. They took home a cash prize of RM1,000 and certificates.

The Best facilitator award went to the Energetic team and the Best Presentation went to the Aura team.

This is the fourth Mini ICC Convention organised by IPQ. The convention aims to encourage innovative and creative culture, and provides an opportunity for UUM staff to hone their skills and improve their competencies.

The presentation was judged by the ICC jury from Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Northern Region and the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Northern Regional Campus.

At the same ceremony, awards were also presented for the winners of the 5S Quality Practice Evaluation 2015 i.e. DPP Yayasan Al-Bukhary (Student Residential Hall Category), the School of Applied Psychology, Social Work and Policy (School Category), Co-Curriculum Centre (Department Category B) and UUM Press (Department Category A).