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KOK HOLISTIC the team that represented the Curriculum Centre of UUM has emerged as the winner in the Management category bringing home with them RM2, 000 in the UUM Open Kumpulan Inovatif dan Kreatif (KIK) Convention 2017 yesterday.

The two-day Convention also saw PLEXUS of UUMIT winning the second place and HELPS of the School of Accounting Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz (Tissa) winning the third place in the same category.

In the technical category, RENAISSANCE from the University Health Centre of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) emerged as the champion, while the second place was won by X-GO from Industrial Training Institute of Jitra and third place was won by KINETIK of Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar.

The Best Innovation Award, The Best Performance Award and the Award for the Best Facilitator were awarded to RENAISSANCE, PLEXUS and KOK HOLISTIC.

The first UUM Open KIK Convention 2017 saw the involvement of participants from outside of UUM such as the Royal Malaysian Customs Department of Penang, Baling District Council, the Institute of Industrial Training Jitra, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Alor Setar, Penang Hospital and University Health Center UTHM besides the 21 teams from UUM including the Development and Maintenance Department (JPP), the Chancellery and the Security Department.

According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail, this convention has witnessed the participation of 27 dedicated teams in showcasing their innovation and creativity.

"I would like to express my appreciation to the Institute of Quality Management (IPQ) UUM, for its initiative does not only show support to the KIK organization at the national level but has also opened the opportunity for UUM teams and other government agencies to actively involved in the problem solving process and work process improvement in accordance with the existing standard working procedures.

"It is clear that the KIK Convention 2017 is significant in shaping a creative and innovative working culture," he said during the closing ceremony.

He said, the creativity and innovation culture will directly have a positive impact on both government and private organisations to improve the quality of service delivery, optimize existing resources and to support the austerity measures in the management of government expenditures more efficiently, effectively and with integrity.

"Congratulations to the winners and I also would like to take this opportunity to invite the participants who have come from far and near to visit Sintok campus and explore the various tourism products in UUM," he added.

At the same time, Prof. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail also presented prizes to the winners, which was witnessed by the Director of IPQ, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faudziah Zainal Abidin.