JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will encourage its undergraduates to involve in the community and social works and activities from time to time to enrich their life experience.
Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar believed that their involvement in the community works would help to instill positive values as well as building good self-esteem and confidence among them.
“This is something that is not taught in the lecture rooms and it will be good for them when they start working,” he said after delivering his New Year address recently.
Dr Wahid said that the undergraduates would cherish the invaluable experience gained from the community works adding that it also promoted esprit de corps among them.
At the event, Dr Wahid also launched his book – Menerajui Inovasi Ke Arah Kemakmuran Sejagat – on the university’s mission and vision to become one of the leading research universities in the world.
He said the university had recently sent 200 students and staff to the flood-stricken east coast states to assist in the flood relief efforts in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
Dr Wahid said among the volunteers include two doctors who had rendered their assistance to the medical officers at the Kuala Krai in Kelantan who had been working non-stop 24 hours.
“On the other hand, students and staff had cleaned up the hospital debris and mud after it was inundated by flood waters,” he said.
Dr Wahid said the volunteers came from the university’s main campus in Skudai here and also those from its Jalan Semarak campus in Kuala Lumpur.
He added they also brought along with them water pumps and generators to the premises affected by floods in the three states to assist in their cleaning efforts.
“We are planning to send about 3,000 volunteers to assist in the flood relief efforts in case the second wave of flood is taking place in the coming weeks,’’ said Dr Wahid.