UNIVERSITI Tenaga Nasional (Uniten)’s outstanding graduates were feted at the Graduate Industry Excellence Award (AIG) 2018.
Held at Marriott Hotel in Putrajaya, the evening recognised the efforts and dedication of 51 students for excelling in their respective field of study while being actively involved in co-curricular activities.
The annual event, organised in conjunction with Uniten’s 21st convocation ceremony, saw 60 awards sponsored by 32 companies presented to graduates in diploma, bachelor’s and postgraduate programmes.
Speaking at the award presentation ceremony, Uniten chairman and pro chancellor Tan Sri Leo Moggie, who is also Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) chairman, said education is the key to success and it means more than just getting a transcript.
“Students must be all-rounded in order to be sought after by potential employers, thus the importance of extra-curricular activities.
“At Uniten, students are exposed to, not only the importance of academic excellence, but also skills to deal with challenges in their future careers.
“Our students have been placed in selected agencies for their internship programmes and, thanks to the great support from industry partners, they have gained experience that enhances their skills, ability and self-confidence,” he said.
Moggie said a study on employability by the Education Ministry revealed that 95% of Uniten graduates were hired within six months after their course completion, of which about 32% work in multinational companies.
“This rate is above the national average graduate employability rate of 79.1%.
“In line with the government’s effort to increase job creators among graduates, 5.5% of Uniten graduates become entrepreneurs,” he added.
Present at the event were Uniten vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha, deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zamri Yusoff and TNB chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azman Mohd.
Nazrul Affiq Ahmad Amimar, who received the Outstanding Award for Computer Science (Systems and Networking) sponsored by Uzma Integrated Solution Sdn Bhd, as well as the Most Outstanding Industry Excellence Award sponsored by TNB, said it is important to love what you do.
“Go ahead and try out new things to find out what you really like doing. Take the opportunity to join activities at the campus to expand your contacts which can eventually lead to more opportunities.
“I was invited to even more workshops and programmes from joining one competition, which also allowed me to meet international students and I got to brush up my English as well,” said Nazrul Affiq, who is also the university’s Programming Club president.
He is also a member of Uniten’s Chinese Culture Club where he spends time playing diabolo.
“I have always liked the diabolo since secondary school and I was able to learn more about it through the club. It is also a cross-cultural experience as most of the members are Chinese students,” he shared.
The 22-year-old from Bentong, Pahang, will be starting his career with TNB as a system analyst this month.
Meanwhile, Nur ‘Atiqah ‘Aqilah Sare’at received the Outstanding Award for International Business sponsored by TNB Janamanjung Sdn Bhd along with the Most Outstanding Industry Excellence Award sponsored by TNB.
“I focused on academics during my first semester and realised that I still have extra time to spare, so I made sure I got myself involved in more activities,” she said.
Considering herself outgoing and outspoken, she joined many events involving public speaking, emceeing and presentations within the campus.
“I was recommended by the university and given the opportunity to join a global network through programmes to Asean countries under the Government’s initiative.
“The latest one was in Laos where I represented Malaysia to talk about youth participation in the SME sector. I presented on Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M).
“From these programmes, we get to learn about what other countries are doing and take them as a benchmark and vice versa while we bring ideas back to Malaysia and present it to the Foreign Affairs Ministry for further improvisation,” she said.
She is currently actively involved in the International Young Leaders Assembly under the United Nations and Global Peace Foundation
Apart from the university’s activities, the 23-year-old also teaches debate and public speaking to secondary school students in her hometown Kluang, Johor. She is also a volunteer with the Islamic Relief Malaysia.
Nur ‘Atiqah ‘Aqilah will be joining TNB this month in the corporate communications department.
To date, Uniten has successfully produced 30,847 graduates since its founding in 1997.