‘Giving and grateful’ motto in motion

Zambry (centre) and Prof Mohd Shukrimingling with MSU students.

Management and Science University (MSU) has a long-standing history of zakat (tithe) distribution that involves its students and staff.

This tradition transcends religious obligations and emphasises MSU’s commitment to social responsibility in the form of its “Giving and Grateful” campus culture.

Zakat distribution has been a highlight of the university’s annual “Ihya Ramadan” programme.

MSU has taken it one step further and expanded the programme’s capacity this year.

Higher Education Minister (MoHE) Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir made his inaugural visit to MSU’s main campus in Shah Alam, Selangor, at an event that coincided with MSU’s “Ihya Ramadan” 2024.

During the visit, he distributed zakat to 599 deserving undergraduate students and provided financial assistance, endowed by Yayasan MSU.

Students from various faculties at MSU’s main campus as well as MSU College Shah Alam and MSU College Seremban received the zakat.

Zambry commended MSU’s commitment to making quality education accessible to students from 65 countries.

Zambry (centre) and Prof Mohd Shukri (right) presenting zakat assistance to a recipient and (left) mingling with MSU students.Zambry (centre) and Prof Mohd Shukri (right) presenting zakat assistance to a recipient and (left) mingling with MSU students.

“With over 20,000 students from 65 countries, MSU embodies our national commitment to internationalise higher education, making it a centre for global learners,” he said in his speech.

Present at the event held at MSU main campus’ Chancellor Hall were MSU president Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid, MoHE secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang, MoHE deputy secretary-general (policy) Datuk Dr Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Sufian, Higher Education director-general Prof Dr Azlinda Azman, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) chief executive officer Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran, MSU vice-chancellor Prof Puan Sri Dr Junainah Abd Hamid and the university’s senior management.

“We are honoured by the minister’s focus and support for private higher education institutions,” said Prof Mohd Shukri.

“We are committed to leveraging this support to solidify MSU’s position as a global hub for excellence in professional and soft skills developments while remaining firmly rooted in cultural values.”

MSU welcomed its university community to be a part of its daily iftar (breaking of fast meal), especially for those who are staying away from their families.

In addition, Zambry lit a lantern at the university’s Islamic Cultural Centre to mark the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities.

MSU, in a statement, said the university placed value on cultural competency.

A myriad of campaigns and programmes are undertaken to familiarise MSU’s local and international students with the distinctive and varied customs of Malaysia as part of their wholesome learning experiences.

MSU’s Media and Strategic Communication Department also creates short films to enhance such efforts.

Following the success of Xiwang (Hope) that was released for Chinese New Year this year, the crew produced a sequel titled Yang Hilang (The Lost, Found) in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Zambry marked the unveiling of the film, which highlighted the message of good values and heritage through a collaborative effort by students and staff from various departments and faculties.

Students and lecturers from MSU’s School of Hospitality and Creative Arts also crafted a cake made from pulut kuning that was presented to Zambry to celebrate his birthday.

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