FRESHMEN of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) have been told not to doubt the university’s credibility as it is a world-class academic institution recognised by various international and professional bodies worldwide.
Sarawak Campus director Professor Dr Jamil Hamali said UiTM had always aimed at providing quality and holistic education to ensure the marketability of its graduates within the country and overseas.
“Some are worried when they are offered to study at UiTM because it is a bumiputra university and therefore, may not provide quality eduction.
“Let me clear the air - you are entering the best university in the country. Programmes offered in UiTM are recognised internationally and we have the best pool of lecturers because it is our policy to only hire lecturers with GPA of 3.0 and above. Anything below 3.0 is not acceptable,” he said when launching the university’s orientation week in Kota Samarahan yesterday.
Some 700 freshmen registered for the December intake in Kota Samarahan; while the Mukah Campus saw about 70 for pre-diploma and diploma courses.
Being the biggest university with about 180,000 undergraduates nationwide, Jamil said UiTM produced about 23,000 graduates annually.
He said UiTM was proud to have produced many professionals and leaders for the country over the years.
“Half of the Sarawak Cabinet is made up of former UiTM students,” he pointed out, adding that the university would be producing a book to record successful stories of former students.
Jamil advised the freshmen to change their attitude and studying methods if they wished to excel.
“Don’t just learn things by heart like you used to do in schools because UiTM does not want to produce robots or Mr Xerox, Mr Fuji or Mr Canon. We want to produce thinkers and future leaders - graduates who are competent, articulate and confident,” he said.
Jamil urged them to take part in extra curricular activities and class discussions as these would help to build teamwork, self-esteem and broaden their knowledge.