USM graduates to do more community work

JOHOR BARU: Starting with motivational sessions for Year Six pupils of a primary school here and repainting their school, Universiti Sains Malaysia graduates based in Johor will go into more community projects to “give back” to the people and contribute to the state’s economy and development.

Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Omar Osman said some 4,000 USM alumni based here, with the support of the state government, would carry out more community service in Johor.

He said the USM alumni secretariat in Johor would collaborate with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and various agencies to carry out such activities.

“The alumni started with motivational sessions for Year Six pupils of SK Taman Sri Pulai here and repainting their school walls.

“We want to work with the state government to contribute to the development of the state’s economy, as most of the alumni are working professionals,” he said during a high-tea session with the USM Johor alumni at the UTM campus here recently.

Present was Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who presented a special plaque, on behalf of the alumni, to SK Taman Sri Pulai senior assistant for co-curriculum Abdul Halim Seratang for supporting the USM community programme.

Prof Omar said besides community service, the alumni secretariat hoped to reconnect with other USM graduates.

He said similar alumni secretariats would be set up in Terengganu and other states, with the intention to gather USM graduates for a good cause and to rekindle friendship.

Mohamed Khaled commended the alumni, saying it has made significant contributions to their university and the community.

“With the alumni’s backing, the university will be able conduct more beneficial programmes,” he said, referring to their donations and volunteer work.

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