Are you a leader?

Universiti Malaya is organising a series of events on Feb 25 and Feb 26 aimed at building leadership and employment skills among students and young graduates. 


STUDENTS go to university, often expecting their degree to be a passport to landing a great job and having a successful career. The reality, though, is that a paper qualification is not enough. 

Job seekers who possessleadership skills willstand out from the rest.– Filepic

These days employers are looking for something more – leadership abilities, interpersonal skills and creative and innovative thinking, just to name a few. 

Says Prof Dr Marohaini Yusoff, director of Universiti Malaya's Centre for Industrial Training and Relations (Citra), “By developing their leadership skills, graduates will make a greater difference in any organisation; they will lift the performance of everyone they work with.” 

In fact, developing a cadre of leaders to perpetuate their organisation is the number one preoccupation of many CEOs in today’s large organisations, she says. 

It is with this in mind that Citra is organising a two-day event on nurturing leadership skills on Feb 25 and 26 at the UM campus in KL.  

This not-for-profit event is designed to benefit both the university (students and members of academia) and industry by working together to nurture leadership skills in the workforce.  

NAZIR: Will deliver the keynoteaddress.

“Most organisations are tapping only a fraction of their employees’ potential. We believe that people can rise to much higher levels of performance if the organisation creates the proper climate,'' says Prof Marohaini. 

The event will feature: 

  • A seminar with the theme A Vision Within: Leadership Rediscovered on Feb 25, comprising a forum, keynote address, panel discussion and corporate image show. This will take place at Dewan Tunku Canselor, UM. 

  • A series of workshops with the theme Are you a leader? Developing leadership skills on Feb 26. There will be 15 workshops running concurrently, held at several venues in the faculties of Built Environment, Education, Science and the Auditorium Perdanasiswa. 

  • The UM-Industry Showcase Pathway to Success, which will feature over 20 companies including leading multinational companies and GLCs as well as employment agencies, will be held at Level 1, Bangunan Peperiksaan.  

    Interviews for industrial training and job placements will also be carried out during the fair, so participants should bring their resumes along. Admission is free. 

    The event will feature prominent corporate leaders as well as up-and-coming business tycoons who will share their experiences and insights on leadership.  

    PROF MAROHAINI: Developing acadre of good leaders is thepreoccupation of many CEOs today.

    Among those invited to speak are group CEO of CIMB Bhd Datuk Nazir Razak who will deliver the keynote address, CEO of the BELL group of companies and woman entrepreneur of the year Datin Liana Low as well as managing director of Titan Chemicals Corp Bhd Donald M. Condon.  

    The whole-day workshops on the second day of the fair will cover topics like Taking responsibility, Power dressing for Muslim women, Speak up with confidence, Written communication, Technical report writing, The art of mastering your opponent, Effective modern business writing, Get hired, Communicating in English at the workplace, Managing stress, Non-verbal communication, Excelling in resume writing and the interview, Presentation skills, Professional image and etiquette and finally, How to live a creative life and enjoy success in your career

    These workshops will be presented by experienced facilitators. The cost includes materials and refreshments.  

    Students from both public and private educational institutions, members of academia as well as the general public are welcome to attend this exciting two-day event. 

    The fee for students is RM60 for the seminar and RM60 for the workshop, or RM100 for both. Members of the public will be charged RM150 for the seminar and RM150 for the workshop, or RM250 for both.  

    For details, call Salatukhaizah Ab Latif at 03-7967 3375 (, Radziyah Sulaiman at 03-7967 3374 (, Ann Tu at 03-7954 9155 ( or log on to        

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