Varsity bids its VC farewell


UNIVERSITI Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi has retired after helming the institution for over seven years.

Starting his tenure as the university’s vice-chancellor on Apr 16,2013, Prof Mohamad Kadim stepped down from the position last month.

“I am thankful to, and appreciative of, all the staff of Unimas who have been helpful to me throughout my service here.

“I hope that all of you will stand ‘strong together’ to continue Unimas vision and mission to further contribute to the development of our beloved nation, ” he said in his speech during a simple clock out ceremony at the university’s Koompassia Excelsa Gallery on Oct 23, held in conjunction with his birthday. Additionally, Prof Mohamad Kadim presented contributions – received from Yayasan Haji Suaidi dan Hajah Halimah – for the academic excellence award to various faculties.

The Engineering Faculty received RM10,000, and the Applied and Creative Arts Faculty received RM2,000 for its Music Icon Award and Performance, while the Unimas General Staff Union (KESAUMAS), the Unimas Managers Association (PPU), the University Endowment Fund, and the Faculty of Engineering Welfare Club Utem Electronics and Computer Engineering, each received as much as RM5,000.

Also present at the ceremony were the Unimas board of directors chairman Tan Sri Sulong Matjeraie, Datin Kartini Ahmad (Prof Mohamad Kadim’s wife), deputy vice-chancellors, deans and staff.

Meanwhile, Unimas has also received RM10,800 from Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM).

The funds will be used to lighten the financial burden of students whose families have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Accepting YaPEIM’s donations on behalf of the institution from YaPEIM Sarawak manager Fadlie Zamuri, Unimas deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Dr Kamarudin Kana said the funds would be used quickly and wisely to purchase necessities for students who are still on campus, as well as to help students to carry out online lessons, which have become the new norm.

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