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Nottingham bags awards at JPA-BMCC Dinner


From back left: Dr Zainal, BMCC; Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali, UNMC. From front left: Zainab Ahmad, Ministry of Higher Education; Prof. Christine Ennew, Pro Vice-Chancellor University of Nottingham; Norsham Latip, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), was awarded the Training and Mentoring Recognition Award at the 19th JPA-BMCC Management Development Programme Closing Ceremony on July 22nd.

The Management Development Programme is a collaborative project between the Malaysian Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam - JPA) and the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).

Under this programme, UNMC hosted two senior Malaysian government officers from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for four months. The programme provided the officers with hands-on experience and exposure to the dynamics of modern-day business management through training and working with Nottingham in both Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

The Best Reporting Manager Award was jointly granted to Professor Stephen Doughty, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, the former Vice Provost for Research and Internationalisation at UNMC.

The awards were presented by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, YBhg Tan Sri Abu Bakar Hj Abdullah, Director General of Public Services Department Malaysia and Jon Addis, Chairman of The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.

Zainab Ahmad, the senior officer seconded to UNMC from Ministry of Higher Education was also awarded the Best Research Paper for her paper titled“Best Practices in Teaching & Learning - Optimising on Student's Feedback”.

“We are very proud to participate in a knowledge transfer programme with the public sector as part of our ongoing engagements and collaborations with the local government and leading public universities in Malaysia,” said Professor Azam-Ali.

“Our leadership in education and human capital development makes it a natural step for us to support programmes such as this,” said Professor Doughty.“As a truly global university, we are in a unique position to provide a model of learning and development to our secondees especially with our exemplary best practices.’

‘This engagement allows the participants to gain an insight into our campuses in the UK and Malaysia as well as China which goes a level beyond the scope of the programme which focuses on the Malaysia-UK business model,” Professor Doughty added.

According to Zainab Ahmad, “We were impressed by the ability of the university to maintain its identity across campuses despite the geographic locations. She added that, “It is indeed commendable that UNMC encourages students to be critical thinkers and to express their ideas and opinions; a practice which is synonymous with a quality British education. It is encouraging to know that Malaysian students are gaining immensely from the comprehensive student experience of learning and critical thinking.”

Norsham Abdul Latip, the UNMC secondee from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, concurs that the “experience of working with The University of Nottingham was very apt with the theme for the year, innovation. The lectures we attended which were conducted by lecturers at the UK and Malaysia campuses captured the essence of innovation, creativity, performance excellence and organisational behaviour.”

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is among 8 British companies who participated in the 19th JPA-BMCC Management Development Programme. Other participating companies are Accenture Management Consulting; BAE Systems (International) Sdn. Bhd.; BP Asia Pacific (Malaysia); HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad; Plus Three Consultants (M) Sdn. Bhd.; Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad and TESCO Stores (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

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Posted on 4th August 2011

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