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PENGKALAN CHEPA 22 January I Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) set a target of 90 percent of Graduate Employability (GE), including targeting 30 percent of graduates entering the entrepreneurship field by 2030 as UMK Excellence Plan this year.

UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail said that in 2019 UMK had achieved impressive achievements when over 88.82 percent of graduates got jobs after six months to one year of graduating from the University in 2019. In addition, placing UMK in the top five (Top 5) among Public Universities.

He said UMK also recorded success for its students including 27 percent increase in student enrolment, first 9.8 per cent of entrepreneur graduates, nearly twice the research grant of RM7.5 million and 30 medals won in various competition.

“This year, UMK made its first win in the 'Student-Driven Sustainability Project of the Year Award' and third place in the 'Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year Award' at the Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards on Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence in Higher Education (ACEEU) 2020, in India.

"Our hope is that as our Entrepreneurial University aims for UMK to win the Ministry of Education Entrepreneurial Awards (MEA) 2020," he said at the UMK Vice Chancellor's Council for 2020 themed Nothing Is Impossible at the Entrepreneurial Hall, City Campus, on January 22, 2020.

Also present were the Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Dr. Mohd Rafi Yaacob, Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Ts. Dr. Arham Abdullah and UMK Registrar, Pn. Mazula Sabudin.
At the ceremony, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi and UMK's top management also officiated the launch of the UMK Academic Promotion Book. Also present was a theme song called Nothing Is Impossible by the UMK Choir Group.

Commenting on his address, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, said the University would enhance its role by aiming to be ranked among the top 1,000 universities in the world according to QS World University Rankings while aiming to earn a four-star rating in the Malaysian Research Evaluation (MyRA).

He said the four-star rating is the university's aspiration to reach the top 1,000 universities in the world and the number one Entrepreneurial University in Malaysia, ASEAN and Asia by 2030.

He said, in reference to the achievements of UMK in 2019, the target was impossible given the capabilities and achievements of the university throughout the year 2019, including the areas of research and innovation with a total increase of RM7.5 million in research grants. In addition, we have won 30 gold medals in various national and international innovation competitions.

"While empowering research and innovation governance in a dynamic manner by introducing more new incentives such as Grant @ UMK, Research Management System, RMIC Coffee Talk, Teh Tarik Talk and conducting relevant research and making a significant impact on the community and industry," he said.

Meanwhile, UMK is also introducing two new academic programmes next year as well as increasing the number of Work-Based Learning programmes and upgrading the Outcome Based Education Management System.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, said the efforts to create an industry on campus reflected the university's commitment to supporting innovation-driven entrepreneurship by strengthening UMK as a reputable entrepreneurial entity in accordance with the National Entrepreneurship Policy (DKN 2030).

“We will continue to strive for entrepreneurial activity by providing a complete ecosystem of support systems, financing, mentorship and training including focusing on entrepreneurship-based aspects of innovation and more. All of these ecosystems are supported by the UMK Entrepreneurship Centre (UMKEI),” he said.

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