To spur Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) towards the Research University (RU), School of Technology Management, Operations and Logistics (STML) in collaboration with the Centre for University-Industry Collaboration (CUIC) actively continue to respond the challenges by organizing a Symposium on Technology Management, Operations and Logistics (Siptik VI) 2014.
Siptik VI is a continuation of Siptik 1 (2011), STML Green Open Day (2012), Siptik III (2012), Siptik IV (2013) and Siptik V (2013) which previously were held.
The Dean of STML, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Mohamed Udin said that this symposium provides a platform for teachers, final year project students as well as the course of certain subjects to present the findings of their research work.
"Every year we will have a program like this is to give UUM community the opportunity to share ideas on new innovations that can be commercialized for the society.
Therefore, I hope that the discussions during the two days symposium will contribute greatly towards building a strong foundation of knowledge generation for the future to increase our contribution to greater height.
I believe this program attempt to foster a research culture among students and UUM community targets in line towards RU while also fostering ongoing relationships between STML staff, UUM and the industry, "he said during the official opening of the symposium at the Seminar Hall of STML
CUIC Director, Assoc. Prof. Dr Hartini Ahmad the exchange of information with he expertise can provide valuable input.
"SIPTIK VI involves several leading speakers from a vast of experiences such as Tan Sri Dato 'Seri Halim Mohammad and Fahrin Ahmad to share their experiences. I hope that the exchange of ideas benefits the UUM community in terms of understanding the real business and, contemporary issues," she said.
Symposium with the theme "Green Management Drives For Sustainability And Transient Advantages" was conducted for two days and was attended by senior lecturers and students of their final semester.
Meanwhile, in his keynote address of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Halim Maznim Group, Tan Sri Dato 'Seri Halim Mohammad praised the efforts made in improving the soft skills of students.
Organizing SIPTIK meant for good purpose because it will reflect high impact for the final year students, especially students who will complete their studies. In fact, university has to invite more private sectors to work together in order to share their expertise.
Industrial training in specialize sector can train them on leadership, discipline, communication skills and built in confidence. Students should focus not only academically but on matters that can improve skills. This is because excel in academics but cannot speak, it does not have any meaning, " he said.
Meanwhile, the symposium with the particpation of 400 students consisting of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah (POLIMAS), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM) and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) which also showcased the products and findings of their study.
The Program concluded with the presentation of certificates and awards to the winners “Tunas Innovation Award” Project Paper (BJTH3133) , Final Project (BJTP3093) , Logistics Seminar (BPMG3123) , Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (BJMP3073) and Engineering Science (BJTM2203).