GROUP PORTRAIT (From left): Organising chairperson Danny Yeong, vice president (Student Affairs & Alumni) of UCSI University Sylvester Lim, deputy vice-chancellor (International Relations) of UCSI University Professor Dr. Lee Chai Buan, Leaderonomics CEO Roshan Thiran, deputy higher education minister Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, UCSI University Trust chairman Dato' (Dr) Haji Mohd Karim Bin Haji Abdullah Omar, deputy vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs & Research) of UCSI University Professor Emeritus Dr Lim Koon Ong, dean (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences) of UCSI University Professor Dr Peh Suat-Cheng and U-SchoS president Diana Lok posing for the camera during the leadership lecture.
GROUP PORTRAIT (From left): Organising chairperson Danny Yeong, vice president (Student Affairs & Alumni) of UCSI University Sylvester Lim, deputy vice-chancellor (International Relations) of UCSI University Professor Dr. Lee Chai Buan, UCSI University Trust chairman Dato' (Dr) Haji Mohd Karim Bin Haji Abdullah Omar, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, deputy vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs & Research) of UCSI University Professor Emeritus Dr Lim Koon Ong, dean (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences) of UCSI University Professor Dr Peh Suat-Cheng, Leaderonomics CEO Roshan Thiran, U-SchoS president Diana Lok and UCSI University Trust head Shannen Choi posing with U-SchoS members after the leadership lecture.
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Jan 2013 - Themed "Dare to Lead", the recent inaugural UCSI Scholars' Club Leadership Lecture – an event organised by the club's UCSI University Trust scholarship recipients – was held on campus grounds, designed to cultivate strong leadership values among scholars.
The event featured well-known industry leaders and personalities such as Deputy Higher Education Minister Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah and Leaderonomics CEO Roshan Thiran who were present as the guest of honour and the lecture speaker, respectively.
Apart from the lecture series, the Trust – essentially the scholarship arm of the University – frequently organises myriad activities to improve the communication skills, financial planning, social etiquette and professional development of its scholars.
"More than RM30mil in scholarships has been disbursed (by the Trust) since 2006, exemplifying UCSI's ironclad commitment to scientific and scholarly pursuits," said UCSI University Trust chairman Dato' Dr Mohd Karim Abdullah Omar in his speech.
"(It is also worthy to note that) more scholarship applications were received last year as compared to the previous years," he emphasised.
"While we would like to assist all aspirants, the unprecedented rise in the number of applications made things difficult and 21.5% of the 2012 applicant pool received scholarships, as compared to 37.4% in 2011."
Notably, the leadership lecture was very well-attended – comprising more than 450 participants – and received praise from Deputy Higher Education Minister Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, who said that effective leadership was sorely needed in uncertain times not only in the country, but around the world.
"We need leaders but more importantly, we need leaders who have mastered what they want to do and how they want to do it. Leaders must be able to accept different views of looking at things," he said.
Having worked at multinational corporations like General Electric and Johnson & Johnson, Roshan echoed Dato' Saifuddin's sentiments on leadership.
"Daring (to do something) is related closely to fear. We fear to dare to do anything because we fear failing," he said. "But great leaders always move forward and are always redeveloping themselves," he said.
"(Leadership) has nothing to do with talent. It is not all about humility, responsibility, and other such traits. But it starts with purpose and passion, and has everything to do with belief and pushing your limits."
Scholars Danny Yeong and Diana Lok, the organising chairperson and U-SchoS president, respectively, along with the organising committee, played a significant role in the event's success.
About UCSI University
UCSI University is seeking to redefine convention with its Praxis University approach. Literally meaning "action" in ancient Greek, the Praxis approach was designed to provide gilt-edged opportunities for students to apply their knowledge at the workplace. Designed – and facilitated – by practitioners for practitioners, the Praxis approach exposes students to fundamental industrial practices and the underlying forces that make them work. This is achieved through work-based learning modules which fuse the acquisition of professional experience with one's studies. Built on the principles of audacity, perseverance, integrity and excellence, UCSI University is a leading institution of higher learning with campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Sarawak, Malaysia. As the flagship institution of the UCSI Group conglomerate, UCSI University which began in 1986 is made up of 7 faculties and a Centre for Pre-University Studies with more than 70 programmes in disciplines that encompass medicine, pharmacy, architecture, computer science, liberal arts and music. Comprising a student body of 10,000 students with an international cohort from more than 73 countries, UCSI University is committed to producing well-rounded graduates with the hard and soft skills necessary to be successful in life and who possess Graduate Attributes that include ethical and civic responsibility, leadership skills and a strong knowledge of disciplines. For more information, visit the UCSI University website at http://www.ucsi.edu.my
About UCSI University Trust
The UCSI University Trust – also known as Yayasan Universiti UCSI – is the scholarship arm of UCSI University, established with the general aim of improving society through the promotion of scholarly programmes and cultural and scientific breakthroughs, by providing scholarships and research grants to deserving students and the promotion of other worthy causes. The Trust was established on 21 October 2008, the brainchild of the Board of Trustees and key personnel of UCSI University. It is helmed by YBhg Dato' Mohd Karim Hj. Abdullah Omar and members of the Board of Trustees comprising YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Abdul Rahman Arshad, Chancellor of UCSI University, YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Musa Mohamad, Chairman of the UCSI Council, YBhg Dato' Peter T. S. Ng, Founder of UCSI University and Chairman of UCSI Group, and the Vice Chancellor of UCSI University.