19 July 2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation, also known as Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) aims to raise another RM5.5 million to build an autism centre for the community in Perlis, which would be the first in the state. The centre will also benefit people from the northern region to build a brighter future for people with autism.

Through a collaborative effort with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) two years ago, the Autism Hub for Educational Resources and Training (A-HEART) initiative was formed and raised RM500,000 to build an autism centre for children at UniMAP’s campus. Moving forward, A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is looking to expand to a full-fledged centre to reach out to more people in need. YTSP is now aiming to raise RM6 million over 3 years to realise this expansion.

YTSP is chaired by His Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, The Crown Prince Of Perlis, who is also UniMAP Chancellor while A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is under the Royal Patronage of Her Highness Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, The Consort Of The Crown Prince Of Perlis. She is also UniMAP Pro-Chancellor.

Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin who is a Board Member of Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) and the Chairman of the Board of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) said: “YTSP aims to develop an autism centre to provide the community with access opportunities for quality education, life skills training and support for the community, parents of autistic children, carers and professionals. The foundation has been receiving encouraging support from corporate bodies that have contributed half a million to the foundation to date. Today, we are honoured to have Acts One Group Inc. to support us to help establish a full-fledged autism centre a reality very soon.”

Founder and Chairman of Acts One Group Inc., Serena Chiam said: “I believe in contributing to the betterment of society. It is the same culture that is embraced in my company - to lend a helping hand to those who are in need.”

“We play our part in shaping a better future for all and hope that more corporations and individuals will be encouraged to donate to YTSP with the goal to fund the expansion of the            A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre.”

Also present was UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, who expressed his gratitude towards corporate bodies that have lent their support not only through monetary value but also organising community events. “Just recently, Bank Rakyat organised the ‘Bank Rakyat-A-Heart Autismlympic Carnival’, a unique sporting event to encourage sports in autism students. Then in February this year, YTL donated RM100,000 to YTSP. Last year, we had Bank Rakyat again to organise the ‘Bank Rakyat A-HEART Rainbow Walk’ that saw 1,398 participants made up of children from orphanages and university students to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month.”

“Having said, I believe that by creating awareness at different layers and levels of the public will contribute positively to the provision of a dynamic eco-system to the autism group. We hope more corporate bodies, individuals and parties will come forward to support this long-term Corporate Social Responsibility of UniMAP. Not to miss out, I am very proud of the dedication shown by the UniMAP’s educators and students who have been managing the current centre. Through this initiative, I hope it will continue to boost their enthusiasm to doing good for the community.”

Meanwhile, Autism Buddies who is supporting the cause plays an instrumental role in the               A-HEART initiative was represented by Puan Sri Dato’ Akmal Abdul Salam, who is also the patron of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA).

She said: “Although public awareness of autism is high, understanding is still low. In a few years, there will be a challenge for education services authorities to meet the needs of the growing group of Malaysians with autism. So, we need to increase our resources in the country to develop facilities and programmes to cater to this community that demands for such services.”

Currently, the A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is fully operated by the university. The centre is equipped with various facilities and interactive teaching aids. Beyond these facilities, the expansion of A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is committed to offering services such as early detection and intervention through treatment, therapy and the best educational approach to children with autism as well as support to the parents, carers and professionals.

Additionally, the center will provide education and skills training for young people with autism based on their different abilities and interests. This means that the approach adopted by                   A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre will help those with autism build their own lives in the future. Ultimately, it hopes to be a referral point to other parties that are keen to serve the autism community in Perlis.

Acts One Group Inc. is also the corporate sponsor for YTSP to raise funds for A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre through the GOLD A-HEART Fundraising appreciation dinner that will be held on 19 October 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Acts One Group Inc. is a leading multi-disciplinary holding company and its subsidiary, Aureo Gallery Ltd is the Sole Distributor of Creative Art in South East Asia specifically for Kim Il Tae’s Gold Art.  Acts One Group Inc. and Aureo Gallery will be contributing two special pieces of Gold Art which are the only two pieces in the world for auction at the appreciation dinner.  In addition to the two Gold Art pieces for auction, there will be other collectors’ items for auction as well.

For more information about GOLD A-HEART Fundraising appreciation dinner, please contact Edna Lee at 016-246 3186.

Kangar, 20 Julai – 20 final year students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) were offered employment at Tessolve Semiconductor Sdn. Bhd. in Penang before graduating in October 2018.

"They will start their duties in August," said Dr. Ruswahida Ibnu Ruslan, the Senior Assistant Registrar of Centre for Industrial and Governmental Collaboration (CIGC).

"This is the first and the second batch involving 58 students called for an interview session in May at UniMAP and June in Penang”, she added.

11 students were offered jobs in the first batch, and 9 in the second batch. They will start working in August, two months before their graduation date," said Dr. Ruswahida.

The students are from different schools; School of Microelectronics (5 students), School of Computers and Communication (11 students) and Faculty of Engineering Technology Electronics (4 students).

Dr. Ruswahida also mentioned that most interviewers come from Bangalore, India and only two are interviewers from Malaysia.

She added that these students are fortunate to have the opportunity to grow their career in Tessolve because it is a company that provides maintenance and solution services for Chip Solutions, Hardware Solutions, Software Solutions and Embedded Solutions.

"The company provides services to companies such as Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, NXP, National Instruments, Cadence, Jetter, Coyote.

"The opportunity to work before graduation shows that the graduates of UniMAP are at the job market and at the same time proving that the UniMAP’s curriculum is in line with the industry requirements," she concluded.

Pauh Putra, July 18 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues to increase its visibility in the ASEAN region through the Communicative English Course programme in collaboration with Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University (NPRU) Thailand.

The UniMAP Centre for International Languages (CIL) organised the programme which took in 20 students from NPRU's Centre for Humanitarian Studies and lasted for 21 days from June 28 until today.

CIL Director Prof Dr Harshita Aini Haroon said the programme was intended to highlight UniMAP in the ASEAN region through the academic collaboration in the field of English language as well as exposing the students to Malay communication skills and culture.

"In addition, it also strengthens the collaboration of both universities and acts as a channel for the expansion and strengthening of ASEAN in enhancing knowledge sharing in the region.

"I hope that both universities will benefit from this program as a stepping-stone for future programmes whether in academic or non-academic fields," she said during the programme closing ceremony at Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library Auditorium today.

Also present was Deputy Director of NPRU Language Institute Khanitta Thaichareon.

At the closing ceremony, the NPRU students performed the “Ayam Didik” dance which was taught in class during the three-week program.

Meanwhile, programme director Masturah Sabri said that during the programme at UniMAP, students receive comprehensive instructions in the classroom through a specially developed module.

She said the module was developed by CIL lecturers and teachers.

"In addition to classroom sessions, various other activities were planned such as academic visits to Langkawi, Penang and Alor Setar and the opportunity to learn about Malay culture by visiting Kampung Pulau Pisang, Jitra," she said.

She added that in addition to English classes, NPRU students also had to attend a Malay language class session which was taught by CIL language teacher Juliana Ahmad and Malay dance lesson by a UniMAP Cultural & Recreation Unit (UKR) cultural artist.

Earlier, one of NPRU's students, Yasmeena Yuerae, said the experience of learning Malay language and dance was very enjoyable and this was an experience that would not be available in Thailand.

"We have had the opportunity to learn customs and cultures of the people in Malaysia of various races, each with their own uniqueness.

"In fact, by studying the prescribed modules, I can also increase my English language proficiency and improve our confidence in communicating with my friends in the ASEAN region," she said during at the event.

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

Pauh Putra, 12 Julai – Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) have launched International Project : Volunteerism & Corporate Social Responsibility (iVCORE) at the UniMAP Campus yesterday.

The project was organized for the first time by Majlis Persatuan Pentadbir Universiti Awam Malaysia (MASTI) via Persatuan Pegawai Tadbir & Ikhtisas (POTENSI) UniMAP.

MASTI's intention to widen humanitarian aid to Thailand is supported by the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs), said Tuanku Syed Faizuddin. MAIPs also allocated RM10,000 to assist the asnaf there.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also added that the allocation was to support iVCORE's aspiration to be presented to the asnaf and orphans in the neighboring country.

"Such cross-border initiatives should be praised as it is a channel of assistance to those who are in need out there as compared to us in Malaysia.

This is because in Malaysia, various government agencies are still able to perform the responsibility of helping the asnaf but in other countries such as Thailand, this responsibility has only been mobilized by mere concerned individuals," he said during the iVCORE launching ceremony.

Also present during the launching ceremony were Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) UniMAP, Associate Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan and the president of POTENSI, Raja Shah Erman Raja Ariffin.

The president of MASTI, Azri Hohad said iVCORE was launched in 2015 in Perlis before being implemented in several states such as Sabah in 2016 and Terengganu (2017). He also said that Sarawak will be the next destination this year.

He added that this time MASTI and POTENTIAL intend to widen humanitarian aid internationally by selecting Khokkek Village in Chana, Thailand from tomorrow (today) until July 15.

"Two main activities have been identified as the contribution and construction of schools in the mosque as well as sports activities and motivational talks with the orphans of the Santiwit School,” he said in his speech.

iVCORE received contributions not only from MAIPs but also from various parties with nearly 50 participants participating in the successful event. In addition to the humanitarian aid, MASTI also visited Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) to exchange ideas on university administration as well as to strengthen existing relationships.