UCSI SHINE@Berjaya Times Square 2023 is a community-engaged, research-intensive, and industry-collaborative project that embraces its responsibility to positively contribute to the health and well-being of our local communities. This programme led by Dr Vaidehi Ulaganathan and Assistant Professor Dr Baskaran Gunasekaran, included over 100 students from the Faculty of Applied Sciences. There was multiple thematic sharing from various stakeholders and public outreach programmes that perfectly aligns with SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, emphasising on current trends such as personalised nutrition, precision medicine, health coaching, sports nutrition, vegan diet, and lifestyle behavioural change.
UCSI University’s International Institute for Science Diplomacy and Sustainability (IISDS) held its 2nd IISDS Invitational Lecture 2023 titled “The involvement of a scientist in science diplomacy” on 20 February 2023. Special Guest Speaker, Dato’ Dr Saw Leng Guan spoke about the essence of science diplomacy, as manifested in meetings of the UN and the work of such bodies like the IPBES. Distinguished Professor Tan Sri Dr Zakri Bin Abdul Hamid, FASc, the founding director of IISDS moderated the lecture session at UCSI University KL Campus.
UCSI University welcomed President Kenshiro Matsunami and the esteemed delegation from Nippon Sport Science University, Japan to our Kuala Lumpur campus last weekend.
Both members of the universities discussed future collaborations to offer twinning programmes in sports science, which will potentially create a pathway for our students to seek employment in Japan.
YB Adam Adli, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia did a sharing of his personal journey and spoke on the theme of “Empowering Youth Through Leadership”. YB Adam Adli also officiated the launch of Youth Beyond Boundaries (YBB), a youth-led organisation run by scholars from UCSI University and UCSI College. Since its establishment in September 2015, YBB has provided multiple platforms for scholars to strive for their dreams, aiding the community welfare and empowering others to go beyond limitations to achieve their goals while simultaneously developing holistic leadership skills.
UCSI University is going transnational with the soft launch of its first international branch campus in Bangladesh. Named UCSI University Bangladesh, the new campus will be based in the capital city of Dhaka and operations will commence in May, this year. It is the first time UCSI is committing to a branch campus overseas. Higher Education Minister Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that the launch dovetailed well with the Ministry’s internationalisation plans.
UCSI University hosted the MoU signing ceremony with “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage here at Kuala Lumpur Campus on 31st January 2023. The event was witnessed by Uzbekistan delegates led by His Excellency Ravshan Usmanov, Ambassador of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Malaysia. Through the MoU, the two universities look into increasing students’ mobility through exchange, organising international conferences and boosting edu-tourism for both countries. The two nations looked forward to the positive outcomes of cooperation beyond borders. On behalf of UCSI University, the Vice-Chancellor and UCSI Group’s CEO, Professor Datuk Ir Ts Dr Siti Hamisah binti Tapsir (FASc) gave the welcoming speech. Both Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Internationalisation as well as Research and Postgraduate were also present, among others from UCSI Senior Management. The Deputy Governor of Samarkand Region, Mr Rustam Kobilov and Professor Juliboy Eltazarov, the first Vice-Rector of the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage were also among the attendees.
UCSI University's International Institute for Science Diplomacy and Sustainability (IISDS) held a hybrid sharing session on The Coral Triangle Initiative: A Regional Undertaking on Science Diplomacy on 16 January 2023. The special guest speaker, Dr Mohd Kushairi bin Mohd Rajuddin, Executive Director of the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat, shared his views, experience, and thoughts on the abovementioned issues. The session was moderated by Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of IISDS, UCSI University.