KUALA LUMPUR, 25th of July 2017 – Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia’s premier Research University has organised its inaugural “Give Back to UM Day” today at the Exhibition Hall, Institute of Research Management and Services, UM.
The Give Back to UM Day, the first of its kind event was held at the Research Management and Innovation Complex of one of Asia’s top 30 universities featuring a sparkling gold and black theme throughout the event to celebrate as well as appreciate UM research & services units, consultancy, UM spin-off companies and industry collaborators who gave back to UM especially their financial contribution to the university since 2016. A total of 13 UM-related entities gave more than RM16 million and the celebration highlighted the positive impact of their contribution, which undoubtedly would help UM to remain at the forefront of impactful high quality research and innovation, continuing the university’s 112 years of excellence.
Y.B. Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education has graced the event as guest of honour which also be attended by members of UM Board of Directors, UM higher management, dean of faculties, directors and representatives from research centres under the purview of UM’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. UM strategic and industrial partners who are always part of UM’s dynamic research and innovation ecosystem were also present at this celebration.
As part of the celebration, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education also witnessed the official launching ceremony for three albums of Malay classical music produced by UM Cultural Centre. The launch follows the success of UM Symphony Orchestra Raya 2016 Album last year, produced by UM Cultural Centre and UMCIC, which marked the university’s foray in commercialising its Creative Arts assets.
As a leading Research University in Malaysia, UM remains committed in contributing to the advancement of science and technology in Malaysia as well as internationally via sustainable research funding. Hence, it is believed that the Give Back to UM Day and subsequent similar events will encourage more of the university’s units, entities and partners to continue contributing and be part of UM’s successes.
Universiti Malaya (UM) is the foremost and premier Research University (RU) in Malaysia. UM currently ranked 114 in the QS World Ranking. It is a multidisciplinary RU that has more than 27,000 students and 1,700 academic staff with 17 faculties and research centres covering the whole spectrum of learning from the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. The university’s beginning at the beautiful 750-acres campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur dates back to 1957 and thus far has huge alumni of over 100,000 among them renowned and illustrious personalities and leaders in various fields.