UMS: 4,728 graduates will receive scrolls in the university’s 22nd convocation

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KOTA KINABALU: A total of 4,728 graduates of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will receive their scrolls at the university’s 22nd convocation ceremony, starting Saturday, March 26.

UMS Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said that out of the total 4,126 people graduated with bachelor’s degree, master’s degree (452), Doctor of Philosophy degree (67) and postgraduate (83).

He said this year’s convocation recipients, who graduated in 2020, included 206 first-class graduates; 166 of group B40; international students (134) and people with disabilities (10).

“Of the total, 55.9% come from Sabah, followed by Sarawak at 7.6% and other states on the peninsula,” he said in an interview with Bernama recently.

The graduation ceremony will be held for six days until March 31 at the university’s Dewan Canselor.

UMS was also scheduled to hold its 23rd convocation in June for students graduating in 2021 and the 24th convocation in November for those graduating this year.

He said that so far, UMS has produced 74,090 graduates and the commercialization of its graduates exceeded 90% in 2019, and last year it recorded 96%.

Taufiq said that in terms of international students, this convocation would see 74 graduates from China receive their scrolls, followed by Brunei Darussalam (24), Timor Leste (10), Indonesia (seven), Pakistan and Vietnam four each, Bangladesh (three) and Egypt (two).

Taufiq, who has led UMS since 2019, said the achievement was the result of the university’s commitment to training its graduates to master knowledge and skills through entrepreneurship courses and to “train and place”, in collaboration with government agencies and private companies on the peninsula. .

He said that last year, UMS had improved its position in the group of top 33% of Asia’s top universities from 37.9% in 2020 while in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (UIGM), l UMS was currently ranked 67th.

“UMS is currently among the top 7% of the most sustainable universities in the world, in addition to maintaining its UIG’s third position nationally and 20th in Asia,” he said.

He added that UMS management also intends to join the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings to attract more scholars or experts from world-renowned universities for collaborations. potential.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, UMS continued to create successes when nine of its lecturers were listed among the world’s top scientists, up from just five in 2020.

“UMS also won five gold, six silver and one bronze at the International Exhibition of Invention, Innovation and Technology 2020 (ITEX 2020) as well as two gold, four d silver and four bronze at the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2021,” he said.

Taufiq said that based on the achievements, he was confident that UMS graduates would be able to meet the needs of employers, especially in the current situation, to be employed in order to contribute to the process of economic recovery and reduce the unemployment rate in Sabah.

He said employers should also play a role in training these graduates to supplement the training they had already acquired at university so that they can increase their productivity well.

“I also advise graduates not to be too selective as their academic qualification should not limit specific areas as they can venture into other areas as well,” he said. – Bernama

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