SHAH ALAM, Dec 25 — Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three global and local companies to provide opportunities for its students to explore entrepreneurship.
The three companies are Shopee Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Shopee Mobile Malaysia), Xinn Global Sdn Bhd (Xinn Global) and Simply SS Trading Sdn Bhd (Simply SS Trading).
The MoU was signed by UiTM vice-chancellor, Professor Emeritus Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim while Shopee Mobile Malaysia was represented by head of Shopee Mall, Kenneth Soh; Simply SS Trading by its president, Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin and representative of Xinn Global Business Development Division, Zohriyyah Mokhtar, witnessed by the university’s board chairman, Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
Syed Zainal Abidin said the MoU was a continuation of the UiTM Strategic Plan 2025 to provide opportunities for students to venture into entrepreneurship as the Covid-19 pandemic currently would make it quite difficult for them to get a job.
“UiTM is concerned that our prospective graduates will find it difficult to get a job due to the impact of Covid-19, so we created this initiative to ensure they can be independent by becoming entrepreneurs.
“With this effort, we hope the expertise of the three companies can help, educate, train and provide opportunities for UiTM students to become entrepreneurs either online or at kiosks,” he said at a press conference after the MoU-signing ceremony, here, yesterday.
Syed Zainal Abidin said in collaboration with Simply SS Trading which is famous for its beauty products, three UiTM branches in Machang, Kelantan; Dungun, Terengganu and Jengka, Pahang would involve in a pilot project for the implementation of business initiatives on a ‘dropship’ basis.
For the joint venture with Shopee Mobile Malaysia, he said, UiTM would leverage the company’s expertise to create an online business platform called ‘UiTM Marketplace’ to give students the opportunity to market products including their own.
In collaboration with Xinn Global, Syed Zainal Abidin said the dim sum food company would offer its business kiosks to six selected UiTM students in the Klang Valley as a start.
“If their business shows good results, we will increase the involvement of students in the dim sum business at kiosks, including at UiTM branch campuses nationwide. Any students interested in becoming entrepreneurs will be trained by the SME Development Academy and UiTM entrepreneurs,” he said.
Siti Nurhaliza also welcomed UiTM students to explore the field of entrepreneurship, whereby to become a ‘dropship’ agent of Simply Siti products, they do not need capital but only knowledge to earn income.
“For interested UiTM students, we will provide online training and consultation services as well as materials to promote the products (Simply Siti). In order to be a successful entrepreneur, the most important thing is to be dedicated and the willingness to work hard.
“I chose three campuses on the East Coast because people there are passionate about business, so we will start there first and if we get encouraging response, we will open all over the country,” said Siti, who is targeting 600 UiTM students to become her company’s ‘dropship’ agents through the pilot project.