UiTM chairman (seventh from right) Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir at the launch of UiTM2025 in Shah Alam on Thursday. With him is (sixth from right) vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim.

SHAH ALAM: Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) has embarked on a five year strategic plan, UiTM2025, which is expected to transform the university into a Globally Renowned University.

UiTM2025 is a five year (2020-2025) framework document which will outline the university’s transformation agenda as it aims to become a leading global university of science, technology, humanities and entrepreneurship by 2025.

The plan was launched by UiTM chairman of the board of directors Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir in a ceremony on Thursday. Also present was UiTM vice chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim.

A continuation of the previous strategic plans that were developed every five years, following from the 8th Plan (UiTM 2001-2005), the 9th Plan (UiTM 2006-2010), the 10th Plan (UiTM 2011-2015) and the 11th Plan (UiTM 2016-2020), UiTM2025 is even more unique as it places more aggressive emphasis on the expansion of its global cooperation network.

UiTM vice-chancellor, Emeritus Professor Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim

The plan requires the university to proactively respond to changes, developments, and current needs such as the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.

It is also to ensure that UiTM remains relevant to the current needs and changes affecting higher education nationally and globally.

Prof Mohd Azraai said the UiTM2025 Strategic Plan focuses on three strategic core areas, namely Quality Education; Global Excellence and Value-Driven Performance.

“Each core will be mapped to key themes, initiatives and achievements based on excellence, synergy and integrity to ensure the highest quality of results.”

He said the plan addresses the aspirations of the national agenda in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) as well as the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.

“To become a top performing university, UiTM will provide and equip a constructive ecosystem for students, graduates and lecturers so that they have a global mindset and are competitive internationally. In other words, UiTM is a global player towards becoming a world-leading university ,” added Prof Mohd Azraai.

“Although the plan aims to make UiTM a world-leading university, UiTM maintains its status as set out in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution; an institution specifically for the Bumiputera. This plan is an enhancement and value addition to the current development and needs of higher education. In fact, it is UiTM’s interpretation in response to the aspirations of the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.”

Each year, UiTM produces 45,000 graduates in various fields.

Under the plan, internationalisation will also be encouraged via staff and student mobility programmes such as summer programmes and sabbaticals; a collaborative network involving academic programmes, research and consultancy activities as well as through an increase in international academic staff.

As part of its globalisation efforts, the university has signed 377 MoUs and MoAs with various international universities to attract international students to study at UiTM in its post-graduate programmes.

Each year, UiTM produces about 45,000 graduates in various fields of knowledge and professions.

Far higher than any other university in the country, recent graduate market data places 83 per cent of UiTM graduates in the private sector, and 13 per cent with the government while the remaining four per cent are entrepreneurs.

Currently, the marketability of UiTM graduates stands at 83.8 per cent (37,523 out of 44,788 people).

Prof Mohd Azraai added that the strengths and advantages of UiTM are its various academic programmes which cover almost every field. It is the largest institution nationwide with the most students, academics and alumni, and it owns infrastructure to generate revenue, leaving it well-equipped to implement its transformation over the next five years.