Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Ahmad Asari Sulaiman, a professor from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia, has been awarded a grant for an amount of RM1.12 Million by the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) in March 2020. He was the first recipient to receive this grant and also such a large funding under the Graduates Enhancement Program for Employability (GENERATE 2.0) scheme for his winning proposal entitled “Holistic Soft-skill Management (HSM). This grant will benefit more than 200 students and alumni of UiTM who will get to participate in an exclusive training to build up their leadership and interpersonal skills to become industry leaders.
HSM is an innovation product from research that began in 2013 and has been proven to have a success rate of more than 80% in managing personal change through academic results. It is a unique course to produce more industry icons to enhance participant’s career positions in the workforce or in their business development. This course is very distinct as it provides exposure to all participants to the real job environment, including workplace politics, career movement, rebranding for a professional employee/employer through a full preparation of high emotional, intellectual and spiritual characteristics. All participants will be equipped with essential skills, including their interpersonal and leadership characters to keep improving their working environment and be shown how to bring their organizations to greater heights.
This one year project involves eight groups of undergraduates and fresh graduates from Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Perak and Johor UiTM campuses throughout Malaysia. This project is the first Holistic Soft-skill Management training project in Malaysia. The ultimate goal of this project is to produce young and senior managers within a duration of one to three years, creating a pull factor to benefit future fresh graduates in the long run.
The funding body, HRDF is under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia which catalyzes the development of current and future workforce to support the nation’s vision of becoming a high-income economy. Its main aim is to retrain and upgrade the skills of local employees, apprentices, and trainees in line with the business needs and the development strategy of an organization.
Prepared by: Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Ahmad Asari Sulaiman & Ts. Dr. Ezmin Abdullah, UiTM
Edited by: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Geetha Subramanium, InQKA, UiTM