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30 April 2016

[The Star] New school all set to look good

BY LEE CHONGHUI

PETALING JAYA: SEGi University and Colleges, Avon Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) have inked a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start a personal grooming school that serves as a platform to create entrepreneurs.

Described as Avon’s first ever partnership with a university, whether in Malaysia or elsewhere, the partnership involves creating an Avon Centre of Excellence at both SEGi and UMK campuses. The aim is to provide industry exposure to the students.

Avon will also offer short term courses in cosmetic therapy and also internships to SEGi and UMK students.

The signing of the MoU here yesterday was witnessed by Higher Education Ministry director-general Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, who said in her speech that the ministry encouraged these kind of collaborations as these provided opportunities for the development of both the public and private sectors.

“It can trigger creativity, inventions and accelerate innovations across scientific and technical discipline between the public and private sectors,” said Asma, adding that the partnership could also give students a feel of what it was really like in the “real world”.

SEGi University and Colleges chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said the partnership supported the Higher Education Ministry’s vision and mission on the collegiality and communality with private and public universities as the platform to enhance educational excellence.

“With collaborative effort, we hope to empower the nation with the skills needed to be a world class entrepreneur,” he said.

UMK vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mortaza Mohamad said the collaboration would give UMK’s students and staff opportunities to “develop themselves”.

“The cooperation is in line with our strategy in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among our students and staff,” he said.

Avon Malaysia president Romulus Sirbu said the collaboration was a chance for Avon to share its vast knowledge with others.

“We can use Avon’s experience to add value to students, to make them understand that merely graduating is not enough,” he said.

To honour the collaboration, Sirbu was appointed adjunct professor and a board member of studies at SEGi University’s Faculty of Business and Accounting.

The event also saw the launching of the Avon Young Club of SEGi as well as UMK.

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