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29 May 2016

[The Star] Sealing pact on entrepreneurship

SEGi University, Avon Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) have inked a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The collaboration will enable Avon to provide internship opportunities to SEGi and UMK students.

This in turn gives the students the exposure to industry that will enhance their competency and employability within the job market, especially in retail, marketing management, human resource management, supply chain and other relevant disciplines.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Higher Education Ministry director-general Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail at the at SEGi University campus in Kota Damansara.

Both the universities will facilitate courses in entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of franchising and retailing.

The collaboration also involves the establishment of the Avon Centre of Excellence at both universities, with the aim of providing industry exposure to their students.

Avon will also provide short-term courses in beauty and personal grooming. These courses are for students and the general public.

The company will also collaborate in terms of research with SEGi’s Faculty of Health and Allied Sciences for the development of new Avon beauty products.

At the event, Avon launched the Avon Young Club @ SEGi and the Avon Young Club @ UMK, a programme that enables students to be entrepreneurs.

In honour of this inaugural collaboration, Avon Malaysia president Romulus Sirbu was officially appointed an adjunct professor and a member of the Board of Studies at SEGi University’s Faculty of Business and Accounting.

He conducted his first series of lectures on entrepreneurship to the students on the day of the launch. He will also provide advice to the university on personal development, marketing and entrepreneurship. Also present at the signing ceremony were SEGi International Berhad chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, SEGi University & Colleges group president Datuk Mohamed Azahari Kamil, UMK vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mortaza Mohamed, UMK board of directors member Datuk Hanafi Mamat, Avon Malaysia head of human resource Azlan Ismail and SEGi University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Patrick Kee.

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