April 17, 2013, by Graham Kendall
20th JPA-BMCC launch
On the 5 April 2013, the 20th JPA-BMCC was launched.
As well as being the 20th anniversary of this initiative, the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) are also celebrating their 50th anniversary and I am sure that everybody at UNMC will join me in offering them our congratualations on this important milestone.
The JPA-BMCC initiative offers employees from the Public Service Department of Malaysia (JPA: Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia) the opportunity to work on a specific project with UK companies, who also operate in Malaysia. These are senior members of staff from JPA who have to enter a competitive process to be chosen. I believe that there were over 100 applicants for this years 13 places.
The selected staff spend time at the company in both Malaysia and the UK, as well as underatking a week of Executive Education style training. UNMC were also selected to provide the Executive Education training provision, which will take place next week (22-26 April 2013) in Port Dixon. It is being delivered by our Business School.
UNMC actually has a long tradition of participating in this event (as noted in the speeches at the opening event). See here for just one example.
We were very fortunate this year to be awarded two places, which I hope is some reflection of our past participation and the quality of the projects that we have undertaken.
The two people we will be working with are Amiruddin Bin Alaldin (Director, Performance Audit Division, Department of Irragation and Drainage Malaysia) and Mohd Khairul Nizam Bin Ibrahim (Acting Director, Human Resource Development Division, Malaysian Qualifications Agency).
Amir will be working with Angelina Yee and myself in looking at possible models for business incubation. We have already had a number of interesting discussions and we are sure that the people that Amir will meet when in the UK will add to his body of knowledge so that we can arrive at a view as to the best model that could be adopted by UNMC.
Nizam is working with Research Training and Academic Development (RTAD) and myself to look at how the unit can be more outward facing and, specifically, to develop a business model that will be used as a basis to for the full business model for RTAD.
We’ll keep you informed of the progress of the project in future posts but feel free to drop by and say hello to Amir and Nizam. They are located in AC08.
Header image: Launch of the 20th JPAA-BMCC (5 Apr 2013); Photograph by Molly Jagpal, Executive Director, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce