Building A Strong Alumni Community
Universiti Kuala Lumpur Alumni Association, in collaboration with UniKL Alumni Relations and Connection Hub (ARCH), is committed to serving its graduates who have been unable to find employment or face other issues through connectivity with industries.
As a young university that will celebrate its 18th Anniversary on August 20, 2020, UniKL Alumni Association president Muzammil Arif Kamaruddin said the association connects with members regularly and is involved in programmes that not only benefit members but also indulge in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
“Our graduates are an important part of our vibrant growing community. We help in business, job placements not only for those seeking jobs through our connection but also relay information to those wishing to upgrade themselves in the job market. Our communication is through WhatsApp and Telegrams,” he added.
UniKL Alumni Association, said Muzammil, has 56,000 members since the first batch of students graduated in 2005 – three years after the establishment of Malaysia’s leading private entrepreneurial university in HTVET.
“However, we have about 5,000 members who are active and we hope more will participate in our activities and programmes for example during UniKL Welcoming Orientation Week (WOW) in our 12 campuses,” added Muzammil who held the presidency post from 2009-2011 and from 2013 until now.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Automation and Robotics from UniKL Malaysia France Institute (UniKL MFI) and is currently the Business Development Manager in Integrated SkilTech Training Sdn Bhd.
UniKL Alumni Relations and Connection Hub deputy director Dr Izuddin Fahmy Abu said ARCH was created in 2019 and is now in the stage of building a strong community.
“I have an eight-year plan for developing a very strong Alumni community. Without a strong base it is difficult to engage our Alumni community to re-connect and expand our professional network even with those working and residing overseas,” said Dr Izuddin, adding that ARCH has wide plans and gradually hope to achieve its goals.
“We want our Alumni to share their experience with our students. But this has not been documented and shared. They have always been there over the years. They need to be exposed and recognised,” he expressed.
For the record, Dr Izuddin pointed out that UniKL alumni community is young, with the oldest relatively being around the age of 40.
“To expect much from our alumni is certainly unfair. We should not compare them with other universities in the country that have been around for more than 50 years! Nevertheless, our Alumni have been stamping their mark.”
“There are prominent personalities too like film directors who have won accolades on the international stage. What our Alumni have been contributing so far has been very encouraging,” said Dr Izuddin.
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