UUM ONLINE: Kuala Lumpur - "Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) must take a step forward in order to realize its mission of becoming the Top Business School by 2025," said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani during his visit to OYGSB Kuala Lumpur Campus, recently.

According to him, in line with the mission, the staff at OYAGSB must intensify their efforts in ensuring that EQUIS accreditation can be seized, and ultimately assist the University be crowned as a university with ‘Triple Crown’ status.

He said having Triple Crown status was very important in order to elevate the OYAGSB brand to a higher level comparable to other universities at international level.

“OYAGSB has its own brand and quality, and is deemed as having the ability to elevate the UUM brand to a higher level once it obtains the Triple Crown and Top Business School status.

"In order to ensure that this mission is achieved, OYAGSB needs to get out of the ordinary and carry out its operations more effectively, therefore the university management has decided for OYAGSB to move completely to Kuala Lumpur and start its operations at the Tower 2 building in September," he said.

He also reiterated that the transfer process done in stages involving academic and administrative staff would be completed by the end of 2020.

The Vice-Chancellor also urged OYAGSB to collaborate with Maybank to attract groups of individuals with careers to further their studies at UUM, especially at OYAGSB.

Meanwhile, the Dean of OYAGSB, Prof. Dr. Hassan Abu Bakar said, the strong support from the university management was very evident when the Vice-Chancellor himself decided to personally visit and have an up-close look at the new OYAGSB office in Kuala Lumpur before its full operation in September.

According to him, the purpose of the visit was to assess and review the amenities and facilities available at OYAGSB as well as to further discuss with members of staff on the direction of OYAGSB and strengthen OYAGSB's position in the region.

Also present were the Provost of UUM Kuala Lumpur Campus (UUMKL), Prof. Dr. Shahimi Mokhtar; Coordinator of UUMKL MBA / DBA Programme, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabariah Yaakub; Director of OYAGSB Corporate Executive Education and Development (CEED), Dr. Gunalan Nadarajah; Chief Assistant Registrar of UUMKL, Mdm. Ainul Razlin Abd Aziz and OYAGSB officials.

In another development while attending a meeting at UUMKL, the Vice- Chancellor suggested that UUMKL move in tandem with OYAGSB and PACE, which in one fell swoop would make UUMKL the Crown Jewel of UUM after OYAGSB successfully, obtains the AACSB and AMBA, followed by EQUIS by 2025.