By Sarah Hafizah Chandra
SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) launched its Strategic Plan 2021–2025 on Monday (Oct 19) geared towards achieving inclusivity, global recognition and sustainability.
Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the strategic plan had involved inputs from key staff and supported by important factors that were also referred to in the drafting process.
“We conducted a series of workshops involving staff and students from various levels, including the university management. We worked together on identifying the strengths and challenges that should be focused on while improving on the Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
“Alignments were also made in line with the national and international agenda based on the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK-12), Malaysia Education Blueprint for Higher Education 2015–2025 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”
He said this during the launching of the university’s New Strategic Plan 2021–2025 and the University Sustainability Initiative on Monday (Oct 19).
According to Prof Kadim, the alignments were necessary to ensure that each commitment could be benchmarked and evaluated based on a recognised framework.
On the theme of the new strategic plan, he said that there were five strategic focuses that would be emphasised.
“The five are future ready graduates, research excellence, talent excellence, global prominence and financial stability. These are supported by the 15 commitment and 52 criteria for the key performance index.
“The process of coordinating, monitoring and evaluating for the key performance indicators will be done by the delivery and performance monitoring system (SPeeD) which has been developed and coordinated by the centre of strategic planning, quality and risk management (SQRC).”
Prof Kadim added that Unimas board of directors chairman Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie was actively involved in the production of the new strategic plan.
“Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie attended all our workshops for the formulation and production of the new strategic plan. He is very knowledgeable and has comprehensive understandings in strategic management because of his past experiences in other organisations.
“With his help, the framework for the new strategic plan was easier to understand which consequently facilitated in getting approval from the Unimas board of directors on Sept 30 this year.”
Prof Kadim expressed his hopes on the feasibility of the new strategic planning and the university.
“I have high hopes for the new strategic plan to be a reality in the next five years. I know that Unimas will be able to achieve the things outlined in the strategic plan because everyone was involved in the formation and production process for it.
“Their involvement was significant and important because it will motivate them to continuously contribute to the university’s excellence. In Unimas, we encourage the work culture of being innovative and creative.”
Also present were Sulong, Unimas deputy vice-chancellors, faculty members and staff.