AAGBS ‘Save Our Rainforest Race’ with PEKA
On the 30th March 2019, Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (PEKA) hosted its 7th Edition of Save Our Rainforest Race (SORR) 2019, at Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh, Malacca with the participation of over 1000 people. By bringing the theme, ‘See Nature, See Our Life’, the program required the participants to complete an adventure race styled covering a distance of almost 15km while spreading the awareness of the theme.
With pleasure, AGGBS under the CSR Club has sent 30 participants to grab this golden opportunity. Besides having great teamwork for completing the mission at 8 checkpoints along the track, the program really injected the best feeling to all the partakers by adoring the nature for 4 hours. We also get to know and learn scientific names of certain trees which most of it we never heard before. Physically it looks the same but only one who learns and expert about trees can differentiate it.
Moreover, while completing the race, all the participants need to plant trees as part of the initiative to preserve nature. Planting trees is the best part that shows the real values of loving and preserving nature. It can mean so much more than just spreading the awareness to the society as we know people tend to learn more through experience rather than through advice. Besides, it provides us the opportunity to ‘put something back’ into the environment which we have neglected before this and it teaches us that it is not too late to start digging and planting as the benefit will goes and flows continuously to our future generations. The earth needs us to put even a small effort to save the living.
It can be concluded that the main value highlighted under this programme is all about creating awareness towards nature, stop the destruction of natural resources and defend the rights of the environment in order to save the rainforest with all its biodiversity from extinction. Nevertheless, the program was not a common marathon held and it was a priceless involvement for breaking the daily stress and workload by admiring the nature at the most and helps to build and cherish love towards the nature in young generation’s soul and heart.
Enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sceneries provided by the nature for free
A CSR Project with Kechara Soup Kitchen
On 4 May 2019, a group of AAGBS MBA students (AA7003BF) participated in a CSR program in collaboration with Kechara Soup Kitchen Society. The program was held at Kechara Soup Kitchen, Off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. It was an assignment under the subject Global Business Issue and they decided to play a role in helping individuals and families who are in need. The CSR program was supervised by Dr Ainul Azreen. The students also had the pleasure of Dr Nazura Sayuti’s company. One of the many initiatives made by the class in solving the problems faced by Kechara Soup Kitchen was to collect donations from AAGBS members i.e. students, lecturers and staff. Many kind hearted individuals from AAGBS had donated not only in monetary terms but also material such as food, clothing, personal hygiene items and medication. The participating MBA students felt grateful that they received many donations from individuals and AAGBS to be distributed to those less fortunate. These donations had helped in making the project a success. The students and AAGBS would like to thank Kechara Soup Kitchen for giving them the opportunity to give something back to society.
Jakarta 2019 Experiential Learning: AAGBS intensifies Nusantara relationship with Indonesia
A delegation of 10 students from the MBA program (Global Business Issues course AA7004P) led by Project Director Luqman Hadi Azahar visited the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta recently from April 24 to April 28, 2019 for their experiential learning trip. They were accompanied by Deputy Dean of Research, Consultancy, Publication and Student Development, Associate Professor Dr. Nor Hashima Hashim and Associate Professor Dr. Saridan Abu Bakar. The main objective of this activity was to provide global exposure to the students towards the global economic situation between Indonesia and Malaysia.
The trip began with a session with the Minister-Counsellor (Education) and Director of Education Malaysia Indonesia, Associate Professor Dr. Mior Harris Mior Harun at the Malaysian Embassy, Kuningan, Jakarta. During this session, the students were briefed on Indonesia’s economic climate and the current business opportunities there. Also joining the session were First Secretary Aidilbar Rashid and First Secretary (Economy) Mohd Khairi Mohd Hanafiah. The session was interactive as students asked questions about Indonesia and the staff gave current information regarding Indonesia’s business climate.
Minister-Counsellor (Education) and Director of Education Malaysia in Indonesia, Associate Professor Dr. Mior Harris Mior Harun during the session on the diplomatic and economic relationships between Malaysia and Indonesia
With the staff at the Malaysian Embassy, Jakarta
The students also paid a visit to the PPM School of Management (SoM), Menteng Raya, Jakarta. It is one of the most prestigious private business schools in Indonesia situated in the centre of Jakarta. The delegation was welcomed by the Dean Dr. Ningky Sasanti Munir, Vice Dean Dr. Erlinda N. Yunus and Master of Management Program Director Dr. Riza Aryanto. A talk on entrepreneurship was given by one of the lecturers Mr. M. Akhsanur Rofi.
He highlighted that micro enterprises dominated 98.73% of the business landscape with 57.19 million enterprises registered (Indonesian Economic Census, 2016). The microenterprise has an annual revenue of IDR 300,000,000 (MY87,000) and maximum asset of IDR 50,000,000 (MYR 14,500). There are 8 ministries assigned to help the enterprises at different levels and this indicates the government is supportive of entrepreneurship in Indonesia.
Students from AAGBS later presented their project to the PPM SoM Master of Management students. This was followed by a question and answer session with the students from PPM Manajemen School. It was indeed a good experience for the students to present their work to students from another country. The response from the Indonesian students was also positive and many of them are keen to pay a visit to our business school.
Presentation on Malaysian demographics and economic situation by Project Director Luqman & Deputy Project Director Saidatul Nur Ain
Deputy Dean Associate Professor Dr. Nor Hashima, Vice Dean of PPM SoM Dr. Erlinda N. Yunus with all delegations and members of PPM SoM
Another official visit was made to Sekolah Bisnis Institut Pertanian Bogor (SB-IPB) in the city of Bogor, south of Jakarta. The delegation was greeted by Vice Dean of Academic and Students Affairs, Dr. Ir. Idqan Fahmi. Dr. Ir. Idqan started his briefing with the introduction to the faculty before continuing the session with discussions on the possible type of collaborations between AAGBS and SB-IPB. This visit had created a path for a better relationship and future collaboration between IPB and AAGBS.
The delegation with Vice Dean of Academic and Students Affairs of SB-IPB, Dr. Ir. Idqan Fahmi
On the third day of the visit, the delegations visited one of the largest trading exhibition in Indonesia, the 21st Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair (INACRAFT 2019). It was an exhibition with the objective to enhance entrepreneurship spirit of the young artists, producers and Indonesian Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through the fascinating handicrafts. With the theme “Jakarta Enjoyable Multicultural Diversities”, this year’s edition attracted tens of thousands of visitors.
INACRAFT is an important platform to promote entrepreneurship among Indonesians
Another informal session with one of the alumni of AAGBS, was also held. Puan Iffah now works in Jakarta as the Director of ICT* at PT Ericsson Indonesia with its global headquarters Ericsson located in Stockholm, Sweden. The company is a leading provider of ICT to service providers in Indonesia – XL Axiata, Telkomsel etc. During her session, she mentioned about the need for students to be globally exposed as the world today is globally connected and any chance to work in a global company would be an advantage to any student.
With Puan Iffah after the informal session
In conclusion, the Jakarta 2019 Experiential Learning was an effort to mould the students of AAGBS to be more global-minded and ready for their journey in the corporate world. Through this trip, they gained first-hand experience on the various opportunities and challenges existing in today’s dynamic business environment. Seeing how the trip has impacted them and changed their mindset, let us together hope that there will be more opportunities available for experiential learning activities in the future for all AAGBS students.