KUALA LUMPUR, – Following 1 year of synergy, the highly promising discussion on the development of business education in AHIBS at the previous meeting last October, AHIBS called this meeting to continue engaging industry captains to uplift the delivery of business education in UTM on 16 July 2019. Last year’s engagement banged on 5 core areas namely IR 4.0 Intervention into Business Education, Continuous Quality Improvement on Academic Programs, Driving Academia-Industry Interaction Circle, Research Collaboration and Opportunities, and Action Learning / Residential Programmes at the industry. The impacts of the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) 2018 had definitely driven and moved AHIBS to an improved platform namely in the following aspects:

1. Continued investment in intellectual infrastructure and fundamental discovery of using technology to engage learning outcomes.
2. Continued advancements in building analytical talents across in our delivery.
3. Inclusion of development and translational research programs moving towards the corporate social responsibility agenda of industries.
4. Active industry participation in residential activities for both students and academics.
5. Adoption of more holistic values and skills that incorporates societal skills to get graduates to be more ambitious with an international strategy and forging strategic partnerships with academic and industry groups around the world
6. Convening of normal internships in undergraduate programmes to include industry-based projects for embracing dialogue on best practices of the industries.
7. Public engagement and dialogues in this new era of business analytics for turbulent environment thinking.
This year, the AHIBS Industry Advisory Panel was held at the Royal Widad Residence, UTM Kuala Lumpur with new industries and representative members on board namely Datuk Johan Idris (KPMG), Mr. Azman Ahmad (FGV Holdings Berhad), Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin (CIMB Foundation) and Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.).

The meeting addressed six themes currently under strategic review at AHIBS: 1) New Wave of Data Science and Analytics, AI and Big data, 2) Research and Collaborative Innovation, 3) Future Business School, 4) Performance Leadership and Talent, 5) Energizing Alumni Relations and 6) Millennial Generation Learning.

The IAP ended with the members having lunch with Tan Sri Azman Hashim, the man behind the UTM Azman Hashim International Business School. This lunch was celebrated with an official soft launching of AHIBS Advisory Council (AAC), which took place at Eat-at-level-six Restaurant, Residensi UTMKL.

AAC serves as a platform to provide independent advice to the Dean on the business school direction to ensure that the business school offers relevant education in the volatile business world.  AAC will also collaborate on matters relating to the development of education and research excellence with industry partners across economic clusters.

The AAC consists of the following members: five members from the industries – Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Tan Sri Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandes, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Mr Goh Peng Oii; four members from UTM – Dato’ Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar; Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Abd Manan; Prof. Dr. Nur Naha Abu Mansor and Hull Business School – Emeritus Prof. Michael Tayles. The first meeting was scheduled on 13 August 2019.

Tan Sri Azman continued with a Meet and Greet session with AHIBS students and staff. He delivered a talk on his experiences as a successful entrepreneur in the banking sector.