Friday, August 12, 2011

USM to set up ombudsman

USM to set up ombudsman

By Yiswaree Palansamy

Noun: An official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, esp. that of public authorities

GEORGE TOWN: University Sains Malaysia (USM) will establish an ombudsman office to provide a platform for its academic staff and undergraduates to voice out their dissatisfactions on various issues in the university.

The office will also oversee the safety of whistleblowers who reveal information about issues or academic personnel's involved in unlawful activities which are deemed an offence under USM's law and constitution.

USM Vice-Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (pic above) said the setting up of the ombudsman office would be a milestone in democratic practice at the university.

Meanwhile, USM senior deputy legal adviser Khairul Anuar Che Azmi (pic right) said ombudsman officers will be selected from among the university's high-ranking academic and non-academic fraternity.

The ombudsman office will be established by the end of this year and will be in accordance with Section 15 of the University Sains Malaysia Constitution.

The formation of the ombudsman office will add another feather to USM's hat, which is also the country's first and only Apex status accreditted university.

Khairul said the concept of having an ombudsman office within a university was still a novel idea, especially when it came to Asian universities.

"However, it is a very valuable inception in a university's administration," he said when met at USM's first ever senate members election day at the university yesterday.

The election is the first of its kind, after USM gazetted its new constitution in July.

USM is believed to be the first university in the country to select senate members via balloting.

Earlier, Dzulkifli said the formation of the senate marks the beginning of an autonomous driven governance in USM, as the senate will be overseeing policy and academic courses development matters.

He said they were also looking at having an undergraduate in the senate, to enable all quarters to have a representative.

The senate election, will take place once in every three years.

Yesterday's election took place simultaneously at all of USM's campuses including the Health Sciences campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Advanced Medical and Dental Institution in Kepala Batas and the it's engineering campus in Kepala Batas.

A total of 195 candidates will be elected into the Senate and will see votes being cast by 576 voters comprising USM's academic fraternity, namely professors, full-time associate professors and visiting professors.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Koperasi USM Berhad was ranked 37th but I couldn't find it in the list

This was the letter I replied to the the Pentadbir Email of, but the mail couldn't get through. I guess this new mail system is depriving us users of access to others through the only means we can get their response. Do check the link, but I couldn't find Koperasi USM there. Okay, even if this is a mistake by any party, this new mail system isn't very friendly and interactive, which is the gist of this blog post.


Tahniah kpd Koperasi USM Berhad.

soalan: saya dok cari dalam senarai ni:
tapi tak jumpa pun nama koperasi USM Berhad?
From: Pentadbir Emel
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 2:55 PM
To: allUsers-Administrative;;; alluser-eng; allusers-academician;; Pentadbir Emel;
Subject: Koperasi Universiti Sains Malaysia Berhad


Y. Bhg. Tan Sri, Puan Sri, Dato’/Datin, Tuan/Puan,

Lembaga Pengarah dan Staf Koperasi Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Berhad dengan penuh takzimnya ingin merakamkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih khususnya kepada Naib Canselor USM, Y.Bhg. Profesor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak dan amnya, ahli-ahli Koperasi USM Berhad dan seluruh warga kampus di atas sokongan jitu dan kerjasama erat yang diperpanjangkan; sehingga meletakkan  Koperasi Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Berhad tersenarai di tempat ke-37 dalam Indeks 100 Koperasi Terbaik Malaysia seperti yang diumumkan Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (SKM) baru-baru ini.

Koperasi USM Berhad sentiasa memberi penekanan untuk menjalankan tadbir urus terbaik dalam aspek-aspek pengurusan termasuk kewangan, pelaburan, inovasi dan dari situ juga kita mahu pihak luar menilai usaha yang kita jalankan untuk penambahbaikan. Koperasi juga akan menumpukan kepada faktor sumber manusia kerana manusia adalah indikator utama dalam menentukan perkembangan sesebuah perniagaan selain dari aspek lain seperti aset, kewangan, logistik pelaburan dan sebagainya,

Kejayaan ini menjadi penyuntik semangat kepada pihak pengurusan Koperasi USM Berhad dan warga kampus untuk terus meningkatkan kejayaan dan mengharumkan nama universiti.

Sekian, terima kasih dan Selamat Berpuasa,

Prof. Madya Mohamad Suhaimi Jaafar
Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah Koperasi USM Berhad