Welcome to UTM International Business School (IBS). The last two years of my Deanship at IBS has been incredibly exciting and fulfilling. I’m proud to be the Dean of a school, whose staff is committed towards achieving the vision and mission of the school.
IBS has undergone a tremendous transformation, in line with the transformation that is taking place in UTM. Credit should be given to Dato Professor Dr Ismail Rejab, the previous Director of IBS for making my job easier during the IBS transition from a center of excellence to a full-fledged Business School in 2010.
Located in Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle has a huge influence on what we do. Kuala Lumpur is a city, which provides an ideal environment for our focus on pre-eminence and internationalism. Kuala Lumpur is a financial centre and a vibrant community, which welcomed people from all over the world, and is now host to many thriving communities.
Recently Kuala Lumpur became the focus of Asia Pacific business schools when UTM IBS were given the opportunity to host the Association of Asia Pacific Business School 2012 Meeting (AAPBS) on the 27 November to 28 November 2012. Deans from more than 30 business schools from the Asia Pacific region, including top business schools converged to Kuala Lumpur to discuss issues pertaining to innovation beyond technology. Solely cheerleading and the brokering of relationships won’t realize the promises of innovation. The fuel for getting things done is resource. UTM IBS has committed money, people, and space to the innovation initiative, which we hope attracts those faculty and staff with needs, ideas, and vision to the effort. The meeting also enabled UTM IBS to network with other business schools in Asia Pacific.
The year 2012 has been very important to UTM IBS as we moved towards obtaining AACSB accreditation and enhancing our international presence. We are approaching 2013, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Happy New Year.