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Curtin Malaysia - SIDC collaboration to benefit students

February 20, 2023 | Campus News

Miri – 17 February 2023 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), the capacity building arm of the Securities Commission Malaysia.

The MoU, signed in a virtual signing ceremony, will bring about a range of initiatives and programmes to provide students at Curtin Malaysia with opportunities for training and professional development, including taking the Securities Commission Licensing Examination (SCLE) for those seeking to be licenced capital market professionals.

In addition, the MoU will facilitate the joint organising of symposia, conferences and short courses on capital markets, and collaboration in research, industry-academia engagement and training.

Signing on behalf of SIDC was Chief Executive Officer Tengku Zarina Tengku Chik while Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Professor Simon Leunig signed for Curtin Malaysia.

Also present were senior management staff of SIDC responsible for advisory and industry engagement, professional standards and qualifications, client engagement, finance, innovation development and advisory, strategy and communications, legal and risk management, and human resources.

The Curtin Malaysia representatives included Dean of Faculty of Business Professor Andreas Zins, as well as the Faculty’s associate dean for external engagement, head of Department of  Accounting, Finance and Economics; head of Department of Management, Marketing and Digital Business; associate dean of learning and teaching, chair of faculty marketing and website committee, and faculty manager.

Prof. Leunig said the MoU was significant for both parties and a good example of strong industry-academia partnership for the advancement of business education and student development.

“This is a great opportunity to leverage SIDC’s leading role in the securities industry with our own strengths in education and research as Curtin University’s largest global campus and hub in Southeast Asia, and the highest-ranked global university in Sarawak,” he said.

Tengku Zarina, meanwhile, said forming a collaborative partnership with an esteemed higher education institution like Curtin Malaysia was pivotal in fulfilling the mandate entrusted to SIDC. She said the MoU served as a vehicle to advance SIDC’s agenda for supporting the development of highly-skilled and knowledgeable young talents for the capital markets ecosystem.   

Remarking at the close of the signing ceremony, Prof. Zins said that finance remains the most popular major for students at the Faculty of Business, and supporting the curricula and teaching units and providing market insights with current practice materials by experts in the field is essential for effective programme delivery. He thanked SIDC for its support in these endeavours to ensure graduates are competent and industry-ready when they graduate.

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