05:00:35 am on March 7, 2007 |
With the mission in producing more future Muslim journalist before they embark into the real working world, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) through the jointly effort of Department of Communication, Communication Student Association (COSA), Information Technology Division (ITD), lectures and students of Practicum 3998 has launched an official online newspaper, IIUM Update.
The website was officially launched by the Deputy Rector, Alumni and Students Affairs, Yang Berbahagia Ustaz Hamidon Abdul Hamid at the Main Auditorium, IIUM during The Art of International Public Relations Seminar organized by PR Practicum 3998, Institute of Public Relations Malaysia IIUM Chapter and Department of Communication on 22nd February 2007.
The launching ceremony witnessed by 320 participants from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Lim Kok Wing Institute, HELP University College, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UNIKL) and Centre for Foundation Studies which formerly known as IIUM Matriculation Centre.
In his keynote address, Ustaz Hamidon stressed the important of group synergy to gain more and producing better result for an organization.
Moreover, he stated that an effectiveness and efficiency of a system would not stand alone without a group of people who stand behind it.
Thus, with this kind of effort in organizing this kind of seminar and introducing new gateway of university information through IIUM Update,
Ustaz Hamidon believes this is one of the medium whereby the students could put their creativity, strategy and skill altogether.
IIUM Update was first initiated through the idea of the advisor of this project, Che Amran Baharum with an agenda to explore new digital way of teaching to the final year students who are specializing in journalism.
It serves the university to provide up-to-date news and information to the IIUM community especially issues of Muslim ummah.
It also serves as an official notice board for all departments and faculties to inform students on latest news and information regarding their respective fields.Moreover, IIUM Update plays its role as a platform for IIUM students to discuss and share ideas on current activities.
At the same time, the website helps to foster and strengthen closer Islamic brotherhood among students whilst enhancing critical and rational thinking.
Meanwhile, the Head of Communication Department, Dr Che Mahzan Ahmad in his speech stated that it is a task for the department in helping the graduates to prepare themselves with extensive knowledge and technologies which could inline together with the organization dynamic.
He mentioned, with an industrial exposure inside the campus at the early stage, the graduates might learn to apply the theories they learned and to test their ideas while exploring the real issues surround. It is a great responsibility to the university, especially to the department in preparing graduates whom work with heart and understand others heart, instead of creating robotic practitioner on the field.