WOU is forging a closer partnership with the Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS) for the benefit of its graduates and the organisation.
The partnership was cemented with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University and MACS by WOU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas and MACS President Tang Chan Ming at the main campus today. The witnesses were WOU Chief Operating Officer Yeong Sik Kheong and MACS Honorary Secretary Tey Ping Cheng.
On hand to witness the exchange of documents between the signatories were WOU Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and MACS Past President Tan Sri Tan Khoon Hai.
Earlier in her speech, Prof Zoraini highlighted that MACS provides credit exemptions for WOU’s business degree programmes in Corporate Administration and Accounting. This enables the graduates “to earn professional recognition from MACS and eventually become members of the company secretarial profession”.
She stated that the signing facilitates WOU and MACS to undertake various collaboration initiatives to increase the nation’s skilled human capital, particularly in company secretarial practices.
Among the initiatives are joint projects and workshops/conferences, sharing of expertise, exchange of ideas and facilities, industrial study visits of WOU students, internship placement at MACS members’ offices, and applications of MACS candidates into WOU programmes.
Tang believed the collaboration “will further enhance the company secretarial profession in this country and offer a route to a professional qualification in addition to an academic degree for the WOU students”.
“Under the MOU, we are looking forward for WOU to promote and assist its undergraduates to join MACS for a challenging career in the Company Secretary Profession. In return, MACS will work closely with the University to have more activities for the benefit of the students in the future,” he added.
He said WOU students can qualify as professional company secretaries through the accelerated arrangement with MACS in which credit exemptions are granted.
There was also a brief presentation on the role and benefits of a Company Secretary by MACS council member H’ng Swee Yeng. Also present at the event were other MACS council members and WOU senior management staff.