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Empowering Communities through Corporate Social Responsibility
Prestariang has and will continue to introduce programs aimed at building better lives, especially in the area of enhancing education opportunities. We are particularly committed to helping underprivileged children. At Prestariang, we view Corporate Responsibility ("CR") as an integral part of our overall strategies to fundamentally strengthen our business while contributing to society at the same time.
As a Shariah-Compliant counter, Prestariang is honoured to ensure that 2.5% of our annual profits go towards charitable causes such as orphanages and other homes for the aged, infirmed, underserved and underprivileged. Prestariang total sponsorship and donation for year 2016 totalled was over RM1,160,000.00. We will continue to refine our CR approach in order so that our way of empowering communities will have a longer lifelong and sustainable impact whilst incorporating sustainable and environment and working towards Company aspirations.
School Adoption Program
With the support from our Board of Directors, Prestariang continues the initiatives of the School Adoption Program. Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Manggis in Banting, Selangor is privileged to be the beneficiary in tandem with our corporate vision and mission. The objective of this program is to build a sustainable foundation and develop future talents for the global market.
Through planned activities, we will establish the concept of a lifelong learning environment with the aim of developing talent through technology for students of this school. This will provide greater opportunities for the youth within the community. The school adoption program enables us to identify and address any inequalities and inadequacies at this rural school in order to ensure positive learning experiences.
On 5 May 2016, Prestariang inaugurated its first School Adoption program by donating 21 units of computers to the school. Located in Banting, Selangor, the school was established in 1903 with a student population of 438 and a teaching complement of 36.
The donated computers were installed with the latest Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 software. Along with the handover of computers, Prestariang also helped to enhance the network infrastructure of the existing computer lab for SK Sungai Manggis.
We also conducted the IC Citizen Training and Certification program for 39 teachers at this school. The program was held from 30 May to 2 June 2016, during which 34 teachers passed and received the certification.
Recently, Prestariang visited Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Manggis in April 2017 to see the how the students have benefited with our contribution.
Yayasan Universiti Malaysia
Prestariang supports the Yayasan Universiti Malaysia with the aim of providing students from the lower income group with opportunities to further their studies in Information Technology (IT) and related fields.
The Foundation identifies and supports deserving students to continue their studies in a broad range of IT subjects. Selected students will have the opportunity to undergo either pre-university, undergraduate or post-graduate studies, which will essentially pave the way for them to build careers in the industry. In 2017, Prestariang contributed RM700,000.00 to the Foundation.
The Foundation ensures sustainable and quality education to nurture the growth of high calibre IT professionals for the future.
Tabung Pendidikan 1 Bilion (TP1B)
Prestariang remains committed to donate RM200,000 to Tabung Pendidikan 1 Bilion (TP1B) for three (3) years starting from year 2015 until 2017. TP1B allows the public, corporate and private institutions and governments to help support human capital development by giving excelled students from poor families opportunities for higher education. This is an initiative of UiTM Alumni Association of Malaysia (PAUiTM) where over half a million members once studied in the UiTM institution.
Donations such as this also has injected new vigour and determination to continue to contribute to our nation's student for the sake of advancement in the field of education. This is in line with Prestariang aspiration for lifelong learning and talent development.
Big Data Competency Centres for Sustainable Learning
There is a growing demand by the Big Data industry as experts are needed to analyse huge chunks of data for fast, effective and efficient decision making. Malaysia is in need of about 16,000 analysts and data scientists by 2020.
With solid collaboration with Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Prestariang seized the opportunity, by building and equipping several universities with the latest and state-of-the-art facilities that will enable universities to provide students with an optimal learning experience, equipped with the right knowledge, tools and technology for the job market. We truly believe that students are able to gain more through experiential learning and solving real problems.
There are six (6) Big Data Competency Centres are located across Malaysia at 4 universities and at 1 polytechnic, which are:
Universiti Utara Malaysia in Sintok, Kedah,
Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang,
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in Kuala Terengganu,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in Kota Samarahan,
Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan in Pasir Gudang, Johor, and
Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam
Big Data Lab @UiTM is the recent and the 6th Big Data Competency Centre in Malaysia launched in May 2017, where it is another successful CR for Prestariang.
Autodesk Design Competition (AMDC)
Autodesk Design Competition (AMDC), a joint collaboration with Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), was first introduced in 2009. AMDC started as a way to encourage students' ability in design and 3D drawings using Autodesk software and tools. The design competition utilises the Autodesk software to inspire young talents towards an innovative and creative culture.
AMDC 2016 is in its 6th year competition, the initiative has grown to attract more students who are eager to showcase their creativity and innovation in hope of emerging as winners for their categories. Over the years, the competition categories have also expanded to include students from all disciplines for undergraduates as well as postgraduates from all higher education institutions in Malaysia, including Private Higher Education Institutions.
AMDC has become the prominent design competition that many students look forward to, where the shift of interest in digital technology and how it can shape or change our lives has definitely increased among young Malaysians.
For more info, please visit http://amdc.myaidea.com.my/
UNIMY Overseas Internship
UNIMY's Overseas Internship Award offers final year students more than just work experience; it also offers exposure to a multicultural environment that will challenge them to adapt personally and professionally. This is another Prestariang sponsorship through UNIMY that is in-line with our vision on developing talent with technology.
Students will be given the opportunity to travel to Japan, Europe, Australia or the United States of America where they will visit and intern with universities, industry leaders or both. UNIMY has allocated three internship batches; August, January and April, where the internship period is subjected to suitability.
Dr Abu Hasan Innovation Competition (DAIC) 2016
UNIMY's Overseas Internship Award offers final year students more than just work experience; it also offers exposure to a multicultural environment that will challenge them to adapt personally and professionally. This is another Prestariang sponsorship through UNIMY that is in-line with our vision on developing talent with technology. Students will be given the opportunity to travel to Japan, Europe, Australia or the United States of America where they will visit and intern with universities, industry leaders or both. UNIMY has allocated three internship batches; August, January and April, where the internship period is subjected to suitability.
The prizes of DAIC were presented to the winners by Dr Abu Hasan, President/ Group CEO of Prestariang Berhad on 8 March 2017 during the Launching Ceremony of Digital Hub at Besut Campus, UNISZA Terengganu officiated by the Minister of Higher Education, YB Dato' Seri Idris Bin Jusoh.
Dr Abu Hasan Innovation Competition (DAIC) 2016 in conjunction with the Launching Ceremony of Digital Hub at Besut Campus, UNISZA Terengganu