Prestariang approaches its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives through championing education, enrichment and fighting poverty. Our focus moves beyond merely enhancing our reputation towards improving our ability to address strategic challenges in our society. The objectives of our strategic focus are to raise the employability of individuals through education, the quality of life and living standards.
COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITIES
Prestariang continues to build better lives, especially in enhancing education opportunities and lifelong learning. This is our steadfast contribution and definition towards quality sustainable education for the betterment of local communities, its children and society in its entirety.
Promoting a Learning Generation
As a Shariah-Compliant counter, Prestariang ensures that a part of our annual profits go towards charitable causes. We contribute a pre-determined amount to selected non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Nevertheless, we are also open to new causes that are in-line with our corporate citizenship commitments.
BPrestariang contributed and donated to various NGOs for the underprivileged and infirmed, as well as education institutions. We will continue to respond to the needs of the communities in which we operate, especially in the areas of lifelong learning and education.
School Adoption Program
We identified Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Manggis in Banting, Selangor for our School Adoption Program with the aim of supporting and encouraging the students as well as the teachers to develop their talents.
Through the Program, we were able to identify and address inequalities and inadequacies at this rural school in our efforts to ensure a positive learning environment. In 2016, we donated 21 computers, which were equipped with the latest Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 software and enhanced the network infrastructure for their computer lab. We also conducted IC Citizen Training and Certification for 39 teachers.
Big Data Competency Centres for Sustainable Learning
Malaysia requires an estimated 16,000 data analysts and data scientists by 2020. As a pioneer in education on emerging digital technologies, Prestariang has, to date, built and equipped six Big Data Competency Centres at five public universities and a polytechnic with the support of and in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). The institutions of higher learning 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.
Yayasan Universiti Malaysia
Our steadfast commitment is vested in supporting education to offer quality learning to our community. Over the years, Prestariang has generously supported Yayasan Universiti Malaysia through offering sponsorship packages to deserving Malaysian students from the lower income group to further their tertiary education in information & Communications Technology (ICT).
Autodesk Malaysia Design Competition (AMDC)
The Autodesk Design Competition (AMDC) is a joint collaboration with the MoHE, which was introduced by Prestariang in 2009. The competition is intended to develop students’ abilities in design and 3D drawings using Autodesk software and tools.
Over the years, the categories of the competition has expanded to include undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines as well as students from accredited private and Government higher education institutions in Malaysia.
UNIMY Overseas Internship
UNIMY’s Overseas Internship Award offers final year students exposure to a multicultural environment that will challenge them to adapt personally and professionally. Students are Over the years, the categories of the competition have expanded to include undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines as well as students from accredited private and Government higher education institutions in Malaysia.
Sponsored by Dr. Abu Hasan, Prestariang and supported by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), the Disrupt-IT Challenge was a unique digital-based research and design team challenge, which was aimed at connecting students from various disciplines to innovate disruptive tech solutions to improve lives. The competition was jointly organised by five universities - UNIMY, Multimedia University (MMU), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Taylor’s University and UniSZA, and set to become and annual event.
Building Knowledge Societies
A knowledge society generates and shares knowledge to all members of the society. Prestariang is committed to building knowledge societies in line with its business philosophy of ‘Transforming Lives’.
CEO @ Faculty Program 2.0: Coached By The Pros
MoHE has expanded the CEO@Faculty program with the implementation of the CEO@Faculty Program Version 2.0. Coached by the Pros (CFP 2.0). Two young university lectures have been selected to be coached and mentored by our President/GCEO for six months in order to learn the ropes, comprehend and gain exposure to our corporate culture.
Their internship started on 1 September 2017 and ended on 28 February 2018, which allowed them to gain first-hand experience at managing a high-profile company.
The CFP 2.0 is the MoHE’s approach towards redesigning education in Malaysia. While industry has always been present in academia, the CFP 2.0, which is more structured and purposeful augurs greater synergy between academia and industry for long term benefits
Trailblazing Events – Powered by UNIMY Students
Trailblazing the World through Digital Economy’ was a UNIMY initiative which was held on 4 May 2017 and 8 July 2017. The events featured top executives, which included Ramanathan Sathiamutty, Chief Transformation Officer of Celcom Axiata, Adam Brimo, CEO of OpenLearning. Pty Ltd, Australia and Dr. Abu Hasan.
The speakers held the students captivated with their experiences and advice on how rapidly evolving the technology industry is. They pointed out relevant concerns and how students should be mindful of the various factors when they step into the working sphere particularly in the areas of cyber security, big data and coding.
In the future, more Trailblazing events by UNIMY students that are supported by UNIMY and Prestariang will be held continuously.
Philanthropy for Early Education
Prestariang continously provides support to the less fortunate in the community where we serve. In 2017, approximately RM38,000.00 from the total raised was set aside to support early education. This initiative is in line with Dr. Abu Hasan’s philantrophic approach of empowering children through education.