Lead the way and build a better, sustainable, and humane world for all – Rector

By Azimah Zainal

GOMBAK, 13 March 2022: Graduates have been urged to stick together as team players rather than stay alone as individuals in facing today’s world of VUCA which is described as volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

This call was made by IIUM Rector, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak in his speech at the 3rd Session of the 36th IIUM Convocation Ceremony this morning when highlighting the values which are required of post-graduates.

According to the Rector, in today’s world of VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), people who stick together as a team player will prevail as the values in VUCA lie in adaptability, independence, and courage.

In comparison, he said, “Individuals who stay alone and incapable to interact with the surrounding will be facing a lot more despair and depression.”

“Individuals who stay focus and continue diligently with problem solving mindset, and also the humility of facing life the way it is, will face the challenges and become victorious at the end of the day,” he added.

The Rector remarked that following the pandemic “a lot of people came to despair as they have lost their beloved ones, jobs, shelters, and worst of all, their sanity and mental health status”.

He noted that this journey should not only focus on the physical readiness and strength of an individual as “Allah SWT is more importantly testing our mental and spiritual strength at the same time”. 

Hence, graduates of 2020 were encouraged to use the knowledge to lead the way and change what needed to be changed to have a peaceful and fair world despite the challenges and difficulties.

“The graduands are destined to graduate, lead the way, lead the world, and be a key in a crucial part in innovating solutions and building a better, sustainable, and humane world for all to live in peace, just, and fairness,” the Rector emphasised.

“As long as you have education to understand people’s sufferings, to alleviate poverty, to make sure hunger is abolished, and to ensure justice is put in place,” he stressed.

As next year marks the 40th year of IIUM as an university, the Rector urged the graduates to follow the footstep of the university to bring enlightenment to humankind and to also take humankind out of darkness and corruption.***

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