KUALA LUMPUR, JULY 26TH – Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) had emerged as the champion for the ENACTUS National Cup for the 2nd consecutive time today defeating 12 other higher education institutions in Malaysia.
The annual competition which highlights on entrepreneurship was held this year in Mont Kiara focuses on the economics, social and environmental effect to the society.
The UNITEN team from Sultan Ahmad Shah campus had presented a project called Tripolis, named after the rare species of bee in Malaysia (Trigona/ Lebah Kelulut) in which started since 2012 in Pulau Tioman.
“Since then, we had impacted 6 out of 8 villages in Tioman with a revenue generated at around RM340k within 6 months which were then given back to the villagers to increase the capacity of the production and for the operation,” said the project director, Muhammad Rashidi bin Rahamat, 24, a final year student in Bachelor of Accounting UNITEN.
The project which cost RM102k had been supported by MOSTI through Nano Malaysia Sdn Bhd whom had offered RM94k worth of grant to the team.
“Other than MOSTI we were also being supported by MARDI and Trigona Goal Sdn Bhd in terms of modules preparation and trainings to the villagers from various kampungs in Pulau Tioman,” said Nurul Syahirah Quratu’ Aini, 24, a final year student in Bachelor of Accounting.
According to another member of the team, Muhammad bin Ibrahim, 24, the wining factor this year includes their expansion project in Pulau Kiulu, Sabah, and also the setup of a bee sanctuary in Kg Juara, Pulau Tioman which focuses on education and eco-tourism which could attract more tourists into the country.
“The projects which have also been funded by Yayasan Canselori UNITEN, Yayasan Tenaga Nasional and from the state of Pahang is currently on-going and we are planning to expand it to Sarawak, a few more places in Sabah and also in Kedah,” he added.
The team will be representing Malaysia for the Enactus World Cup in October in Toronto, Canada. This is the 2nd time the team had represented Malaysia in this competition, with last year in Johannesburg, South Africa.