23 July 2012- UMS Link Centre for Professional Development (UCPD) recently organised “ISFP Appreciation Night” to celebrate international students of Batch 19’ that has completed their studies at UCPD. The ceremony was attended by 47 students including the lectures and senior management of UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (ULink) a wholly-owned company of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). YBhg. Datuk K. Y. Mustafa, Group Chairman ULink as Guest of Honour attended and delivered his appreciation and motivational speech. The event was also attended by Prof. Dr. Vincent Pang, Director of International Affairs Office, UMS.

The Appreciation Night was held to celebrate the international students who have completed their 6 months International Student Foundation Programme (ISFP) to enable them to pursue their bachelor degree in UMS. The ISFP is a preparatory English proficiency course equivalent to international recognition standard which helps to improve language skills, cross-cultural understanding and interpersonal communication that enables them to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies in UMS. Upon achieving the required passing marks set for the ISFP examination, the successful students will then be awarded the Certificate of English Language Competency and Foundation Studies at the end of their studies.

ULink Group Chairman, YBhg. Datuk K. Y.  Mustafa said that UCPD which is owned by UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd. always strives to produce innovative, skilled and knowledgeable students, both locally and internationally. Since its establishment, UCPD has run various professional development training programmes which includes in-door training as well as outdoor training programmes customized for private sectors, government agencies and any interested individuals. Among the most popular training programmes are the Stress Management Workshop, Effective Negotiation Skills, Photography and Editing Workshop and Public Relation and Communication Workshop. Apart from that, UCPD is also offering The Chartered Islamic Finance Professional Programme (CIFP) a postgraduate professional qualification equivalent to a Masters Degree in collaboration with INCEIF a renowned international education centre for Islamic Finance, Certificate of Paralegal Studies a collaboration programme with Sabah Law Association (SLA) and accredited JPK programme Diploma in Corporate Executive.

During the ceremony several ISFP students have received certificates of appreciation for their accomplishments throughout their studies at the UCPD. Among the many accolades are the Good Progress Award, Hard Working and Diligent Student Award and Good Attendance and Conduct Award.