Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SERDANG - the cradle of National Development?

For most, the UPM Alumni (PAUPM) pride would rekindle and strengthen their sense of belonging. Till this day the alumni are not just, Malaysia-based, from Perlis to Sabah or Kelantan to Sarawak, they traverse from as far as China to Iran and, Bosnia to Nigeria. UPM has come so far since its inception in the early 1930s, from a humble beginning as Sekolah Pertanian to its current mainstream presence as Universiti Putra. And from merely producing agricultural graduates it has produced thousands of engineers, food technologist, economists, MBAs, etc. It has even produced medical doctors. What is pleasantly `shocking' is that it has even churned out more than 400 aeronautical engineers. In short the former `sekolah pertanian' has availed teaching scopes that has touched the frontiers of science.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tan Sri Prof Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha (class of 76) the VC and management of UPM.

Tracing back its history, its growth certainly runs parallel to Malaysia’s industrialisation journey. Where were we before the era of electronics and automobile? If it weren’t for the systematic and methodical evolution and implementation of industrial crops such as rubber and oil palm, we would not have the `learning curve’ as a nation to move into the `heavy industry era. And this certainly has been attributed to the human capital inputs generated by UPM (since the sekolah pertanian days). UPM Alumni dominated giants such as Sime Darby, Felda, Tradewinds and the likes continue to dominate and contribute our national economy. Alumnus Tan Sri Rashdan Baba, Tan Sri Dato Dr Mohd Noor Ismail, the late Tan Sri Basir Ismail , and Dato Dr Aziz Abu Bakar (ARAB) are, to name a few of the technocrats, that have influenced corporate Malaysia.

As Alumni we are certainly full of pride for what UPM has done to the nation, and our lives. The SERDANG VILLE Blog is initiated as a platform for the PAUPM members to connect and interact. SERDANG - the cradle of National Development? Is offered as a starting provocation.

Anas Ahmad Nasarudin (class of 76)

What Next Agriculture?

The 6th Malaysia International Agro-Bio Business Conference 2010 is coming back to town! Please make yourselves available between 22nd till 23rd July 2010. Don't miss this opportunity to join the world class conference.

There are Knowledge sharing sessions by over 30 international food and agriculture experts and industry players from over 5 countries.

The event is jointly organised by MARDI, Marditech Sdn Bhd and Expomal International Sdn Bhd

For more information, please go to the official website.

See you there!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Your Inputs Please

We will be putting up 2 new pages in this blog, Alumni Stories and Alumni Businesses.

Alumni Stories will include news about and events involving alumni.

Alumni Businesses will feature businesses owned and operated by alumni.

So let's make this blog a vibrant one. If you have news about fellow alumni, alumni-related events or own and operate a business please contact us at If you can send photos, that's even better.

We are waiting, so what are you waiting for?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Greetings from PAUPM

Greetings from Persatuan Alumni UPM (PAUPM). This eBulletin is another channel the association is using to reach out to its members. At the same time we sincerely hope members would give their feedback and suggestions on the activities they wish the association to organise.

The PAUPM Secretariat is now operating from a bungalow, which it is sharing with the UPM Rugby Club, located close to the UPM Rugby Field.

With only 3 full time staff, the Secretariat seeks active participation from members to assist in identifying, organising and carrying out activities. We need volunteers from among the membership to assist us in the following activities:
  • Paintball,
  • Futsal,
  • Bowling,
  • Cycling,
  • Adventure.
Should you wish to help, please leave you contact details in the comments.

We do hope you use this blog to actively interact with us.