KUALA LUMPUR: The business products developed by the University of Malaya (UM) Entrepreneurship Centre (UMEC), namely UMEC Foodbox, Express UMECBox and UMEC FoodTruck should be registered immediately so that they can be marketed locally and internationally.
Higher Education Ministry deputy secretary-general (Development), Datuk Nik Ali Mat Yunus said this food and beverage service and distribution business had the potential to be developed further, especially in public and private universities nationwide.
“This will simultaneously provide more job opportunities through the job creation concept, especially among students,” he told reporters after launching the business products at UM, here, today.
He said the move was also in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) in producing holistic graduates with an entrepreneurial mindset.
UMEC Foodbox is a modified container cafe and Express UMECBox a vending machine which serves cooked food, while the UMEC FoodTruck is a mobile food business.
UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaluddin said the three products were developed through the students’ own initiative.
“Adopting hands-on training approach, two students were appointed as managers of each business and they are responsible in running the business from employing workers among students to managing the accounts,” he said.
He added that the university was targeting to get a total of 100 students involved in the business activities this year to assist them in generating their own income.
Science, Ecology and Biodiversity student, Khairil Basyar Kamsani, 23, said he decided to participate in the UMEC FoodTruck business to gain as much entrepreneurial skills as possible.
“As a final-year student, I do not have much commitment except for my final project, so I thought why not earn some money?” said Khairil, who plans to continue with the food truck business after graduating.
Khairil who started off his ‘Pak Tam’ toast-and-coffee business at the UM campus today with five friends, said they were excited as well as nervous on embarking on a new and exciting journey.