A courtesy call comprising the Director of Endowment Unit, Dr Aruan Effendy Mohd Ghazali and Ts. Elmi Alif Azmi, Head of Administration, Data, Strategy and Quality to Yayasan Kebajikan Aras (Aras Welfare Foundation-AWF) at Menara KL Eco City in Kuala Lumpur on 19 February 2021 was an actual follow up to the MoU that had been signed earlier between UiTM and AWF. The two organisations had agreed on a joint effort in providing quality education to excellent and determined UiTM students to continue their studies and maintain outstanding academic performance.
During the visit, the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) delegation received an amount of RM125,000.00 from Aras Welfare Foundation’s (AWF) Financial Advisor, Dr Juliawati Janius. It was the first in a series of disbursement amounting to a total of RM5 million donation pledged to UiTM Endowment Fund.
In a concluding statement of the visit, Dr Aruan Effendy Mohd Ghazali reiterated, “We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Aras Charity Foundation for the donation. The money we receive will fortify the plans and initiatives developed by UiTM Endowment Fund towards enhancing the quality of education, students and graduates of tomorrow who will soon serve the nation”.
The collaboration between Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Aras Charity Foundation (AWF) was formalised on 28th December 2020 at UiTM Hotel Shah Alam. Representing UiTM was Emeritus Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Kassim, Vice-Chancellor of UiTM while Mr Afique Rahman Azizul Rahman, Director signed on behalf of Aras Charity Foundation with the Director of Endowment Unit and AWF Financial Advisor acting as witnesses.
The MoU’s intent was to strengthen the financial support through the AWF-UiTM Endowment Fund; specifically dedicated to education scholarship which covers tuition fee as well as cost of living allowance awarded to successful recipients pursuing bachelor’s degree programmes and identified as coming from low-income or poor families.
With this collaboration and support given by Aras Welfare Foundation, it is hoped that UiTM Endowment Fund will continue to uphold the national higher education aspirations through continuous engagements with the community as well as industry in its plans and initiatives.