Taylor's University acknowledged as Best Collaborator for Higher Learning Institution at the inaugural AKPK Collaborators Award 2017

On 11 October 2017, for the first time ever, Agensi Kaunseling & Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK) organised the AKPK Collaborators Award 2017 to recognise the contributions and dedications of various organisations in the workplace and higher learning institutions with the aim to inspire everyone to play a role to contribute and increase the awareness of financial education, and to make informed financial decision. 

Four awards were presented, namely, Best Collaborator Award for the Workplace, Best Collaborator Award for Higher Learning Institutions, Special Jury Award and Best Trainer Award. The selection was made based on the effectiveness of the collaboration, the trainers’ active participation, continuous engagement and commitment with AKPK.

Dr Vinitha Guptan, Head of Business School, receiving the Gold Award from Puan Shahariah, Director of Consumer Market Conduct, Bank Negara Malaysia and Mr Azman Hashim, General Manager, Corporate Services Division, AKPK
Taylor’s University won the Gold Award for the Best Collaborators for Higher Learning Institutions category. Politeknik Port Dickson won the Silver award, while UKM won the Bronze award. This award is to recognise the best institution in its efforts in disseminating financial education to its students through the infusion of the Personal Financial Module in its syllabus as well as through organising activities and projects in relation to personal financial management that require the involvement of students while engaging the Malaysian public.

Taylor’s University through Taylor’s Business School (TBS) has worked closely with AKPK since 2014. Since then, numerous focus groups have been formed at Taylor’s University under the Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia’s (AIM) Sahabat Transformational Programme and the Social Enterprise Literacy For Youth (SELFY) project.

In 2017, TBS and AKPK have been jointly developing the Financial Literacy E-Platform for public housing in the B40 and M40 groups under the University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC) Grant from the Ministry of Higher Education. This project was made possible through two individuals, Dr Vinitha Guptan, Head of School, Taylor’s Business School, and Ms Kelly Tee, Taylor’s University Senior Lecturer, who played instrumental roles in successfully delivering AKPK’s financial module through students’ participations and engagements with the community.