OUR STORY

MISSION

UKEC’s mission is to contribute towards nation building by championing our brand of student activism, the one that contributes in:

– Community Development

– Tackling Brain Drain

– Developing Employability

– Strengthening Unity

– Providing Platforms for Non-Partisan Intellectual Discourse

HISTORY

UKEC – an acronym for the United Kingdom and Eire (Ireland) Council of Malaysian Students is an umbrella body for Malaysian student societies across Britain and Ireland.

Officially founded in 1995, the council serves as a common platform of interaction for Malaysian students across the region, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. UKEC traces its humble origins as far back as the pre-war years when a group of hopeful students initiated an unofficial student movement in London.

This movement was instrumental in creating a socio-political network among the educated Malayans back then. Camaraderie created through this network pioneered the fight for independence and later helped establish Malaya’s post-Merdeka governments. The country’s first two premiers, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and Tun Abdul Razak were among the prominent members of the network. It has been widely said that the nation first two premiers started discussing the road to independence in the 1940s.

However, this united movement disintegrated from the 1960s, when more Malaysian students attended British universities outside London. Malaysian societies in these universities were then founded and hence the need for a centralized organization was muted. As time progressed and the Malaysian student population burgeoned, the need for a common platform for Malaysian students across the country resurfaced. To address this need, a group of pioneering undergraduates formed an organization which brought together the leaders of Malaysian student societies in universities nationwide.

This new council tapped on the new technology; most importantly the internet in connecting with the student population at large. The union of Malaysian students then spearheaded many beneficial activities with emphasis on raising awareness of national issues among the bright young minds. In 2006, the council unanimously voted to include Malaysian societies in the Republic of Ireland under its wings and embarked on a re-orientation program to make itself relevant to the changing demographics of the Malaysian student population. From then onwards, UKEC, a politically neutral student movement has grown beyond leaps and bounds into becoming a mature student movement with the assistance from the Malaysian Student Department (MSD) and financial aid from generous corporate sponsors as well as government agencies.

In the 2008/2009 Annual General Meeting, the Supreme Council mandated the National Executive Council to lead a re-branding and restructuring program to improve the student movement’s delivery and ensuring sustainability of the organization in the future. The council headquarters is currently located at Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater, London – a site hosted by the MSD.

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CIMB GROUP

CIMB Group is a leading ASEAN universal bank, one of the largest Asian investment banks and one of the world's largest Islamic banks. They are headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and offer consumer banking, commercial banking, wholesale banking, Islamic banking and asset management products and services.

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MAXIS

Maxis is the leading communications service provider in Malaysia, enabling individuals, families and businesses to do more in an Always On world. Maxis aims to provide an unmatched end-to-end internet experience to their customers - bringing together advanced always on connectivity and always great tech care.

GOLD SPONSOR

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ASTRO Malaysia Holdings Berhad

Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading content and consumer group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with a focus on the pillars of watch, listen, read and shop. With a customer base of 4.7 million residential customers or approximately 66% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers 183 TV channels, including 53 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro on the Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country's first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 29 TV and 20 radio channels. Astro Radio includes Malaysia's highest rated stations across key languages and is available on both terrestrial and digital channels, reaching approximately 12.8 million weekly listeners. Its digital arm is involved in digital publishing, applications and platforms as well as publication of entertainment and lifestyle magazines locally.

CAREER PARTNER

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GRADUAN®

For 20 years, GRADUAN® has been the number one and most trusted career resource for Malaysian talents, guiding them to become part of the energetic workforce in Malaysia. It is also the preferred partner for top Malaysian employers when it comes to talent recruitment, helping corporations find the cream of the crop.

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ICAEW Malaysia

The ICAEW Malaysia regional office is based in Kuala Lumpur. The region offers a wide range of activities to meet the needs and interests of their members. They play a key role in raising the profile of the Institute in the region through building relationships with key stakeholders and by ensuring that members’ views are promoted effectively on accountancy and business issues.

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