The RM25 million Bangunan Azman Hashim in the University of Malaya (UM) was officially launched by the Chancellor, His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah on 23 September 2016.
Present at the ceremony was Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman of the AmBank Group, who made a personal contribution of RM25 million through the Yayasan Azman Hashim, a non- profit organisation, for the construction of the building.
Also in attendance were the three Pro-Chancellors of UM - Toh Puan Dato`Seri Hajah Dr Aishah Ong, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Siti Norma Yaakob and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Diraja Ramli Ngah Talib as well as Tan Sri Professor Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, Vice-Chancellor of UM, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Arshad Ayub, Chairman of UM Board of Directors,Board Members of Amcorp Properties Berhad and their senior management.
The Bangunan Azman Hashim was constructed next to the Faculty of Business and Accountancy and will serve the needs of the postgraduates students in the faculty. Construction of the building started in November 2013 and was completed in April 2016.
“I am deeply grateful and fortunate to be given the honour and privilege of being associated with this building and the University of Malaya. I am pleased to see Bangunan Azman Hashim completed and now ready to serve the 850 Business and Accountancy postgraduates who are pursuing their studies right here in the University of Malaya which is regarded as the premier university in the country,” said Tan Sri Azman Hashim.
“We also have the AmBank Financial Services Chair which will promote academic leadership in the field of Financial Services to impart knowledge and expertise through lectures, seminars and workshops for academics and students and also identify areas of research relating to Financial Services” he added.
The first Chairperson of the AmBank Financial Services Chair, Professor Jens Hagendorff, was also present at the event.
Meanwhile, Tan Sri Professor Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin said “On behalf of the UM community, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Tan Sri Azman Hashim for his generous contribution, not only for the building, but also his contribution for the establishment of the AmBank Financial Services Chair.”
“With this new building, it will help the Faculty of Business & Accountancy to develop and conduct postgraduate programmes and activities to cater to the increasing demand for its programmes ,” he added.
Tan Sri Azman established the Yayasan Azman Hashim primarily to focus on sustainable development and improving education, welfare as well as to alleviate human suffering.
By Rohaizan Ramli