KUALA LUMPUR: The appointment of e-commerce entrepreneur Vivy Yusof as a member of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) board of directors is a decision of the university’s board, said Education Minister Maszlee Malik.
He said UiTM’s decision was based on professional considerations by looking at the potential of Vivy as a successful entrepreneur while giving a boost to the morale of UiTM students.
“I was informed by the university’s management board that she has a huge influence on youths and is seen as an icon for them to emulate.
“The appointment is also seen as a potential for UiTM to develop entrepreneurship, apart from the opportunities Vivy will bring to UiTM,” he told Bernama here today.
He was commenting on the appointment of Vivy, which was disputed by several quarters.
UiTM Entrepreneurship Alumni representative Ahmad Muzakkir Hamid had described the appointment as rejecting the credibility of 800,000 alumni of the institution.
Meanwhile, UiTM vice-chancellor Professor Emeritus Mohd Azraai Kassim said the university is confident the appointment of Vivy, who is the creative chief officer at FashionValet as well as the founder of The dUCk Group, would inspire university students to explore new business opportunities.