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25 April 2008, Kuala Lumpur – 42 students from Universiti Technology MARA graduated from the International Trade Programme of the Standard Chartered Global Shared Services Centre in Kuala Lumpur (GSSC KL) today.

The students from UiTM’s Faculty of Business Management were conferred Certificates from the International Trade Programme. “32 of the students have been offered employment by GSSC KL, and have been absorbed into the company’s Wholesale Banking Operations Division, which serves the Standard Chartered Group’s operations in up to 15 countries,“ explained Azizan Ahmad, Head of Wholesale Banking Operations, Standard Chartered.

Present at the ceremony held at Technology Park Malaysia was UiTM’s Assistant Vice Chancellor (International), Associate Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah who said, “We have a lot of graduates with high academic qualifications but very little ‘real world’ experience for the job market. The School of Trade’s excellent programme integrates lectures and real-time practical training. Furthermore, being immersed in the world-class banking standards and operations provided by Standard Chartered, our students will have the potential to become world-class bankers. ”

 “GSSC KL has exciting growth plans : we plan to double our staff strength from 2170 to 4000 by the year 2010, “said Arif Siddiqui, CIO, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and Head, GSSC KL. “Malaysian jobseekers who are interested to be trained or have promising careers with a reputable international bank can approach us for opportunities in Wholesale Banking and Consumer Banking Operations, Software Development and I.T. Services. GSSC KL’s International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) is the largest software centre in Malaysia.”

GSSC KL’s School of Trade is an internship program designed with the mission to provide “Career-Focused Quality Education”. The program enables students in the Business Management Faculty to undergo practical attachment. It is an opportunity for students to integrate formal classroom education with on-the-job experience of international trade.  The School of Trade also welcomes students from other colleges and universities : those interested can email enquiries and applications to Fazleen Azita at

Last Updated (Friday, 25 April 2008)