In the opening address at the 2nd Exco Retreat at Alang Kenari Chalet, Yan, Kedah 26th-28th December 2016 with the theme ‘Charting ICIFE Blueprint 2017-2020’, Founding President Prof Dr. Khaliq Ahmad said “the best way to predict ICIFE future is to create it. Just like what the Exco did at the 1st Exco Langkawi Retreat 2014 that resulted with ‘ICIFE Blueprint 2015-2017’. It’s a fantastic quote and, if anything, is more relevant now than it was in 2015. It reminds all of our power to affect change, and the responsibility we’ve towards ICIFE future and the futures of members who come along after us.
So you won’t be surprised to hear at the ICIFE Yan Retreat, we’ve been urged to be more engaging with members, reaching out public and private universities both locally and internationally as well connecting with experts in the government and industry in order to understand what sort of future we should be championing for ICIFE. We’ve moved away from thinking about how ICIFE is organized – the relationship between administrative process and strategic sales & marketing functions.
Whatever view of the future you subscribe to, it was resolved at the Yan Retreat that ICIFE must be a trusted voice in the world of IF educators, one that understands the business but also provides expert advice on IF education that its leaders “needing to get a couple of seats at the table” on policy decision levels for accreditation, research grants and enrollment. That means how we interact with each other and respond to change, how we learn and are motivated; what we’re capable of now and what their potential could be if harnessed and developed in the right way. This unique expertise will support the adaptiveness that ICIFE requires. It will ensure the well-being and financial sustainability of ICIFE, long term-ism inclusive membership out-reach are balanced with short-term needs of all its stakeholders locally and internationally.
The motivating factor of this Yan Retreat was blending the involvement of Excos’ family members in ‘Solat Berjemaah & Tazkirah,’ outdoor activities like ‘morning walk & nature wonders; climbing Gunung Jerai & Songsong Islands hopping’.