From the desk of OUM President & Vice Chancellor, Prof Dato’ Dr Mansor Fadzil.

James Gamble was an Irish soap maker who emigrated to the United States in 1819 with his family. He opened up a soap shop in Cincinnati and married Elizabeth Norris. A candle maker in England, William Procter, also emigrated to Cincinnati. He started making and selling his own candles and eventually married Elizabeth’s sister, Olivia.

Their father-in-law, Alexander Norris, told them that they would fare better in business if they worked together. They took up the suggestion and in 1837, the Procter and Gamble Company was born. It was sheer coincidence that the two men married the sisters and things would have turned out very differently if they had not listened to their father-in-law.

Procter and Gamble managed to create a partnership that has achieved worldwide success. In Malaysia and elsewhere, the Procter and Gamble Company, better known as P&G, represents numerous household beginnings.

Their story proves true the old adage, “two heads are better than one”. In the realm of business, this is perhaps even more accurate. If individuals and organisations can foster positive work values, maximize strengths and scale down weaknesses, they can reap collective benefits and partnerships can prosper and thrive, just like P&G.

At OUM Education, partnerships are an integral part of how we do things. We believe in sharing our expertise as well as in learning from others. Thus, over the last 15 years we have made it an institutional mission to create connections locally as well as internationally, and we will continue to strive for more.

We look forward to building even better, more worthwhile partnerships in this new year.