University Ranking is Not Just a Number, But a Responsibility

It is beyond doubt that ranking serves as one of the performance indicators to measure university’s quality of excellence in teaching and learning, research, as well as international recognition. It is accepted as a yardstick to measure the performances and competitiveness of local universities, as an indicator for continuous improvement, and as a quality assurance since it enables universities to make their presence felt globally.

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UTM as Plenary Speaker on Sustaining International Partnerships in Japan JAGCE’s National Convention

UTM Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof Dato’ Ir Dr Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir presented as plenary speaker at the national convention of Japan Association for Global Competency Education (JAGCE) in Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Minato City, Tokyo. Representing UTM Vice Chancellor, Prof Mohammed Rafiq highlighted the key role of the international office in sustaining international partnerships, and several best practices including active participation in international events for higher education, a system to record and monitor partnership activities, and close communication and cooperation with members of faculties. At present, UTM has more than 300 active global partners and is actively involved in 26 international alliances. At the convention, several strategic collaborations with top global universities such as the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Low Carbon Transport Research with Imperial College London were also highlighted.

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UTM Strengthen Ties with Japan and South East Asia’s Industry-Academia-Government Consortium

As Advisory Members, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) attended the Global Technology Initiative (GTI) Consortium Symposium on 6 December 2019 at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan. GTI is an industry-academia-government collaboration comprising of 218 member institutions including industry, corporations and associations, learning institutions, and government organisations in Japan and South East Asia. The symposium featured special speeches from its member representatives, including Mr Alexandre Riesterer, Director and Executive Vice President of Bosch Corporation, Japan, and Dr Hiroshi Fujiwara, Chairman and President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Association Japan and BroadBand Tower, Inc, Japan.

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NITech Sakura’s Program 2019 – ASEAN Universities (UTM-UTHM-VNU-NUOL)

Four ASEAN universities including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Vietnam National University (VNU) and National University of Laos participated in the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) Sakura’s Program. Seminar on advanced nanotechnology material and its application to sustainability and disaster reduction were conducted and presented by NITech, UTM and UTHM professors and lecturers to teach and expose the students to the variety of knowledge related to advance material application. Three UTM students; Muhammad Syahmi Bin Azhari, Muhammad Zahin Bin Abd Muttalib and Muhamad Lokman Bin Sakip from School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering visited and experience experimental activities in the Nano Advance Material Research Centre at Ichikawa and Soga laboratories.

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UNAND Students exposed to learning, teaching and research environment at Faculty of Science UTM

The Faculty of Science (FS) welcomed four international visiting students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Andalas (UNAND), Padang, Sumatera from 30th October 2019 until 5th November 2019. The visit is one of the results due from an agreement (MoU) signed by UTM and UNAND last year on 23 July 2018. Under the MoU, activities related to teaching & learning, research collaborations and students exchange are encouraged between the two universities. The program scheduled for the visitors was organised and hosted by a special Task Force led by Dr. Zarina Mohd Khalid together with Dr. Hang See Pheng, Pn. Wan Rukaida Wan Abdullah and Mr. Mohd Najib Zakaria from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science.

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Scientific Talks and Demonstration by Staff and Student of Faculty of Science at the Petrosains Meet The Expert Program

During the Petrosains Science Festival PlaySmart Johor Bahru 2019, which was held on the 19th and 20th of October 2019, 3 academic staff and 1 PhD student from the Faculty of Science, UTM, gave scientific talks and demonstration during the ‘Meet the Expert Program’. The ‘Meet the Expert Program’ is a collaborative effort between Petrosains and Young Scientists Network – Academy Sciences of Malaysia, with the purpose of celebrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

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