JOHOR BAHRU, 3 June 2015 – UTM Faculty of Education  has organized an International Conference on Educational Studies (ICES) in June 2015 with the theme of ‘Education Research’.
The conference was attended by more than 300 participants from 14 countries around the world and lasted for two days, from 3 to 4 June 2015. It was held at Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Bahru, and was officiated by YB Hjh Normala bint Abdul Samad, MP for Pasir Gudang.

The conference aimed at expanding access and sustainability education in terms of geography and economic development, improving the quality and relevance of education and strengthening governance and accountability of educational services to improve the achievement of universal education.
The conference also acted as a platform for academics, educators, researchers and university students to discuss, exchange views and share experiences in research, teaching, and learning in higher education locally and globally.

According to Prof. Dr. Baharuddin bin Aris, Dean of the Faculty of Education,  ICES 2015  examines the impact of culture on education, applying the findings of research within and outside the country, as well as studying the myriad teaching and learning processes.
It is also in line with efforts to strengthen the quality of education in the face of globalization towards the development of human capital and integrity.
The opening ceremony also saw the launch of the Jurnal Pendidikan Nusantara, which is a joint collaboration between  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Muhammadiyah University Makassar (Unismuh).
The journal will not only provide an opportunity for researchers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam to submit writings and research, but could also promote enhanced interaction and collaboration among education practitioners in the region.
The journal will cover original work in the field of basic education, science education, mathematics education, educational technology, management and administration of education, life skills, sports science, coaching and counseling, technical education and engineering and other fields related to education.

The conference also saw UTM signing a Letter of Cooperation (LoC) between UTM and Jakarta Muhammadiyah University (UMJ) and  IKIP Semarang.
UTM was represented by Prof. Dr Baharuddin bin Aris, Dean of the Faculty of Education, while UMJ and IKIP were represented  by Dr. H. Saiful Bahari S.H, M.H and Dr. Bambang Triono, respectively.
Signing of the LoC will create more opportunities for cooperation such as the exchange of students and staff, cooperation in teaching, research and publication, organization of conferences and scientific programs, community service and so on.

Prof. Baharuddin Aris (sitting in the centre) signing the Letter of Corporation (LoC) with representatives from IKIP Semarang and UMJ.

Prof. Baharuddin Aris  (centre) signing the Letter of Corporation (LoC) with representatives from IKIP Semarang and UMJ.