JOHOR  BAHRU, 24 May 2015: Kudos to Quantity Surveying Students of the Quantity Surveying Department, who managed to win 2 best presenters awards at the 7th RICS-RISM International Conference for Undergraduates 2015 held on 22 and 23 May at Inti International University, Nilai Campus.

The conference is a series of annual event jointly organized by the Royal Institution of Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) which jointly host the event in collaboration with participating Universities on a rotation basis. This year, the conference was graciously hosted by Inti University at its Nilai Campus, Negeri Sembilan. The theme for this year’s conference is “Young Surveyors: Assets of National Growth”. The conference provides a platform for undergraduates from the various accredited surveying courses in Malaysia as well as the Asia Pacific Regional Universities to share and exchange ideas, promote understanding and networking, apart from giving the students the opportunity to present their undergraduate research.

The 7th RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate 2015 was opened to both national and international participating universities within the Asia Pacific Region. The participating universities comprised of  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Taylor’s University, Assumption University (Thailand), International Islamic University Malaysia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, ChongQing University (China) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China).

Two UTM students managed to outshine other candidates for the Best Presenter Award category. The winners for the Best Presenters were Zafira Nadia Maaz and Jiram anak Randy. Zafira presented her research entited “Accuracy of Pre-Tender Estimates – Where Are We?” while Jiram presented his paper entitled “Knowledge Retention Strategy : A Study on QS Firms Practice”.

The papers were judged by both academicians and prominent industry representatives that included Dato’ Mani Usilappan (RISM), Prof. Sr. Omar Munir (UTAR), Dr. Tan Chin Keng (IIUM), Assoc. Prof. Sr. Dr. Razali Adul Hamid (UTM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anuar Alias (UM), Azrina Md. Yaakob (Taylor’s University), Benny Lee, INTI International University and Faraziera Mohd Raslim (USM).

All in all, 38 papers were vetted and presented. The awards were presented by Sr Kwan Hock Hai, the Chair of RICS Malaysia Board. There were 3 categories of award at the competition namely the Best Presenters, Special Mention Paper and Best Paper. UTM will be the next host for the upcoming competition in 2016.

The plenary session of the conference was welcomed by Sr. Kwan Hock Hai the Chair of RICS Malaysia Board and the presenters includes YBhg. Datuk Sr. Chia Lui Meng (United Malayan Land Berhad), Sr. Syamilah Yacob (PWD), Dr. Teng Chee Hua (Cadastral Survey), Sr Firdaus Musa (Firdaus Associate Property Professionals Sdn. Bhd.).

Once again, UTM students of the Quantity Surveying and Construction Programme have managed to outshine other contenders’ from participating universities within the Asia Pacific region and repeated the previous year’s success to remain the best in the country and Asia Pacific region. Kudos to all!

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UTM students capturing their moment of victory at the prize giving ceremony held at Inti International University, Nilai Campus, Negeri Sembilan.

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