Month: October 2019

Girl Guides UTM Successfully Heighten Awareness on Image Myth among Brownies

This program was carried out last week and focus on increasing awareness on image myth and beauty standard. Officiated by Chief Librarian, this program is a collaboration effort between Girl guide UTM, Library UTM, Girl Guide Association Malaysia District Johor Bahru and Pasir Gudang. 70 Brownies members join this program and 32 Girl Guide members were the facilitators.

“Meet The Biosciences Experts” at Sutera Good Earth Exhibition

The Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, UTM demonstrated a few series of workshops during the Sutera Good Earth Exhibition 2019 which was conducted at Sutera Mall in Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai from 13 until 29 September 2019; with the joint cooperation by the Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri (MBIP). The workshops conducted by the Bioscience Experts include:

1. “Artificial Tree Using Marine Microalgae” by Dr. Mohd Farizal Ahmad Kamaroddin
2. “Kitchen Waste for Greener Earth” by Dr Alina Wagiran
3. “Composting Pallet” by Dr. Huszalina Hussin
4. “Bacteria Application in Waste Composting” by Nurul Asshequeen Mohd Nazam

Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU) Cooperate With RISM Johor Branch Organised RISM Career Talk

RISM Career Talk is an annual event by RISM jointly organised with Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying for Geomatics & Land Surveying, Property Surveying and Quantity Surveying 1st year students of Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying. The talk was held on 15th October 2019 at Convention Hall, FABU.

GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Assembly (Autumn) 2019

GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Assembly (Autumn) 2019 was held last week from 23rd to 26th September 2019 at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Johor. This Hub Assembly was co-organized by Centre for Environmental Sustainability (IPASA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia and Newcastle University from United Kingdom. A total of 78 participants from United Kingdom, India, Ethiopia, Colombia and Malaysia had gathered at this annual Hub Assembly with the aim to finalise the Work Stream plans for the coming 12 months of the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub (the Hub), with outline plans to the mid-term of the programme, and impacts around the Work Stream activities. Furthermore, the purpose of this Hub Assembly is to gain an understanding of the specific water security context in Malaysia and how the Hub can work together to address these issues. At the same time, through this Hub Assembly, not only partnerships across the Hub can be refreshed and re-energised, formation of new connections particularly among the Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and other stakeholders are facilitated as well.

UTM Won Gold and Silver medals for Viral Vlog Competition at HE-ELCA 2019

Higher Education English Language Carnival (HE-ELCA) was first organised in 2017 at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). This year, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (Unisza) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) jointly hosted the carnival at Kuala Terengganu.

HE-ELCA 2019, which focused on student-centred learning activities, saw the participation of 500 students from 20 public universities in Malaysia. The main purpose of the event is to motivate university students with Band 1, 2 and 3 MUET levels to be confident with the usage of English language.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) sent fifteen first year students to participate in HE-ELCA 2019. They were accompanied by ten senior students who acted as their trainers as well as four English instructors from Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH). These students participated in various English language games and competitions such as Photojournalism, Viral Vlog and Western Dikir. For Western Dikir, (a rebranded name of the traditional performance – Dikir Barat) our team managed to enter the final round but unfortunately we did not win any medal. Meanwhile, for Viral VLOG competition, our teams successfully bagged both gold and silver medals.

The carnival received good feedback from all attendees. The participants enjoyed the fun learning sessions at HE-ELCA while the trainers, who are Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) students, picked up some helpful teaching tips for their future career. The commitments and achievements of the students at HE-ELCA have made UTM proud.

We are happy to announce that Language Academy, FSSH, UTM will be the host of HE-ELCA 2020. Let us welcome the delegates from other universities to our beautiful green campus and show them our southern hospitality.

Diversity Abroad Program in Melbourne Australia

By: Ameer Syafiq Bin Badlissah

A total of 4 students from Kolej Datin Seri Endon (KDSE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Collage Representative Council went to conduct Diversity Abroad Program. This program was held in Melbourne, Australia from 17th till 23rd September 2019. A visit to the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne and few Melbourne tourist attractions by KDSE students was done in order to see the advancement of facilities and technology provided for People with Disabilities (PWD) in Melbourne and Victoria, Australia.

The visit aimed to conduct research on how the government initiative to design its city to give easy access for their PWD to roam freely around its Central Business District (CBD) while doing business, just like a normal person would be. Besides, the high-tech facilities and public structure are built to grants PWD to walk independently throughout the city, doing activities and not being restricted. Not only that, a single mother who brings their sons with strollers and an old couple at their 80’s could also get benefit by using these facilities. The accessibility refers to the products and environments design for people with disabilities such as wheelchairs and entryway ramps. Meanwhile, in internet technology (IT) world, the hardware and software were designed by adding the hearing aids and braille signs. Nevertheless, the disability financial assistance program is also provided for basic needs such as shelter, rent, food and medications.

Throughout this program, the students’ representative has learned a lot towards PWD awareness on a different level. The Government should help to give disabled people the opportunity to live an ordinary life by providing easy access and high-tech facilities for PWD everywhere from public building to public transportation and even at their university building. Hence, the representatives would bring the good impact of disable people awareness facility in Malaysia especially in UTM itself. Therefore, the involvements of all Malaysians include social media, NGO’s and families to spread this awareness by changing our mentality and live in harmony together as one community.

Highlighting the psychological impact of smartphones on students at the 9th International Conference on Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIR 2019)

The organising committee approached Dr Narina to be one of the key speakers in this conference based on a publication of her research work with her PhD student. Even though the conference was highly technical conference which related to the field of pure science and engineering, yet Dr Narina was given a chance to share her research findings about relationship between stress, emotional regulation strategies and problematic smartphones among the Malaysian university students, as well as the mediating effect of smartphone use motive on these variables. Even though this is still an on-going research, Dr Narina was able to share some parts of the research findings with the audience. Dr Narina was the only none pure science key speaker in this conference.