Category: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

ISPC 2019 provides an opportunity to create innovative leaders with new talents in the field of social sciences and humanities.

ISPC 2019 organized by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) aimed to provide opportunities to create innovative leaders with new talents in the social sciences and humanities field.

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UTM Won Second Place in Modern Language Olympiad Competition

Josiah Jeevanraj Joseph from the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) won second place for English Speech category in the first Modern Language Olympiad 2019, organised by Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. The competition, with the theme “Celebrating Youth, Language & Culture” was held from October 29 to November 2, 2019.

There were 5 fields of competition, which were Speech, Idea Pitching, Strategic Storytelling, Versatile Presenting, and Radio Drama. The competition was conducted under three languages- Malay, English, and Arabic language and it was open for students of all levels. Among the objectives of the programme were to uncover the personal aptitude and showcase the students’ skills in presentation while enhancing critical thinking skills.

Besides Josiah, another three students, Ibrahim Mohamed and Mohammed Nasser Mokhadri from the School of Computing as well as Nizar Haider from the School of Mechanical reached up to the semi-finals outperforming other contestants in the English Speech category. All four UTM students received full support from Assoc. Prof. Dr Hanita Bte Hassan, Chair of Language Academy and their participation in Modern Language Olympiad (MLO) was fully sponsored by Language Academy, Faculty of Science Social and Humanity (FSSH).

Competitions were stiff with 167 contestants from different universities across the nation, including a few from Indonesia, competing in various categories. For English Speech category alone, there were 50 competitors who were articulate and well trained. UTM speakers managed to be on the top 15 list out of 50 contestants as they entered the semi-final. Failing to grab the top place did not discourage the UTM contestants to compete in future events. In fact, the students reported that they have learnt a lot from the opportunities and experiences throughout the journey of the competition. The students were determined to practice further for similar competitions in the future.

The students credited the Language Academy lecturers who had given them advice and tips, especially Dr. Nina Diana Nawi, Dr. Farhana Abu Bakar, Dr. Aminabibi Saidalvi, Dr. Abdullah Nawi, Dr Farhana Diana Deris, Mr. Ghazali Bunari and Ms. Nur ‘Ain Mohd Shahroom. They also expressed gratitude to UTM Aces Toastmasters Club because the club had provided them an avenue to practice public speaking skills.

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International Seminar on Research (I-SEE 2019) & Academic Visit from STIE Pembangunan TanjungPinang to School of Human Resource Development and Psychology

School of Human Resource Development and Psychology (SHARPS) in collaboration with Sekolah Ilmu Ekonomi (STIE) Pembangunan TanjungPinang has conducted International Seminar on Research (I-SEE 2019) for two days on 20th and 21st October 2019. The 2-day seminar and academic visit from STIE TanjungPinang did not only expose the students with the knowledge on research and teaching, but it also provided an opportunity for potential collaboration in terms of research, publication and community service learning in the future.

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3rd International Conference of Educational Studies (ICES) 2019

This conference was the third biennial conference of ICES. The first conference was in 2015. Since it was first organised, there were more than 100 participants from local and international. The participants encompassed of students and academic staff from various institutions. For the second ICES, there were more than 20 teachers involved as presenters and participants. For the third ICES, there were more than 120 presenters and participants whom majority are local academicians and PG students from various universities.

The paper presented were under various themes ranging from educational policies and issues to ethnicity, culture and psycholinguistics. 

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UTM Experts Collaborate with Malaysian Examination Council on New CEFR-Aligned MUET

Johor Bahru, 22 Oct 2019 – The Assistant Dean (External & Global Engagement) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr Abdullah Mohd Nawi, received a courtesy visit today from officers from the Malaysian Examination Council, to discuss the ongoing implementation of the new CERF-aligned Malaysian University English Test (MUET) throughout the country. Four experts from FSSH UTM were involved in the formulation and implementation of the new MUET examination:
Assoc. Prof. Dr Abdul Halim Abd Raof, Dr Abdullah Mohd Nawi, Assoc. Prof. Fatimah Puteh, and Dr Nor Liza Hj Ali.

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International Cultural Day 2019: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

This is history in the making; International Cultural Day 2019, the first of its kind had been successfully organised by FSSH and UTMi on 2 October 2019, at Dewan Tan Sri Ainuddin Wahid. Sri Lanka, the smallest contingent, had proudly participated along with 6 other countries namely Malaysia, Iraq, Japan, Sudan, Indonesia, and Nigeria and showed their esprit de corps with other fellow UTM international students. Jameela Hanoon shares her testimony here. May this programme see more participating countries in the coming years.

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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.

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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.

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