Category: Student/Alumni Achievement

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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Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying UTM won third place in Reinvigoration of Klang Islands Inter-varsity Conceptual Design Competition for Selangor Maritime Gateway (SMG)

Students from Landscape Architecture and Quantity Surveying programs, FABU UTM won third place with a trophy and individual certificate for Reinvigoration of Klang Islands Inter-varsity Conceptual Design Competition  award ceremony in conjunction with the launching of Selangor Maritime Gateway project by YAB Tuan Amirudin Shari, Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor that was held at Shah Alam.

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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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My Journey as an Amgen Scholar

I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, UTM. I have had the privilege to participate in the prestigious research internship program called the Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University in Japan, which was held from 10th June till 5th August 2019. Amgen is a multinational biopharmaceutical company which is based in California. The company provides opportunities for undergraduates from all over the world to conduct research at world-class institutions in the US, Europe, Asia and recently in Australia and Canada too through the Amgen Scholars Program. It is an international program funded by the Amgen Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by Harvard University. The program accepts applications for internship in “any disciplines related to the discovery, development, manufacture and delivery of human therapeutics, as well as the overall biomedical and biotechnology enterprise”.

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UTM Landscape Architecture Students Won Silver Award for Vertical Wall Garden Competition at Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019

UTM team from Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying won Silver Award for Vertical Wall Competition in the university garden category at the Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019. The competition took place at Taman Botani, Putrajaya. The vertical wall garden also known as green wall or living wall is a method of covering the wall structure with plants to create a vertical garden. Royal Floria Putrajaya is open to the public from 31st August until 8th September 2019 from 10 am to 10 pm.

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