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Vol 13, October 2018


The best time to visit Terengganu is during the hot and dry season between the months of April and September every year. During this season, visitors to Terengganu and UMT campus can savour the tranquil white sandy beach and clear calm water minus turbulent waves. Hence, My Dream Summer School 2018 designed by the Centre for Fundamental and Liberal Education (PPAL) UMT which began on 11th to 17th August 2018.

Twenty eager final year students majoring in Islamic Law and Islamic Studies from Princess of Naradhiwas University (PNU), South Thailand reached UMT campus in the late evening of 11th August 2018. PPAL welcomed its first inbound mobility students with a lot of fun language classes and exciting recreational activities in store. This educational cum cultural programme offered not only eight hours of English for professionals and Malay proficiency classes each but also a variety of cultural and outdoor experiences in a short span of six days. The students learned English and Malay languages in the Orange Interactive classroom equipped with glass writing panels and LCDs and tried their hands at gamelan at UMT Cultural Studio. There were also sessions on meeting the campus buddies, motivational lecture, and Quranic discussion to fill their evenings. The international participants enjoyed the complimentary tour that took them to various tourist destinations such as the Monument Park and Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu Central Market, Terengganu State Museum, Batu Buruk beach, and the last yet the best treat of all was cruising on RV Discovery, UMT vessel docked at Duyong marina.

My Dream Summer School is open to international undergraduates registered at their homeland universities. Its objectives are to provide intensive English for professionals and Malay proficiency classes to graduating students, to develop strong cross-cultural communication skills and to acquire global perspective before the students officially venture into the job market.
The International Food Science and Agrotechnology Conference 2018 (IFoSAC 2018) was hosted for the first time by the School of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) UMT from 7th-9th August 2018 at UMT. Under the theme ‘Empowering Food Sustainability’, the event brought together 60 national and international participants to explore a wide spectrum of topics and research related to food science and agro-technology exploration especially in green technologies and sustainable resources. The scientific programme featured a keynote lecture by Prof. Achmad Subagio, Head of Institute of Research and Community Engagement, University of Jember, Indonesia as well as two plenary sessions presented by renowned figures of their fields, Dr. Mohd Shukri Mat Ali, Principal Research Officer and Deputy Director of the Program on Conservation and Management of Genetic Resources, Gene bank and Seed Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and Asst. Prof. Santad Wichienchot, Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Nutraceutical and Functional Food (IGS-NFF), Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Thailand. A total of 48 papers were accepted for oral presentations and 17 papers for the poster session. Selected papers are expected to be published in a Scopus indexed journal, Malaysian Applied Biology Journal (MAB), while the rest will be published in the conference proceedings.


UMT is proud to say that it is the first university in Malaysia to offer a foundation program known as ASASI STEM in 2018. The foundation program is based on the concept of STEM education as STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics which are all aligned to produce skilled and knowledgeable graduates in meet of jobs demands in the future.

ASASI STEM opens up opportunities for students to uncover their talents and skills. Based on the activities organized such as the Mentor-Mentee Programme and Outreach students are encouraged to enhance their verbal skills and leadership as they are exposed to the community and real-life situations. Therefore, students are able to implement their knowledge and skills outsides the class. Science practical skills are applied as each student is able to be involved in lab work and fieldwork carried out. Thus, these hands-on activities will surely give students experience so that they are able to encounter challenges in the working life ahead. Consequently, the collective thought process will move students from being passive to having well-developed and holistic social skills.

Through the support and dedication from Dr. Laili Che Rose, as the director of ASASI STEM programme students are happy to say that they are able to showcase their talents and discover their inner passion during the learning process.

Good luck to all ASASI STEM students who will be sitting for their first-semester final exams starting from 30th September till 11th October 2018.


Starting June 1st until 30th July 2018, the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA) hosted two undergraduate students from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand for their international practical program. This is the second year PPSPA received inbound students from KMITL after the first attachment in 2017. This year, the international practical students, Miss Thitima Purimayata and Miss Montakarn Chatcharitmongkol, were supervised respectively by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marina Hassan on fish disease and Dr. Mok Wen Jye on seafood safety. They were very grateful for the knowledge and training provided by their respective supervisors, and also for the warm hospitality and assistance given by all the officers in charge and postgraduate students. During the 2 months, the students had the opportunity to gain massive socio-cultural experiences especially during the fasting month and Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Many thanks to the UMT buddies programme facilitators, Miss Noorhani Syahida binti Kasim, and Miss Nur Ilham Syahadah binti Mohd Yusoff who spent the entire time with them, and supported them in every way they could. Miss Thitima and Miss Montakarn also established linkages with students and staff from Kagoshima University, Japan and Prince of Songkla University, Thailand as PPSPA hosted several international programs during their practical training period. We wish them the best of luck and may the sweet memories in UMT remain for the many years to come!


Institute of Tropical Aquaculture (AKUATROP) organized an International Aqua-Science Programme on 5th to 18th August 2018. This programme was held at UMT and was attended by 19 mobility inbound students from the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). The aim of this programme was to expose the students from NTOU about Aquaculture as well rich culture of Terengganu. During the duration of this programme, the students attended several Aquaculture related classes such as Fish Breeding/Biology (Induced Spawning), Crustacean – Biology of Crab, Crustacean – Breeding and Larval Rearing of Mud Crab and Crustacean – Freshwater Giant Prawn Biology and Breeding. On 13th August 2018, a representative from National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), Professor Chen Young-Mao gave a talk entitled “Glucocorticoid/glucocorticoid receptor (GRs) pathway of grouper involved in modulating immune responses during NOD virus infection” in conjunction with the International Aqua-Science Programme @UMT.
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