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Vol 36, September 2019


UMT’s background and achievements qualify the university to help realize Tun Mahathir’s aspiration of turning Malaysia into a maritime nation as mentioned in the agenda Malaysia: a Maritime Nation. UMT’s role in the field of marine science at the national level is duly recognized, as evidenced by its Institute of Oceanography and Environment given the status of Higher Education Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the status of Industry Centre of Excellence for the Maritime cluster by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education. UMT’s involvement in maritime transport and logistics is also recognized by the professional body The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport following the establishment of Malaysia’s first Maritime Logistics and Transport Centre by UMT. UMT has also set up the Sailing Centre and is actively establishing UMT Teaching Port and the National Marine Repository Centre.
UMT’s experts (85% Ph.D. holders) have made many contributions at the international level through strategic collaborations and recognition by international bodies, such as the UNESCO International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, has appointed INOS as the Regional Training Centre for the Asia Pacific for the Ocean Teacher Global Academy Programme. Marine data management system at INOS was certified as being in compliance with the international standards when it became the sole recipient of the Associated Data Unit accreditation status. UMT will be entrusted to manage the National Oceanographic Data Management System (MyNODC) by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC).
UMT, as a public university first established in 1979 as UPM’s Centre of Fisheries and Marine Science, has played a huge role in the country’s higher education development. To date, UMT has expanded rapidly and has become a university focussing on marine science and aquatic resources. UMT has contributed towards the country’s development in marine education and the sustainability of marine resources by providing a skilled workforce in related fields.
 UMT is in a strategic position to support the development of the country’s maritime industry, the new seed for Malaysia’s economic growth which was termed Blue Economy by Tun Mahathir in his keynote speech during LIMA’19 National Maritime Conference on the 27th March of this year.
UMT has produced 30,180 graduates who are now employed all over the country and overseas, with a sizable few holding significant posts including Director General of Fisheries of Malaysia, policymakers at ministries, senior manager of port operation and supervision, successful agropreneurs, and curator at World Maritime Museum, Dubai.
UMT’s teaching and research facilities especially in the field of maritime are of international standard. It has four nature research stations situated on islands, by the lake, and near the coastal areas in Terengganu and the university has a ship simulation centre which is the first one of its kind in the East Coast of Malaysia. UMT is the only university that owns a research vessel (RV Discovery), mobile laboratory, and 17 servicing boats that have been successfully utilized in several research and oceanographic data collection expeditions, carried out in collaboration with overseas universities in the United Kingdom, the USA, Japan, Australia, Belgium, France, China, Thailand, and Indonesia.
UMT has become a point of reference for multinational companies dealing with marine and aquatic resources such as PETRONAS, Schlumberger, REPSOL, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Kuantan Port Consortium, Blue Archipelago Berhad, MHK Aquaculture, World Wide Fund Nature Malaysia, Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Malaysia, Sime Darby Sdn. Bhd, Exxon Mobil, and Shell.
UMT has also forged regional collaborations in fisheries and maritime with renowned international universities such as University of South Brittany (France), National Taiwan Ocean University (Taiwan), Incheon National University (Korea), Shantou University (China), University Bung Hatta (Indonesia), Heriot-Watt University (UK), Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (Korea), Busan Technology Park (Korea), SAMWOO Immersion (Korea), Australian Maritime College (Australia), Mokpo National Maritime University (Korea) and others.
UMT’s contribution in research has helped the country prepare policy outlines for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially SDG14 Life Below Water, for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In terms of publications, for 2019, UMT has produced 495 high-impact publications.
UMT is committed to helping the island and peripheral communities improve their quality of life through innovative social programs. It has organized various knowledge transfer programs, including fish and prawn breeding technology, fish and crab catching equipment design, creation of artificial reefs, advise on identifying the optimal fish location, and building of floating jetties for fishermen’s convenience. UMT’s contribution in the form of various knowledge transfer programs has benefitted more than 50,000 people, especially the Terengganu locals. In 2017, UMT received the strategic research fund from the Ministry of Education for the purpose of implementing the Translational Research projects. Fifteen projects were approved, with a total allocation of RM8.7 million.

UMT has succeeded in achieving the aim of improving the socio-economic standard and the welfare of the community by implementing high-impact translational projects including the Social Innovation Project-Stingless Bee Stevia Honey, Community Based Ecotourism (CBE) Development and Local B40 Community Empowerment, Improving Setiu Fishermen’s Quality of Life Based on Tourism Activities, Female and Setiu Flora Social Entrepreneurial Project, and Translational Programme of Culturing of Artemia for Kuala Nerus and Setiu communities in Terengganu.

UMT will continue to strive for excellence and the strategic plan for 2018-2022 serves to ensure that initiatives embarked are aligned to the goal of making UMT a world-class university in the field of marine sciences and aquatic resources.
UMT welcomed the first batch students under the UMT International Centre for Culture & Nature Immersion Summer Camp, held from 28th July until 3rd August 2019. The students were from Ocean University of China & Institute Technology Sepuluh Nopember. The Culture & Nature Immersion Summer Camp offers a practical approach that allows participants to be actively engaged throughout the programme while benefiting academically and culturally through their immersion in nature as well as rich local culture and Malaysian culture in general. This programme aims to provide students a balance between lectures and study trips to give them an understanding of the nature and local culture as well as local identity, while gaining memorable experiences throughout their time in Terengganu.

Source: International Centre
Dongguk Gyeongju University, South Korea is the latest university to collaborate with UMT. Their delegation visited the campus to discuss academic collaborations as well as to sign a memorandum of understanding between both universities.

During the academic collaboration meeting, both universities discussed the outbound and inbound student mobility, which includes the possibility of students who wish to pursue their education or undergo industrial training at either university.
After the meeting, the delegation then visited the International Students Office as well as residential colleges at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. After the visit, the parties involved in the memorandum deliberation departed for UMT’s Strategic Communications Centre in Putrajaya to sign the memorandum of understanding of the academic collaboration. The signing of the memorandum was completed between UMT’s Vice-Chancellor, Dato’ Professor Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar and the President of Dongguk University, Dr. Lee Daewon.

Source: International Centre

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