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Vol 9, August 2018

 

UMT CHAMPS THE ENACTUS MALAYSIA NATIONAL COMPETITION 2018

Enactus is group of students, academics and business leaders that endeavor change through entrepreneurial actions which aim to create a more sustainable and empowered community. Enactus Malaysia National Competition (ENMC) is a showcase of how active Enactus members in 25 Malaysian universities are transforming lives and enabling progress by empowering entrepreneurs in their local communities. 33 projects from 128 027 volunteering hours were displayed during the preliminary round on the 17th to 18th of July of this year, and five teams were announced as the finalists. They were Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Islam Sains Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional Malaysia (UNITEN KSHAS) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

During EMNC finals held on the 21st of July, Enactus UMT showcased their most sustained project entitled ‘Pollen’. The team presented proudly and confidently, with a great technical exposition on how stingless bees can improve the quality and quantity of Melon Manis Terengganu. The committee of 12 judges reached an agreement of the winning team based on the quality of the project and the most commanding presentation and question and answer session.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu has crowned the champion and will represent Malaysia at Enactus World Cup 2018 in San Jose, California, USA. Enactus UMT will compete with 36 other countries where the quality and impact of their projects will be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.


 
SCIENTIFIC VISIT OF FINAL YEAR STUDENTS (BACHELOR OF ECONOMICS: NATURAL RESOURCE) 2018, SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA TERENGGANU

The “Scientific Visit 2018 - Bachelor of Economics Program” was held from 23rd April to 26th April 2018 and attended by 135 final year students. The program is managed by the students of Natural Resource Economics Club (NREC) and accompanied by two lecturers: Dr. Suhal Kusairi and Dr. Moe Shwe Sin, Department of Economic, School of Economic and Social Development. The program included four activities: 1) Departing from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) students' hostel; 2) Visit to Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) and Bank Negara Malaysia (Museum and Art gallery of BNM); 3) Visit to Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Putra Jaya Corporation; and 4) Visit to Petrosains, KLCC and depart to UMT. The purpose of this visit is 1) to obtain the information and experience related to public institutions in carrying out their organization and functions, 2) to expose students to career opportunities, current issues and strengthening of soft skills.

First-day visit destination is the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) Putrajaya and BNM – (Museum and Art Gallery) Kuala Lumpur. In DOSM, students were exposed to the roles, functions, and organization of DOSM, how DOSM provided data by using online systems and offline systems. One of the most important lessons from DOSM is how to determine the sampling and how 
data collection process is implemented. In Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) – (Museum and Art Gallery) students gained exposure in relation to the history of the BNM and Ringgit Malaysia, the organization and function of the BNM, and methods to determine the difference between original and artificial money.

Second-day visit destination is the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Putrajaya Corporation, both in Putrajaya. In EPU,  students were welcomed at the department and gained the knowledge shared by Principal Assistant Director, Environment, and Natural Resource Planning section. Students learned about the Main Functions of Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, and Guiding Parameters for Malaysia’s Development, Three-Tier Planning Horizon such as Long-term planning, medium-term planning, and short-term planning. Moreover, students gained knowledge about 11th Malaysian plan from 2011-2020 as National Transformation Policy. By visiting the EPU, Malaysia, students can achieve the awareness of how EPU is planning for the development of the nation in a variety of sectors. Based on this knowledge students could decide how to contribute to the development of the nation with their interest and expertise in the future and in their career goals. In Putrajaya Corporation, students found an information related to the planning and development of Putrajaya City, demographics and Putrajaya City in future. This kind of scientific visit is very important for students, especially final year students as it will expose them to the real working conditions before they dive into industrial training and engage in real-world work. It is hoped that students will gain benefits and make better initial preparation and increase their confidence level and effectiveness for entering the real world of workplace.

 

iFUNS2018

The 1st International Fundamentum Science Symposium 2018 (iFUNS2018), was the first ever scientific meeting hosted by the School of Fundamental Science, UMT and co-organized by Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). It was held on June 25-26, 2018 at Kuala Terengganu with the theme of “Exploring Possibilities Through Fundamental Sciences”. This symposium was divided into 3 main sub-themes which were Fundamental Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. The main scope of this symposium was to assemble global leading subject matter experts to share their views and research on fundamental studies of natural sciences.
 
 
The conference began with opening remarks by a representative of ASM, Prof. Ulung Datuk Dr. Looi Lai Meng and continued with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing ceremony between UMT and MIMOS. The conference was attended by delegates from all over Malaysia and overseas with prominent Keynote Speakers, Plenary, and Invited Speakers. It was an excellent opportunity to gather together, interact and exchange findings as well as views during the conference sessions.
 
The two-day conference ended on a high note where everyone was fuelled with a burning desire to succeed in their research endeavors. They all gained more fruitful and relevant research scopes as well as strengthen international links and enhanced networking among all the involved institutions.

CONNECTING PEOPLE AND PAPER THROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL
 
A knowledgeable, skilled and well-trained talents are critical to UMT's success. Improving competencies allows UMT to remain adaptable and competitive, ultimately contributing to increased the achievement of key performance indicators (KPI) and services. Innovation and Talent Development Centre (PPBI) was given a mandate to develop UMT’s talent and one of the methods is through training. UMT needs to design the Professional Development Programs for each functional groups of talents. It has to be more flexible, practice-oriented, competency-based learning, experience-based learning, skill-based learning and also embedding technology in order to increase our competency and quality of work.
 
Functional Training Module Development Program (FunTRainD) is a collaboration project between PPBI and Module Developer Team or Functional Scheme Steering Committee. The one-year project aims to produce more than 60 modules in various schemes in order to increase the talents quality as well as to act as a guideline for monitoring purposes. This will clarify with job processes and necessities for functional schemes.
 
On 28 June 2018, the engagement session with Vice Chancellor held in Ibnu Rushd Seminar Room was successfully attended by 65 module developers, UMT’s Registrar and PPBI’s Director. In her opening remarks, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dato’ Dr. Noraeni Hj. Mokhtar highlighted the importance of documenting the knowledge and skills and she stressed on the issue of happiness at work. This session was aimed to acknowledge the module developers and to ensure that they envisage UMT’s Strategic Plan in developing their modules. In her closing remarks, Prof Dato’ Dr. Noraeni Hj. Mokhtar conveyed her sincere gratitude to all staff who were voluntarily involved with this program.
 
This is the start of a long journey of hope. The program is a platform to train our officers to become the good trainers (Train the Trainer). The new modules are expected to be fully utilized for UMT’s workforce.  This is a stepping stone for UMT to set up the readiness of UMT’s succession planning for internal talents. They are actually agents of knowledge transfers. It is an important part of the successful planning process.

PROGRAM TRANSFORMASI MINDA (PTM@UMT)
 
Program Transformasi Minda (PTM) was previously known as the induction course. It is compulsory for all new government servants. The aim is to introduce to the technicalities of being a government servant and the rules and administration. This program is designed to provide the new UMT staffs to understand principles and philosophies of the country’s formation, government's administration as well as basic public service rules and the establishment of identity to meet the challenges and expectations of our stakeholders.

Innovation and Talent Development Centre (PPBI) organized this program from 28 June 2018 until 12 of July 2018. There were 55 academicians and non-academicians who participated in PTM 2018 at Ibnu Rushd’s Seminar Room, UMT. The program has highlighted various activities that emphasize the need for UMT staff to work in high-class level, independently, embrace integrity, inculcate teamwork, help each other no matter the position of the staff itself, and etc. The activities were a puzzle game, building a tower using wooden blocks, outdoor games and series of talks.

The framework of PTM for 2018 consisted of several segments such as (a) Team Building, (b) PTM compulsory curriculum according to Circulation No. 4/ 2012, (c) Generic Segment and (d) Specific Segment. There were 30  trainers, UMT’s top 5 managers, 12 facilitators cum assessors who were actively involved. At the end of the program, participants were hoped to be able to (i) apply the knowledge about theory, concept, method, rule and regulations as a government servant at UMT, (ii) adapt personality traits, self-esteem and noble values as government servant  and (iii) present a clear, effective and confident ideas via verbal and written communication.

ACTION LAB COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT: OUR UMT DNA BEGINS

A competency framework defines the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed for the people within an organization. Each individual role will have its own set of competencies needed to perform the job effectively. The aim of this program is to identify the types of competencies as UMT’s DNA and to develop a competency framework and model based on our own uniqueness as a boutique university. Therefore, on 1st July 2018 to 2nd July 2018, Innovation and Talent Development Centre (PPBI) has held an action lab on Competency Framework Development at Kompleks Kuliah Berpusat, UMT. The action lab was attended by UMT top management, administrative staff – middle managers and supporting staff. The program was conducted by facilitators from the Centre for Innovation and Productivity in Public Administration (PiPPA), Universiti Sains Malaysia that was led by Dr. Haji Musa bin Ali as the USM’s Registrar.
 
He was assisted by Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Yusoff Bin Hassan, Profesor Madya Dr. Siti Rohaida Binti Mohamed Zainal, Tuan Hj. Yusoff Bin Abdullah and Encik Mohammad Shafiq Abdul Aziz. The participants of the workshop were given a task by facilitators in every session to facilitate us to develop a competency framework that aligned with UMT’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Planning 2019 – 2023. The program was successfully conducted and the framework will include all required competencies that can be used to be embraced for the individual staff. PPBI would like to extend gratitude to all the participants for their high commitment and cooperation.
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