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Vol 46, February 2020

UMT delegates were invited and subsidised by ACCA Malaysia to attend the ACCA Regional Conference held on 14-15 January 2020, in Singapore. The theme of the conference, “Jobs Growth in an era of Automation” was very timely and relevant as educators to future accountants.

Discussions and presentations were delivered by industry key experts from Accenture, National Institute of Singapore, LinkedIn, Singapore Accountancy Commission and ACCA. There has been an awareness that digitalisation of system and automation gradually changes the workforce landscape. This new workforce will require new emerging roles, and redesigning of the existing roles. A number of skill sets such as complex reasoning, creativity, socio-emotional intelligence and sensory perception are seen as important skills across all roles.

UMT shared its’ experience from a university’s perspective through its SMP-ACCA INternary Program for its Cohort 1. The sharing session of UMT’s success by Dr Farizah Sulong demonstrated how UMT together with ACCA and ACCA Approved Employers, initiated a 1-year industrial placement programme to equip undergraduates with relevant skills and knowledge.
UMT shared its’ experience from a university’s perspective through its SMP-ACCA INternary Program for its Cohort 1. The sharing session of UMT’s success by Dr Farizah Sulong demonstrated how UMT together with ACCA and ACCA Approved Employers, initiated a 1-year industrial placement programme to equip undergraduates with relevant skills and knowledge.

Dr Farizah also highlighted positive feedback from the industry supervisors. Our industry partners for Cohort 1 were PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, Baker Tilly, CGC, S.L., Ng & Associates and Tricor. Students were observed to have greater experience, vision, knowledge, emotional intelligence, creative and digital savvy in comparison to a 3 or 6-month internship program. Dr Farizah recommended other universities to incorporate a 1-year industrial placement into their university curriculum as an initiative to increase graduate employability.

Dr Farizah’s presentation was then followed by an appreciation ceremony between ACCA Malaysia with its INternary university partners (UMT, UiTM, USM, UKM, MMU-Melaka and MMU-Cyberjaya), marking for more successful collaborations in future. The Dean of Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development (FPEPS), Prof. Dr Mohd Shaladdin Bin Muda, represented UMT in accepting the Certificate of Partnership from ACCA Malaysia.

Source: Tengku Farrah Maimunah Tengku Mohd Yusof  FACULTY OF BUSINESS, ECONOMICS & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Last Thursday, 30th January 2020 marked a historic day for Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Universitas Sriwijaya, Indonesia as they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a mutually beneficial working relationship between both two universities. The MoU was coordinated by the Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology & Informatics, and the signing ceremony involved 19 delegates from Universitas Sriwijaya along with the representatives from UMT. Both universities are no strangers in working together as they have worked on several programmes previously. The MoU will see further research and exchange programmes for both students and staff.

Staff and students of the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and Central Laboratory had conducted the first mini field expedition of 2020 on the last 17th to 23rd January 2020 to Air Terjun Soak site, Kenyir Lake. The expedition was part of the ongoing Bio-D Tropika effort on generating and monitoring data with the assistance of postgraduates and undergraduates of the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment on the biodiversity around the Kenyir Lake. The lake is one of the most important field sites not only in Terengganu but also in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, particularly because Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, is constructing a large field research centre on the shore of the lake, which will surely serve as an international research centre for tropical biodiversity research.

It took approximately one hour from Pengkalan Gawi to access the lake at Air Terjun Soak site by UMT Kenyir Discovery Mobile Lab. Upon the arrival, a base camp was set up at the Soak campsite for the operational purpose for the following seven days. It was surprising that the weather was very different from the weather on the coast even though it was an only one-hour driving distance between them. Even if the sun was shining over the coast, it was raining over the Kenyir Lake. Under such a challenging environment with constant rain, slippery ground, and biting insects, our students worked very hard. After setting the traps, they checked them every day for every 2 hours at 06:30, 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30, 20:30, and 22:30 partially to minimise the stress endured by the trapped animals.

Every time students came back from checking the traps, they brought excitements to the base camp with various species of birds and mammals which are essential in the biodiversity of Terengganu and crucial data for their projects.
It is hoped that some of those students will become the biologists and conservationists working on the biodiversity around the Kenyir Lake, Terengganu, and Malaysia in the future.

Sources: Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Nobuyuki Yamaguchi; and Prof. Dato` Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Bin Abdullah and postgraduate student Hasrulzaman Hassan Basrif, INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (BIO-D TROPIKA)


UMT Campus is located on the coastal lowland where riparian habitats have been incorporated into the campus without much modification. It is very pleasant to see the green mangrove forest and hear birds singing whilst you walk around the campus. However, probably one of the most striking things of the UMT campus, especially for outsiders, is that you can see smooth-coated otters and Asian water monitors, walking and swimming in the campus. This level of co-existence between humans and medium-sized diurnal wildlife within a busy campus is very rare.

The water level in the campus is influenced by the tides to a certain extent. However, it is influenced much more by the formation, erosion, and disappearance of a sandbank at the mouth of the main watercourse running between the campus and the sea. When it is formed, the water level in the campus becomes very high, whilst the water level remains low when it disappears. When the sandbank disappears, the water level in the campus drops very quickly and some fish may be trapped in small pools. Then, a feeding frenzy of otters, water monitors, and fish-eating birds can be observed (if one is lucky). One of the places where such a feeding frenzy may be observed is the main mangrove “estuary” in the campus which is the north part of the Sultan Mahmud Mosque.

As biologists, we consider that we are very lucky to observe otters, water monitors, and birds hunting fish in the campus. It should be considered as a case of sustainable co-existence between humans and wildlife, which undoubtedly contributes to raising a positive profile of the UMT as a green campus in Malaysia. The good environmental quality index (air quality) is also contributing to the excellent ambience of our coexistence.
Sources: Assoc. Prof. Dr Nobuyuki Yamaguchi; and Prof. Dato` Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Bin Abdullah INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (BIO-D TROPIKA)

During her visit to UMT in September, the High Commissioner of Canada in Malaysia, Julia G. Bentley, highlighted the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchange for Development (SEED). These scholarship offer opportunities for students from ASEAN member states to participate in short-term studies or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions, as part of their degree from their home university, in fields that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She expressed the hope that undergraduate and postgraduate students from University Malaysia Terengganu would apply for this scholarship program. The application deadline for 2020-2021 is early March 2020. More details can be found at this link

Starting in 2020 the SEED program will include a component for mid-career professionals, which is intended to allow individuals from the public or private sectors or academics to go to Canada for a short period for professional development. The application deadline for this is likely to be early February. Details are available on the same website.
Source: Bethany Tien, Trade Commissioner - High Commission of Canada in Malaysia 
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