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Vol 8, July 2018



School of Informatics and Applied Mathematics (PPIMG) Summer School Programme is introduced to provide students an opportunity to integrate the knowledge of mathematics and information technology learned in the classroom with the culture and heritage in Malaysia especially in Terengganu. For this year, this programme will be held on 4th – 16th August 2018.

It is PPIMG’s aspiration to enhance the application of information technology together with 
mathematical concept as an approach for a better understanding of life and nature.  Combination of both theories can give a better view to the society that mathematics and computer are not just numbers and computer theory that are discussed inside a classroom, but the applications can also be seen in nature and daily life. Indirectly, this programme can give different perspective for students on how close computer technology and mathematics are integrated in their daily life.

The objective of this programme is to give exposure to the participants about the concept of video making using multimedia technology storyboard and augmented reality. Also, it is to understand the concept of mathematical modelling within the context of understanding the environment and connection with the knowledge obtained on local culture and heritage.

To ensure this programme achieves its objectives, PPIMG will be cooperating with Tourism Malaysia Terengganu to pay a visit to some heritage and cultural places in Terengganu like Noor Arfa Batik, traditional boat building, Masjid Kristal and Masjid Terapung. The aesthetical values, cultures, and heritage will be recorded using video technology or augmented reality.


School of Fundamental Science and International Centre UMT has organised a visit from a distinguished Professor Nigel Gooderham, professor of molecular toxicology and the Assistant Provost (Academic Promotions) from Imperial College London. His research interests include mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis and toxicity, the role of a microRNA (miRNA) in chemical carcinogenesis and toxicity and the genetic toxicity of food-derived chemicals and oligonucleotides.

His research contributions have recently been acknowledged through the award of the 2018 Bo Holmstedt Memorial Lecture, by EUROTOX, the European Societies of Toxicology. Professor Gooderham has also been actively involved in toxicology education at Imperial College London and externally, contributing primarily to postgraduate programmes. He has given a talk entitled miRNA and Chemical Carcinogenesis which was focusing on chemicals that are exposed to humans and assessed for potential health hazards including cancer.

School of Fundamental Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu organized an International Science Symposium (IFunSS) on 25th until 26th June 2018. This symposium was held for 2 days at Primula Beach Hotel Kuala Terengganu. The aim of this symposium is to emphasize the three important key areas of science which are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This conference focused on education and research (physics, biology, and chemistry especially in biomedical device product development, solar cells, and synthetic drugs) which was also attended by Assistant Provost of Imperial College of London, Professor Dr. Nigel Gooderham. The cooperation network between UMT and MIMOS Bhd has given a lot of benefits to these two parties especially in the field of physics.

Mr. Faqih Lukman Fuaad, a second-year Diploma in Fisheries student from School of Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences, UMT is currently having industrial training at Jabatan Taman Laut Putrajaya. He has been given a special project from the Director of Jabatan Taman Laut to produce his own comic entitled 'Coraltopia' which becomes an honour for him to spread awareness about corals.  The comic was officiated by Tuan Hj Ab. Rahim bin Gor Yaman, Chief Director of Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia at Aquaria, KLCC recently. May this news inspire more students to be more creative.

Facing the massive changes in economy, universities must prepare students with the skills of tomorrow before they enter the workplace. For this reason, UMT has always placed great emphasis on industrial connection where close links with industry will ensure that the curriculum reflects the current professional practice and industrial requirements. This semester has witnessed more activities in terms of industry engagement in teaching and learning with more than 200 industrial representatives were invited to the university. This measure will certainly help to produce future ready students, where apparently, the careers of the future require more than a conventional degree to compete in the global economy.

Today marks another milestone for the university-industry collaboration at UMT. The Etiqa Insurance Takaful’s maiden visit to UMT has ended in a proposed programme tentatively called “Takaful Financial Planner Certificate”, which is expected to give benefits in terms of contribution to UMT’s student’s future readiness for job markets. This event was hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the university’s Treasurer’s Office and School of Maritime Business and Management.

The programme is to educate and train students to become marketing professionals who are industry-ready 
and recognised. Insurance, financial and wealth planning materials and certifications will be embedded in the selected curriculum, and graduates will be able to commence business with leading industry associations in insurance, wealth management, and financial planning.

The career-focused programme would equip our students with the necessary skills that can help them to start their own business and be able to stand out among other job seekers.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu has joined ASFA partnership under the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nation since June 26, 2017 as the National ASFA Partner, and UMT is the single representative representing Malaysia based on the unique factor of research related to fisheries, aquatic and marine sciences. The participation of UMT as the National ASFA Partner has benefited UMT staffs and researchers in terms of free access to ASFA Proquest database containing nearly 1.7 million abstract bibliographic records that began in 1971 to 2018 coverage. In order to facilitate the enhancement of ASFA-related digital content, Sultanah Nur Zahirah Library, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu has been given the responsibility of collecting, inputting and indexing related materials such as journal articles and UMT monographs using the Aquatic Sciences Information System Software (ASFIS). Currently, there are (4) four UN Co-Sponsoring ASFA Partners, (10) ten International ASFA Partners, forty-seven (47) National ASFA Partners and forty-five (45) Collaborating ASFA Partners with the involvement of sixty-one (61) countries. The partnership also gives PSNZ, UMT an opportunity to disseminate UMT marine and fishery researches that can benefit sixty-one (61) countries and increase visibility of UMT researches at the global stage. UMT was represented by two advisory board members, Tuan Haji Abu Hassan bin Ghazali, Chief Librarian and Mohd Shahrulnizam Zuraimi, Senior Librarian who also acted as ASFA UMT Coordinator.
On 9th June 2018, Mohd Shahrulnizam Zuraimi, PSNZ UMT Senior Librarian cum Advisory Board Member/ASFA UMT Coordinator departed to Oostende, Belgium for ASFA Advisory Board Annual Meeting. A 5-day meeting started from 11th to 15th June 2018. He shared a few matters pertaining to progress and problems in executing ASFA task at UMT. PSNZ librarians presented a seven (7) page report that includes indexing works progress, training activity conducted and shared publicity strategies in encouraging database usage among ASFA partners. Editor in Chief, Maria Kalentsits praised PSNZ, UMT, for such comprehensive report. PSNZ librarians also suggested in the meeting about the importance of developing digital repository that focuses on endangered aquatic species. This effort has potential in ensuring sustainable information resources among the partners. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Ian Pettman, Chairman of the meeting, offered to the partners to volunteer being the host for the next meeting in 2019. PSNZ, UMT Librarian and Argentine Researchers volunteered to be the host and the board agreed to consider the location of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia as the venue of the meeting for 2019.

Pusat Islam Sultan Mahmud Universiti Malaysia Terengganu advocated UMT World #QuranHour on 7th June 2018 at Dewan Solat Utama, Pusat Islam Sultan Mahmud.  This programme is calling students to gather around and celebrate 2018 World Quran Hour that is subjected on “World of Compassion” theme. The major aim of this programme is to encourage Muslims from across the globe to recite, understand and practice verses from the holy Quran for an hour during that day. There was a slot entitled Tadabbur Surah Al-Hujurat : Panduan Pembentukan Ummat Berakhlaq Mulia, and conducted by  Ustaz Syaari Ab Rahman from Ibrah Paradigm Training & Consultancy. The slot emphasized the element of strengthening the relationship among human race. The presence of the students was also part of the success of this programme.
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University of Malaysia Terengganu, 21030,
Terengganu, Malaysia

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