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Vol 30, June 2019

 
If you are looking for the university that has many bubblemaker experts, UMT should be in your radar. UMT is one of the public universities in Malaysia that has many experienced SCUBA divers. The SCUBA divers in UMT are actively engaged with three diving activities as professional, recreational and scientific scuba diving. Four individuals who are involved in SCUBA diving activities in UMT are from different backgrounds.
 
Mr. Baharim Bin Mustapha is one of the all-timer professional divers at UMT. He has been involved in scuba diving activities for more than 20 years. Interestingly, he has also been professional diver for several top diving agencies in Malaysia including NAUI, PADI, SDI and RAID within that period of time. Relying on this long journey experience, he and his team are trying to establish a complete ISO-certified scuba diving manual for UMT.
 
Besides, Mr. Borhanudin Bin Mohd Yusof @ Mohamed is another professional diving figure in UMT, but he tends to get involved in recreational diving especially underwater photography. The photos that he takes has the esthetic values and are frequently used in the published materials of UMT. Mr. Borhan has been regularly invited as speaker to share tips in taking underwater photos. His obsession in underwater photography has led him to explore several world class diving spots.

Apart from Mr. Baharim and Mr. Borhanudin, Mrs. Rafidah Razali is one of the active lady divers in UMT who has a Dive Master license. She has been attending instructorship course under SDI and it is hoped that soon she will be the first female diving instructor at UMT. She is very good in managing the scuba diving activities in UMT Marine Nature Station at Bidong Island. She is also one of the key persons in the establishment of the Diving and Archeology Unit at the Central Laboratory.
 
Lastly, Associate Professor Dr. Zainuddin Bachok is a prominent scientist of UMT in coral reef studies in Malaysia. His research interest is related to ecology of coral reef, mangrove and soft-bottom habitat. The latest topic of his research is focusing on the coral reef ecosystem resilience by accessing their trophic level, community structure and regulation of organic sources in food web.
 
All UMT community hopes that scuba diving activities in UMT will develop from time to time and become one of the UMT strengths that can be highlighted internationally one day.
 
UMT congratulates Dr. Safwan Mohd Nor on being awarded the Best Paper Award at the 6th International Conference of Banking and Finance held in Chiang Mai University, Thailand (29th March to 1st April 2019), which was co-organized by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Chiang Mai University, with sponsorships from CIMB Bank, Stock Exchange of Thailand, SCB Asset Management and Elsevier (Holland). His research paper entitled “Multifractals and technical trading rules: a case of S&P/NZX 20 index constituents” showed how the amalgamation of econophysics with behavioral finance can generate significant returns and superior outcome to the passive benchmark strategy, even after considering appropriate risk measures.
 
A Registered Financial Planner (RFP), Dr. Safwan holds a Ph.D. in finance from Victoria University, Australia and Master of Financial Analysis from La Trobe University, Australia. His main research interests lie in the areas of investment strategies, market efficiency, portfolio diversification, and financial optimization.
 
Dr. Safwan is the RHB Islamic Endowed Scholar in Finance sponsored by RHB Islamic Bank Berhad, which is the first industry-funded endowed position at UMT. He brings together professional experiences as a licensed director, financial planner and stock market dealer of finance companies approved by Securities Commission Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia. Currently, he is a Board Member (Certification and CPD) of the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) and Research Associate at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Australia.
 
A Ph.D. thesis takes hours to be presented and understood. Filled with technical and scientific terms, delivering it to attract the listener can be a challenge. Can a student engage the audience? Can they stimulate the audience’s interest in their Ph.D. thesis? Can they explain the details of their research in just 3 minutes?

Introduced by the University of Queensland, the idea for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition was adopted through an event when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought that the residents were encouraged to time their showers, causing many people to fix a three-minute egg timer to the wall in their bathroom! Using this brilliant idea, the university was the first to organise a competition where the students have to effectively explain their research in 3 minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

With the aim to cultivate student’s academic, presentation and research communication skills, UMT’s Postgraduate Management Centre (PPS) has continued the practice by organising 3MT competition for 2019. The competition which took place on 30th April 2019 was officiated by the Director of PPS on behalf of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International). The competition this year witnessed 20 entries in 3 categories: Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Engineering. Also, this year, the international postgraduate students also participated in the competition. The passionate presentations by all contestants ended with victory for Mohd Ulul Ilme bin Ahmad Nazri (School of Fundamental Science- PPSA) with his thesis ‘Alzheimer’s: There Are Hopes’ bagging the first place and taking home a handsome prize of RM500. The second place was awarded to Norhana Binti Mat Nawai (School of Social and Economic Development - PPSE), and the third place was Aaqillah Amr Binti Mohd Amran (Institute of Tropical Aquaculture - AKUATROP). The three winners will be competing at the National Level 3MT competition which will be held at Sultan Idris Education University on 25th June 2019. Good luck to all three contestants!
 
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The Chancellery, 
University of Malaysia Terengganu, 21030,
Terengganu, Malaysia
 






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