Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) in 2010 for collaborative research, academic expertise exchange, and student internships. The Faculty of Fisheries and Marine (FPK), UNAIR has invited Dr. Nurul Ulfah Karim from the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA), UMT to be a guest lecturer from 26th to 31st August 2018. Her arrival was warmly welcomed and cheered by FPK led by the Dean, Prof Dr. Mirni Lamid.
Dr. Ulfah is an expert in fisheries post-harvest. She shared her knowledge in two lectures entitled “Introduction to the fishery products industry” and “Toxicant in fish and shellfish”. Two practical classes were also conducted for the second year and third year students of Bachelor of Industrial Technology of Fisheries Product. In addition, she also delivered a talk to the FPK lecturers and graduate students on research proposal writing in pursuit of a doctorate or master degree, while promoting UMT’s postgraduate programmes.
Located on the northern coast of East Java province, Surabaya, also known as Suroboyo in Javanese, produces shrimp, sea cucumber, mackerel, tuna, and bamboo clams. The aquaculture industries also contribute to the fisheries economy mostly in the cultivation of milkfish and tilapia. Meanwhile, the fish processing industry is dominated by women. They produce smoked fish, salted fish, cracker and shrimp paste. Dr. Ulfah had the opportunity to learn from the Indonesian locals about fish smoking and their marketing strategies for local and international markets.
The visit was successful and fruitful. In return, PPSPA welcomed junior lecturer, Mr. Eka Saputra from UNAIR for research attachment in October 2018.