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Vol 42, December 2019

Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (AKAUTROP) welcomed 58 students from Universitas Bengkulu (UNIB), Sumatra Indonesia as part of their international mobility program.

The delegation which was comprised of five lecturers lead by Dr. Yar Johan, spent three days visiting UMT, Mengabang Telipot Campus, whereby their schedule was packed with research and academic activities. They also visited the Marine Fish Aquaculture Research Division, Fisheries Research Institute in Tanjong Demong, Besut and spent their leisure time around Kuala Terengganu City Centre appreciating local cultures and heritage.

During this first-time visit from UNIB to UMT, both parties have agreed to sign Letter of Intention to pave the way for long-term continuous annual student exchange programmes and other collaborations in aquaculture and fisheries research, post graduate studies, joint publication and, staff training and exchange programmes.

UNIB is set to be a new AKUATROP international potential partner in establishing UMT as an inbound student mobility programme destination. Several Indonesia universities including Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS) and National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), Taiwan and Shantou University, China have collaboration partnership with AKUATROP.

Source: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marina Hassan,; Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (AKAUTROP)
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 
With an average annual rainfall of 7000 mm per year, Malaysia is ranked among the countries that receive the highest annual rainfall in the world. The distribution of rainfall that forms the groundwater basin provides the basic needs of water sources for life. As a priceless natural treasure, the sustainability of water resources should be protected from pollution and to address the shortage of water resources in the future.

To address the importance of conserving water sources, ecosystems and raising awareness of water conservation, UMT researchers, Dr. Mohd Sofiyan Sulaiman, Dr. Wan Rafizah Wan Abdullah and Dr. Nazaitulshila Rasit were invited to participate in the expedition which was jointly organized by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and IHP Malaysia (The International Hydrological Program). The expedition was held on September 9-12, 2019 and was attended by 77 participants from researchers, teachers, media, government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The adventure begins at Lake Kenyir, which is located at the upstream of Terengganu River and is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia with an area of 260,000 hectares. Here, participants are explored the purity of the lake and visit the Bewah Cave, which has a history of fossil discovery and waterfalls proving that primitive humans have begun their life near the water source. Next destination, the existence of Sultan Mahmud Power Station in Lake Kenyir not only generates electricity but also plays a role in managing drainage and water supply to nearby water treatment plants. Then, participants were taken to Kenyir Elephant Village Conservation (KECV) and Terrapin Conservation Center to see the importance of water to animals. River hygiene can also be measured by the presence of certain animals as an indicator. On the last day, participants were taken to the downstream of the river, the mouth of the Terengganu River to see the water quality that was different and less clear than upstream due to the diversity of human activities.

The expedition has given a lot of exposure to the importance of conserving the country's water resources and all participants are considered as informational agents for communicating information and educating the public. Proper research is being conducted to ensure that the quality of the river is maintained at a clean level and is highly encouraged by the researchers involved.

Prepared by: Dr. Nazaitulshila Rasit,; Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics
A group of seven marine biology students from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) rescued a dolphin found stranded at Pantai Tanjung Gelam near Kuala Nerus yesterday.

One of the students, Mohd Nur Aiman Suhaimi, 23, said he received a phone call from the villagers about the stranded marine mammal at about 1.30 pm.

“At first it seemed unbelievable because as far as I know, there has never been any sighting of dolphin stranded off the coast of Terengganu before,” said Mohd Nur Aiman, a final year student in Marine Biology degree course at UMT.

“We did have stranded turtles before, many times, but never a dolphin. It was just unbelievable. Still, we went to the site to confirm it,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

It took him and six other students from UMT about five minutes to move the dolphin to deeper waters but the animal was too weak and unable to withstand the tide.

“I was made to understand that the dolphin was found stranded at the beach but two individuals managed to move it to shallow water before we arrived,” said Mohd Nur Aiman who was assisted by Akalili Zanudin, 21; Wan Amirul Syafiq Wan Nazari, 22; Syakirah Sukery, 21; Farah Syahirah Ishak, 21; Syafiqah Nabilah Mutalib, 21 and Nur Aini Othman, 21.

“It was worrying when the dolphin started to make some sounds and there was a small cut on its head. Fortunately the villagers were quick to contact us and it finally managed to swim back to the ocean,” he said.

The group waited almost 30 minutes to make sure the dolphin was completely out of danger and no longer stranded on the beach, he said.

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