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Vol 16, November 2018

The ASEAN International Mobility for Students Programme or in short, AIMS Programme is a Government to Government multilateral educational program for undergraduate students. In the 9th AIMS Review Meeting held at Tsukuba, Japan, 2015, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) was appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to be one of the hosts of this international mobility programme.  This government-supported student exchange program was started in 2010 by three initial countries which are Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, under the name of M-I-T Program. In 2013, this program was renamed ASEAN International Mobility for Students to facilitate additional members namely Vietnam, Philippines, Japan and Brunei Darussalam.
For the current semester, UMT received six undergraduate students whereby four are from Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), and two are from Chiang Mai University (Thailand). The Universitas Gadjah Mada students are attached to the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture (PPSPA), and the Chiang Mai University students are attached to the School of Ocean Engineering (PPKK). The duration of the AIMS programme at UMT is from September 2018 until January 2019. UMT is proud to contribute to the ASEAN community through the collaboration, integration, and development of qualified human resources. 

On 1st October 2018, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu welcomed delegates from Kagoshima University. The aim of this visit was to develop and strengthen the relationship between the two universities.
In conjunction with the visit, two representatives from the Kagoshima University delivered two lectures. The event was held at the Mahyuddin Auditorium and PPSTM Seminar Room and was attended by 200 UMT students, the delegates from the Kagoshima University, as well as representatives from the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA). The Vice-President for Social Distribution of Kagoshima University, Prof. Dr. Hiroto Maeda, gave a lecture entitled Navigating Troubled Waters Like Red Tide and Water Bloom: Advanced Pathway For A Sustainable Future Of Aquatic Environment. Meanwhile, Dr. Suguru Okunishi delivered a lecture on the prevention of harmful algal blooms by using the seaweed, 
ulva sp.
A meeting was also held to discuss possible collaborations between both universities. The outcome from this visit sees both UMT and Kagoshima University with plans for many collaborative activities in the future.


The School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University officially signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, UMT on last 24th June 2018. The collaboration activities were initiated upon attending AASPP seminar in SEAFDEC/MFRDMD in 2012, followed by LOI discussion in 2013. Hokkaido University is one of the ASEAN-FEN plus partner, and UMT is the founding member of the ASEAN-FEN. Back in March 2018, Prof. Dr. Matsuishi had given a public talk on fisheries management, and the introduction of the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences and the Graduate School of Global Food Resources. Prof. Dr. Matsuishi also paid a courtesy visit to UMT Vice Chancellor office and discussed further collaboration including the LOI framework. The main objectives of this LOI are to strengthen the relationship between the two universities, learn and understand each other’s culture and language, provide collaboration opportunities in academic and researches. Based on the framework, two undergraduate students from the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, and four master students from the Graduate School of Global Food Resources are now attending the PPSPA Summer School 2018 at the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Based on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), 21 delegates consisting of academic fellows, staff and students from UMT have been invited to the 2017 International Fisheries and Aquaculture Workshop. The workshop was held on 22 - 31 October 2017.  Following the success of this program, 12 participants from UMT were again invited to participate in the International Ocean Camp 2018 on 3 - 10 March 2018. Both programmes were sponsored by NTOU and Taiwan Ministry of Education. The programmes had given the participants precious knowledge on fisheries and aquaculture industry through exchanging of insights, lectures, and discussion. Participants were given the opportunity to visit the campus and surrounding areas as well as the available facilities for possible collaborative interests. Apart from that, the participants were also treated with informative tours to the NTOU History Museum, Yang Ming Ocean Culture, and Art Museum, National Museum of Marine Science and Technology and Gong Liao Aquatic Center, among others to learn and appreciate aquatic lives from different perspectives. As a result of this strong relationship, four PPSPA academicians had given lectures and hands-on training related to fisheries and aquaculture to 18 student delegates from NTOU in the NTOU International Aqua Science Program organized by the Institute of Tropical Aquaculture (AKUATROP). At the same time, six PPSPA undergraduate students went for their industrial training at NTOU in various fields of fisheries and aquaculture. It is hoped that this mutually beneficial relationship and activities will persist for the best interest of both universities.
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The Chancellery, 
University of Malaysia Terengganu, 21030,
Terengganu, Malaysia

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