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Vol 5, June 2018

 
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ENGLISH-VAGANZA
UMT'S INFORMAL LEARNING FOR MEA2

The Ministry of Higher Education has launched the Malaysia English Assessment (MEA) on October 2017 as an effort to enhance the Ecosystem for English Language Learning and Assessment in Higher Education. The new Malaysia English Assessment (MEA) consists of formal and informal assessment, namely as MEA 1 and MEA 2 respectively, with the first component focusing on assessment in a formal manner and second component focusing on students using English in real-life situations. English-Vaganza was designed by English Language Learning Centre (ELC) of UMT and it focuses on informal learning of English (MEA2) and authentic activities. This programme will be an indicator to the effectiveness of the implementation of MEA2 at Malaysia's Higher Learning Institution (HLI) in order to give more opportunities to students to use English language outside classrooms.

The aim of English-Vaganza Programme is to incorporate fun yet meaningful learning through a medley of informal and outdoor activities. The programme comprehensively covers aspects 
in mastery of intermediate communication (CEFR Band B1) to help less-proficient students in fortifying their English. Four English-Vaganza programmes are organised in the span of 12 weeks, namely, Observe-Ponder-Write-Reflect (OPOWER), The Stage, #JobWanted and English on Demand (EOD).
 
HEALTHY OCEAN, HEALTHY BEINGS
USING ENGLISH TO PROMOTE OCEAN EDUCATION
 
World Oceans Week 2018
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) is currently organizing World Oceans Week (WOW) 2018, in conjunction with World Oceans Day on 8 June. ELC is involved in 3 high impact marine awareness programmes and activities starting from March until May 2018.

Choral Speaking Competition
The competition aims are to encourage and boost the use of English among students from 65 Fully Residential Schools in Malaysia. Choral Speaking helps to build confidence among students to memorize, speak, render and express themselves in English. A total of 9 schools have competed in the grand finale on 12 May 2018 at UMT. With the theme "Cleaning Our Ocean", students had shown their creativity with their performances during regional competitions which were judged by lecturers from ELC. Marine biodiversity issues, water pollution, extinction of marine endangered species, steps to overcome those problems; were the topics highlighted in their choral speaking performances.

 TED-style Talk Competition
The TED-Style Talk Competition is aimed at encouraging and enhancing the use of English among UMT students generally and at helping the students to build their confidence to speak  English to an audience specifically. The final round has been concurrently held with the Grand Finale of Choral Speaking Competition on 12th May 2018 at Dewan Sultan Mizan with a diverse group of audiences including high school students, lecturers, government officers and others. The theme for the final round is “Clean the Ocean”. Participants must be creative in interpreting this issue.

Creative Writing Competition
The ocean-themed creative writing competition offers UMT students a chance to explore their existing knowledge as well as the meaning of ocean in their lives. Students will explore different genres in writing while appreciating the South China Sea that neighboring the university.

 
MORE THAN JUST TALK 
ENGLISH FOR STEM EDUCATION

English Language Learning Centre (ELC) has always been actively involved in the University Social Responsibility (USR) programmes. ELC strongly supports the implementation of UMT STEM mentor-mentee programme which is an outreach programme aimed to instill awareness of the importance of STEM subjects namely science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among secondary school students in Terengganu. This two-pronged programme which also aims to develop the high school students’ interests in STEM has been conducted at more than ten secondary schools in Terengganu since 2017.  It is hoped that upon joining the programme the school students will be inspired or motivated to enroll in the STEM stream when they are in their upper secondary school level.
 
ELC active involvement in the programme started with the development of UMT STEM English module by six ELC academics. The module, developed using an integrated approach in the teaching of English and STEM-related topics, is designed to assist UMT undergraduates, acting as mentors, to conduct interesting, enjoyable and meaningful activities with school students in an attempt to foster the students’ interest in STEM and English language in line with the aspiration of the Malaysian government to produce highly skilled human resource who are proficient in English. The training given by the lecturers and the participation of the undergraduates in the programme will enable them to further enhance a myriad of their soft skills including their English communication skills, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
UMT WON SILVER IN THE BELT AND ROAD UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION FORUM, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION IN TONGREN UNIVERSITY, CHINA
 
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu won silver medal in Students' Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in conjunction with the "Belt and Road" University General Education Forum held in Tongren University, Guizhou, China on the 17th May 2018. The group of three students from the Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Maritime Technology) was the only representative from Malaysia. Nurul Najihah Tajuddin, Nurarjuna Athirah dan Tan Yong Seang are currently the final year students in UMT. The international competition was participated by 10 groups of students from various universities from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
 
Malaysia team presented the idea and business plan entitled “Improving the Security within One Belt One Road Region using Artificial Intelligence” and was supervised by Dr. Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob, a senior lecturer from UMT. The group was given praises and positive comments from the juries with regards to the importance of the use of artificial intelligence to improve the safety in Maritime Silk Road. The students brought back certificates of award, plaque and cash prize. University representative, Dr. Tan Min Pau has been awarded Best Instructor Award which translates to certificates and cash prize. For more info regarding the Maritime Artificial Intelligence Research Group, please contact Dr. Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob via email; ahmad.faisal@umt.edu.my.
 
 
INDUSTRIAL TALK BY PROF ADJUNCT DR ABDULLAH SHER KAWI JAAFAR: TOWARDS PRODUCING COMPETENT GRADUATES

Malaysian National Higher Education Plan 2015-2025, has created a transformational wave by involving the industry in empowering university graduates as well as altering the landscape of higher education in Malaysia. The university as a center of academic excellence relies highly on strategic cooperation with the industry in the development of teaching and learning curriculum, to ensure its relevance to the industry’s needs. Simultaneously, this will increase the graduates’ employability. Hence, it will drive to the community and nation well-being.

On the 8th of April, 2018, students undertaking Bachelor of Counselling from the School of Social and Economic Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) successfully organized an industrial talk which was aimed to expose students on the criteria of employees who meet the industrial needs as well as the roles of psychologists and counsellors in managing organizations. This industrial talk was held at the Sultan Mizan Hall for 3rd-year students.

The program increased students’ awareness and reduced the gap between university and industry in the context of a real human capital development and also became a platform for a reality check for our students on current industrial issues that need to be addressed with psychotherapy and counseling approaches.
INDUSTRY NETWORKING UNDER BDV3701 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE BETWEEN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

On March 2018, the School of Marine and Environmental Sciences with the collaboration of the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, UMT had the pleasure of hosting two invited speakers under the Wildlife Management course, which is a compulsory subject taken by final year students of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Conservation and Management). The speakers were Dr. Francis Cabana, an animal nutritionist from Singapore Zoo, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (12-13 March 2018) and Dr. Loh Ing Hoe, a practising lawyer and senior lecturer from Curtin University Malaysia (26 March 2018).

On March 12, a discussion on potential collaboration with Singapore Zoo was held and earlier, Dr. Cabana delivered a two-hour lecture on animal nutrition, which was attended by 105 undergraduates and 7 postgraduates. Meanwhile, on March 13, Dr. Cabana conducted a 3- hour hands-on- practical session on the correct methods to estimate and calculate the dietary needs of various animals in captivity.

This was followed by Dr. Loh’s two-hour lecture entitled ‘International Wildlife Conservation Laws & Malaysian Legislation’ on March 26. He explained how international laws on wildlife and conservation relates to and influences Malaysia’s own laws on wildlife. The session was attended by 105 undergraduates and 8 postgraduate students from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA).

According to the BDV3701 course coordinator and lecturer, Dr. Chong Ju Lian, the involvement of relevant 
industry into UMT’s teaching syllabus was very well-received by the students. According to Dr. Chong, students’ feedback was very positive with most agreeing that Dr. Cabana’s interesting delivery of the subject matter and with his shared anecdotes on his wide experiences captivated the students who had new found respect and interest on the essential role of animal nutrition in the welfare of wildlife in captivity, while Dr. Loh’s  energetic delivery of an otherwise dull subject matter, successfully ensure that students’ gain a better exposure and understanding of the international and local wildlife conservation laws and practices in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. 

Clearly, it can be concluded that having industry players as invited speakers successfully piqued students’ interest and allow students to gain more knowledge and exposure to the related industries with their field of study.
 
INBOUND MOBILITY PROGRAMMES CVASU-UMT
A SMART PLATFORM FOR SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCING GLOBAL CULTURE


On 7th January 2018, School of Food Science and Technology (PPSTM) received a total of 51 students from the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), to experience a one-month internship at PPSTM. They were accompanied by CVASU lecturer Madam Nazira Kazi Sharmin. Under this mobility programme, the students undertook a 2-credit hour course on Special Topic on Food Product Development.  The assessment involved written test and mini project on innovative food product development. CVASU students have successfully applied knowledge and skills learned to produce innovative food products across cultural boundary. Besides, Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur trips and cultural activities had undoubtedly opened up their mind in seeing how things were perceived and done differently in Malaysia and their own country due to different systems and culture.
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