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Vol 12, September 2018

UMT new academic sessions 2018/2019 has begun with 2451 new students registered on 3rd September 2018. They enrolled in 27 first degree programs offered by 8 schools. The students underwent 4 days orientation program, Minggu Jalinan Mesra (MJM) to familiarise them with UMT campus facilities, services, and lifestyle.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) has created history by achieving MS ISO 9001: 2015 certification from SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. The recognition was obtained after the completion of the ISO 9001: 2015 certification audit on the scope of Learning and Teaching Services for Diploma and Degree Programmes by the Auditors on 5-7 August 2018. UMT Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Mokhtar said this recognition is a symbol of the integrity of the university. She said, “UMT has managed to achieve the target as set out to obtain the certification. This success was achieved after successfully passing the certification audit by SIRIM QAS. The recognition is valid for three years beginning 2018. This success is meaningful and impacts UMT's name, and should be the pride of UMT's citizens”. She added that the scope of ISO certification will continue to be expanded to other aspects, and with this recognition, it will boost UMT's rating and branding at local and international levels.

  Golden Pharos Berhad is a subsidiary of Terengganu Incorporated Sdn. Bhd. On 31st May 2018, MBA students and MM ICZM students were fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to a talk given by the Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Ahmad Nadzarudin bin Abdul Razak. Other participants were Organizational Behavior students from Semester 4. This event was successfully organized by Semester 2 students, who enrolled in HumanThe HR Talk program is an annual event organized by MBA and MM ICZM students which have begun since 2014. Four series of HR talks have been well organized,
The topic discussed in this talk was “Digital Talent Acquisition Process for the Millenial”.  In this talk, students were introduced to the challenges of the timber company in recruiting talents, the implementation of current HR practices, their business strategy in facing IR4.0 revolution and also motivational and inspirational information related to the presenter’s own career.    

Resource Management subject. The seminar was held at the Seminar Room of PPPPM.involvingvariousindustrial speakers such as HR Manager from Petronas Ethylene Chemical Sdn. Bhd., CEO of Nusa Teknologi Sdn. Bhd., HR Manager of MRCB Berhad and CEO of Golden Pharos Berhad.

Students had the opportunity to learn the actual HR issues from various backgrounds including timber industry, construction, machine & technology and chemical for oil and gas. The actual inputs from the industries could bridge the gap in students’ understanding of the knowledge they gained from the classroom. Moreover, this platform provides students withmore holistic understanding about challenges in the real world, particularly in the Malaysian context. As a center of academic excellence, the university relies highly on strategic cooperation with the industry in the development of teaching and learning curriculum. This is to ensure the curriculum of the university program is in line with the need of the industry IR4.0.

The program has potentially contributed to enhancing the students' understanding and awareness of currentindustrial issues to be applied in their career and future workplace.

INDUSTRY NETWORKING UNDER PGN5108 PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION: iSHARP Shrimp Farming for better Socio-Economics of Setiu Community

On 14th May 2018, Master of Management (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) students had the pleasure to visit iSHARP shrimp farming in Setiu. This farm is a Fully Integrated Aquaculture Park developed by Blue Archipelago Berhad (BA) which has successfully upgraded the socio-economic status of the community in Setiu.

This is one of the good examples of how environmental concern for coastal community development can be improved. Our environment can be protected by integrating high technology and good practices to conserve the nature. It can be seen in the future that an organization that can balance up its profits and corporate social responsibility towards its stakeholders including community and environment, can be widely accepted and established for long-term effect.

Therefore, an academic programme such as Master of Management (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) should be the highlight of our future human capital development in shaping managers and community who concern more on the environment for better future. It is our hope that Malaysia will be more serious in saving the oceans and environment via good business practices.


Diploma in Fisheries is the only diploma-level academic program offered by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu under the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA) in 1978 under Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (currently known as Universiti Putra Malaysia). Diploma in Fisheries is the oldest program offered by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. To date, PPSPA has a total of 216 active diploma students (98 students in year 2 and 118 in year 1). As most of the courses offered in this program involve water activities, the schooltherefore began to introduce water safety in collaboration with the Sports and Recreation Center of UMT on July 7, 2018, to the new diploma students’ in semester 1 2018/2019. This program is the alternative to the Sea Survival and Appreciation of Inheritance program which is not offered to diploma students. Through the introduction of these water activities, students will be able to appreciate new learning experiences in the water. The objectives of this program are as follows:
  • To provide students with fresh experience in water safety while undergoing fieldwork in a watery area
  • To provide knowledge on water confidence
  • To help students improve self-confidence while undergoing fieldwork in a watery area
  • To strengthen student's soft skills such as communication and teamwork skills while undergoing fieldwork in a watery area
  • To provide awareness of the importance of water safety
Water Safety Program provides knowledge
on water safety before undergoing fieldwork under water. Students will gain self-confidence in the water. Overall, 100% of students are satisfied with the program activities carried out. At the same time, students’ soft skills can be built through communication and teamwork activities. Overall, this program enhances the students' practical knowledge and soft skills in preparing themselves for fieldwork under water. The program also adds value to the students by introducing the ways in dealing with anxiety while in the watery area. This program should be continued in the future for new diploma students in UMT who will be involved in watery area.

From the 2nd till 4th of May 2018, a delegation of 10 lecturers and 8 support staffs from the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), made a benchmarking and discussion visit to the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) Hatchery, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).  The objectives for this visit were to, deepen the relationship and collaboration between these two universities in aquaculture research, and to benchmark the hatchery and aquarium of BMRI, in order to enhance and improve the hatchery management of PPSPA as we prepare for the new production hatchery which is expected to be completed in 2019.  Our goal is to improve our hatchery management and operations to achieve UMT's goal of producing fish seedlings for income generation.

The itinerary involved visits to BMRI Hatchery (fish and shrimp sections), and UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum. The BMRI Hatchery functions primarily as a teaching and research facility for UMS aquaculture students. With an area of over 1 hectare, the hatchery is well equipped with many facilities such as the impressive 150-ton recirculating tanks which functions as the spawning tanks for expensive marine species such as groupers, Asian seabass,
napoleon fish. The UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum was also an eye-opener as it houses a wide variety of marine species and is open to the public. It has three main sections which are the Deep Dive Diorama, Aquarium Showcase, and the Marine Museum.

A joint research meeting with BMRI researchers was also held and yielded positive outcomes in terms of research collaboration, joint publishing, joint postgraduate supervision, and exchange of expertise in academic and support staff.  Among the collaborative research, targets to be undertaken is the application for renowned international grant, such as the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

The management and handling of hatcheries are unique in comparison with the management of other programs. We are now more equipped than ever with the unique strategies needed for successful management of our new production hatchery.
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University of Malaysia Terengganu, 21030,
Terengganu, Malaysia

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