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Vol 4, May 2018


From the blue ocean to the 7th tallest tower in the world, University Malaysia Terengganu and Swansea University continues to work hand in hand to strengthen their cooperation in various areas through periodical meetings, this time in the Kuala Lumpur Tower revolving restaurant, 282 metres from the sea level, on the 4th May 2018. In this prestigious dinner, the International Centre of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu hosted the eminent delegates from both Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Swansea University, notably both the Vice Chancellors; Professor Dato’ Dr. Noraieni Mokhtar and Professor Richard B Davies respectively.
The meeting dinner overseeing the neighbouring KLCC Twin Towers were focused on several synergies that overlapped both partnering universities especially in the field of renewable energy, application of marine resources, joint commonwealth programs (joint MSc/PhD), alternative aquaculture and natural/synthetic products. Both universities discussed the issues pertaining the students’ mobility and the way forward, and in-depth sharing of strategies to increase the quality of internationalization efforts in both academic and research. The meeting adjourned with strong cooperative commonalities to move forward together thus further enhance the relationship of both Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Swansea University.

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities violate both national and international fishing regulations. IUU fishing is a global problem that threatens ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. It also threatens our economic security and the natural resources that are critical to global food security, and it puts law-abiding fishermen and seafood producers in the country and abroad at a disadvantage. It was estimated that 500,000 tonnes ofillegal caught seafood products were entering the world seafood markets every year. An illicit activity valued more than 1.1 billion dollar that was not only damaging local communities and businesses, but also depleting our pristine marine resources. IUU fishing includes: fishing without a license or quota for certain species, failing to report catches or making false reports, keeping undersized fish or fish that are otherwise protected by regulations, fishing in closed areas or during closed seasons, and using prohibited fishing gear, and, conducting unauthorized transhipments (e.g., transfers of fish) to cargo vessels. This is why the adoption of the novel technology and management system based on big data manner is vital to trace and combating the IUU fishing activity.  
Independent monitoring of fishing vessel activities is critical to obtaining accurate data that, among other uses, can help detect IUU fishing activities. A common technique for collecting fishery-related data is through the deployment of observers on fishing vessels and (though less often) support and carrier vessels. Observer programs are an important tool to document all aspects of vessel operations, including recording area fished, gear used, species caught, amount and disposition of catch, and interactions with protected species. Fisheries scientists and managers use these data to support stock assessments and make management decisions. Observer data can also be used to detect infringements of conservation and management measures, to prosecute or take other action against violators, and to more efficiently and effectively deploy limited inspection resources. Enable digital fishing community based on IR4.0 direction (Trace, Trade, and Trigger).
Trace ability elements is a new layer of maritime data set for the sustainable fisheries management and technology that has been developed using local experts and been used to monitor registered fishing vessels.

When this idea based on
trace ability elements has been adapted, making the coordination among fisheries community, University, NGO, maritime agencies and end users more effective in combating the IUU activity. Thus, self-growing of the seafood trading been regulated accordingly. With the cooperation between industry (Teraju Tri-tech Sdn Bhd), NGO (Seapatriots Association, UMT Alumni Club) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), the vessel tracking system using mobile application and independent monitoring fishing vessel activity has been introduced during celebration of the World Ocean Week (WOW) on 11 Mei 2017. Thus, the IUU activities can be monitored and managed effectively and this initiative can reduce the activity of inherent nature of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, especially in Terengganu Coastal water.
Sources: Malaysian Maritime Logistics and Transport Centre (MALTRAC), Teraju Tri-tech Sdn. Bhd, UMT Alumni Association, Sea Patriots Club UMT and Laboratory Centre UMT.
School of Marine and Environmental Sciences (PPSMS), UMT was honoured to host and coordinate 22 students and 4 staff from Heriot Watt University (HWU), Scotland, UK for their Tropical Coral Reefs Monitoring and Management course (A1.1CR) from 18th April until 30th April 2018. This annual field course involves exposing the HWU students to coral reefs monitoring as well as management techniques. During the duration of this field course, the students were brought to UMT’s research stations; Pulau Bidong, Setiu Wetland and Chagar Hutang, Turtle Sanctuary. The students were introduced to different methods of coral reefs surveying and monitoring as well as exposed to sampling techniques. The students were able to appreciate the diversities of fishes, corals and other invertebrates which inhabit coral reefs in tropical region. 
In addition to this, PPSMS Dean, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Marinah Mohd Ariffin organized a Teaching and Research Collaboration meeting with the 4 staff from HWU; Prof. Emeritus Dr. James M Mair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. William G Sanderson, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joanne Porter and Dr. Mark G J Hartl with PPSMS academics. Involvement of experts from PPSMS and HWU in this field course resulted in exchange of knowledge and skills in marine research which could foster successful collaboration links between the two institutes.
We are looking forward
for next year’s field course and strongly believe that UMT’s reputation as a leading institute in Malaysia for marine studies will be endorsed by co-organising marine related courses and programs with internationally recognized institutes in similar field.
UMT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CULTURAL TRIP TO LANGKAWI ISLAND, KEDAH, MALAYSIA “Good times come and go, but memories will last forever”
The International Centre of UMT together with UMT International Student Club joined together for the first time to conduct a cultural trip to Langkawi on 25th to 28 April 2018.
The four-day trip started on the night of 25th April when the team headed to Kuala Perlis jetty Ferry Terminal. The journey at Pulau Langkawi kicked-off with a
four-hour  trip which included visiting the Bat Cave, a fish farm, mangrove sightseeing, Crocodile Cave,  Kilim Geoforest Park and getting to know the Andaman sea.  The students got to explore the uniqueness of the mangrove system and tours around to some truly unforgettable sights and experiences on this tour. They were also exposed to the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem, its flora and fauna and the natural inhabitants such as the over-hanging 'Bogak Trees', Brown Eagles, Tree Crabs, Monitor Lizards and Macaques. The students also enjoyed the scenic and spectacular views of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamp and seabed. Also, the students enjoyed watching the farming of fish in specialised farms in the open sea. They were introduced to a sea creature used by the locals to heal wounds. The magical medicinal Sea Cucumber, (Gamat in Malay) is one of those herbal specialties that traditional Malays have embraced for years. After an educational trip to those farms, they also visited Makam Mahsuri to learn about the myths and the legends of Mahsuri. Other than learning about the legend, they were also introduced to the Malay culture, dance and song presented at the Makam area. The aerial and underwater view of Langkawi were explored via the Langkawi Sky Cab and Underwater World, respectively.
In this nice and relaxing trip, the students learned a lot about the other part of Malaysia, especially Langkawi, with respect to the unique history and culture, and also its natural wonders. After all, this trip was enriching, strengthened their bonds and brought them closer. The trip ended with a happy memory and experience. 
Three UMT researchers, led by Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Khairul Wan Mohamed Zin and his colleagues’ Dr Maisara Abdul Kadir and Dr Fatimah Hashim from the School of Fundamental Science, UMT have been granted a research funding by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Based on their research proposal with the title ‘Towards Oxygen Tolerant Cross-Coupling Reactions in Aqueous Media for the Developing World in the Interest of Safer Molecular Electronics: An Attempt in Reducing Solvents and Toxic Chemicals Dependency.’ The study will benefit in obtaining functional conjugated compounds which is later transformed into active materials for specific purposes. They are expected to be nearly 100% yield conversion and use water as premier solvent that has high polarity that would increase the reaction rate. The reactions pathway needs no or little purification as the reactions are relatively sustainable which are expected to be less chemically-aided dependent. Thus, less waste and no by-products would be generated. These molecules are expected to be non-toxic prior determination as safer materials candidates in molecular electronics interest as for molecular sensors, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaic solar cells to name a few. They shall bring promises as alternatives in microelectronics devices as green materials which would support our national interest in promoting green and sustainable development. The grant is allocated for three years from the duration of May 2018 – 2021, with the amount of € 24, 590 (approximately RM 119,000). This grant is an achievement for Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Khairul Wan Mohamed Zin and his team. Furthermore, this would be his second international grant received which the first one was from The World Academy of Science (TWAS) based in Italy, which he received in late 2017. It is a motivation for UMT researchers and it indicates that we at UMT  also have the capability and as competitive as other well-established institutions globally.
In support of UMT’s internationalization and student mobility efforts, PPPSE has sent a delegation to visit Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Komputer (UNIKOM) Bandung, Indonesia from 17 – 20 December 2017. The delegation of this reciprocal visit comprises AP Dr. Ruhani Mat Min (leader), AP Dr. Noreha Hashim, Dr. Suhal Kusairi and Ms Wan Zawati Wan Jaafar. The objectives of the visit are to identify potential areas of cooperation and strategies that can foster and enhance internationalization and student mobility between the respective universities.

Discussions undertaken between PPPSE, UMT and Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik, Universitas Padjadjaran have resulted in the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two parties. The signatories are AP
Dr. Ruhani Mat Min on behalf of PPPSE, UMT and Dr. R. Widya Setiabudi Sumadinata (Dean of Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik) on behalf of Universitas Padjadjaran. Also in attendance are Dr Mohammad Benny Alexandri, the Deans of the various faculties involved, as well as other members of PPPSE’s delegation. To kick-start the process, PPPSE and Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik have begun identifying a few courses that can be taken by students participating in the proposed student exchange program. These courses are courses offered by PPPSE’s Policy and Social Environment Program (POSESO) and courses offered by various Universitas Padjadjaran’s faculties.

Discussions undertaken between PPPSE, UMT and UNIKOM have also resulted in the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two parties. The signatories are AP
Dr. Ruhani Mat Min on behalf of PPPSE, UMT and Prof. Dr. Hj. Umi Narimawati (representing UNIKOM’s Academic Rector). Also in attendance are Prof. Dr. Hj. Aelina Surya, Prof. Dr. Samugyo Ibnu Redjo (Dean of Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik), the Deans of the various faculties involved, as well as other members of PPPSE’s delegation. To kick-start the process, UNIKOM has agreed to send its undergraduate students to undergo their internships at UMT for a specific duration as a requisite for the completion of their studies.

It is important to note that the areas of cooperation between PPPSE, UMT and its Indonesian counterparts (Universitas Padjadjaran and UNIKOM) would also include staff and student exchange, postgraduate studies, consultancy and joint research projects, co-authorship efforts, research and technical meetings and conferences, as well as other activities that are of mutual interest and benefit to all parties. All of the parties involved have also expressed their commitment to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in the near future, as means to enhance and strengthen the cooperative endeavours that have been instituted.

The Center for Fundamental and Liberal Education (PPAL) was established with the intention of producing high-profile students with good communication skills in the language and culture aspects of a society. Therefore, PPAL has been entrusted to offer courses that are able to instill individual good personality amongst student including courses from the civilizational subjects such as Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS). This course aims to expose students to have a clear understanding of the customs and cultures of particular society through their creation of architecture, or monuments that symbolize the success of their previous civilization. In the context of tourism in the state of Terengganu, Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) is well-known as a tourist center that has aesthetic values through the monuments of the mosque built within TTI parks. There are over 20 monuments exhibited to the public to provide information to tourists about the construction of mosques around the world and its historical values. Recently, a cooperative discussion was held between PPAL and TTI to enable students taking courses in the Islamic Civilization and the Asian Civilization (TITAS) as well as several other courses conducting the basic research project related to those monuments with special packages offered. Through this collaboration with TTI, UMT students who take courses from PPAL will be given discounted ticket prices to enter the knowledge park area to carry out special assignments identified. Through this collaborative program, it is also beneficial to the TTI in collecting information or the latest information in details about the history and creativity of the community in the past, leading to the establishment of mosques that symbolize the excellence of their past civilizations. It is hoped that this cooperation will open space for a more serious research program between PPAL and TTI in the future.

Center for Academic Planning, Development and Quality or PPPKA plays crucial roles in ensuring that academic quality is in place in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. As quality in higher education is a multi-dimensional, multi-level, and a dynamic concept that relates to the institutional mission and objectives, as well as to the aspirations of Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in Redesigning Higher Education, PPPKA is responsible as the reference centre for policies, regulations and guidelines pertaining to learning and teaching affairs. These include the quality of academic programmes offered, quality of learning and teaching delivery and also quality assurance of the whole service in learning and teaching in UMT. PPPKA is committed towards improving the quality of the educational process by ensuring periodic revision of the academic programmes curricula so that they are more competitive and marketable, apart from complying to the standards of MOHE and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA); implementing Integrated CGPA (iCGPA) as a tool to  fulfill Outcome-Based Education (OBE) objectives, where UMT is one of the five pilot universities; integrating technology in teaching and learning delivery with award-winning outputs in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and e-learning platforms through its Division of e-Learning; monitoring and evaluating the academic programmes as well as the learning and teaching delivery, process and services through its Division of Quality Assurance. The latest work in progress towards achieving the ISO 9001:2015 certification including the formation of the Internal Audit Committee for academic quality proves that PPPKA and UMT are serious in our aims to consistently provide academic products and services that meet customer and MOHE/MQA statutory and regulatory requirements, and to enhance customer satisfaction through effective application and improvement of the system, as well as the assurance of conformity to the respective parties’ requirements.
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