KANGAR 7 May – 500 visitors to Universiti Malaysia Perlis's (UniMAP) surau – mostly university students – were fortunate to receive a moreh package sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia after their Tarawikh prayers yesterday.

The Head of McDonald’s Kangar, Mohd Khairul Azwan Mastudi, said that more than 500 packs of McChickens, Apple Pies and orange cordials were distributed as part of McDonald's corporate social responsibility to establish close ties with university students.

He added that the programme also enabled the surau congregation, especially among the less fortunate, to enjoy the special dishes that the fast food restaurant provided and will be continued at UniMAP on May 14th and 21st.

Meanwhile, UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that McDonald's Malaysia is among the companies that always provide sponsorship to support UniMAP's activities including innovation and robotics activities.

He explained that besides the moreh sponsorship in Ramadan, McDonald's has also agreed to sponsor the University Robot Competition (URoCK) which is scheduled to take place this September.
“In the competition that involves participants from Higher Education Institutes (IPT) across the country, there is a category that requires participants to build robotic drones that could handle McDonald's food delivery process.

“It will definitely be interesting times now that fast food restaurateurs are fully supporting food delivery technology development and we hope it will be realised in the era of Industry 4.0 revolution,” he said.

KANGAR, May 6 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) achieved complete victory by winning 10 gold and 10 silver medals in the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX).
UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that UniMAP’s success and achievements gained earlier this year would be the encouragement booster for other researchers to produce more impactful products.

“This year, we identified more potential products to be contested, compared to last year when we only sent 16 products,” he said in a statement.
Among UniMAP’s research products that won gold medals were the Portable Biomass Gasification For Electricity Generation (Ir. Dr. Mohamad Shaiful Ashrul Ishak), Smart Online Partial Discharge Monitoring System For High Voltage Distribution Line (Dr Mohamad Nur Khairul Hafizi Rohani), Amicatile (Dr. Liew Yun Ming), UDEM: Ultimate Dengue Fever Eradication Membrane Using Herbal Technology (Dr. Ragunathan Santiagoo), Seri Perlis Motorcycle (Prof. Madya Dr. Shahriman Abu Bakar) and High Strength PB-Free Composite Interconnects For Next Generation Electric Vehicle Power Modules (Dr. Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh).

Four other products that won gold were the ESL Food Poisoning Rapid Detector (Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim), Magnetite-Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles Functionalized With Catechin For Cancer Treatment (Prof. Madya Dr. Midhat Nabil Ahmad Salimi), In-House Fabricated Non-Invasive Cervical Cancer Detection Nano Lab-On-Chip (Dr. Nor Azizah Parmin) and Smart Pharmaceutical Temperature Monitoring System VDSM 1.2 (Siti Khodijah Mazalan).

Additionally, four products received special local and international awards. The Smart Online Partial Discharge Monitoring System For High Voltage Distribution Line earned the award of Highly Innovative Unique Foundation from Arab Saudi, High Strength PB-Free Composite Interconnects For Next Generation Electric Vehicle Power Modules and Visible Light Communication Based On Dual Diffuser Modulation (DDM) For Intelligent Transportation Application (Indonesian Invention And Innovation Promotion Association (INNOPA) and also In-House Fabricated Non-Invasive Cervical Cancer Detection Nano Lab-On-Chip (Best Invention For Women).

ITEX 2019, initiated by Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), brought together more than 1,000 inventions from 20 countries, competing in 15 categories.

ARAU, 6 May – Three secondary school students from the state will be listed among the top 10 in the world for the memorisation of Square-Root 2 ( √²) after successfully memorising pi to the longest decimal places during the recent Pi Memorisation Competition Perlis 2019.
Student Ija Husna Ruslan from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Syed Sirajuddin was anointed the winner in the Square-Root 2 ( √²) category, earning herself the fifth place in the world upon memorising 2,502 digits.

Second place went to Nurzal Effiyana Mohd Rahidi from Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra (SMSTSP) who memorised 1,040 digits while a student from SMK Perlis, Vincent Chong Qi Zhi, attained third spot for memorising 898 digits.
They each took home a cash prize of RM 300.00, RM 200.00 and RM 100.00 respectively and a trophy, a hamper and a certificate of participation.
According to Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and International Affairs Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Rezuwan Haji Kamaruddin, the competition second series attracted 743 participants from 38 schools in Perlis to join the competition which was open to all primary and secondary schools in the state.
“This shows a very encouraging increase compared to the inaugural event last year where only 361 participants from 19 secondary schools in Perlis had signed up,” he said in his welcome speech at the competition's award-giving ceremony.

He added that memorising the value of pi might be foreign to the people of Perlis and Malaysia in general because of society's preconceptions toward the concept.
“However, the result of this is that there are now 328 Malaysians listed in the Pi World Ranking List with 323 of them being Perlis schoolchildren.
“In fact, SMK Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen student Seah Jin Hong scored the highest points at the 2018 programme by memorising 753 digits in pi in 10 minutes.
Besides the Square-Root 2 (√² ) category, three other categories contested were the Pi Memorisation Competition, the Exponent-e Memorization Competition and the 100 digits Pi Challenge.
The Pi Memorisation Competition was won by Auni Humayraa Aswazir from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Oran who memorised 543 digits which earned her a place in the Malaysian Pi Records for under 12 years old.
Fourth former Teoh Kar Keat, a SMK Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen student, won the Exponent-e Memorisation Competition by recalling 1002 pi digits which earned him 13th spot in the Exponent-World Ranking List.

In the 100 digits Pi Challenge, Chuah Bee Tian from Sekolah Menengah Derma answered questions up to Level 6 and 7. Gracing the event was HRH Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also UniMAP Chancellor. Also present was HRH Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, UniMAP Pro Chancellor.

Kangar, 6th May – Senior Cultural Officer of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Mohd. Zul Fauzi Mohamed Sawal, stole the spotlight by winning the Men's Graded category at the 40th Malaysian International Open Bowling Tournament at Sunway Mega Lanes.

Mohd. Zul Fauzi, a UniMAP’s bowling athlete, defeated more than 500 participants from around the world by scoring 1679 points, placing Muhammad Azri Azni in second place with 1611 and Mat Salleh Jalani in third with 1606.

“This was quite a meaningful achievement for me after a series of unsuccessful tournaments. Hopefully this will lead to more opportunities and further successes.
“It is a bit of a burden as the game relies fully on the ability to minimise errors, especially overseas players participating, however upon maintaining consistency of performance during the game, we ultimately prevailed,” he said.

Mohd. Zul Fauzi received a cash prize of RM15,000 and a trophy. Another UniMAP staff, Nurakmal Ramli who participated in the same category came in 33rd place.
Meanwhile, UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the tournament was also an avenue for the two players to warm up as they will be representing UniMAP at the Statutory Bodies Sports Competition in Shah Alam this July.

“Mohd. Zul Fauzi and Nurakmal were among the UniMAP bowlers that we had expected to hold on to the gold medals won in the previous competition,” he said.

Pauh Putra, May 13 – Each year Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) organises the Iftar Kubra Programme to break fast with the state community and donate to the underprivileged.

However, in midst of UniMAP students bustling to serve iftar during Ramadan, a number of non-Muslim students could be seen helping to spread the prayer mats and serve food for the Program Iftar Kubra UniMAP 2019 at the Dewan Ilmu, UniMAP Campus.

One of the students, Koay Shuni, 22, said she was excited to help Muslim friends to prepare for the breaking of their fasting.

She said that this was her first experience preparing for Iftar as there were not many Malay families living in her community.

“It's a new experience for my friend, Rachel Ooi Qian Yi, and I as we belong to a different religion and race,” said the UniMAP Student Council (MPP) Treasurer. 

The Iftar Kubra Programme was organised by the UniMAP Student Affairs and Alumni Department and was attended by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Professor Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, Deputy President of Kompleks Penyayang Siti Hasmah Dato Abdul Azib Saad and the UniMAP top management.

Earlier, Zul Azhar said in his speech that in conjunction with the event, UniMAP has donated to 30 tahfiz students from Pusat Tahfiz Darul Hikmah, orphans from Kompleks Penyayang Dr Siti Hasmah and residents of Rumah Baitu Hanan.

He said two UniMAP students, Muhammad Iqbal Shah bin Zakaria (from the School of Manufacturing Engineering), was strong and persevered in taking care of his younger brother and Nur Hidayah binti Kamal (from the School of Mechatronic Engineering) who cared for her three siblings after the death of her parents also received donations.

“As of last year, university channelled a total of RM55,000.00 to asnaf students from each UniMAP School which totalled to 550 recipients,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the students, Muhamad Iqbal Shah, said the received contributions would be better utilised to accommodate his brother's needs who suffers from cancer.

“I would not tire of supporting my brother's fight against cancer, so he would be as happy as others celebrating the upcoming Eid.

“Thank you UniMAP for helping us both as well as ensuring that my studies are not affected by financial burdens,” the orphan added.

 

Captions:

UniMAP students and management together with tahfiz students and orphans break fast together in conjunction with the UniMAP Iftar Kubra 2019 Programme.

Shuni (in light blue baju kurung) helping to serve the iftar food with her friends.

UniMAP students attentively listening to the UniMAP Vice Chancellor's speech during UniMAP Iftar Kubra 2019.

12 APRIL – More than 40 student leaders from the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) gathered and camped out to participate in the Kembara Ilmu held at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) recently.

The five-day programme was packed with discussions about the direction of the MTUN Universities towards the Student Union and the contribution of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and MTUN to the industry.

According to the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Student Council  Digital and Publicity Executive Committee Member Muhamad Zikry Mohd Zulkaflee, they discussed the recommended policies and framework that have been established by each MTUN university to strengthen the student organisational structure.

"After detailed discussions, we agreed that the Student Union will be a platform for students to maturely administrate the organisation without any interference from the university.

"In fact, the administrative structure of the Student Unions at MTUN universities will be different from other public universities," he said when contacted.

He added that the Student Union should be the primary source for ensuring  administration transparency, integrity and professionalism in managing finance and student welfare programmes and activities.

"We also agree that the Student Union can be run in accordance to the prescribed work procedures which would involve nine Executive Committee members, each with a different scope of work.

"Those who are appointed must undergo various training so that they could manage the administration, finance, welfare and infrastructure of students wisely," he said.

He also added that besides the forum, they also held a thorough discussion on the contribution of TVET and MTUN to the industry.

"Although a lot of input had beenacquired, but due to lack of time, the programme objectives could not be fully realised.

"However, I am confident that this discussion will be continued at the UniMAP student camp from 12th April to 14th April 2019, so that more input from various perspectives can be obtained to improve the existing system," he added.

Besides the 26 participants from UniMAP, the Kembara Ilmu was also attended by two other MTUN universities, namely Universiti Tun Hussien Onn (UTHM) with eight students and UTeM with 15 students.

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

40 Pemimpin Mahasiswa MTUN Berkampung di Kembara Ilmu

Kangar, April 11 – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Senior Deputy Registrar Mohd Saad Din was appointed the new Registrar of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) effective April 1.

He previously worked at the Human Resource Section of the USM Registrar Department and was due for compulsory retirement in March before being appointed as UniMAP Registrar until January 2021 to replace Tuan Zuber Mohamed who had also undergone compulsory retirement on January 15.

Mohd Saad, a Telok Cengai-native with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from USM, began his career with the university on 1 April 1986 and ended his service at the age of 58.

He possesses an extensive 32-year experience in human resource management at the Penang-based university before being appointed UniMAP's 4th Registrar today.

Earlier, UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal attended the Handover Ceremony for the handover of duties between former UniMAP Registrar Zuber and Mohd Saad at the Vice Chancellor's Office here today.

Mohd Saad Din Pendaftar Baharu UniMAP

Mohd Saad Din Pendaftar Baharu UniMAP

Mohd Saad Din Pendaftar Baharu UniMAP

Mohd Saad Din Pendaftar Baharu UniMAP

Mohd Saad Din Pendaftar Baharu UniMAP

PAUH PUTRA, 10 AprilUniversiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) via the Gyro society (GYROS) Club and the School of Manufacturing Engineering Staff Club organised the Jejak BAKTI 2.0 Programme at Sekolah Kebangsaan Guar Nangka in Mata Ayer here recently.

The one-day programme was collaborated by the Perlis State Education Department and participated by 45 students and 25 staff members from the School of Manufacturing Engineering.

Dean of the School of Manufacturing Engineering Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noorhafiza Muhammad said that the welfare and community programme was held to inculcate the community-friendly attitude between UniMAP staff and the local community.

“As we know, the community and community service programmes are synonymous with higher education students.

“Their involvement in community service programmes not only equips them with soft skills, but also inculcate the sense of volunteerism and helping those in need among our students,” she said when delivering her greeting speech during the programme.

Also present was the Headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Guar Nangka, Mohd Nazdri Jaafar.

Noorhafiza added that they will turn the CSR programme into an annual programme after witnessing a very encouraging turn-out and commitment from both the students and staff members.

Among the activities conducted during the programme were a motivational talk, hostel’s facilities maintenance, painting, mural painting and also donation of shoe racks, products from a mini project made by students for their Engineering Workshop class.

Meanwhile, Mohd Nazdri expressed his gratitude to the School of Manufacturing Engineering for their concern and in contributing energy and needs for the school.

“I hope collaboration between the school and UniMAP will continue into the future,” he said.

Khidmat Sosial Jejak Bakti 2.0 Erat Hubungan Warga UniMAP, Masyarakat

Khidmat Sosial Jejak Bakti 2.0 Erat Hubungan Warga UniMAP, Masyarakat

Khidmat Sosial Jejak Bakti 2.0 Erat Hubungan Warga UniMAP, Masyarakat

Khidmat Sosial Jejak Bakti 2.0 Erat Hubungan Warga UniMAP, Masyarakat

Nilai, 30 Mac – A Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) student was awarded the Science, Technology and Innovation Programme Leadership Award in conjunction with Anugerah Tokoh Siswa Kebangsaan 2018 which was held at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), here.

The student Muhammad Nurfiqri Mohd Hajar hails from the School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship (PPIPT). He succeeded bringing home a cash prize of RM1,000 along with a trophy and a certificate.

The award was presented by Dato' Kamel bin Mohamad, Deputy Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM).

Apart from Muhammad Nurfiqri, another two UniMAP students, Aqila Natasya Allawi and Shahrun Nizam Shahrun Nahar, also won the Director General's Special Awards for outstanding achievements in 2018.

The UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Alumni (HEPA) Prof. Dr. Mohd. Fo'ad Sakdan were also present at the ceremony to show support for the students.

Earlier, the Malaysian Minister of Education Dr. Maszlee Malik said during the opening of ATS 2018 that the winners were selected based on their involvements in programmes, their academic achievements and their personalities.

He added that besides the major awards, KPM also honoured students involved in their respective fields in 15 other categories.

"This is in line with the aspirations of KPM to produce holistic people in the midst of every community. This award ceremony can serve as a platform for students to highlight leadership qualities and to be more active in co-curricular activities," he said. Dr. Maszlee Malik also presented the Student Achievement Award 2018 and the Education Minister's Award at the event.

The awards for other categories were presented by Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Minister of Education.

Also present at the ceremony were Director-General of Ministry of Higher Education Datin Paduka Ir. Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Director-General of Polytechnic and Community College Education Department Profesor Dato' Ts Dr. Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz and the management personnel of public and private higher education institutions.

Full list of award recipients for 2018:

1. STUDENT COUNCIL LEADERSHIP AWARD - AFIFAH BINTI ABDUL SHUKOR (UIAM)

2. RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE LEADERSHIP AWARD - MOHD ASWAN MOHD AMIN (UniSZA)

3. FACULTY / ASSOCIATION / CLUB LEADERSHIP AWARD - AMIR FIRDAUS EDDY ROSYADIE (UM)

4. UNIFORMED BODIES LEADERSHIP AWARD - NUR NAJJAH ABD MANAS (USM)

5. ENTREPENEURSHIP PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - MUHAMMAD ZIYAD MOHD YAZID (UniSZA)

6. CULTURAL PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - JERRY YACOB (USM)

7. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - MUHAMMAD NURFIQRI MOHD HAJAR (UniMAP)

8. SPORTS PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - MUHAMMAD SYAFIK RAHMAT (UTM)

9. PUBLIC SPEAKING PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - NUR ADIBAH AHMAD ZAMRI (UPSI)

10. INTELLECTUAL DISCOURSE PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP AWARD - ABDUL KADIR SHAH SAHIBUDEEN (UM)

11. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS LEADERSHIP AWARD - ADITYA HUTAMA ISWARDI (UPM)

12. VOLUNTEERISM LEADERSHIP AWARD (COMMUNITY WELFARE) - MOHD HAFFIS TEH (UKM)

13. VOLUNTEERISM LEADERSHIP AWARD (ENVIRONMENT) - TAN CHUN TAT (UKM)

14. VOLUNTEERISM LEADERSHIP AWARD (OPEN) - MUHAMMAD IRSYAD ZAINI (UM)

15. BEST VOLUNTEERISM TEAM AWARD - UMISSION CLUB (LEADER : SITI KHADIJAH KHOSIM) (UIAM)

The Malaysian Ministry of Education's (MOE) objectives to produce mentally and physically holistic human capital and develop soft skills in students in universities are the main focuses of all higher education institutions in this country.

Like other higher institutions, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) also desires to meet the seven key soft skills by holding various periodic programmes for their students especially to help burgeon maturity among the students.

Recently, UniMAP sent 32 of its young leaders comprising members of the 2017/2018 Students Council (MPP) across the world for eight days and seven nights in Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands for the 14th UniMAP Jelajah Ilmu Programme.

MPP 2017/2018's former President Muhammad Amir Hakim Razali said they had the opportunity to go to the European Union (Parliament) Council of Europe or better known as the European Union (EU) Parliament in Brussels, Belgium and asked questions about the current events of the country.

“This is an exciting experience and has opened our minds as a future-oriented young leaders as well as to have a better understanding of the condition of the world.”

“Even issue of the UK withdrawal from the European Union, or Brexit, to improve local Britons' opportunities in the job market among others without competition from other EU citizens shows the importance of the leaders' responsibility to lead a country,” he said to a reporter during the Jelajah Ilmu tour.

Amir Hakim added that this has indirectly reminds them all that in some situations, tough decisions needed to be done to achieve a positive outcome for the future of a country and its people.

“Although the impact cannot be seen in the near future, but it will certainly benefit the nation and its populace, and our leaders must think maturely when making judgements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof. Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan said that the programme would be able to improve communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, as well as encourage continuous learning and information management among participants, moral and professional ethics, and leadership skills.

“The UniMAP Jelajah Ilmu Programme is an annual programme aimed at strengthening the existing soft skills in our young leaders.

“They have undergone various processes to strengthen their physical and mental states and the Jelajah Ilmu Programme is the university's top programme in shaping future leaders,” he said.

He added that this time we have chosen three countries, namely Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands, which are major nations. From their experiences it is hoped that they will be more understanding and sensitive to developments in global issues.

“Global issues plays a key role in shaping politics and diplomatic relations internationally,” he said.

He believes that as future leaders of the nation, the youth, especially students, need to be mature and willing to take on a higher vision to drive the direction of the country so that Malaysia can stand and compete on equal standing with the developed countries of Europe.

UniMAP Chancellor Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and his daughter Her Royal Highness Sharifah Adriana Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail also attended the tour.

Other attending representatives from UniMAP were Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan, Director of Centre for International Affairs Dr. Salsuwanda Selamat and two Student Affairs and Alumni Department officers Ahmad Mu'adz Nazari and Aizatul Akma Wani Ariffin.

Jelajah Ilmu Bentuk Mahasiswa Matang

ARAU, 28 March – Despite having just recovered from a knee injury, Mohammad Firdaus Jamen or Hulk Malaysia proved that his mettle is unbeatable by winning Brunei’s Strongest Man and Woman event at Harun's Gym and Fitness Centre, Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium recently.

He managed to bring home a medal, a RM3000 cash prize and a certificate of participation beating four other participants in the Men's Open category.

Mohammad Firdaus, 25, who underwent a surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon ten months ago was victorious in six out of the seven routines arranged by the organizer.

The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) employee said that every participant had to go through the seven routines and one special routine to complete this competition.

“I managed to win several routines: flipping a 450-kilogramme tyre five times in the fastest time, carrying a 280-kilogramme load on the shoulders in the fastest time, lifting weights over the head weighing 90 kilogrammes with the most repetitions in 60 seconds (won with seven repetitions).

“In fact, I also managed to lift a 100-kilogramme rock on the shoulders with the most repetitions in 90 seconds (getting third place with one repetition) and a special routine of lifting a 110 kilogrammes’ river stone on the shoulder where I was the only one who was able to lift the stone," he said.

According to him, he also won a weight lifting routine weighing 180 kilogrammes with the most repetitions in 60 seconds (won with 15 repetitions), pulling 2 tonne lorry in a 15-metre distance by using only hand (won with farthest distance) and lifting a Ford Ranger truck with the most repetitions in 60 seconds (won with 10 repetitions).

"Indeed the Brunei Strongest Man And Woman 2019 event challenges us physically and mentally as there were three brand-new routines and the majority of athletes have never tried it before.

“If they unprepared, athletes will most likely fail to complete them,” he said.

In addition to Men's Open category, there are two other categories in the competition namely Men's Youth Under 21, and Women's Open with a total of 16 entries.

Muhammad Firdaus is also expected to join the World Natural Strongest Man Championship 2019 in Budapest, Hungary in May 2019 which will be attended by participants from 26 countries.

Firdaus ‘Hulk’ Malaysia Johan Brunei Strongest Man and Women 2019

Firdaus ‘Hulk’ Malaysia Johan Brunei Strongest Man and Women 2019

Firdaus ‘Hulk’ Malaysia Johan Brunei Strongest Man and Women 2019

Firdaus ‘Hulk’ Malaysia Johan Brunei Strongest Man and Women 2019

ARAU, 26 March – 193 employees of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) were bestowed awards at the Seri Gemilang Awards 2018 Ceremony which was held at the Kangar PDRM Senior Officers Mess Hall recently.

There are 129 recipients of Excellent Service Awards, 54 recipients of Excellent Service Award (Special) and 10 recipients of the Special Appreciation Awards.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that they had underwent many bitter-sweet experiences together in the 17 years after UniMAP's establishment.

"Undoubtedly, all UniMAP staff toiled hard to uphold the name of this institution."

"The awards given today cannot be compared to the services that have been given," he said while delivering a welcoming speech at the event.

He added that there are more to be done as it is still a long way to go to UniMAP 2025, and the journey will require the hard work of the UniMAP community from all aspects of the service.

"Strengthen your efforts and devotion. Indeed, without all of you, the path in the future will definitely be more challenging."

Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also the UniMAP Chancellor and Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil who is the UniMAP Pro Chancellor also attended the ceremony.

Also present were the Chief Minister of Perlis Datuk Seri Azlan Man and Chairman of the UniMAP Board of Directors Datuk Prof Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin.

193 Kakitangan UniMAP Terima ASG 2018

193 Kakitangan UniMAP Terima ASG 2018

193 Kakitangan UniMAP Terima ASG 2018

193 Kakitangan UniMAP Terima ASG 2018

193 Kakitangan UniMAP Terima ASG 2018

Segamat, March 25 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) carried out a university's social responsibility (USR) mission and donated solar panels to help illuminate the futsal court in Kampung Kudung, Bekok.

Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the donation was also meant to educate the public on renewable energy technology through solar sources.

He added that in the programme the residents had been briefed on energy storage and battery charging processes through solar technology.

He said that for the benefit of our community, we should employ an easier-to-understand approach which is very important in inculcating a technology-savvy society.

“Hence, all 40 UniMAP engineering students involved in this mission were asked to share knowledge about the technology to the aboriginal Jakun tribe, who make up the majority of the village residents.

“As the result, we can see the excitement among the people in which they also hope that this technology can be applied throughout their village,” he added. He said this after completing the Solar Board Handover Ceremony to the village chief Tok Batin Kassim here today.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof. Dr. Mohd. Foad Sakdan, Director of the UniMAP Sports Center Suhizaz Sudin and Principal of Bumita Residential College Dr. Hirwan Jasbir Jaafar.

The four-day programme was organised by the Student Affairs and Alumni Department (JHEPA), Bumita Residential College Residents’ Council and the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA).

During the programme, participants who were assigned to their respective foster families also organised other USR activities such as communal cooking, motivating student, learning jungle and river survival techniques and getting to know the local customs and culture. Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar said UniMAP also took the opportunity to donate to four families of senior citizens, new reverts and the disabled. He explained that although it was UniMAP's first visit to the village, but the locals had given them a very warm welcome and also served them traditional aboriginal food. “I believe the participants experienced a fun process while having the opportunity to taste a wide range of food based only on cassava tubers. “God willing this program will continue in the future and UniMAP will definitely introduce more new technologies to the people here," he said.

UniMAP Sumbang Panel Solar

UniMAP Sumbang Panel Solar

UniMAP Sumbang Panel Solar

Kangar, 19 March – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has proven that its engineering graduates are well received by the industry and have remained as engineers or in engineering technology after they have graduated.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that according to the statistics provided by the Centre for Industrial & Governmental Collaboration (CIGC), the percentage of UniMAP graduates landing jobs is more than 80 percent every year.

According to him, if itemised by sector, 31.38 percent of graduates work in the manufacturing sector, 19.4 percent in the scientific and technical sector, 11 percent in the construction sector and six percent in the information and communications sector.

“Generally, this data proves that UniMAP Engineering graduates work in accordance with their respective fields of study at the university, namely material engineering, environmental engineering, construction engineering and computer and communication engineering,” he said here today.

He was commenting on Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow's statement which said that the tendency for engineering graduates to work in sectors unrelated to their fields of study is a worrying trend.

Among others, Chow said it would be sad to see that graduates with exposure to skilled labour choosing to work in other sectors such as insurance and marketing where it would be a loss for the country.

According to Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar, undoubtedly the trend is there. However, UniMAP as an engineering-based university has always ensured that the teaching curriculum offered coincides and is in line with industry needs.

He explained that this includes appointing visiting lecturers among industry players and providing infrastructure, machinery, equipment and laboratories at par with those available in the industry.

He added that UniMAP have not only gained confidence in local industry but the university graduates also received recognitions from international companies and the presence of UniMAP alumni around the world is a testament to this.

“Recently, Clarivate Analytics and the Malaysian Ministry of Education in the Research and Innovation Performance of Malaysian Universities 2013-2017 also reported that UniMAP is well accepted by the industrial sector in the United States and China, especially by robotics-based companies.

“With these achievements, UniMAP will continue to be committed in producing competitive engineering graduates who will be contributing to the country's development agenda in line with the university's mission,” he said.

UniMAP Engineering Graduates Accepted by Industry

UniMAP Engineering Graduates Accepted by Industry

UniMAP Engineering Graduates Accepted by Industry

Kangar, 18 March – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will be providing free food for all the students who fall under the B40 and asnaf categories throughout the examination weeks to ensure that they are well nourished to do their revisions and to sit for their examinations. UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the initiative which begins this semester will involve 550 students who each received a food coupon worth RM 5. “We were informed that some of these students (the B40 and the asnaf) would send the money they received from their study loans or their zakat money to their families for their daily expenses.

“The examination falls towards the end of the semester when most of these students would be almost out of money. Hence it is hoped that this initiative would help the B40 and the asnaf students to be energised for the examination,” he said in a statement.

According to Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar, UniMAP also provides the opportunity for the students to generate income through entrepreneurial assistance that offers the Gig Economy Scheme where the students are given the assistance to do on-line business.

He added that UniMAP also provides the “Foodcart Asnaf” and entrepreneurial kiosks purposely for the students who wish to carry out food and beverages business, and offers the Self Dedication Scheme which offers part-time job for the students.

“Through these schemes, the students are allowed to work part-time at any centre or department in UniMAP up to 5 hours per day. Usually the tasks provided are based on the skills acquired by the students such as translation, video editing, slide preparation and other clerical work. Meanwhile, he said that the ‘Friendly Kafe’ wakaf programmes at 9 cafés in UniMAP which was first introduced back in 2017 as the initiative to help the students by providing free food is still being practised.

“The programme also offers opportunity for any individual or organisation to donate their money to buy food at the cafés for students who are identified as underprivileged. This endowment concept programme is also implemented by individuals, the schools and the residential colleges.

“As for UniMAP, the continuation of such programmes can help provide food to underprivileged students who need it,” he said and added that starting from the 2019/2020 semester UniMAP will provide free accommodation for 10 selected asnaf students every year.

Makanan Percuma Untuk Pelajar Asnaf

Makanan Percuma Untuk Pelajar Asnaf

Kangar, 15 March – The negative stigma about playing video games is often associated with excessive waste of time to the extent of the game adversely affecting one’s life.

However, for Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) student Muhammad Ikhmal Yusman, this actually depends on how each individual manages their time.

He said that playing video games does not only ease his stress while studying but also improve his thinking skills.

"We just have to be good at time management. We need to balance the time spent between playing and studying, and we also need to choose the right time to play, so video games would not affect our studies," he added.

Earlier, Muhamad Ikhmal and his team-mates in UniMAP SE-Sport Team won the first place at Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES 2019) in the E-Sport Tournament for Northern Region at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) recently.

The other players are Muhammad Ikhmal's friends from the same school (School of Electrical Systems Engineering), Muhammad Azif Amirul Azmi and Muhammad Naqiuddeen Abdul Aziz.

 “By participating in video game competitions, we can meet new friends from the other universities to share ideas with,” Muhammad Ikhmal added.

He said he had previously participated in many video game competitions since 2016 but this is his first time representing UniMAP with a team at the campus sports tournament.

"We trained at my friends' video game studio in Jitra, Kedah every weekend and are determined to win the nationals next month.”

"The RM600 cash we recently won will be used to cover the competition expenses in Kuala Lumpur to represent the university," he said.

Pesara 2019

KANGAR, 13 March – Fortune smiled upon Universiti Malaysia Perlis graduate Nur Dinie Zubir when she was recently offered a job after winning awards at the C.Drive Program organised by Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

After being anointed the recipient of the Best Project Award (Gold Medal) and the Excellence Award (Gold Medal), the Bachelor of Electronic Engineering Technology (Electronic Network Design) graduate from UniMAP Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) was offered a position as a Junior Software Engineer at the company which was based in Pulau Pinang.

When contacted, Nur Dinie attributed the event as doubly fortunate as she did not expect to be simultaneously conferred the awards and offered a job.

“It's my dream come true and a synchronicity for me upon being offered a position at a multinational corporation after graduating last October.

“I am lucky as UniMAP emphasised hands-on and practical concepts before sending us for industrial training (LI) and eventually being employed at the company.

“My experience here between January to Jun 2018 for LI and July to December 2018 for the C.Drive Program taught me the ins and outs of the automotive field,” she said.

Besides the position and award, she also took home a cash prize of RM2000 for each category won.

Besides Nur Dinie, graduates from 14 other universities, among them Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), were short-listed after undergoing a number of filtering processes.

Meanwhile, the UniMAP FTK Industrial Network and Graduate Marketability Executive Committee Ts. Mohamad Rizal Abdul Rejab said that UniMAP signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in March 2018.

“Good networking relations between UniMAP and Continental has expedited a transfer of expertise from the standpoint of human resource, research, etcetera.

“The UniMAP graduate career 2018 marketability data reveals that six of our graduates have been accepted as employees at the company.

“I am certain that the practical teaching and learning techniques enhanced the skillsets of UniMAP students, such as the skills of programming, software, computer networking, integrated systems and others which facilitated their acceptance into the industry after graduation,” he said.

 

Pesara 2019

Pesara 2019

KANGAR, March 12 – A researcher from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) School of Materials Engineering Assoc Prof Dr. Ong Hui Lin was selected as the recipient of the Endeavour Leadership Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship Award 2019.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the award would allow Dr. Ong to undergo a short-term attachment program at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia which would enable the researcher to carry out his research work.

According to him, the award sponsored by the Australian Department of Education and Training in collaboration with Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Holdings) Limited aims to promote the exchange of knowledge between researchers and students from Australia and other Asian countries.

"I was informed that Dr. Ong is one of the six researchers selected for the unique programme this year. This success indirectly boosts UniMAP's visibility in the arena of international research.

"Indeed, as a university that supports the aspirations of national education, UniMAP is trying to evolve from a knowledge delivery centre to a diversified institution including sharing research with third parties, and this achievement proves UniMAP is now on the right track," he said in a statement here today.

According to Dr. Zul Azhar, in 2018, nearly 30 UniMAP academic staff members participated in attachment programmes at a number of international institutions in Prague, Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Korea and France.

In the meantime, Dr. Ong, who is also the first recipient from UniMAP conferred the Fellowship Award for Women in Science from L'Oreal Malaysia, said this was not a success of individuals but a success for the organisation as a whole.

"I am very grateful to the Vice Chancellor who always provides us with the space and opportunity for UniMAP staff and researchers to conduct research without any hindrances and at the same time expanding our network of partnerships with outsiders.

"This is important because in the field of research, as networking with international institutions will enhance the reputation of the research carried out as well as highlight the institution's visibility in research and innovation," she said.

Penyelidik Terima Anugerah Australia

Kangar, March 12 – A total of 19 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) staff members, including the former Registrar of UniMAP were celebrated at the Retiree Appreciation Ceremony 2019, with the theme “Honouring Your Contributions” (Jasamu Dikenang) at Hotel Seri Malaysia, here.

Former Registrar of UniMAP, Mr Zuber Mohamad, who retired on 15th January 2019 was also one of the five employees who underwent compulsory retirement, while two others were optional retirees and another five were those whose contract ended at the age of 60 years.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the event was organised to show appreciation and respect to the retirees for their numerous contributions.

"Hence, on behalf of UniMAP I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincerest appreciation and gratitude for all your contributions and dedication.

"Believe me, all your experiences in and contributions to the establishment of UniMAP cannot be valued in monetary terms," he said at the event held at Hotel Seri Malaysia.

Also present at the event were Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Dr Uda Hashim and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students Affairs and Alumni) Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan as well as various UniMAP head of departments.

Besides, Dr Zul Azhar presented souvenirs as a token of remembrance to all the retirees.

Names of the 2019 retirees are as follows: -

  • Mr. Abdullah bin Awang
  • Prof. Dr. Zakaria bin Wahab
  • Mr. Abdul Rashit bin Mustaffa
  • Mr. Rosely bin Md. Noor
  • Prof. Dr. Amran bin Ahmed
  • Tuan Haji Zuber bin Haji Mohamad
  • Miss Hasbalaila binti Alias
  • Mr. Abd. Razak bin Othman
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Idris bin Md. Noor
  • Mdm. Norehan binti Ahmad
  • Mdm. Nani Maslina Binti Sulaiman Najidi
  • Mdm. Sarina binti Din
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vithyacharan A/L Retnasamy
  • Mr. Md. Shah bin Jakun
  • Mr. Azmi bin Hussain
  • Mr. Sahidan bin Saleh
  • Mr. Abd. Latif bin Hashim
  • Mr. Saudiki bin Adam
  • Mr. Mansor bin Salim

 

Pesara 2019

Pesara 2019

Pesara 2019

Pesara 2019

Putrajaya, 8 March – The Centre of Excellence Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) research team of HAAS Solution Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) won the third place at the National Parcel Drone Competition yesterday.

The team was led by Prof Dr Hazry Desa (Director), En. Zambri Ibrahim (Leader - GCS & Mission Planner), En Khairi Hazir (Pilot), En Abd Mu'iz (Co-pilot/Video Observer) and En Azmie (Technical) and managed to score a trophy and a cash prize of RM7,000.

The prize was presented by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex.

Also present during the ceremony was Syed Md Najib Syed Md Noor, the Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia Group.

The Parcel Drone Competition was organised by Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The competition saw the involvement of 40 participants from a number of institutions of higher learning and lasted for two days.

The participants were given two chances to fly a drone with a two-kilogram parcel and they had to fly it two miles across Tasik Putrajaya and return to the launch site within the fastest time.

Gobind said the program was in line with the ministry's wishes in the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia 2019-2023 to drive the digital economy, to promote the use of high technology, and to ensure the delivery of quality services to the people.

"With this programme, we can also explore potential local talents in the field of UAV, and they should be given the necessary support and recognition so that they can move forward to a higher level in the future."

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DRON

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Kangar, 10 March – In providing the exposure and appreciation of several aspects of soft skills such as loving nature, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is offering the Human and Nature Sustainability Co-Curricular Course to students.

This is the first course of its kind to be offered at UniMAP under the coordination of the Sustainable Campus Coordinator Dr Siti Khadijah Zaaba and participated by 40 registered students.

The course briefing was delivered by Dr Siti Khadijah and initiated by Ts Dr Irnis Azura Zakarya who delivered a lecture on composting, including the techniques used to make compost from waste food.

According to Dr Siti Khadijah, besides the briefing, the students were also taught how to make compost by using the Simple Compost System (SKM) located near the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra (PTSFP) library.

“Interestingly, seven senior lecturers from various UniMAP schools volunteered to help run the co-curricular activities.

“The students are divided into seven groups to carry out projects planned by each of the seven senior lecturers,” she said.

The senior lecturers involved for the respective activities were Dr Umi Fazara Md Ali, Dr Shuhaida Yahud, Dr Norshah Aizat Shuaib, Dr Ragunathan Santiagoo, Dr Sara Tasina Yusof, Dr Irnis Azura and Dr Siti Khadijah herself.

Dr Siti Khadijah said that in addition to composting, the other activities were tree planting, plogging, recycling, hydroponics, aquaponics and carbon footprint.

“Besides nature appreciation soft skills, these activities can expose the students to leadership, cooperation, discipline and channelling structured action.

“This course also increases the platform of cooperation between local and international universities through co-curricular activity,” she said.

Jaga Alam

Jaga Alam

Jaga Alam

Jaga Alam

PAUH PUTRA 24 Feb – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) SUKSIS Corps Contingent won SUTRA (SUKSIS Corps Sports Championship Northern Zone) 2019 which took place from 22 to 23 February.

UniMAP, as the present host of SUTRA won three gold, two silver and four bronze medals in 11 events.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) ACP (KS) Associate Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan who is also the commander of UniMAP SUKSIS Corps said that UniMAP managed to win three gold medals through Men's and Women's Futsal and Women's Handball events.

“We managed to defeat our closest competitor, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) which won three gold medals, one silver medal and six bronze medals.”

“UniMAP earned silver medals through Men's Volleyball and Iron Men events," he said after the Closing Ceremony of SUTRA 2019 at Syed Sirajudin Areeb Putra Sports Complex.

Meanwhile, the adjutant of UniMAP SUKSIS Corps, Deputy Superintendent (KS) Mustaffa Ismail said that UniMAP SUKSIS Corps as the organizer and host this time had made a thorough preparation to welcome the contingent delegates from the public universities of Northern Malaysia.

He added that the preparations began five months ago to ensure the smooth operation of SUTRA 2019.

“We are delighted because UniMAP won the tournament despite having strong competition from other public universities," he said after the event.

SUTRA 2019 was officiated by the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. The ceremony was attended by almost 700 athletes and SUKSIS Corps officials from UniMAP, USM, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perlis, UiTM Kedah, UiTM Perak and UiTM Pulau Pinang.

During SUTRA 2019, the officials and coaches also had the opportunity to compete in woodball, an increasingly popular sports today.

Kor SUKSIS UniMAP Juara SUTRA 2019

Kor SUKSIS UniMAP Juara SUTRA 2019

Kor SUKSIS UniMAP Juara SUTRA 2019

Kangar, 20 February – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Macro Dimension Concrete (MDC) Sdn Bhd to meet industry requirements in concrete preparation yesterday.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP through the Centre of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) and School of Material Engineering collaborated with MDC to develop scientific research in the field.

He said discussion with CEGeoGTech on the matter begun several months before the LOI was signed yesterday.

"In addition, objectives of this LOI is to strengthen external finance, institutions or departments to conduct research activities between the two parties as well as the mobility of UniMAP staff and students," he said at the signing ceremony.

The LOI signing ceremony was held at the Vice Chancellor's Office, attended by UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr Ir. Rezuwan Kamarudin, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) UniMAP Associate Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan, Director of Centre for Industrial & Governmental Collaboration (CIGC) Dr Shafriza Nisha Basah, Manager of CEGeoGTech Associate Prof Dr Mohd Mustafa Albakri Abdullah, and Dean of the School of Material Engineering Dr Mohd Firdaus Omar.

At the event, UniMAP was represented by Dr Zul Azhar while MDC was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Leow Khang Heng.

Dr Zul Azhar also added that MDC agreed to allocate scholarships to UniMAP students in addition to placement of industrial training as well as to strengthen the MDC academy.

"Even more exciting MDC Academy also offers Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programs under the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) in line with the core of UniMAP in engineering," he said.

MDC was incorporated on March 10, 1997 in Jitra, Kedah Darul Aman starting with supplying ready-made concrete for government and private construction projects. MDC is now a reliable manufacturer and supplier of ready-made concrete in the construction sector and has expended its coverage to the Klang Valley and eastern (Kuantan).

LoI UniMAP - MDC

LoI UniMAP - MDC

LoI UniMAP - MDC

LoI UniMAP - MDC

Kangar, 15 February – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will be offering eight academic programmes at TIBA University, a new university managed by Thebes Integrated Institutes, Egypt.

The course offerings came about from the discussions between UniMAP, headed by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, and President of TIBA University Prof Seddik Afifi during an academic visit to UniMAP which took place from the 10th to the 14th of February.

Dr Zul Azhar said that during the visit the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding and also toured the TIBA University campus site.

He explained that this collaborative programme is most important to and very impactful for UniMAP, in line with the Education Minister's recommendation to internationalise Malaysian university programmes.

“This cooperation coincides with this and would uplift the UniMAP name in the international arena. UniMAP will give utmost commitment to ensure this endeavour bears enormous success for both parties,” he announced.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Prof Ir Dr Rezuwan Kamarudin, TIBA University Vice President Prof Ahmed Seddik, UniMAP Dean of Academic Management Prof Madya Ir Dr Anuar Mat Safar and the Dean of UniMAP School of Business and Technopreneurship (PPIPT) Dr Tunku Salha Tunku Ahmad.

Dr Zul Azhar explained that the cooperative relationship between UniMAP and Thebes Integrated Institutes Egypt which pioneered private higher education in Egypt started in 2015. In 2017, Nahda University, an institution owned by Thebes Integrated Institutes, sent 12 students to attend a two-week mobility programme at UniMAP.

“Furthermore, in December 2017, five UniMAP senior lecturers were appointed by Nahda University as visiting lecturers and taught there for three weeks.

“The collaboration between UniMAP and Thebes Integrated Institutes will go on with a series of discussions to implement academic cooperation by offering UniMAP academic programmes at TIBA University,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prof Seddik said that he was pleased with the collaboration with UniMAP and is impressed with the sterling education system in Malaysia, and hopes that Egyptian education will advance and improve from the cooperation.

“The cooperation will provide a many opportunities to Malaysians and Egyptians in various aspects especially in higher education fields and we are eager to learn from Malaysia's experiences.

“We also have high hopes of even greater successes in the future by invigorating our relationship through the signed agreement,” he said.

In the agreement, TIBA University will be set up infrastructure, facilities and teaching staff while UniMAP will contribute with regards to academic, curriculum, quality assurance and graduation certification.

The eight programmes to be offered are Bachelor's Degree in Mechatronic Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Business (Engineering Entrepreneurship), Master of Science (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy (Research).

lapan program akademik di TIBA University

lapan program akademik di TIBA University

Kangar, February 8 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues to attain success in international level research when it achieved 100 per cent of medals at the Bangkok International Intellectual Property Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (IPITEX 2019).

The achievement was through six gold, six silver and three bronze medals achieved by 15  researchers from Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) that  participated in the exhibition held at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Thailand.

UniMAP Head of Delegation, Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Mustafa Al-Bakri Abdullah, who is also a lecturer and Exco of the Malaysia's Research and Innovation Society (MyRIS), said UniMAP also received special awards from several countries, including the Special Award from Poland and Special Award from University of Sibiu.

He said, among the researches that received the gold medal were UHT Boiler: Design And Development Of Automated Machine For Dadih And Milk, Geo-Sleepers, Geopolymer Ceramics for Electrical Applications, Phase Stabilized Lead-Free Solder For Aerospace Electronic Interconnect Application, A Novel Geopolymer Reinforced Lead Free Solder For High Power Module Applications, and New Innovative Palm Trunk Plywood.

"We had to compete with more than 1000 research innovations in this competition involving 25 countries and this success inspired us to achieve more success throughout the year despite having to compete with other great nations," he said when contacted.

Apart from CEGeoGTech UniMAP, 27 Malaysian schools under the UniMAP MyRIS  also participated as it was open to schools, universities and industry researchers.

Among the other Malaysian schools that joined IPITEX this time were SMS Hulu Selangor, SMS Kuala Selangor, SMS Selangor, Tunku Kursiah College, Keningau Vocational College, SM St. Michael Penampang, SMAP Kajang, SMK Ibrahim Kedah, SK Sena Perlis, SMK UluTiram Johor, SK Kayang Perlis, SMK Lake Sarawak, SJKT RRI Sg. Buloh, SJKT Permas Jaya and many more.

IPITEX 2019 was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, ACM Prajin Juntong, which was held from 2nd to 6th February, participated by Canada, India, China, Iran, Indonesia, Romania, Poland, Vietnam, Philippine, Japan, South Korea, Croatia, Taiwan, apart from Thailand.

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PAUH, 8 Jan – The desire to win the sepak takraw event at the 2019 Sea Games has led the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association (PSM) delegation headed by the President Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail, to Perlis for a meeting with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) at the UniMAP main campus yesterday.

Also present was the Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) delegation headed by Dr. Che Mohd Aziz Yaakob, a senior lecturer from the Faculty of International Studies who is the PSM Research and Development (R&D) Committee Chairperson to discuss the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Research and Development (R&D) strategic plan and the Malaysian sepak takraw team.

According to Datuk Seri Ahmad, he wants a comprehensive research to be conducted to improve the players’ performance using technology that can be offered by UniMAP and UUM.

“The budget allocation for Sepak Takraw R&D has been in existence for the last six years but it has not been fully utilised due to lack of expertise and has failed to improve players’ performance to the desired level.

“Among the technology that could be developed is a ball launching machine for training sessions to replace people,” he said.

He added that the technology development has to be rushed to help the players with their early preparation for the 2019 Sea Games in November.

“The allocation for the Sepak Takraw R&D has to be maintained so it can be fully utilised by the players because from the skills the players are still good, but their mental and physical weakness need to be properly addressed,” he said.

Meanwhile UniMAP’s Sport Centre Director Tuan Haji Suhizaz Sudin who is also in the PSM R&D Committee said that the collaboration between several researchers from UniMAP and UUM is a smart move to achieve PSM’s goals.

“We will study in detail a number of aspects such as the players’ coordination, body posture, players’ anticipation and other aspects to get a comprehensive result in fulfilling PSM’s needs.

“But it will take time. So, for players’ preparation in facing our traditional adversary Thailand at the 2019 Sea Games, we will prioritise our focus and improvement will be made from time to time,” he said.

As for the national team coach, Mohd Helmi Ismail, he wants the technology to consistently improve players’ technique and could be used by all players according to their physical and mental suitability.

“Height, body flexibility, skills, emotion and others are interrelated factors and we need to do a research that can be adjusted to the players’ condition.

“We have model players that can demonstrate good play but to apply one players’ technique to another player has yet to be successfully done,” he said.

He added that the more flexible a player’s body is, the easier it is for the coach to devise game techniques and to reduce any form of injury.

Meanwhile, the National Sport Institute’s (ISN) Head of Sports Performance, High Performance Branch, Muhammad Fawwas Jamal said that they support the Sepak Takraw strategic plan and welcome the use of ISN facilities for the development of the sport.

“The researchers can use all facilities provided at ISN such as the biomechanic and 3D camera for research purposes to improve players’ performance,” he said.

Also present was the PSM Secretary General His Honourable (YB) Senator Datuk Haji Abidullah Haji Salleh, PSM Treasurer Datuk Abdul Jalil Ariffin, UniMAP’s Sport Engineering Research Centre of Excellence Manager Prof Madya Mazelan Abd Hamid and the officers from ISN.

UniMAP – UUM Sedia Bantu Pasukan Sepaktakraw Malaysia

Kangar, December, 18 - The Women Staff and Wives of Staff Association (PISKANITA) for Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) gave out their aid for asnaf to prepare them for the 2019 school session.

The collaboration of Piskanita and 3rd Force Perlis succeeded to collect RM8,273.85, including RM2,000 from the association’s fund. The collection was used to aid asnaf in buying school supplies for the coming school session.

Puan Siti Rukiah Hj Ikhsan, deputy chairperson of Piskanita said that 55 primary and secondary school students from 22 families were brought to purchase school supplies around the city.

She added that besides the asnaf from Perlis, the aid also reached 29 UniMAP staff in the effort to help the less fortunate staff as well as to ease their burden.

"Each student is provided allocation for a uniform, a pair of shoes, socks, head scarf and a track bottom. Thirteen Piskanita volunteers assisted the asnafs during this shopping session," she said while leading the shopping session.

Meanwhile, Mohd Nasir Haron, a UniMAP staff ,said that he was delighted with Piskanita’s aid as it could ease his burden of preparing for his children’s school supplies.

"Although my child is only in primary school, a lot of school supplies needs to be prepared.

"Thank you to all contributors and Piskanita on their initiative for us, the low-income group," he said when interviewed during the shopping session.

Other than individual contribution, UniMAP's Association of Administrative and Professional Officers (POTENSI), Maxxx IT Global, Api-api Ikan Bakar, Cenfotec and Bebasnap Studio also sponsored the school supplies.

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Taiping, 1 December – Some might believe that the elderly who live at old folks' home spend their time only eating and sleeping. In reality they are exposed to various activities including skill-building activities.

This was expressed by Taiping Rumah Seri Kenangan supervisor Ahmad Sukri Abdul Samad who is the Senior Social Welfare Assistant Department of Social Welfare Malaysia (JKM) while briefing 30 Association of Administrative and Professional Officers (POTENSI) from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) during their visit recently.

According to Ahmad Sukri, just like residents of a boarding school, the residents also wake up as early as 6 am to perform the Subuh prayers in congregation before attending the morning sermon and doing some light aerobics.

“After breakfast, they will attend the religious class, cooking workshop, gardening class, and various other classes provided to fill up their time.

“In fact, the annual programmes such as visits to tourist spots are also conducted. In short, the daily routine is filled with various beneficial and interesting activities,” he said. 

POTENSI's “Nature with Kindness” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme led by POTENSI president, Raja Shah Erman Raja Ariffin also entertained the Rumah Seri Kenangan residents with a karaoke session, P. Ramlee songs guessing game and birthday celebration.

He said that the POTENSI programme also donated beds, pillows and money to the residents to ease their stay there.

“The visit deeply affected the POTENSI club members as they shared gifts with the needy.

Besides aiding the Rumah Seri Kenangan, POTENSI also carried out a CSR programme at the Taiping Zoo by cleaning the zoo grounds while getting to know the flora and fauna there.

Finally, to test their stamina and fitness, the POTENSI members climbed the 1036 metre-tall Bukit Larut, providing a new experience for those who had never climbed the recreational hill before.

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KANGAR, 14 Nov - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Researcher achieved 100 per cent success at the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2018 which was held at COEX Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea recently.

UniMAP managed to bring  back three gold, two silver and one bronze medals and two special awards from Taiwan and Poland.

One of the three products that received gold medal is High Strength Geopolymer Reinforced Lead-Free Solder For Aerospace Interconnects Application, invented by Dr. Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh. This product also received a special award from the Taiwan Inventor Association.

Dr Mohd Arif said the lead-free solder material is a solder material which was reinforced with nano-sized geopolymer ceramic materials.

He added that it is an environmental friendly solder material that was developed to replace lead solder which could harm the environment and human health.

"The produced welding material is capable of producing a very strong connection and can be applied to extreme conditions such as for the telecommunications and aerospace electronics," he said when contacted.

Meanwhile, the second gold medal was for the Fly Ash Lightweight Geopolymer Aggregate (LiGA): Environmental Friendly Insulator Materials for Building Application, invented by Alida Abdullah and team who have also received a special award from The Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers.

LiGA is a lightweight building material capable of reducing heat transfer, which is an important feature in providing a comfortable environment where one does not feel too hot or too cold in a building.

While, the third product is a Biometric System For Computer Forensics Investigation: User Authentication System Based on Keystroke Dynamics and Soft Biometrics, invented by Dr. Syed Zulkarnain Syed Idrus Al Saggoff.

All the three researchers are from the Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology  (CEGeoTech), UniMAP.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the success at SIIF 2018 complements UniMAP's achievement for the year of 2018.

"We hope this achievement will be a stimulus for all the researchers to produce more impactful products for the community next year," he said when contacted.

SIIF 2018 is an annual event organized by the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA).

Besides Malaysia and the host South Korean, participants from more than 20 countries also attended this prestigious competition.

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KANGAR, 12 December – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Syarikat Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn. Bhd (Modenas) will market the retro style motorcycles produced by the engineering university.

The motorcycle was named Seri Perlis (SP) and was produced by the UniMAP students and assisted by the engineers from Modenas.

The director of Motorsports Technology Research Unit (MoTECH) UniMAP, Prof Madya Dr. Shahriman Abu Bakar said, Modenas is very helpful in producing the motorcycle.

“We have been working with Modenas since 2014 and it is even more vibrant after the establishment of the UniMAP Research Center - Modenas last year.”

"Through this research center, we are able to train and provide direct exposure to the students and produce the highest possible impact on the industry," he said when contacted recently.

He added that the establishment of the UniMAP Research Center-Modenas will not only reduce the cost of research but would also result in higher technology, in line with the National Automotive Policy to produce high-tech vehicles at low cost.

The motorcycle also attracted the attention of the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and he agreed to see the motorcyclist himself at the Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya recently, said Dr. Shahriman.

The Education Minister, Dr. Mazlee Malik, Chairman of the UniMAP Board of Directors, Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin and Chief Executive Officer of Modenas, Amirudin Abd Kadir were also present during the event.

Dr. Shahriman also expressed his gratitude to the Road Transport Department (RTD) for providing guidance and assistance in realizing the project.

The motorcycle will be priced at around RM12,000, and will be using the four-stroke single cylinder Modenas engine 173cc SOHC, air-cooled and four-speed transmission.

It produces 14.8 horsepower at 8,000 RPM and 16.2 Nm at 7,500 RPM.

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Arau, 6 Dec – 30 students have won seats in the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Campus Election (PRK), an annual ballot which allows UniMAP students to elect representatives for the 2018/2019 session Student Council (MPP).

Chairman of Student Representative Election Committee (JPPM) Nurhazwani Zabidin, who was also a former president (Yang DiPertua) of the 2016/2017 session UniMAP Student Council (MPP) said that 11 candidates contested in the General Constituency, while 40 other candidates contested in the School Constituency 

"However, there were only 33 seats available to be contested, consisting of seven General seats, 22 School seats, two Diploma seats and two International seats.

"Seven candidates won the General Constituency on the basis of number of votes and will fill the top posts of the UniMAP MPP, session 2018/2019," she told reporters soon after the announcement was made.

He further explained that for the School Constituency, 11 candidates won unopposed to represent their schools of study namely the School of Materials Engineering, the School of Environmental Engineering, the School of Mechatronic Engineering, the School of Bioprocess Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) and the Centre for Diploma Studies (PPD).

"Meanwhile, 12 other candidates won after winning the highest votes to represent the School of Computer and Communication Engineering, the School of Microelectronic Engineering, the School of Manufacturing Engineering, the School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship (PPIPT), the School of Human Development and Technocommunication and the Centre for International Studies.

“However, there were only one candidate sent each by the Schools of Bioprocess Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering and Electrical System Engineering respectively, and JPPM decided there would be no additions to the three empty chairs,” she said.

She added that 9,149 students or 79.27 per cent of 11,541 voters fulfilled their responsibilities through e-voting.

When asked regarding the JPPM, she explained that it is a body established to implement and facilitate the election process, and consists of the MPP, former MPP members, UniMAP Election Commission (SPR) Secretariat and also independent members from among the students.

“The JPPM consists 140 students; 40 JPPM main committee members and 100 polling location officers who have been on duty from November 16 until today, December 5, 2018.

"This year was the first time that the PRK was fully conducted by students in line with the wishes of the Malaysian Education Minister Yang Berhormat Dr. Maszlee Malik who wants to reinvigorate political aspirations on campus," she said.

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Arau - Music and dance are often misinterpreted by the community as a form of entertainment that neglects the values and not considering the contribution that can be offered if handled in a correct way.

University of Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), on the other hand, believes that entertainment is capable of helping and benefits others.

As evidence, the UniMAP performing arts group, Indrasutra, under the Culture and Recreational Unit (UKR) is called upon to use their music and dance to raise funds to help autistic children’s organizations.  

There were about 39 people from UKR that went to Langkawi Island in April, for three days, to fulfil the University's Social Responsibility Program (USR) for the environmental conservation and also Charity Busking.

According to the program director, Izwan Izhar Haris, who is also the UKR Director, this program is one of the form of assistance to the community.

"We want to keep Langkawi Island clean, especially Cenang Beach, which attracts large number of tourists from within and outside the country every holiday season.

"Consequently, the implementation of environmental conservation program is important to present a positive image of environmental protection of the Malaysian community," he said when contacted by the reporter recently.

Taking initiatives with the large number of tourists to Langkawi Island, UKR is also doing its charitable work by performing busking in the famous public locations to collect funds and channel it to UniMAP's A-Heart fund, a body that focuses on Autism.

"We chose strategic locations such as Cenang Mall and Jetty Point Complex to perform busking.

"In addition to busking, we also convey information on Autism to educate the public and through the provided information, we managed to collect a donation of RM 1500 from visitors," he said.

Izwan added that the collected money was given right away to UniMAP's A-Heart fund to help autistic children in the northern region of Malaysia.

"I believed the results of our information about Autism; the society will understand better what autism is and have an awareness of the behaviour and sensitive about the need of autistic children and their families.

"We are delighted to have fulfilled this program and plan to hold more community service activities to help those in need," he said.

In addition to Autism Charity Busking, Indrasutra has been involved in various community service activities such as busking to raise money for Rohingya Fund; contributed to the Perlis art practitioners during Sahur Tour activities; entertaining orphans; beach cleaning; sharing the knowledge of music and dance with children at Taska Pewaris UniMAP.

Besides, they were also partnered with the Muslim community at Satun and Hatyai for the gotong-royong program to clean up the mosques and religious classes.

Indrasutra was established on 1st March 2005 and it is a performing arts group especially for UniMAP. As they have shown an excellent job, they often get invitations to perform at ceremonies from outside.

Izwan when asked about the origin of Indrasutra's name and he shared that it was the idea of the UKR’s first director, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Salmah Haji Ayob, which combines the elements of the name "Indra" related to the Perlis State name at that time (Perlis Indra Kayangan) and also "Sutera" which is synonymous with the gentleness of the people of Perlis in terms of character and cultural norms that symbolize the state of Perlis.

"At the beginning of the establishment of "Indrasutra", its members need to go through an interview and an audition process and pass the "standard" that has been set before being accepted and absorbed into the Culture and Recreational Unit. Most of them are those who have experience in their respective fields.

"Cultural Artist, with vast experience serving with the arts and culture bodies in Malaysia, started joining UKR in around 2005 and it was completed in 2006 with about 5 couples or 10 people," he said.

Indrasutra is not only famous around Perlis and Malaysia but has brought UniMAP and Malaysia’s name internationally.

"Indrasutra has represented the country for cultural performances in several countries starting from 2009 in Uzbekistan; Australia (2010); South Korea (2011); China (2012); Italy (2013); UAE (2014).

Even Indonesia and Thailand is like a second home to Indrasutra as we have several opportunities to perform in both countries every year," he said.

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Kangar, 23 Nov – Daily marathon training, maintaining a healthy food intake and to be mentally prepared were among the main tips of a student from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) to win Melaka Ultra (MATRA) recently.

The first year student of Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK), Mohd Zharif Asyraf Ismail said he spent some time after dawn each morning for five kilometres (KM) marathon training.

"In the evening, if there was no class or lecture, I will go for a 10KM run practice.  I usually only spend a day or two in a week to rest from training.”

"In addition, taking a balanced nutrition is one of the main factors to keep fit and healthy" he said.

Mohd Zharif won the 100 KM Open Male's MATRA Race held in Melaka on November 18 with a time of 13 hours 27 minutes.

According to Mohd Zharif, besides Melaka Ultra, he previously won second place in the 70 KM Kuching Ultra Marathon in his hometown and was ranked seventh when he joined the 50 KM Penang Ultra Marathon in September last year.

He started joining long-distance races two years ago through his own marathon group, Underground Runners Sarawak (UGRS) while he was still working before pursuing his studies in UniMAP.

"We participated in events using our own financial resources and some sponsorship from UGRS. All the members in the group are always supportive of each other," he said.

 When asked about future plans, Mohd Zharif and his group planned to join a 168 KM race in Pahang scheduled next year.

 He added that his family has always been supportive of his interests, and all his siblings were active in sports.

 "My brother joins the national team in futsal under 16 while my youngest brother joins the National Football Development Program (NFDP).”

 "In short, all of my siblings are active in spots, be it in tournaments or just to fill the leisure hours every evening," he said as he ended the interview.

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Pauh Putra, 31st October  – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) received two Automatic Pick and Place Robot Machines (APPRM) donated by Walta Engineering Berhad, here, today.

The contribution worth RM400,000 is the result of the collaboration between the university via the School of Mechatronics Engineering and the engineering company since mid-2017.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancelor of Academic and International Affairs, Prof Ir Dr Rezuwan Kamarudin said that 10 meetings have had been previously held for the collaboration to discuss research and technology development.

He said four lecturers from the School of Mechatronics Engineering underwent industrial secondment with the company to increase their practical experience.

“This led to the donation of the two machines which will be used in  industrial secondment, research, teaching and learning.

“In addition, two UniMAP students will utilise the machines to complete their final year projects efficiently,” he said when delivering his speech at the handover ceremony of the robots.

Also present were the Dean of the School of Mechatronics Engineering Prof Madya Ir Dr Abu Hassan Abdullah, Walta Group Managing Director Goh Kheng Sneah, Walta Group Director Ong Thean Lye and a number of UniMAP Deans.

Rezuwan added that the industrial secondment is crucial for the university to enable lecturers to apply to be a Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) accredited engineer.

“Among collaborative projects performed by the four lecturers are the development of the automatic waterjet fruit cutting and peeling machine and collaborations in biomedicine,” he said.

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Pauh Putra, October 19 – In an effort to honour the sacrifices of the Malaysian Armed Forces, especially the Malaysian Army in safeguarding the peace and sovereignty of the nation, the Centre for International Languages (CIL) from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) organised an English Language Course for army personnel.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato 'Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said this was the second collaboration between UniMAP and the army after the inaugural programme held in June last year.

"Before this we had no channels to organise such programmes. Organising this course can be considered a small UniMAP contribution to our security forces employing the skills that our language instructors possess.

“Community programmes such as this is one of UniMAP’s aspirations that is to diversify activities that could help society,” he said in his speech during the Army English Course Closing Ceremony at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra's Library Auditorium.

Also present were the Territorial Army 504th Regiment's Deputy Commander Lieutenant Colonel Huzaini Hussin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr. Ir. Rezuwan Kamarudin and CIL Director Dr. Sharmini Abdullah.

He added, in addition to teaching English to the military, the instructors were also able to learn from the experiences shared by the army.

“This is one of the bilateral learning programmes where both parties can share knowledge which I believe is not easy for the public to learn from the army,” he explained.

Meanwhile Lieutenant Colonel Huzaini Hussin said that this opportunity was a new experience for the army to learn with university lecturers.

“Previously we had never attended programmes or classes with civilians because the army has its own Education Corps which has military instructors.

“This class is a preparation for training with other foreign military like Australia, the United States, and operations on the border of Thailand and Sabah,” he said representing Major Tadris Ahmad as the 6th Brigade  Headquarters Education Second Officer. 

According to Huzaini, joint military trainings with foreign nations require that our army personnel be able to communicate in languages other than Malay, so this English preparatory class would be very useful to them.

“For this programme, we combined personnel of various ranks from Infantry and Support Services in the northern region so that they would be more confident in undergoing training and operations.

“I hope this collaborative programme will go on as it giving us, the military, a beneficial experience,” he continued.

Earlier, Lieutenant Dzulfikar Dasuki, a participant from Sungai Ara Camp, Penang, said that during the programme he stayed at a nearby camp in order to attend the programme.

According to him, although he graduated from the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM), the opportunity to join the UniMAP programme afforded him new experiences.

“Also, the activities were fun and I was able to make new friends with soldiers from other bases and also with UniMAP instructors," he said.

The five-day course was attended by 50 army officers which took place from 15 to 19 October at the UniMAP Pauh Putra Campus run by eight CIL staff members including one international instructor.

The learning sessions focused on speaking, listening and collaborative skills in order to help military officers execute missions more efficiently and effectively.

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Kangar : 16 October 2018 – Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), His Royal Highness Tuanku Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail has met the new chairman of Lembaga Pengarah Universiti (LPU), Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin for the first time.

The chancellor was briefed on the university's direction and strategic planning to move together to enhance UniMAP's glory.


Also present was UniMAP’s vice-chancellor, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahir Jamal and the university’s main officers.

Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin was appointed as the Chairman of UniMAP for a period of three years with effect from October 2018 until September 2021 to replace Dato' Mohd Sofi Osman.

For the record, he started as the Rector at Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM) in 2002 before being appointed as the Vice-Chancellor after KUKUM was branded as UniMAP in 2007.

Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin retired in 2016 after leading the university for 14 years and was among the longest serving Vice-Chancellors in Malaysia.

Arau, October 4 - Former Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Brig. Jen. Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin has returned to the university after been appointed as the Chairman of the University Board of Directors of UniMAP effective 1st October 2018.

His appointment is to replace Dato' Mohd Sofi Osman for a period of three years effective from 1st October to September 2021.

Dr. Kamarudin expressed his gratitude for the opportunity by the Ministry of Education in appointing him as the Chairman of University Board of Directors of UniMAP.

"I pledge to give UniMAP the best service and I could see few improvements which can be made to drive the university to a brighter future.

"My focus is to provide a better understanding of the university's strategic plan and direction to UniMAP community so that we can move together to enhance UniMAP's glory," he said.

He added that it is impossible for the university to achieve success without the unity of its community and this might happen if UniMAP staff and students are less clear with the goals set by the university.

"Therefore, in order to achieve the goals, I will discuss in depth with UniMAP's top management to reach the consensus and agreement on the direction of the university.

"In addition, with the limited financial circumstances, we need to think of the right mechanism to achieve the expectation at the same time, bring out the visibility of UniMAP in the eyes of the world," he said.

In fact, he will also focus on improving the reputation of the university through the enrolment of students from within and outside the country.

"I would like to see an increase in the number of students from within and outside the country. For that, we will intensify the efforts of popularizing the university so that more young people will love science and technology as well as UniMAP," he added.

For the record, Dr. Kamarudin started as the Rector at Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM) in 2002, who later became the Vice Chancellor after KUKUM was renamed as UniMAP.

He resigned as UniMAP Vice Chancellor in 2016 after serving the university for 14 years and being among the longest serving Vice Chancellors in Malaysia.

Arau, 11 October – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) received 4 units of electric motorcycles and battery swap stations from Roda Prestasi Sdn. Bhd. (RPSB) to conduct E2W research for the domestic market.

The handover was officiated by RPSB Managing Director Ahmad Sabandi Othman to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal at the compound of the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) at UniMAP Pauh Putra yesterday.

Also present was the Head of Manufacturing Industry Development Asmazura Ismail representing the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), a strategic partner in the research.

According to Project Leader Prof. Madya Dr. Shafriza Nisha Basah, these vehicles will be used a consumer study to identify factors such as attitude and acceptance of consumers towards E2W, and product price and specifications."The collaborative project with the NCIA will be completed within six weeks as we will conduct a comprehensive study by conducting research and E2W test drive with target groups, and discussions with the target groups to get their thoughts. "This will help to identify the appropriate marketing strategy for E2W use in tandem with the government's recommendations in the 11th Malaysian Plan under the sixth strategic thrust that focuses on green growth towards sustainable development," he said when contacted by reporters recently.

He added that the target groups are students, workers, corporate consumers and motorcycle vendors."We will start as soon as possible and inshaAllah at UniMAP's 13th Convocation Ceremony which will take place from October 27 to October 29, 2018. We will also conduct a survey and test drive for parents and the graduates themselves," he said.

In fact he is optimistic that the findings of this study will provide a conclusion about interested consumer groups, product enhancements that would attract buyers; and suitable pricing.

In addition to Dr. Shafriza who specialises in mechatronic engineering, the co-researchers for this project are Prof Madya Muzamir Isa from an electrical engineering background, Prof. Rosni Bakar from economics and Dr. Hanum Hassan from marketing, communication and statistics.

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PAUH PUTRA, 11 October – Various sports development programs have been organized by the government in the effort to produce world-class athletes.

In this regard, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is committed to assist the country in making the venture a reality.

The manager of UniMAP Sports Engineering Research Center (SERC), Associate Professor Mazelan Abdul Hamid said that the SERC will implement research and development programs related to sports advancement in solving issues and matters related to sports development.

"As an engineering university, UniMAP offers expertise in Science and Engineering in solving sports-related problems. Sports is an industry of a great value and has started to grow rapidly in our country and UniMAP does not want to miss it," he said recently.

He also added that research in sports engineering requires expertise in various related fields such as biomechanics, sensor technology, communication and more.

"UniMAP has expertise in various fields of engineering and it can be applied in research and development such as athlete performance measurement systems, designs for sports equipment and safety in sports, as well as analysis of sports performance.”

“From that we are able to develop sports coaching programs for the improvement of athlete skills as used in developed countries," Mazelan said.

He added that SERC has several plans to be carried out throughout 2018 and hopes to work with Persatuan Sukan Kebangsaan (PSK), Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM), Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), and also Majlis Sukan Negeri (MSN).

SERC was launched by UniMAP vice-chancellor, Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahir Jamal in conjunction with the UniMAP 2017 Research and Excellence Awards Ceremony recently.

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PAUH PUTRA, 5 October – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Council of Professors Chairman Datuk Prof. Dr. Ali Yeon Md Shakaff was named the recipient of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award this year.

The former UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International started his career as an educator in 1988 at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia and continued his services at UniMAP in 2002.

Prof. Dr. Ali Yeon received a Certificate of Appreciation and a trophy. The opening ceremony and the prize-giving ceremony was officiated by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

Besides the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award five other awards were presented, namely the Al-Falah Award which was won by Majlis Pengurusan Kolej Kediaman, Maal Hijrah Personality Award (four recipients), Tokoh Siswa Award (two recipients), Special Awards of Pencetus Ummah Utara Perlis (four recipients) and Best Agency Award (received by MSB Utara Perlis which operates the cafeteria at the UniMAP School of Electrical System Engineering.)

In his opening speech, Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar said that in-line with the theme "Menyantuni Umat Membawa Berkat" (Helping Society Begets Blessings), UniMAP as a higher education institution, carries great trust and responsibility towards society.

"In supporting the diversity of today's society, we need to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses, and help them with the spirit of mutual trust and tolerance.

"This is why UniMAP continues to be committed in carrying out its corporate social responsibility (CSR). We share our expertise not only with Perlis, but also the whole of Malaysia," he said.

He further explained that what is done by UniMAP is to create mutual cooperation, sharing of love and compassion, and the need for faith and knowledge among society, which are also human rights.

"Nevertheless, we do not have to be proud and comfortable with our deeds. We have all responsibility to carry out, and among them is the responsibility to help our Muslim brethren to advance and succeed," he continued.

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Arau - Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology (CeGeoGTech), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continued its glory when three of its researchers were selected to receive international research funding after a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed with an educational institution in Makassar, Indonesia.

UniMAP is represented by the Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal and Makassar State University (UNM) is represented by his Deputy Rector, Prof. Dr. Gufran Darma Dirawan at The Third International Conference on Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, Education and Their Applications in conjunction with The First International Symposium on Green Materials and Technology at the university recently.

Also present at the conference was the manager of CeGeoGTech, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah.

Mustafa Al Bakri said UniMAP will use its research expertise while UNM will act as research financier later.

"UniMAP has also signed such an agreement with several other countries including India, Vietnam, Australia, Romania," he added.

In relation to this research, three female researchers were selected by UNM.

"The selected researchers; Dr. Rafiza Abdul Razak; Dr. Farah Farhana Zainal and Dr. Norazian Mohamed Noor are from CeGeoGTech. They are also lecturers at the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK),” he continued.

Mustafa Al Bakri also added that the collaboration also took particular emphasis on staff and student exchange, dual program offering, research partnership, and journal publishing.

Meanwhile, at the same conference, over 170 lecturers and students from universities around Makassar showed an interest in pursuing postgraduate studies at UniMAP after attending a briefing session on the university.

They express their admiration with the good facilities, experienced academic staff, high impact publications, and achievements and successes of UniMAP.

KANGAR, 24 September – 80 students registered as the inaugural batch of the Part-Time Study Programme at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) recently.

The students were registered in two programmes namely the Bachelor Degree of Electrical Systems Engineering and the Bachelor Degree of Electronics Engineering. 

The UniMAP Academic Management Dean Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Anuar Mat Safar said that offering the part-time study mode is one of UniMAP's initiatives to diversify its study programme and provide the opportunity for the working candidates to further their study.

“It is in-line with the government’s aspiration to promote life-long learning in all walks of life.

“UniMAP offered the Part-Time Study Course once approval from the Senate had been given last May. As a start, approval was given to two Schools, namely the Schools of Electrical System Engineering and Microelectronics Engineering,” he said while giving a speech at the Part-Time Degree Programme Student Intake Ceremony at Dewan Keikhlasan UniMAP, recently.

Also present were the Dean for the School of Electrical System Engineering Dr. Haziah Abdul Hamid and the Dean of the School of Microelectronics Engineering Assoc. Prof.  Ir. Dr. Rizalafande Che Ismail.

He added that the part-time students will attend their classes at the Pauh Putra Campus and off-campus at Anjung Kulim.

“I hope that the two Schools will be pioneers in developing a specially designed curriculum structure by taking into consideration the academic qualifications and also the working experiences of the selected candidates,” he added.

Meanwhile Assistant Engineer at Hoya Eletronic Snd. Bhd. Abdullah Fikri Paharodzi, 33, said he had an ambition to further his study but due to the limitation of time and money he had to put his ambition on hold.

“I am thankful that my employer allows me to further my study and UniMAP  offers the course that I wanted. Also, the location is nearby,” said the School of Microelectronic Engineering student.

As for Guar Cempedak Tenaga Nasional Berhad Technical Head Boriyatol Afizah Tajudin, 41, who enrolled in the Electrical System Course, the opportunity to further his study is something that he had been waiting for.

“I believe that it is time for me to further my studies as the course offered by UniMAP suits my needs, is close by and affordable.

“In addition to that, from my observation the syllabus offered by UniMAP is really interesting and gives me confidence,” he added.

Pauh Putra, 20 Sept – A pair of twin siblings are greatly relieved as they have been enrolled into the same university and are now beginning the  Manufacturing Engineering programme at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

Earlier, Noratiqah Mohd Izer secured a place at the engineering university during the first intake on August 28 while her twin sister Norafiqah enrolled in UniMAP yesterday.

Noratiqah explained that they had never been separated before. They even pursued the same Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Textile) programme at Politeknik Seberang Perai.

She said that at first the situation saddened them because they had to be separated but eventually felt relieved when Norafiqah managed to get a place at UniMAP in the same course during the second intake.

“My parents encouraged my twin sister to appeal for a place in UniMAP and praise Allah she also managed to enrol in the same course,” she said.

The daughters of an army veteran and a teacher, the ladies said that the good news lifted their spirits and motivated them to attend lectures at UniMAP. They hope they would be able quickly adapt being away from family.

“We are from Penang. It was never a problem when we were studying in Politeknik Seberang Perai because it was not far from home so being away this time would make us feel more comfortable if we studied at the same university and attended the same lectures,” she said.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the second intake UniMAP received 393 new students who enrolled in Bachelor's Degree programmes for the 2018/2019 Academic Session while the university's first intake earlier greeted 2,198 new students.

He said that UniMAP welcomes the arrival of the new students and hopes that they will be able to adapt to the campus environment and attend their lectures comfortably.

A range of facilities have been provided by UniMAP and 100 percent of students stay at UniMAP's residential colleges therefore parents should not worry about renting accommodations and transportation, he said.

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UniMAP Second Intake Reunites Twins

UniMAP Second Intake Reunites Twins

UniMAP Second Intake Reunites Twins

Padang Besar, 18 Sept – The storm that wreaked havoc upon nearly the entire state of Perlis yesterday caused a multitude of damages to residences and public infrastructure, affecting many areas.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) via the Security Department, the Corporate Communications Unit, the Development Unit and the Volunteerism Club provided aid to one of the storm victims, namely Azleen Wahab, a staff of the UniMAP Security Department of UniMAP in Kampung Bawah Bukit, Chuping.

One of the volunteers, Yap Chee Hian, said he and 14 of his friends whose schedules were clear of lectures participated in the relief movement after being informed by the management.

“The Volunteerism Club consists of 93 people, and we are always ready whenever we are informed of a relief movement.

“Some of us are busy with the Orientation Week for the new second intake registration at the university today, but still we are excited to come and help,” he said.

The incident which occurred around 10 pm caused the roof of Azleen’s family home to be blown away. Additionally, the central part of the ceiling cracked and collapsed.

Azleen’s mother Latifah Kassim, 63, said that she and her family were watching television when they were surprised by the loud wind.

She said that everyone wondered what the very loud crash was and discovered upon checking outside that a roof had fallen in front of the house.

“It turned out that the roof from the rear part of the house was blown by the gale to the front. Thankfully no one was injured as the roof was heavy and made of timber,” she said when met.

Meanwhile, UniMAP Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal spent his time assessing the damaged incurred by the victim’s family.

According to Dr Zul Azhar, UniMAP provided assistance in cleaning and repairing damages through the Development Department and UniMAP volunteers.

“Around 40 staff and volunteers consisting of UniMAP students worked together to help to reduce the burden faced by Azleen’s family.

“Also, UniMAP also conveyed a donation via the UniMAP Disaster Fund to Azleen’s family for other damage repairs required,” he said.

Meanwhile it was reported that 56 houses from several villages and housing areas were damaged by the storm mainly from Mata Ayer, Bintong, Kayang, Beseri, Sena, Chuping, Kuala Perlis and Pauh.

In addition, 156 trees were reported to have been uprooted, blocking major roads and 55 cases of electrical outages had been also received due to the storm.

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UniMAP Relief Movement 2018

UniMAP Relief Movement 2018

Kuantan, 18 Ogos - The contingent of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was crowned the overall champion of the 43rd SUKUM Championship while remains the defending champion for the 11th time. UniMAP won the overall championship at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) after winning 23 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 19 bronze medals in seventeen sports events.


Among the UniMAP's outstanding achievements are in the athletics, bowling, golf, women volleyball, football (senior category) and cycling. Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP said that a team mentoring system is among the secrets of UniMAP's success.

"The mentors who are also the heads of department in UniMAP are responsible to support, advice and inspire their respective teams.”

"This approach proves that the administration always encourages staff to participate in sports events," he said when contacted.

Meanwhile, UniMAP's senior football team continues to excel after defeating Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) with four goals yesterday at the stadium of Sekolah Sukan Pahang.

Anas Shahrom scored the first goal in the fourth minute followed by the second and the third goals by Rosmaidi in the 10th and 26th minute respectively. The fourth goal by Faizal Zahir was in the 48th minute.

UniMAP's 206 contingents comprise athletes, coaches and officers joining the 43rd SUKUM Championship which was also participated by 20 public universities.

UniMAP's senior football team celebrates victory after defeating UMT in the final at the stadium of Sekolah Sukan Pahang yesterday

Tanjung Malim, 12 August – 52 out of 1,234 UniMAP Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (SUKSIS) trainees from all Public Universities attended the Passing Out Ceremony and the Presentation of SUKSIS Corps Inspector Certificate, today.

The certificate was awarded by the YDH Tan Sri Dato’ Inspector-General of Police at the ceremony which was held at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).

In addition, three UniMAP SUKSIS trainees also received their awards at the ceremony, namely Best Overall Trainee Insp/KS Tan Yow Sheng, Best Academic Trainee Insp/KS Nur Amirah Abu Hassan and Best External Trainee Insp/KS Ikmal Hakim Ab Kadir.

The UniMAP SUKSIS Corps trainees this session are those from the 2015 squad which successfully underwent various trainings held by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) for three years, before they were qualified to receive the SUKSIS Corps Volunteer Police Inspector Certificates of Appointment.

Also present to witness the momentous occasion was UniMAP Vice Chancellor YDH ACP/KS Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal who is the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps Commandant.

Previously, UniMAP Corporate Communication Unit (UKK) Director Mustaffa Ismail received the appointment as UniMAP SUKSIS Corps Adjutant Officer and holds the title of Deputy Superintendent of Police/AKS.

He received the appointment at the SUKSIS Corps Rank and Honorary Officer Appointment Certificate Ceremony, officiated by the PDRM Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department YDH CP Dato’ Sri Tajudin Md Isa at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam 3rd August recently.

 

 

ARAU, 14 August – Nine teams will represent Perlis in the upcoming National Robotic Competition (NRC) 2018 after winning the Perlis state-level NRC held at Dewan Serbaguna Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) recently.

41 teams from eight primary schools and ten secondary schools around Perlis took part in the 11 categories contested.

Dean of UniMAP’s Mechatronic Engineering School (PPK), Prof. Madya Ir. Ts. Dr. Abu Hassan Abdullah said that the Perlis state-level NRC was UniMAP’s sophomore effort in organising the event.

“We are moved by the trust given by the Perlis Department of Education (JPN) and SASBADI Holdings Berhad to UniMAP's Mechatronics Engineering School this year to host this competition for a second.

“The competition was held to select teams which will represent Perlis at the national level to be held in September and then at the international level in Chiang Mai, Thailand later this November,” he said.

The prize giving ceremony was graced by the Perlis JPN Head of the Humanitarian and Development Sector Sharudin Mahhmud and SASBADI Learning Solutions Sdn. Bhd Technical Support Manager Kendrick Lee.

The winners of the 11 categories were Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Hwa Aik, Arau (Regular Pro Category – Primary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Syed Alwi, Kangar (Regular Pro Category – Lower Secondary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kuala Perlis, Kuala Perlis (Regular Pro Category – Upper Secondary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Mata Ayer, Mata Ayer (Open Category – Lower Secondary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Putra, Jayapura (Open Category – Upper Secondary School), Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Hwa Aik, Arau (NRC Football Category), Sekolah Agama Al-Islahiyah (Primary), Simpang Empat (Regular Rookie Category – Primary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato 'Ali Ahmad, Kangar (Regular Rookie Category – Lower Secondary School), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Padang Besar Utara, Padang Besar (Regular Rookie Category – Upper Secondary School) and Mata Ayer National High School, Mata Ayer (STEM Design and Innovation Category).

Winners took home trophies, medals and certificates. 

Dr. Abu Hassan explained that PPK Mechatronic was actively organising robotic workshops using Lego MINDSTORMS to primary and secondary schools around Perlis and northern Kedah.

“Organising such programmes is a part of University Social Responsibility (USR) for the benefit of society as a whole. Creativity and innovation can not be taught but it can be indirectly implied through planned and instructional activities.

“I believe that organising such programmes is the best platform in providing and disseminating accurate and up-to-date information to school and teachers,” he said.

International Conference on Mathematics, Engineering and Industrial Applications 2018 (ICoMEIA 2018) was held at Menara Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur from 24 until 26 July 2018. ICoMEIA 2018 was organised by Institute of Engineering Mathematics, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), co-organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Penang and involving Thaksin University, Thailand as the co-sponsor.

The three-day conference has managed to collect a total of 61 research articles in mathematics, engineering and industrial applications from local and international. The participating countries are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Spain and Australia.

ICoMEIA 2018 elevates the theme “Conquering Big Data Challenges via Mathematics and Statistics” concerning its rapid development in analytical data and its relation in engineering, industry, finance, business, health, social media and etc.

The organiser has invited Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician Malaysia, Department of Statistics Malaysia to deliver a keynote address. His speech emphasized on big data as a new trend that will impact our country economically and socially as a whole.

The second keynote address delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norma Alias from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia touched on the technical aspect of big data including its relationship with the simulation, network and appropriate platform towards the Industry Revolution 4.0.

The final keynote was delivered by Mr. Mohd Parid Sulaiman, The Director of Engineering Strategic Program, Intel Products (M) Sdn. Bhd. He addressed on the direction of the industry and industry-academic gap facing Industry Revolution 4.0.

ICoMEIA 2018 was officially opened by Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, The Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

 

ICoMEIA 2018 participants had a photo session in front of Menara Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Dato’ Profesor Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (three from left) besides Mr. Mohd Parid Sulaiman (two from left) and Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin (two from right) with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zaini Ahmad, The Dean of Institute of Engineering Mathematics (most right) and Prof. Dr. Amran Ahmed, The Chairperson of ICoMEIA 2018 (most left).

Kangar, July 30 - The 2018 Asian Summer Program (ASP) is a credit-based mobility program,  participants of Asian universities were brought together to South Korea as Dongseo University hosted the program from July 8 to 27, recently.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has sent 24 students to join the ASP for three weeks with more than 400 students from 12 countries involving 31 universities.

Among the programs of ASP 2018 is that participants need to enroll, choose and attend in two courses that scheduled daily (Monday to Friday) at 9.30 am to 4.00 pm, apart from tours, Korean Cultural Event, Sports Day, Movie Night and other interesting activities held after the lecture hours.

A second year Industrial Biotechnology student, Vinod Kumar said ASP 2018 is a unique program and strengthens the fellowship among participants which coming from different countries.

"Each student was placed with a student from different countries over the course of the three weeks, therefore, the students get a chance to learn to live harmoniously, understand and respect different cultures.

"Furthermore, ASP has also increased my understanding of living in harmony and able tolerate with other races as well as recognizing the culture of  other Asian countries," he added.

Another second year Bioprocess student, Arina Izaati, who is also a member of the Student Representative Council (MPP), said that the opportunity was utilized fully when selected to participate in ASP 2018.

She said that in ASP 2018 her friends and she were able to highlight the uniqueness of Malaysian culture to other Asian counterparts.

"Moreover, my UniMAP friends and I also had the opportunity to experience going to lectures in a new atmosphere and met lecturers from different cultures and races," she said when contacted recently.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor, Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said other than UniMAP students, teaching staff were also selected to teach for two out of the 52 courses offered by ASP 2018, which are Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Commercialization & Intellectual Properties Management Prof. Dr. Rosni Bakar and Deputy Dean (Student's Affairs & Alumni) School of Human Development and Techno-Communication (iKOM), Dr Nor'Izah Ahmad.

He said, for the selection of ASP 2018 lecturers was different from previous years as the courses offered were determined by the request of ASP participants.

"Other than Malaysia, the countries that joined ASP 2018 were Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea and Lithuania," he added.

For the record, UniMAP has hosted ASP in 2014 and 23 Asian universities participated in the program.

Arau, 23 July – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) sent 87 participants to the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Varsity Carnival which is being held from 20 to 26 July 2018, here at Universiti Teknologi MARA Perlis Branch.

According to UniMAP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan, participants consisting of 64 students and 23 officers were divided into three activity categories, namely sports, culture and seminar.

“There are seven sporting events being run, which are football, badminton, basketball, volleyball (women), and tennis.”

“Meanwhile, 15 students participated in the culture category and 3 students participated in the seminar,” he said during the Flag Handover Ceremony which was held at Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFI2), UniMAP Pauh Putra.

He said that all students who participate should do their utmost best in their respective segments and as ambassadors of the university, they should be more disciplined and adhere to all the rules.

“In fact, they need to keep in mind that their contribution is valuable to the university.

“Build a network of friends with participants from other universities, especially from Thailand and Indonesia,” he said.

The Varsity Carnival IMT-GT involves three countries, namely Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, which are represented by universities that are members of IMT-GT.

“There are 11 universities representing their respective countries. Indonesia is represented by Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU), Institut Teknologi Medan (ITM), Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) dan Universitas Negeri Medan (UNIMED).

“While Thailand is represented by Prince of Songkhla University (PSU), Thaksin University (TSU), Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RMUTSV) and Walailak University (WU),” he said.

Malaysia is presently being represented at the IMT-GT by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Perlis Branch, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and UniMAP.

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19 July 2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation, also known as Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) aims to raise another RM5.5 million to build an autism centre for the community in Perlis, which would be the first in the state. The centre will also benefit people from the northern region to build a brighter future for people with autism.

Through a collaborative effort with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) two years ago, the Autism Hub for Educational Resources and Training (A-HEART) initiative was formed and raised RM500,000 to build an autism centre for children at UniMAP’s campus. Moving forward, A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is looking to expand to a full-fledged centre to reach out to more people in need. YTSP is now aiming to raise RM6 million over 3 years to realise this expansion.

YTSP is chaired by His Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, The Crown Prince Of Perlis, who is also UniMAP Chancellor while A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is under the Royal Patronage of Her Highness Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, The Consort Of The Crown Prince Of Perlis. She is also UniMAP Pro-Chancellor.

Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin who is a Board Member of Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) and the Chairman of the Board of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) said: “YTSP aims to develop an autism centre to provide the community with access opportunities for quality education, life skills training and support for the community, parents of autistic children, carers and professionals. The foundation has been receiving encouraging support from corporate bodies that have contributed half a million to the foundation to date. Today, we are honoured to have Acts One Group Inc. to support us to help establish a full-fledged autism centre a reality very soon.”

Founder and Chairman of Acts One Group Inc., Serena Chiam said: “I believe in contributing to the betterment of society. It is the same culture that is embraced in my company - to lend a helping hand to those who are in need.”

“We play our part in shaping a better future for all and hope that more corporations and individuals will be encouraged to donate to YTSP with the goal to fund the expansion of the            A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre.”

Also present was UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, who expressed his gratitude towards corporate bodies that have lent their support not only through monetary value but also organising community events. “Just recently, Bank Rakyat organised the ‘Bank Rakyat-A-Heart Autismlympic Carnival’, a unique sporting event to encourage sports in autism students. Then in February this year, YTL donated RM100,000 to YTSP. Last year, we had Bank Rakyat again to organise the ‘Bank Rakyat A-HEART Rainbow Walk’ that saw 1,398 participants made up of children from orphanages and university students to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month.”

“Having said, I believe that by creating awareness at different layers and levels of the public will contribute positively to the provision of a dynamic eco-system to the autism group. We hope more corporate bodies, individuals and parties will come forward to support this long-term Corporate Social Responsibility of UniMAP. Not to miss out, I am very proud of the dedication shown by the UniMAP’s educators and students who have been managing the current centre. Through this initiative, I hope it will continue to boost their enthusiasm to doing good for the community.”

Meanwhile, Autism Buddies who is supporting the cause plays an instrumental role in the               A-HEART initiative was represented by Puan Sri Dato’ Akmal Abdul Salam, who is also the patron of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA).

She said: “Although public awareness of autism is high, understanding is still low. In a few years, there will be a challenge for education services authorities to meet the needs of the growing group of Malaysians with autism. So, we need to increase our resources in the country to develop facilities and programmes to cater to this community that demands for such services.”

Currently, the A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is fully operated by the university. The centre is equipped with various facilities and interactive teaching aids. Beyond these facilities, the expansion of A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre is committed to offering services such as early detection and intervention through treatment, therapy and the best educational approach to children with autism as well as support to the parents, carers and professionals.

Additionally, the center will provide education and skills training for young people with autism based on their different abilities and interests. This means that the approach adopted by                   A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre will help those with autism build their own lives in the future. Ultimately, it hopes to be a referral point to other parties that are keen to serve the autism community in Perlis.

Acts One Group Inc. is also the corporate sponsor for YTSP to raise funds for A-HEART UniMAP Autism Centre through the GOLD A-HEART Fundraising appreciation dinner that will be held on 19 October 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Acts One Group Inc. is a leading multi-disciplinary holding company and its subsidiary, Aureo Gallery Ltd is the Sole Distributor of Creative Art in South East Asia specifically for Kim Il Tae’s Gold Art.  Acts One Group Inc. and Aureo Gallery will be contributing two special pieces of Gold Art which are the only two pieces in the world for auction at the appreciation dinner.  In addition to the two Gold Art pieces for auction, there will be other collectors’ items for auction as well.

For more information about GOLD A-HEART Fundraising appreciation dinner, please contact Edna Lee at 016-246 3186.

Kangar, 20 Julai – 20 final year students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) were offered employment at Tessolve Semiconductor Sdn. Bhd. in Penang before graduating in October 2018.

"They will start their duties in August," said Dr. Ruswahida Ibnu Ruslan, the Senior Assistant Registrar of Centre for Industrial and Governmental Collaboration (CIGC).

"This is the first and the second batch involving 58 students called for an interview session in May at UniMAP and June in Penang”, she added.

11 students were offered jobs in the first batch, and 9 in the second batch. They will start working in August, two months before their graduation date," said Dr. Ruswahida.

The students are from different schools; School of Microelectronics (5 students), School of Computers and Communication (11 students) and Faculty of Engineering Technology Electronics (4 students).

Dr. Ruswahida also mentioned that most interviewers come from Bangalore, India and only two are interviewers from Malaysia.

She added that these students are fortunate to have the opportunity to grow their career in Tessolve because it is a company that provides maintenance and solution services for Chip Solutions, Hardware Solutions, Software Solutions and Embedded Solutions.

"The company provides services to companies such as Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, NXP, National Instruments, Cadence, Jetter, Coyote.

"The opportunity to work before graduation shows that the graduates of UniMAP are at the job market and at the same time proving that the UniMAP’s curriculum is in line with the industry requirements," she concluded.

Pauh Putra, July 18 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues to increase its visibility in the ASEAN region through the Communicative English Course programme in collaboration with Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University (NPRU) Thailand.

The UniMAP Centre for International Languages (CIL) organised the programme which took in 20 students from NPRU's Centre for Humanitarian Studies and lasted for 21 days from June 28 until today.

CIL Director Prof Dr Harshita Aini Haroon said the programme was intended to highlight UniMAP in the ASEAN region through the academic collaboration in the field of English language as well as exposing the students to Malay communication skills and culture.

"In addition, it also strengthens the collaboration of both universities and acts as a channel for the expansion and strengthening of ASEAN in enhancing knowledge sharing in the region.

"I hope that both universities will benefit from this program as a stepping-stone for future programmes whether in academic or non-academic fields," she said during the programme closing ceremony at Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library Auditorium today.

Also present was Deputy Director of NPRU Language Institute Khanitta Thaichareon.

At the closing ceremony, the NPRU students performed the “Ayam Didik” dance which was taught in class during the three-week program.

Meanwhile, programme director Masturah Sabri said that during the programme at UniMAP, students receive comprehensive instructions in the classroom through a specially developed module.

She said the module was developed by CIL lecturers and teachers.

"In addition to classroom sessions, various other activities were planned such as academic visits to Langkawi, Penang and Alor Setar and the opportunity to learn about Malay culture by visiting Kampung Pulau Pisang, Jitra," she said.

She added that in addition to English classes, NPRU students also had to attend a Malay language class session which was taught by CIL language teacher Juliana Ahmad and Malay dance lesson by a UniMAP Cultural & Recreation Unit (UKR) cultural artist.

Earlier, one of NPRU's students, Yasmeena Yuerae, said the experience of learning Malay language and dance was very enjoyable and this was an experience that would not be available in Thailand.

"We have had the opportunity to learn customs and cultures of the people in Malaysia of various races, each with their own uniqueness.

"In fact, by studying the prescribed modules, I can also increase my English language proficiency and improve our confidence in communicating with my friends in the ASEAN region," she said during at the event.

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

UniMAP Communicative English Course 2018

Pauh Putra, 12 Julai – Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) have launched International Project : Volunteerism & Corporate Social Responsibility (iVCORE) at the UniMAP Campus yesterday.

The project was organized for the first time by Majlis Persatuan Pentadbir Universiti Awam Malaysia (MASTI) via Persatuan Pegawai Tadbir & Ikhtisas (POTENSI) UniMAP.

MASTI's intention to widen humanitarian aid to Thailand is supported by the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs), said Tuanku Syed Faizuddin. MAIPs also allocated RM10,000 to assist the asnaf there.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also added that the allocation was to support iVCORE's aspiration to be presented to the asnaf and orphans in the neighboring country.

"Such cross-border initiatives should be praised as it is a channel of assistance to those who are in need out there as compared to us in Malaysia.

This is because in Malaysia, various government agencies are still able to perform the responsibility of helping the asnaf but in other countries such as Thailand, this responsibility has only been mobilized by mere concerned individuals," he said during the iVCORE launching ceremony.

Also present during the launching ceremony were Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) UniMAP, Associate Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan and the president of POTENSI, Raja Shah Erman Raja Ariffin.

The president of MASTI, Azri Hohad said iVCORE was launched in 2015 in Perlis before being implemented in several states such as Sabah in 2016 and Terengganu (2017). He also said that Sarawak will be the next destination this year.

He added that this time MASTI and POTENTIAL intend to widen humanitarian aid internationally by selecting Khokkek Village in Chana, Thailand from tomorrow (today) until July 15.

"Two main activities have been identified as the contribution and construction of schools in the mosque as well as sports activities and motivational talks with the orphans of the Santiwit School,” he said in his speech.

iVCORE received contributions not only from MAIPs but also from various parties with nearly 50 participants participating in the successful event. In addition to the humanitarian aid, MASTI also visited Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) to exchange ideas on university administration as well as to strengthen existing relationships.

Padang Besar, June 25 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), which has always been determined to produce holistic human capital that contributes to the country’s development and industrial competitiveness agenda, has widened its enrolment for the first time to accept a disabled (OKU) student in its diploma programme.

Perlis-born Muhammad Adib Wajdi Dzulhawira, 18, has been offered a place in the Diploma of Microelectronics Programme for three years or six semesters and is expected to complete the course at the end of 2020.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP received information about the student who had failed to secure a place at other higher education institutions due to his disability.

“He obtained good Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results and should be given the opportunity to further his studies.

“But it was informed that he did not make the first intake was due to his leg disability and this should not be the case,” he said after the 2018/2019 Academic Session Student Welcome Ceremony at the UniMAP Uniciti Alam campus yesterday.

He added that UniMAP is convinced that everyone should be treated fairly and any differences should not be a barrier."UniMAP is ready to help him realise his dreams and the first step is to offer him a place of study," he said.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Adib Wajdi, the eldest of two siblings, wants to prove to the world that his disability is not a barrier to becoming successful.

“As the eldest, I want to be the best example to my brother and to make my parents proud.“Thanks to UniMAP for this opportunity and InsyaAllah it will not be wasted,” he said.

Pauh Putra, 13th June – 263 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students did not have to struggle going to the bus station to catch their express buses in order to return to their hometowns for Aidilfitri as buses had been booked for them to depart from the campus.

The UniMAP Balik Raya Bus Project Programme was organised by the Student Representative Council (MPP) to help students return to their hometowns and launched by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal from the Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFI2) at the UniMAP campus at 10.00 PM here today.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan was also present at the launch.

UniMAP MPP President Muhammad Amir Hakim Razali said that the programme was carried out with the cooperation of the IR-SAF bus company which provided eight buses for the programme.

“MPP was concerned with UniMAP colleagues who could not buy bus tickets as they were sold out ahead of the celebrations, so this initiative was conceived to help our friends return home.

“In addition, the fare is cheaper than the normal buses and our friends' travel costs are reduced as they need not take other public transports to get to the bus station,” he said when met after the launch of the programme.

Meanwhile, first year Mechatronic Engineering student Abdul Rafieq Haiqal Abdul Rahman who was bound for Kuala Lumpur said that he was excited to be able to go home for the celebrations with his UniMAP compatriots and did not have to travel far to catch an express bus.

He said he would be able to get to know new friends and share with them en route.

“Some would not sleep in transit because of the fun chatting before arriving at our respective destinations and eating sahur together,” he said.

Besides launching the programme, Dr Zul Azhar also spent time distributing moreh meals to students on the bus before the bus departed.

KANGAR – With Aidilfitri just around the corner, the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) School of Bioprocess Engineering stepped forward to help three underprivileged families.

School of Bioprocess Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr. Syazni Zainul Kamal said the Underprivileged Search Programme is an annual event held during Ramadhan aimed at raising awareness on charity, helping to alleviate the burden of underprivileged families and encouraging closer ties between UniMAP staff and the local community.

“We have identified three families who are in need of aid and among the contributions provided were rice, sugar, oil, mattresses, pillows, clothes and cash.

“These donations were contributed by the School of Bioprocess Engineering staff,” he said when contacted recently.

Syazni also said that this program was even more meaningful as they have also helped a student who had rejected a UniMAP Diploma in Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) offer because of financial constraints.

“As a result of the efforts of the Underprivileged Search Committee, we have succeeded in helping this student to obtain aid from the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs).

“The School has also started a flash donation fund and a readmission appeal into the diploma programme and the student would be enrolled for the second intake on June 25,” he said.

Kangar, 1 June – To experience variety in the studies of hadrah arts, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Cultural and Recreation Unit (UKR) showed its support for the border community in Thailand by holding the recent Hadrah Arts Heritage Trail Programme in Phattalung.

The delegation consisting of 30 UKR staff members and eight UniMAP students also had the opportunity to perform and share the hadrah arts of Perlis and Thailand with the local community.

UKR Director Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said hadrah was popular among people in the northern region of peninsular Malaysia about 60 years ago.

He said the art was then brought to southern Thailand as it is religious which has encouraged him to launch the Hadrah Art Heritage Trail program.

“The arts sharing between Perlis and Thailand was held at the Khuandonwittaya School, providing UKR staff and students with opportunities to broaden their knowledge about hadrah of the communities in both places,” he said.

In addition to this, UniMAP students from the Sutramaya team were also given the opportunity to perform at Halal Food Street Satun 2018.

Mohd Izwan added that in conjunction with the programme, they also have organised volunteer work and recreational activities, such as kayaking in Manang as a teambuilding activity.

“Volunteering activities were held by organising a gotong royong to clean the biggest mosque in Hatyai, namely the Nurul Din Mosque on the last day of the programme, including donating to the mosque committee members.

“This proves that the programme not only focuses on art but also on volunteerism and staff development programmes,” he said.

The programme ran for three days with the intention of establishing good cooperation and ties with the Thai border and to uphold the spirit of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Langkawi, 14 May – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Women Beach Volleyball team won the women's category at the Statutory Bodies Beach Sports Carnival 2018 which took place from 10 to 13 May at Pantai Chenang, Langkawi.

The UniMAP team represented by Nurul Ashikin Mohd Josrie and Siti Aminah Romly defeated the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) A team with 21-12 and 21-14 scores in the final round yesterday.

UniMAP Sports Centre Director, Suhizaz Sudin said before securing a place in the final, UniMAP beat Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with the scores of 21-14 and 21-7 during the semi-finals.

He said agencies that participated the carnival were not merely any minor teams as they greatly challenged the UniMAP team even though UniMAP had excelled before at the Statutory Bodies Sports (SUKANUN).

"The success of the UniMAP team is certainly to be proud of as this is our first ever participation in this carnival.

"Hence, this win will be a driving force for further victories at future carnivals, and UniMAP will strive even harder from now on," he said when contacted recently.

At the carnival, UniMAP also sent two more entries namely the men's beach football and the men's beach volleyball however they had only made it to the quarter-finals as well as groups.

Statutory Bodies Beach Sports Carnival was a Malaysian Statutory Bodies Association biennial sports event which was held this year in collaboration with the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

A total of eight sports categories were contested during the carnival including beach petanque, beach sepak takraw, beach netball, beach football and beach volleyball.

Kangar,19th May – The female researchers of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continue to strive in excellence when they dominated the gold medal at an international innovation exhibition called ‘Europian Fair of Creativity and Innovation (EUROINVENT 2018)’ in Iasi, Romania.

They are Assoc Prof Dr Noorhafiza Muhammad through her research ‘Potato Starch Nano-Composites As An Alternative Materials for Coronary Stent Applications’ which also received the Best Female Researcher Award from EUROINVENT and the Korean Special Award, and Dr Zarina Yahya with her research entitled ‘Geopolymer Underwater Concrete in Marine Construction’.

Another female researcher from UniMAP who won the gold medal was Liyana Jamaludin through her research ‘Novel Multipurpose Geopolymer Coating for High Temperature Applications.’

UniMAP’s head delegate, the manager of Geopolimer and Green Technology Excellence Center (CeGeoGTech), Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah said that apart from the three female researchers, another UniMAP researcher, Dr Mohd Fathullah Ghazli, also won the gold medal and the Thai Special Award with his research, ‘New Discovery of Sm3 + in Reducing Cost for Red Phosphor in White LED Applications’. According to him, the achievement was meaningful to them as the participants of EUROINVENT 2018 consist of more than 500 researchers from over 20 countries which provide a great competition at the exhibition.

“Even better, the female researchers of UniMAP are able to continue their excellence at the 2018 EUROINVENT as in previous years at the same exhibition,” he said. He also received the Excellence Innovation Award (the Prestigious Activity in The Field of Innovation & Invention) from Politechnica University of Bucharest Romania.

EUROINVENT 2018 started on May 17th and was officially launched by the Romanian Minister of Research and Innovation, Nicolae Burnette. 

Earlier, Dr Mohd Mustafa and a CeGeoGTech lecturer, Dr Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh were invited as visiting lecturers at Georghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania.

Several topics were shared with the university’s postgraduate students such as "Current Geopolymer Research" by Dr Mohd Mustafa and "Leadfree Solder Materials" by Dr Mohd Arif, which was part of ERASMUS' activities.

ERASMUS is a program under the European Union for education, training, youth and sports. It will last for seven years from 2014 to 2020, and UniMAP managed to obtain the program for four years.

Assoc Prof Dr Noorhafiza with her medal and special award from the EUROINVENT 2018.

The delegates of UniMAP lead by Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Mustafa (third from right) celebrates their success by bringing home four gold medals from EUROINVENT 2018 in Iasi, Romania.

 

Nearly 1,000 students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) from six residential colleges have joined Iftar Kubra 2018 to celebrate the first of Ramadhan at Dewan Ilmu, UniMAP Campus.

This event was organized by the Student Representative Council (MPP), the Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA), the Residential College Council (MPKK), and the UniMAP Islamic Center. It was officiated by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamarudin.

Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan said that he hopes the staff and the students of  UniMAP will be willing to share their rezeki with the less fortunate in this noble month.

"Although the contribution is not much, it will definitely have a very meaningful impact on them," he added in his speech during the event.

Also present at the event was Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Alumni(HEPA), Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan.

In conjunction with the event, UniMAP has handed over zakat to 20 selected students before Tarawih prayers and proved that UniMAP is always aware of student affairs, especially in terms of finance.

The event received food and 240 boxes of dates from some individuals to be distributed to each residential college.

There were also other activities such as spiritual talks and a nasyid performance from Ar-Zhafran, a nasyid group from a residential college in Pauh Putra. Ar-Zhafran won the nasyid category at the Culture Festival between Residential Colleges (FESTKOL) 2018 recently.

Pauh Putra, 16 May – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) which has been organising blood donation campaigns twice a month has successfully delivered over seven thousand blood bags to blood donation centres.

UniMAP has received a number of awards, such as the Northern Region Most Active Blood Drive Campaign in 2013 and 2014, for the amount of volume donated since 2010 until last April.

This was shared by UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan when he opened the UniMAP Public Universities Diligent Students Blood Donation Campaign at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Residential College here today.

Also present were Director of the University Health Centre Dr Muhamad Iqbal Omar and Kangar's Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) Head of the Pathology Department Dr Muhamad Faiz Fuad.

Mohd Foad said besides the appreciation given by the Northern Region Blood Donation Centre, UniMAP had also received accolades from HTF for the World Blood Donation Day programme in 2016.

He said that 2,052 members of the UniMAP community had registered to be blood donors but after being vetted they were disqualified for failing to fulfil the donor criteria.

“Even so, 10 students have each been actively donating blood for more than 10 times, with the highest donation count being 28 times displaying a sign of diligence for community needs especially in this state which requires 160 blood bags a week and 8,000 a year,” he claimed.

He added that besides carrying out university social responsibility for the community, these campaigns also foster the volunteerism spirit among UniMAP students.

“UniMAP's contribution is of great value and I hope that more from the UniMAP community would register as blood donors in this campaign,” he said.

UniMAP organised the campaign with the cooperation of the HTP Pathology Department at 14 and 16 May in conjunction with the Blood Donation Week which involved 20 public universities nationwide.

Kangar, 12th May – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) research products gained global recognition when they won 10 gold medals at the International Exhibition, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) recently.

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP sent 16 products to ITEX 2018 where 10 won gold medals while six others won silver.

He mentioned that UniMAP managed to score 100 per cent of the medals.

“UniMAP is focusing on promoting the products of young researchers.

“This arrangement was proven fruitful when this year we managed to maintain last year's number of gold medal wins and I believe this achievement will improve in the future,” he said when contacted recently.

Among the UniMAP research products that won gold medals were the Freezer And Chiller Delivery Box by Dr. Mohd Zakimi Zakaria, Hybrid Graphene-Copper Antenna For Brain Tumour Detection (Dr. Mohd Aminuddin Jamlos, LORAFI (Dr. Ammar Zakaria), Harumanis Healthy Harmony (Prof. Madya Dr. Mahmad Nor Jaafar), Broadband RF Energy Harvester (Ismahayati Adam), Nanometrological Aptasensor To Diagnose Blood Clotting Defect (Prof. Dr. Subash CB Gopinath) and Geoairsense: Cloud Based Air Quality Monitoring System (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Latifah Munirah Kamarudin).

The three other products were the Integrated DC Power Supply For Low Voltage Renewable DC Microgrid (Ir Tunku Muhammad Nizar Tunku Mansur), Hp-Oyspore: High Potential Spore Induction Gray Oyster Mushroom Liquid Spawn (Prof. Dr. Zarina Zakaria) and Dr. Md Tasyrif Abdul Rahman's product Connected Car: Engines Monitoring Via Internet Of Things (IOT).

ITEX 2018 assembled over 1,000 inventions from 20 countries such as China, Germany, Korea and Turkey.

Among the main attractions of ITEX 2018 were the World Young Designers Exhibition (WYIE), Asian Young Design Exhibition (AYIE), Malaysian Young Design Exhibition (MYIE) and activities such as PITCH4FUND sessions, novice entrepreneur seminars and Venture Capital Talks To Entrepreneurs (VC2E).

ITEX 2018 was organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS) as a platform to showcase new inventions, technologies and products.

ARAU – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) always aims to produce  dynamic students who are equipped with worldly knowledge and also the hereafter.

Because of that, UniMAP Islamic Center, in collaboration with Surau Pauh Putra Committee has organized the Islamic Festival 2018 (iFEST 1.0) to educate students on Islamic values.

Quoting the director of UniMAP Islamic Center during the festival, Prof. Madya Dr. Shuhairimi Abdullah said that iFEST 1.0 had also provided opportunities for Sahabat Pusat Islam and MPKK TAR to help strengthen the intellectual culture among UniMAP staff and students.

"As an educational institution, it is our responsibility to teach Islamic values to the students. We are also aiming to make iFEST an annual event by UniMAP Islamic Center. We will improve this festival by incorporating more beneficial programs to involve our youth in religious activities in the future, Insya Allah," he added.

iFEST 1.0 is a one-day festival organized by UniMAP Islamic Center at the surau in the campus.  Talks and forums on religious topics were some of the activities during the festival. The talk was delivered by Perlis mufti, Associate Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin, while Dr. Danial Zainal Abidin talked about the end of the world during his session in the forum.

 “This program is the first ever organized by Sahabat Pusat Islam and MPKK TAR UniMAP and is hoped to strengthen the silaturrahim among students through mahabbah approach,” said Muhammad Hanafi Yaacob during the event.

 “I am hoping for iFEST 2.0 later to be the initiator to mahabbah among students and staff in UniMAP,” he said, concluding the interview.

Kangar, April 23 – A total of 32 academic staff from Bangladesh came to Perlis to participate in the Teaching and Research Methodology Learning Workshop for seven days and six nights organised by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) recently.

The delegation was headed by the Chittagong University (CU) Head of Institute of Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) Prof Jahangir Alam.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP has a close relationship with Bangladesh over the years.

"I believe UniMAP has organised nearly 20 visits to Bangladesh in the last two years.

"UniMAP even has Bangladeshi students and lecturers and also receives visits from honoured Bangladeshi guests from time to time at different capacities," he said during the opening of the workshop at the PFI 2 Seminar Room at UniMAP Pauh Putra Main Campus.

He added that the latest collaboration involving UniMAP and the country was in Bangladesh's quality assurance through the University Grant Commission (UGC) and World Bank initiatives.

"Besides learning the latest techniques of teaching, learning and research, the delegation was also introduced to the basic concepts of academic leadership, including planning and charting one's academic career based on their academic interests and aptitudes.

"A number of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) lecturers were also invited to share knowledge in their teaching and learning techniques," he said.

On the last day of the workshop held at UniMAP Kuala Lumpur, Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University Prof. Atiuddin Chowdry also attended the programme.

In a discussion between the Vice Chancellors of both universities, the plan to strengthen cooperation between the two universities was achieved, which includes further discussions on short courses, mobility programmes and seminars.

In addition, CU is keen to offer Bahasa Malaysia studies on campus and UniMAP will take the initiative to collaborate with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) to actualise CU's intentions.

CU is among the four major public universities in Bangladesh. The other three universities are Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University and Rajshahi University.

For the record, UniMAP's amicable relations with CU was established when the university aided the Bangladesh government's efforts to raise the quality standards of their country's higher education institutions.

Pauh Putra, April 23 - Tan Sri Aisyah Ghani Residential College (KKTAG), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was crowned as champion in the Culture Festival between Residential Colleges (FESTKOL) 2018 which was held on April 19, 20 and 22.

Tan Sri Aisyah Ghani Residential College team was announced as the winner for both Boria and  Dikir Barat competition during the closing ceremony of FESTKOL 2018 at the Dewan Ilmu, here.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin officiated the closing ceremony of FESTKOL 2018 organized by the Cultural and Recreational Unit  in collaboration with the Residential College Council (MPKK) of Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFi2).

He said although UniMAP is an engineering university, it did not stop the university students to be active  in arts and cultural activities.

"I hope in the future, more categories will be introduced to give opportunities to the different ethics in UniMAP to showcase their culture alongside with the existing categories in this competition.

The aim of FESTKOL is to expose the culture of different ethnics  in this country to both local and international students," he added in his inaugural speech.

Also present were Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan, Director of UKR, Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris and principals of residential colleges.

Meanwhile, KKTAG Principal, Ismail Ibrahim expressed his appreciation to the joint commitments of KKTAG residents which lead them to the success.

He added, it was interesting when KKTAG’s Boria team gained the attention of the jury when the culture which was originated from Penang was handled by the tekong from Sarawak.

"Moreover, the participation of the KKTAG team in FESTKOL 2018 turned out to be more special as the team received unwavering support from the Kelantan Graduates Association (HIMSAK), Terengganu Graduates Association (PERMATA), Persatuan Siswa Darul Aman (ANSAR), Gerakan Mahasiswa Johor (GEMA’J) and Persatuan Anak Sarawak Semenanjung (PASS)," he said when met after the ceremony.

Furthermore, he added that the result of their collaboration with the Residential College  Council (MPKK)  regardless of their race or ethnic origin has been a source of motivation for the team to be the winner of  the FESTKOL 2018.

FESTKOL 2018 is organized for the first time primarily to polish UniMAP students’ talent and prepare them to compete in the Malaysian Universities Cultural Festival (FEStKUM) in the future. The main organisers of FEStKUM are Malaysian Universities Cultural Council (MAKUM) and One World Culture.

In addition, three categories were contested in FESTKOL 2018, namely Boria, Nasyid and Dikir Barat involving the participation of six UniMAP residential colleges.

On the other hand, the Pauh Putra Residential College team won the Nasyid competition.

 

Ayer Hitam, 11 April – To give exposure on Nanotechnology Engineering to school students, Institute of Nanoelectronic Engineering (INEE), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) participated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) exhibition, here today.

The exhibition was held at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ayer Hitam, in conjunction with STEM and Career Week 2018 organized by the school.

The director of INEE, Associate Professor Dr. Ruslinda A.Rahim said that besides the exhibition, the INEE team also organized other activities such as quizzes and career briefings involving 300 students (form 3 – 5) from the school.

The director and her team members, Dr. Mohammad Nuzaihan Md Nor (the program coordinator), Dr. Nur Hamidah Abdul Halim and Ts En Jasni Mohamed Ismail took the initiative to participate in the exhibition so that the young generation would be given early exposure on Nanotechnology Engineering.

"We have to give them early exposure so that later when they further their studies at the tertiary level, they already have knowledge about engineering, especially on Biosensor and Nanoelectronic Engineering," she said at the event.

She added that this effort was in line with the government's aspiration to produce a tech-savvy generation to support the national development.

"In addition, this exhibition serves to provide information on the importance of technology in daily life and community development for future use," she continued.

Other than SMK Ayer Hitam and UniMAP, SMK Tanjung Pauh and SMK Mahawangsa also took part in the exhibition.

According to Associate Professor Dr. Ruslinda, INEE intends to continue with such community service program (CSR) in the future by bringing students from the schools around Perlis and Kedah to INEE. "Indirectly, the students can see the technology available at INEE to enhance their knowledge and interest in Nanotechnology Engineering," she said.

Kuala Lumpur, April 17 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is one of the educational institutions that involved directly in conjunction with the 16th Edition of Defense Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference 2018 and the International Exhibition on National Security for Asia (NATSEC) 2018 which was held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP took the opportunity to collaborate with military-related engineering with the Empayar Paradiqma Sdn Bhd through signing the Letter of Intent (LOI) in conjunction with the conference.

He said the collaboration clearly proves the impact of Research and Development (R&D) is not only at the academic level but also across various functions and fields.

"This strategic partnership will have a direct impact on UniMAP students, especially in the context of graduates' marketability," he said in a statement here.

In addition, School of Manufacturing Engineering, UniMAP was given the responsibility to invigorate  the collaboration as an effort to increase the UniMAP’s visibility internationally.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by Zul Azhar, who represented UniMAP whereas Empayar Paradiqma was represented by its Director, Dato' Hazizan Ahmad, while witnessed by Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail cum UniMAP Chancellor .

The Empayar Paradiqma is a company which involved in the military-based  industry in Perak.

Meanwhile, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also delivered the keynote address of the Chief of Army Roundtable Talk (ChART) 2018.

 

PICTURE CAPTION: Zul Azhar and Hazizan signed the LOI between UniMAP and Empayar Paradiqma Sdn Bhd witnessed by UniMAP Chancellor, in conjunction with the DSA 2018.

Pauh Putra, April 15th – The 2018 International Engineering Invention and Innovation Exhibition (i-ENVEX), held on 13th to 15th April at Dewan Ilmu, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), managed to attract 408 products.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that from the total number of participation, 163 are from high schools, 92 from UniMAP, 72 from local higher learning institutions and 81 are international participants from 16 different countries.

“Among countries that joined the exhibition are India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, Canada, Romania, The United States of America, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh and The Philippines.

 “This international exhibition is organized to expose and encourage school and university students to be involved in research and innovation as well as to showcase their invention in a higher platform,” said the Vice Chancellor during his closing speech for the 2018 i-ENVEX.

The director of the program, Associate Professor Dr Mustafa Al-Bakri Abdullah was also present during the closing ceremony.

The Organic Chicken Farming System- E-Lips from Teluk Intan Vocational College and Green-based Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Serum (GreeSS) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Pulau Pinang won the i-ENVEX Best of The Best Award.

Inventions from UniMAP researchers also won a few awards such as the Human Representative Humanoid Robot from the Faculty of Engineering Technology (UniMAP Vice Chancellor Award), XDM: Ultimate Elimination of Dengue Fever Using Herbal Larvicide Membrane Technology from the Environmental School (i-ENVEX Special Award) and Wireless Network Scalling for Chicken Farm (i-ENVEX Best Award Classed A : Agriculture, Environmental & Renewable Energy)

For international special awards, the product Self Cleaning Geopolymer Paste from the Environmental School and An Environmental Friendly Synthetic WOOD PANEL from FTK won the National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (INCDPM) Romania Award on Environmental Protection.

 

Shah Alam, 12 March – After Yamaha, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMM) donated four naked Kawasaki Z650 motorcycles model to Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) to be used as a teaching tool for the UniMAP Motor Sports Technology Unit (MoTECH).

The Z650 will also be used in a MoTECH driving course in their efforts to improve driving and riding skills, and to increase safety awareness. The course has gained the support of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the Road Safety Department (JKJR) and KMM.

During the ceremony, the motorcycle was handed over by KMM General Manager and Director Datuk Jeffrey Lim to UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dr. Uda Hashim.

KMM also organised several annual safety campaigns such as the safe riding campaign for Kawasaki owners and the Chinese New Year Road Safety Campaign.

 

Shah Alam, March 12 – Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. (Hong Leong Yamaha) sponsored four motorcycles to University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in increasing awareness about road safety.

The four models of Yamaha motorcycles that were presented were the Lagenda 115, Nouvo LC, 135 LC and FZ150i.

The motorcycles would be used by the Motor Sports Technology Research Unit (Motech) UniMAP in their ethical riding courses for UniMAP students, government agencies and the public.

The sponsorship presentation ceremony took place at the Hong Leong Yamaha headquarters at Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh last Friday.

Hong Leong Yamaha was represented by Managing Director Datuk Jim Khor and General Manager of Sales Koh Eng Chan at the ceremony while UniMAP was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr. Uda Hashim and Motech Manager Assoc. Professor Dr. Shariman Abu Bakar.

Also present was Road Transport Department (JPJ) Director of Automotive Engineering Professor Datuk Ir. Mohamad Dalib.

Meanwhile, Khor said that road safety awareness is the primary focus of their CSR programme.

“We are proud to be part of this strategic cooperation while promoting safe riding skills to the youth of the community,” he said.

Hong Leong Yamaha had previously been active in promoting campaigns such as Celik Yamaha, Jalan Raya Balik Kampung Safety Campaign, Yamaha Safe Riding Science Programme and most recently the Yamaha Kids Safe Riding Science Programme. - UTUSAN ONLINE

Kangar, March 30 - The Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering has launched a publication scoreboard and an e-scoreboard at the institute today in an attempt to motivate and inspire UniMAP staff.

The director of INEE UniMAP, Assoc Prof Dr. Ruslinda A. Rahim said that this effort is the first ever done at UniMAP and other public universities in Malaysia.

It was launched as part of INEE’s strategy to produce high impact research other than reducing the usage of paper which in turn will reduce printing cost.

“Even though INEE is a small unit, the collaboration culture among INEE reseachers with other researcher from UniMAP and other institutions can be fostered through the launching of this scoreboard and this will improve the number of publication,” she said in her speech during the launch.

She added that between 2013 and 2017, INEE had produced 50% Q1 and Q2 ranked article from its total publication.

The digital scoreboard will be updated fortnightly through INEE webiste which can be reached at https:// inee.unimap.edu.my.

“ It is hoped that the  scoreboard will motivate UniMAP researchers to increase the number of publication and referred by researhers from all around the world,” she added.

The Publication Scoreboard officicating ceremony was completed by UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor for research and innovation, Prof Dr Uda Hashim.

Dr. Uda hope that the scoreboard will not only serve as an example for UniMAP but also to other UA in Malaysia. The momentum of publication output in Scopus should be improved to fulfil the Malaysian Research Assessment (MyRA), The Ministry of Higher Learning (KPT) and the QS requirement.

Kangar, March 29 - 164 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) staff were celebrated in the Anugerah Seri Gemilang (ASG) 2017. The event held at Seri Malaysia Hotel was organized to recognize their excellent service at UniMAP.

127 recipients received the Excellent Service Award (APC), 31 recipients received the Special Excellent Service Award (AKPC), comprised of 7 categories and 6 recipients received the Special Appreciation Award (APK)

The Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato’ Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal believes that these recognitions will motivate staff to further perform in their service.

He added that UniMAP had achieved a lot in its 17 years of establishment, all due to the staff’s committment and hard work.

 “Among UniMAP’s latest success is being ranked at 450 in the world by the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QS) based on the engineering and technology subject,” he said in his speech at the event.

The ranking indeed affirms UniMAP status in the world.

The ceremony was also graced with the presence of UniMAP Chancellor, Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and UniMAP Pro-Chancellor, Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

Dato’ Dr. Syed Omar Sharifuddin Syed Ikhsan, the Perlis State Secretary representing the Menteri Besar Perlis and Jafperi Othman, member of the University Board of Directors were also present during the ceremony.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin in his speech had outlined 10 traits of an excellent worker and wishes that UniMAP staff should strive to be the best at all times.

Among the traits are being proactive and having the initiative to start something before being asked to do so.

 “Other than that, trustworthiness is also the basis for success in everthing. You must be someone that is trustworthy, honest, sincere, always speaks the truth and never lie, steal or accept or offer bribe,” he added.

A Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between the University of Medea, Algeria represented by Prof Dr. Abdallah El-Hadj (Director of Laboratory of Mechanic, Physic and Mathematical Modelling (Lmp2m), and UniMAP,  represented by Dr Zul Azhar took place before ASK 2017. The MoU was signed in order for the two universities to collaborate on staff and students exchange, research collaboration, conference organization and other programs.

A ceremony to celebrate the 48th birthday of UniMAP Pro-Chancellor also took place during the event.

PAUH PUTRA, 18 September – Eight students of various learning programmes from Nahda University, Egypt, had been selected to attend an Inbound Mobility Programme at University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) which ran for two weeks beginning 17th August.

The students involved were third and fourth year Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering and Computer Communication Engineering students from Nahda University.

UniMAP Director of Centre for International Affairs (CIA) Dr. Noorhafiza Mohamad said that the programme was implemented as a result of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed between UniMAP and Nahda University.

She said that besides providing exposure to the students on the teaching and learning quality at UniMAP, the programme also serves as an initiative to increase UniMAP's visibility internationally.

“UniMAP has been proactive in distinguishing itself to the world, and as such this programme is an effort to have involvement of international students.

“Among schools involved are the School of Computer and Communication Engineering, School of Mechatronic Engineering and School of Environmental Engineering, as well as the School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mostafa Mahmoud Yasen Radwan, a Teaching Assistant at Nahda University's Department of Civil Engineering, said that the courses offered were relevant to the requirements of Nahda University students.

“The students were also eager to visit various places in Malaysia. Although this country is as hot as their own, it did not deter them from enjoying being here,” he said.

Among the required programme contents are for students to attend academic courses and to visit locations in Perlis, Kedah and Kuala Lumpur to provide them exposure to culture and life in Malaysia.

Mostafa said that the programme is hoped to enhance relations between UniMAP and Nahda University in the exchange of knowledge and teaching and learning experiences between students and staff members of both universities.

 

PAUH PUTRA, 18 September – The opportunity to attend the Asia Summer Programme (ASP) afforded valuable experience to 14 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students, who visited Guangdong University Of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China for three weeks  recently.

During the programme, participants got to experience an international environment which allowed them to learn about a variety of Asian cultures.

Ellina Yasmin Yusri, a third year Photonic Engineering student, said that during the programme she was able to better understand and learn more about various Asian cultures through other foreign students.

“The chance to participate in ASP 2017 was fully utilised by my companions and I so as to be able to cross over and appreciate our comrades' cultures from other countries.

“This programme has been a positive impact in my life and hope that UniMAP will continue to take part in this event in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ng Wei Bin, a third year Electronic Biomedical Engineering student, expressed his gratitude to UniMAP for allowing him the opportunity to attend ASP 2017.

“I am proud to be able to represent UniMAP and the nation in delivering and sharing knowledge of our culture and the uniqueness that is Malaysia internationally.

“I am certain that the experience and knowledge accumulated from this programme especially from the teaching staff from various nations that taught us many beneficial things to be shared among our comrades in Malaysia,” he said.

ASP is a credited international mobility programme that ran for three weeks involving university students from relevant courses taught by leading instructors from each participating university.

 

For the record, ASP was formed as an affiliate programme of the Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) 2013 when the 12th AUPF was held at UniMAP.

Representatives from 68 institutions from 17 countries had agreed in general that leaders in Asian higher education must endeavour to promote a programme intended to develop multilingual competency, increase multicultural understanding and cultivate creative abilities.

 

Tanjung Malim, 6 Aug  - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) contingent emerged as a champion at the Malaysian Universities Staff Sports Games (SUKUM 2017) that held at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) here yesterday.

In the sports event which began on July 29, the UniMAP contingent as the defending champion since 2008 has won 21 gold medals, 12 silver medals and seven bronze medals beats the closest challenger, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in the second place and event host, UPSI in the third place.

Head of the UniMAP Contingent, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Fo'ad Sakdan said the athletics team continued to excel and helped the contingent to secure the championship when they contributed 15 gold medals, thus enabled UniMAP to maintain the status as the strongest athletics team among Malaysian Public Universities for the 10th consecutive year since 2008.

According to Mohd. Fo'ad who is also UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), UniMAP also won six other gold medals through the individual and team (trio) petanque which contributed two gold medals. Also, the men's tenpin bowling and volleyball, as well as women's futsal and VIP cycling, each won gold medals.

"To win a championship is not difficult, but to maintain the championship for a decade, it requires strong commitment and teamwork from all parties including university management, sports center and athletes in general.

"Alhamdulillah, with the continued commitment from the university management, UniMAP continues to dominate the SUKUM for the tenth consecutive time," he said in a statement, today.

SUKUM 2017 was participated by 21 teams comprising of all the Public Universities in Malaysia as well as a team from the Ministry of Higher Education with 21 sports contested in the event.

Athletics events offered the highest gold medals, which were 44 out of 111 medals. Meanwhile, the closing ceremony was officiated by the UPSI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato 'Dr. Mohd. Shatar Shabran.

According to Mohd. Fo'ad, an open medals tally system which was implemented by this year’s event host, UPSI, helped UniMAP to achieve the overall championship of SUKUM for the 10th time.

He added, before, the championship was based on the winning the contested events, but this year, UPSI created a variation by applying the medal count as the championship determination.

For sports events, Mohd. Fo'ad said, as predicted, UniMAP won four gold medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters sprint events for senior men’s and women’s category through UniMAP athletes, Mohd. Helmi Awang and Nurhaslinda Md. Hussin. Furthermore, Dr. Shuhaida Yahud won a gold medal for veteran women’s 100 meters category.

Mohd. Helmi also said that he helped the senior men’s 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters category which contributed two more gold medals for the UniMAP contingent. Moreover, the team consists of three former elite athletes, Mohd. Robani Hassan, Muhammad Idris Zakaria and Mohamad Baihaqi Razlan.

"Also contributed to the gold medals for the UniMAP contingent were the senior women's 4x100 meters relay category, senior women’s 800 and 1500 meters category, senior men’s and women’s 400 meters category, senior men’s shot put, senior men’s discus and senior men's long jump," he said.

 

Kangar, August 5th  - A total of 28 teams from 18 primary and secondary schools around Perlis participated in the National Robotics Competition (NRC) 2017 at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), here today.

The jointly organized competition by UniMAP's Mechatronic Engineering School (PPK), Perlis State Education Department (JPN), and Sasbadi  Holdings Berhad put forth two major categories, the Regular (Pro & Rookie) category and the open category themed Sustainabots.

Perlis JPN Head of the Human Resource Sector, Azran Mohamad @ Ahmad said the NRC was aimed at inculcating students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and hone their skills.

"Currently, High-Level Thinking Skills (KBAT) are focused on students in schools in order to sharpen their skills to solve creative and innovative problems therefore, the NRC was established since 2005 to realize this aspiration.

"The NRC will start at the national, state and national levels. Those successful at the national level will represent Malaysia at the international level in World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Costa Rica this November," he said while officiating the NRC Closing Ceremony 2017, at Dewan Ilmu UniMAP representing Perlis JPN Director.

Also present were UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Dato 'Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, Dean of Mechatronic School, Professor Dr Abu Hassan Abdullah, and Sasbadi Holdings Berhad Program & Council Noor Faiz Zulkiflee.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar said the organization of this program is part of the university's social responsibility (USR) as creativity and innovation cannot be taught however can be indirectly implemented through centralized activities.

" This program indirectly helps mobilize young researchers especially at the school level to gain greater exposure both locally and internationally.

In view of this, it is hoped that a lot more opportunities would be presented to UniMAP, especially the Mechatronic School that have been actively organizing robotic competition to jointly contribute towards achieving NRC's objectives as the Ministry of Education (MOE) wishes, "he said. In the competition, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia was the champion for the Regular School (Rookie) category, Sekolah  Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Lailatul Shahreen for the lower secondary category while SMK Syed Alwi for the upper secondary category. In addition, Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SRJK(C)) Hwa Aik won the Pro category while SMK Arau dominates the lower and upper secondary category. In the open category of Sustainabots, SMK Lailatul Shahreen won the lower secondary category while SMK Putra (upper secondary category) and SK Seri Perlis became the winner for the NRC Football category.

 

 

Kangar, Aug 3rd  - Thirty members of the 68th Public University Housing Council (MAPUM) meeting held at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), were given the opportunity to gain a diferent experience interacting with the asnaf by the UniMAP Chancellor. They gain the valuable experience through the Kasih Cycle Program with Raja Muda Perlis, also UniMAP Chancellor, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail in the villages around Kangar suburb in conjunction with the 68th MAPUM meeting here.

The Principal of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Dr Ahmad Zahirani Ahmad Azhar said that he is excited in joining the cycle program since they are able to approach the village communities.

 “The majority of MAPUM meeting members have never had the of being involved with activities such as this, thus it gives them a valuable and meaningful experience.

UniMAP Chancellor also spend time with us to meet asnaf in the villages. We are able to witness lives of different racial and religious communities in the state, "he said representing MAPUM after following the program from Taman Merpati, Kampung Padang Behor, Kampung Sungai Tepi and Kampung Bakong, here, today.

Also present were UniMAP vice-chancellor Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal with UniMAP top management, Perlis State Department Heads, Perlis Islamic Religious Affairs and Malay Customs (MAIPs) and staff of UniMAP's residential colleges.

The MAPUM meeting which began yesterday was chaired by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof. Dr. Ismail Ali.

This is 68th MAPUM meeting is the third one being organized by UniMAP. The meeting was joined by 20 UAs across the country with the objective of sharing the views of management of the UA residential college as well as functioning as an a medium for constructing accommodation management policies at UA residential colleges.

Arau, 2 August – Differences in language and culture should not be a hindrance when the main focus is to serve the community.

This was proven by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (SUKSIS) when they selected Pulau Panjang, Satun, Thailand as their third venue for the SUKSIS Community Outreach Program & Engagement (SCOPE) III Programme recently.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor and SUKSIS Corps Commandant Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that crossing borders should not be a hindrance to serve and help those in need.

“UniMAP is committed to contributing to the international community that require aid and support especially in academic and social development.

“Thailand is Perlis' closest international neighbour and UniMAP is among the nearest public university to the border of Satun,” he said in his opening speech at Satun.

He added that less than 40-minutes of travel time attracted UniMAP to help develop the community there.

“UniMAP will certainly return. Moreover UniMAP's expertise especially in the engineering and technology fields could help create new innovations to augment the village's existing amenities,” he said.

SCOPE III is the continuation of the SCOPE Programme, an international community-oriented initiative, which began 2 years ago.

The two-day one-night programme was attended by 35 SUKSIS Corps officers and trainees with the support of the SUKSIS Corps Commandant.

Dr. Zul Azhar also believes that even with limited time, the UniMAP students were able to gain much experience with various activities and opportunities to interact with the locals.

Among the activities held were the painting of a school, changing of a mosque's signpost, enlivening the mosque's lecture room and a motivational talk with schoolchildren.

Also present were Director of the Security Department Dato' Zull Aznam Haron, Director of UniMAP Co-curriculum Centre Prof. Madya Dr. Khairul Nizar Ismail Residential College Principal Kartini Hj. Alir and Pulau Panjang Village Chief and Representative of Pulau Puyu, Satun, Adnan Johari.

Besides community activities, the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps also visited the Satun Province Police Headquarters and had bilateral talks with the Royal Thai Police.

The delegation that was headed by Assistant Superintendent SUKSIS Corps (ASP/KS) Raja Shah Erman Raja Arifin was greeted by Deputy Commander of Satun Police along with senior police officers.

Among the issues discussed is the cooperation between UniMAP SUKSIS Corps and the Thai Royal Police in joint community-oriented policing activities in the future.

The delegates were also taken to visit areas near the police station and briefed on their daily operations as well as their approaches to reduce crime.

The first SCOPE was held in Cambodia in 2016 and SCOPE II took place in Acheh in early 2017.

PAUH PUTRA, 31 July – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will host the Innovative and Creative Group Convention (KIK) for public universities (UA) which will take place for three days at Dewan Ilmu, Pauh Putra UniMAP Campus.

Co-Chairperson of the UA KIK Associate Prof Dr. Idris Md Noor said that the convention which will ensue from 1 to 3 August will be participated by 39 teams from 20 public universities.

“39 teams will compete their KIK projects here, among them those from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, and the host UniMAP.

“The largest number of entries we have are from UiTM who dispatched five teams from five branches, namely from Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Selangor,” he said when contacted recently.

He elaborated that the winner, runner-up and first runner-up will respectively take home a RM6,000, RM4,000 and RM2,000 cash prize as well as trophies and certificates of appreciation.

The 13th UA KIK Closing Ceremony was carried out by Datuk Nik Ali Mat Yunus, Deputy Secretary General (Development) of the Ministry of Higher Education.

The KIK event is an annual public university programme that began in 2004.

Tanjung Malim, 30 July – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) athletics team excelled during the 42nd Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM) becoming overall champions in athletics by scoring 15 gold medals out of 44 that were being contested.

This victory allowed UniMAP to retain its title as top athletes of Malaysian universities for 10 consecutive years since 2008.

UniMAP Contingent Leader Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Fo’ad Sakdan said that the UniMAP athletics team's success will provide the impetus for other teams to excel in other events most of which will begin tomorrow.

Alhamdulillah, the UniMAP athletics team continues to succeed this year and I hope that this accomplishment will act as a starting point for more UniMAP athletes to continue this excellent achievement.

“With the open medal collection system implemented by the host Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) this year, UniMAP had been optimistic in accomplishing its mission to become overall SUKUM champion this year for the 10th time,” he said today.

The UniMAP athletics team also won six silver and four bronze medals overtaking their closest competitor Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) who at second place won seven gold, eight silver and six bronze medals.

Universiti Malaya (UM) took the third place with five gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

Mohd. Fo'ad said that as predicted, UniMAP triumphed in the 100- and 200-meter event upon scoring four gold medals in the men and women's senior categories thanks to Mohd. Helmi Awang and Nurhaslinda Md. Hussin respectively while Dr. Shuhaida Yahud won gold for the women's veteran 100-meter event.

Mohd. Helmi said that he also helped the men's senior 4x100 meter and 4x400 meters quartet team by delivering two more gold medals for the UniMAP contingent which was headlined by three former national athletes Mohd. Robani Hassan, Muhammad Idris Zakaria dan Mohamad Baihaqi Razlan.

“Also contributing to the UniMAP contingent's gold wins were the women's senior 4x100-meter quartet, women's senior 800 and 1500 meters, men's and women's senior 400 meters, men's senior shot put, men's senior discus and men's senior long jump,” he said.

More than 2,500 participants from 20 public universities (UA) nationwide as well as the Ministry of Higher Education contingent took part in the 42nd SUKUM Tournament.

The intention of sharing ocean’s beauty with the less fortunate has made three students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Derma the overall champion (Best Of The Best) for Perlis Makers Day 2017.

The product, named Bild Ozean or the ocean image, is the invention of Shautul Wafie Arizal, 13, Nur Wafaa Aqilah Mohd Ridzuan, 14 and Nur Hidayatul Akma Badri 14 and it allows ocean images to be recorded using a camera placed on the device.

The group leader, Shautul Wafie Arizal said that the idea of ​​creating such product was inspired by his own passion for the view of the sea.

"The idea was then presented to mentors from the University of Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and they have agreed to assist the invention of this product as a medium to share the beauty of marine life images with the less fortunate.

"We are very grateful to our teachers and mentors for their assistance which contributed to  our product being successful today," he added when interviewed after the Prize Giving Ceremony for the 2017 Perlis Makers Day, here recently. Prizes were given by the Perlis Domestic Trade and Consumerism Exco, Asmaiza Ahmad.

The Dean for UniMAP Research Management and Innovation, Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Aljunid Syed Junid and the Dean for the School of Computer and Communication UniMAP were also present during the ceremony.

Perlis Makers Day 2017 were jointly organized by School of Computer and Communication UniMAP, 1M4U, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, UniMAP Nano Electronic Engineering Institute and Chumbaka Sdn. Bhd.

The competition is organized specifically for form one to form four students highlighting their ideas as an initiative to promote education in the subject of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among younger generation.

Perlis Makers Day was participated by 8 schools in Perlis involving 128 members representing 32 groups. The competition is divided into several categories, namely food and agriculture, automotive / mobility, health, home and shelter, heavy equipment and machinery and retail.

The winner of this competition will represent Perlis to the National Makers Day which will be held in Kuala Lumpur on early August.

PAUH PUTRA, 23 July – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis Diploma Representative Club (DiReC UniMAP) with the cooperation of the Diploma Studies Centre (PPD), the UniCiti Alam Residential College Council and the UniMAP 2016/2017 Student Council organised the UniCiti Game On 2017 event.

The three-day programme was participated by 132 first-year to third-year PPD students. Among the activities during the programme were Defense of the Ancients (DOTA), Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and Counter-Strike online game tournaments.

Besides that, other physical activities were held such as street soccer, arm wrestling and henna drawing.

The UniCiti Game On 2017 Closing Ceremony was officiated by UniMAP DiReC Advisor Pubalan Nadaraja who represented the Dean of the Diploma Studies Centre (PPD) Prof. Madya Dr Hakimah Osman.

“The 14th DiReC UniMAP-organised programme was intended to strengthen the relationship between Diploma students,” said Pubalan in his closing speech.

Also present was Tuan Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil, the Principal of UniCiti Alam Residential College.

Kangar, July 21 - Two schools, the Putra National Primary School  and Al Madrasah Al Alawiyah Ad Diniah (Al-Maad) Religious Secondary School to bring the Perlis challenge to the sixth edition of the World Invention Creativity Contest (WICC) which will take place from 28th to 30th of July in Seoul, Korea.

The Putra National Primary School received a total sponsorship of RM10,000 from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) following the success of a young researcher who won the Perlis Engineering Research & Learning Innovation Symposium (PERLIS) 3.0 competition through “Solar Cat Feeder”  product which was held last May in collaboration with Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation.

Al-Maad School received sponsorship from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) of UniMAP and Malaysia's Research and Innovation Society (MyRIS) and will be presented by six students and four escort teachers.

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP has always organized various programs and special research and innovation activities among school students to enhance students' interest in the field related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

He said that it was also indirectly a social service of the university, especially to support the target of 60:40 Policy to be implemented to increase the number of science stream students by 60 percent compared to 40 percent of arts stream students.

"According to the 2014 statistics, there are about 46 percent of students who chose STEM streams nationwide and, if seen at the Perlis state level, the amount of STEM streams are still far behind at about 25 percent.

"Hence, through this kind of activity, UniMAP hopes that it will nourish the student's interest in learning STEM's knowledge. Students are given the guidance to materialize their respective research ideas by the educators from all the Engineering Schools in UniMAP, "he added.

He said that after the Donation Handover Ceremony and UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Office’s Aidilfitri Celebration at the KWSP Building, today. At the event, all the students and teachers received gifts and consolations for their expenses in Korea.

Also present were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) of UniMAP, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Fo'ad Sakdan and UniMAP Registrar, Zuber Haji Mohamad.

The WICC organized by the Korea University Invention Association (KUIA) is a special research platform that brings together student innovation from schools around the world.

The competition will serve as an interactive educational medium in creating opportunities for students to acquire inventive inspiration and innovative  through interaction among participants.

PAUH PUTRA, July 20 - The performance of civil servants is often assessed by the community and in this modern day, it is so easily spread primarily through social media.

To strengthen trust and improve the public service, Public Service Department (PSD) has introduced the Exit Policy for the future improvements of public service.

Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the success of an organization in the civil service is a joint venture and depends on every individual in the civil service.

"We have seen some examples of how the public service name has been slightly spoiled as a result of the misconduct committed by a few civil servants; even though they are not within our organization.

"Corruption, abuse of power, negligence and unethical in carrying out their duties are a number of frequent issues and have been disseminated in the mass media," he said in his speech at UniMAP's Exit Policy Briefing, at Dewan Kecemerlangan, Main Campus, Putra Pauh, yesterday.

Also present were Deputy Director of Policy and Consulting Services Division of PSD, Hasmarulaini Omar and Assistant Director of Psychology Management Division of PSD, Mohd Noor Ikhram Husin.

He further said, civil servants also, should always be sensitive to all the circulars and instructions issued by the PSD.

"The implementation of this Exit Policy refers to officials whose current performance rating is below 60 percent, even though the previous year’s performance was above 60 percent.

"This policy will be implemented through termination of service in the public interest under rule 49 P.U. (A) 395/1993 and then dismissed. I am confident that UniMAP staff will not fall into this category and maintain excellence in every job done, "he said.

The implementation of the Exit Policy for low-performing officers in the Public Service and the implementation of this circular have been approved in the 56th University Board of Directors Meeting No.2/2017.

Through the circular, the government will not hesitate to take action to remove low-performing officers from the Public Service.

"As a dedicated and committed UniMAP staff, you do not have to worry about the implementation of the Exit Policy as this policy has been carefully planned through a fair and transparent assessment to ensure that no government officials are abused," he said.

 

Kangar, July 14 - Arau, 53 less fortunate children from Rumah Kanak-Kanak (RKK) Arau, was celebrated during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration organized by Institute of Engineering Mathematics (IMK) Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) here yesterday.

Dean of IMK UniMAP, Dr. Muhammad Zaini Ahmad said the program was part of the university's activities organized by the IMK Welfare Club which was held for the very first time.

He said that the main objective of organizing the event which held at the RKK Arau is to strengthen the relationship between the IMK staff and the less fortunate children as well as to share the joy of celebrating Aidilfitri.

"In addition, this program is also the best platform for staff in highlighting teamwork, management skills and entrepreneurship as well as creative and innovative thinking abilities.

"Hopefully this kind of cooperation will be the starting point for more collaborative programs between IMK UniMAP and RKK," he said at the Aidilfitri Celebration IMK UniMAP - RKK opening ceremony here.  

Also present were Director of Perlis Social Welfare Department, Mohd.Hazam Ismail; The Principal of Rumah Kanak-Kanak (RKK), Anies Suzana Azhan Ahamad. Besides being served with variety of hari raya meals, RKK residents also received duit raya contributions and enjoyed various activities organized throughout the program.

 

PAUH PUTRA, July 3rd – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) targets four gold medals at the Universiti Malaysian Varsity Sports Council Athletics Championship (MASUM) 2017 which will take place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) from July 7 to 22.

Vice-Chancellor of UniMAP, Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the UniMAP contingent sent 10 participations for Sports, Tenpin Bowling, Sepak Takraw, Tennis, 15-a-side Rugby, Volleyball, Taekwondo, Karate Do, Basketball and Handball.

"Last year, we failed to win any gold medals and were only satisfied with six silver and five bronze for the woodball and karate-do events. With this tidy preparation made this year, we hope the events that we aim will be able to contribute gold medals to the UniMAP contingent.

"Among the events that we aim for gold are tennis, sports, taekwando, and basketball, I hope with this target, athletes will work hard to achieve the target," he said during the UniMAP Contingent Flag Handover Ceremony at PFI 2 Seminar Room, UniMAP Campus, here yesterday.

Also present were Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan and UniMAP Sports Center Director, Suhizaz Sudin.

He hoped athletes would perform well and make MASUM 2017 a platform in producing UniMAP athletes with potential to be featured internationally. "It's the spirit that needs to be fostered, not just contesting as a mere university representative, but most importantly competing for qualifying in the national team and will bring greater challenges at regional and international levels such as the SEA Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games And the Olympic Games, "he said. 

Arau, 21 June – To answer the government's call in emphasising the concept of high impact with fast implementation at low cost, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with five other institutes of higher education (IPT) in Perlis has taken the initiative to cooperate to organise the Ihtifal Ihya’ Ramadhan Event which was held last night.

According to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, this was the first time six IPTs in Perlis collaborated to hold the event.

“The idea of merging six IPTs for this event was an idea formed by the Duli Yang Teramat Mulia (DYTM) Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

InsyaAllah we will collaborate again in Aidilfitri programmes, and other academic- and research-oriented programmes,” he spoke during his welcome speech on behalf of the IPTs at Dewan Harumanis, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (PTSS).

The six IPTs involved were Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis (KUIPs), Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) Perlis Campus, Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (PTSS) and UniMAP.

Dato’ Dr. Zul Azhar also welcomed any such collaboration that could build and strengthen bonds between the IPT communities and create opportunities for future cooperation.

“This cooperation fulfils the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) as encouraged by the government in line with the concept of commonalities and collegiality which is recommended by the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT).

“In fact this concept could be a creative method to provide high value at reasonable cost,” he said.

Also launched at the event was the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) with the participation of the six IPTs.

“For example, the cooperation between UniMAP and PTSS in the aspect of teaching and learning, final year projects and visits to laboratories and facilities has been outlined and will soon be implemented,” he said.

He added that UniMAP has also been cooperating with schools by contributing expertise to cultivating interest among school children in the field of Science, Technology and Mathematics by organising robotics workshops, LEGO robotics workshops, go-kart clinics, research and innovation competitions and much more.

“Such commitment and cooperation would continue to be expanded in the future, InsyaAllah,” he remarked.

During the event, 30 underprivileged and orphaned students from the six IPTs were honoured.

Besides the feast, the students also received duit raya which was given by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia (DYMM) Raja Perempuan Perlis Tuanku Tengku Fauziah binti Tengku Rashid.

The event was graced by the presence of DYMM Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.

Also present was the DYTM Raja Muda Perlis and the DYTM Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

The event was enlivened by 700 guests including state dignitaries, heads of federal and state departments, and employees and students from the IPTs.

Putrajaya, 15 June – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with 13 other Institutes of Higher Education (IPT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia Rail Link (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) at the Finance Ministry Malaysia, Putrajaya yesterday.

UniMAP was represented by its Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. The MoU was signed to implement the ECRL Negaraku Industrial Skills Training Programme.

Dr. Zul Azhar said that UniMAP would compile the requirements from the standpoint of students who would be attending the Industrial Training, the teaching staff and the number of researchers in the related field.

“UniMAP fully supports the implementation of this programme and as token of our support will send students in accordance with the requirement of the company involved.

“Up to 3,600 students will be needed for the entirety of the programme which covers students for industrial training, graduands and graduates who are seeking jobs in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering starting in 2018,” he said.

In addition, the three field of studies mentioned are UniMAP's strongest fields, and thus he was confident that UniMAP would be able to provide sufficient human resource to fulfil MRL's requirements.

“Even better is that these students would be trained and then absorbed by the contractors involved to continue their service with them even though the project is expected to end in 2022,” he said.

For a period of three to six months, these students with certification, diploma and degrees will work to complete the construction of a 600-km rail line from Gombak, Selangor to Wakaf Bharu, Kelantan.

Arau, 21 June – The Al-Andalus group from the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) retained their championship for the fourth year running at the UniMAP Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival that was held recently.

They succeeded in surmounting their closest competitor the Ar-Raeez group from the Chancellery for the top spot and consequently taking home the Vice Chancellor Trophy, a RM1,000 cash prize and a certificate of participation.

The Al-Andalus group was also anointed winners in the best costume category and awarded a RM200 cash prize.

The Ar-Raeez group at second place took home a cash prize of RM700 and a participation certificate.

At third place was the Ar-Rijal group from the Bursary Department who also won best performance was bestowed gifts, a cash prize of RM500 and RM200 respectively and a participation certificate.

In his conclusion, Head Jury Mohd. Fitri Alawee Mohamad said that the performance displayed by the participants this year has been the finest yet.

However, he commented that some groups had chosen songs that did not complement the vocal range of the soloists or ones that were unsuited for the contest.

“To get high marks, the selected song must challenge the vocal ability of the singer. But if the song isn't challenging, using fresh vocal modulation and musical arrangement could provide an edge to obtain high marks,” he said.

He added, “I would also like to suggest to the Vice Chancellor to send a UniMAP Nasyid group to a National Nasyid Competition as Perlis representatives and to prove UniMAP's ability at the highest level in Malaysia.

“This is because the quality of the nasyid groups today is on par at national level and to sum up, the contest winners today are some of the best among the festivals in recent years.”

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal is certain that the annual Nasyid Festival could be made a platform to train UniMAP staff members.

“The training would ensure team cooperation, creativity, harmony and confidence in public while strengthening relations between UniMAP Departments and Responsibility Centres,” he said while officiating the Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival closing ceremony.

The Festival which is jointly organised by the UniMAP Registrar and Bursary was joined by 14 departments and was held in conjunction with the Ihya’ Ramadhan Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 2017.

Pauh Putra, June 19 - Perhaps many are unaware that for Malaysians to sleep soundly all night, there are people who have left their children and  wives to ensure we live in peace.

As Malaysians, we should remember and appreciate the services of the army who make sacrifices to ensure that the country remains safe and secure.

On that basis, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), through International Language Center (CIL), organized the English Language Course and the Introduction to Tagalog as a symbol of appreciation for all Malaysian military forces services.

UniMAP's CIL Director, Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon said that this is the first program which was organized involving cooperation with the Fourth Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (4 RRD).

"Previously we had no channels to organize such programs. With the advantages we have (language instructors) organizing this course as UniMAP’s small contribution to our armed forces.

"These kind of community programs is also an aspiration of the Vice-Chancellor, who wants UniMAP to increase activities that can help the community," she said.

She added, in addition to teaching English and Tagalog to military personnel, instructors were also able to learn from the experiences shared by the military personnel.

"This is one of the two-way learning programs where both parties can share new knowledge that I believe it is not easy for the public to get it from the military," she said.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer of the Fourth Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (4 RRD), Major Mohd Nazrin Hamid, said the opportunity was a new experience for the military to study with the university lecturers.

"Previously we had never been involved with programs or classes together with the public because in the military itself, there is an Education Corp where the instructors were also from the military.

"This class is a preparation for training with Philippine military personnel that scheduled in the early October for the mission of Land Malphi 18/2017 Series," he added.

Mohd Nazrin added that training with military personnel from other country demands our military personnel to communicate in languages other than Malay, so English and Tagalog language preparation classes are so useful to them.

"In this class, we combined personnel from different ranks, as most of the training will involve troops from abroad.

"I hope UniMAP will organize these kind of classes in the future, to give military personnel to experience studying outside of the camp environment," he said.

The five-day course was attended by 50 members of 4 RRD from 13th to 17th June at UniMAP Kampus, Pauh Putra. The class was conducted by five CIL staff, including an international staff from the Philippines.

The learning sessions were focused on speaking skills, listening skills and group work, in order to help military officers to execute the mission more efficiently and effectively.

Pauh Putra, 21 June – During the upcoming Aidilfitri celebration, safety must be emphasised including the aspect of driving and home security during the festive season.

In their efforts to advise employees who will be returning to their home towns for 'hari raya', the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Department of Security  with the cooperation of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Perlis Contingent, the Perlis Road Safety Department (JKJR) and the Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) organised the “Secured Property, Safe Arrival at Destination” Safety Campaign.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamarudin said that the campaign has a double objective to increase awareness and provide guidance in property safety at home and office, as well as road safety..

“This campaign needed to be carried out at UniMAP level as its community has reached 15,000 consisting of 13,000 students and 2000 staff members.

“From this number, 2,300 vehicles are registered with UniMAP and we expect as high as 40 percent of the staff will be leaving their offices and homes and driving back to their home towns during this festive season,” he said officiating the campaign at the UniMAP Campus Main Gate.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan, Head of the Perlis PDRM Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department Superintendent V.Raja A/L Vadivellu, Director of the Perlis JKJR Mr. Kalai Kumar A/L Periyasamy and the UniMAP Security Department Director Dato'  Zull Aznam Haron.

He further explained that with the festive season and long holiday, it would be prudent for UniMAP to jointly carry out this campaign with PDRM, JPJ and JKJR who are more knowledgeable in their respective fields to present to its entire community.

“We hope that this cooperation will continue on to ensure the safety and comfort of not just the UniMAP community but also the people of Perlis,” he said.

During the event, UniMAP staff and students were provided safety pamphlets and snacks for the journey back to their home towns.

PAUH PUTRA, 23 June – As the joy of Aidilfitri celebration nears, there are those who celebrate it modestly because of their hardships in life.

The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Department of Student Affairs & Alumni (HEPA) Alumni Development Unit and UniMAP Alumni Association took the initiative to help those eligible to be awarded 'zakat' tithing in the states of Perlis and Kedah.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the donation was collected among the UniMAP community and its departments.

“Last year we were able to distribute donations to seven families in Perlis and Kedah in the form of sundry goods and 'duit raya' totalling RM300 for Aidilfitri celebration preparations.

“I hope that our meagre donations will be able to help these families to prepare for 'hari raya',” he said while distributing the Aidilfitri donations here yesterday.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Dean of Alumni Development Dr. Ummi Naiemah Saraih and the Deputy President of the UniMAP Alumni Association Mohd Hafiz Arshad.

Meanwhile recipient Ahmadi Hassan, 37, of Kampung Lembah Keriang, Changloon expressed his utmost gratitude for the donation given to his family.

“I am very grateful to the people who have donated to our family. This will lighten our Aidilfitri burden to some extent,” he said.

Ahmadi who lives with 14 family members including his mother in a house constructed on a Government Reserve Land said that his family hopes that there are generous parties that would be able to donate a house for them.

“My sister who is paralysed and stricken with breast and thyroid cancer is also staying with us,” he said. Ahmadi works at a nearby golf course.

Arau, May 24 - A total of nearly 25 thousand people visited the Istana Arau to enliven the Malam Kilauan Cahaya (Light Illumination Night) that took place for two days from 19th to 20th May 2017.

According to the Director of Corporate Communication Unit (UKK), Mustafa Ismail, the number of visitors who attended the event have exceeded their target.

"This is the fifth year UniMAP had organized the Malam Kilauan Cahaya and we target 10 thousand visitors each for both nights.

"An increasing number of visitors from each year could be seen as more are attending the program," he said.

He added that the first night saw a total of 14,950 visitors and for the second night, there were 9,985 visitors in attendance to bask in the sparkling lights from the palace compound.

 “A total of 5.251 people visited the royal gallery for both nights.

"They assemble at 8.00 pm while awaiting Istana Arau gate to be opened at 9.30pm," he said.

Among the interesting activity during the nights were cultural shows, magic shows, quiz sessions, lucky draws, and fireworks display.

The program is organized in conjunction with the 74th birthday anniversary of His Royal Highness the Raja of Perlis.

 

Arau, May 24 - Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal urged students to be involved in entrepreneurship even while still studying at university.

"University students are the backbone in driving entrepreneurship which is a sector that will help the nation’s economy in the future.

"In fact, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had also targeted that at least five percent of students that are still in the education system should be active in entrepreneurship.

"This is to produce entrepreneurs and technopreneurs when they graduate," he said while officiating the 2017 Women Entrepreneurship Forum and Exhibitions at the Dewan Kecemerlangan UniMAP, recently.

He hoped that their interest in entrepreneurship will continue to flourish and will be beneficial to them, their family, community and country in the future.

Among those who were present as the guest panels of the one day forum are The founder of De Riche Lurve Sdn Bhd, Sharifah Ngadiron; the Chief Executive Officer of Modvier, Siti Sarah Shah Nor; the founder of Vida Beauty Sdn. Bhd. Dato 'Seri Dr. Hasmiza Othman, better known as Dato 'Seri Vida; and the Icon for Muslim entrepreneur, CEO for Sam Beautilogy Lab Sdn. Bhd. and Profit Magnet Sdn. Bhd. Dato 'Shareen Sharifah Al-Mashoor.

 

Pauh Putra, 23 May -Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has always striven to ensure the success of the sports is always at its best.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan said that the university will continue to provide support to the Sports Center in an effort to search for new talents among staff to represent UniMAP in national and international sports competitions.

"In conjunction with the effort, UniMAP Sports Center organized a mini sports championship among UniMAP staff that called as UniMAP Staff Sports Championship (SUKAS) as one of the way to find new talents that can represent UniMAP"

"During the sports tournament, we can see the staff’s commitment and dedication from each contested team, which has created a different landscape and became a phenomenal sport that we have not seen before," he said at the Prize Giving Ceremony of SUKAS 2017.

Also present was Director of UniMAP Sports Center, Suhizaz Sudin.

At the event, Team D became the overall champion of SUKAS 2017 that started in March and ended in an early May.

Team D achieved victory by winning  four out of the nine contested events such as sepak takraw for seniors and veterans, woodball and badminton.

As a result, Team D took home a trophy and a hamper.

A total of five teams competed in nine sports such as sepak takraw for seniors and veterans, netball, badminton, volleyball for men and women, woodball, tennis and football.

 

 

 

Kuala Lumpur, 16 May – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) researcher delegation continues to exemplify excellence upon their successful win of one hundred percent of the awards at the 27th International Innovation Exhibition 2017 (ITEX’17) which took place from 11 to 13 May 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

According to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal the number of gold medals won this year – 10 gold awards from 15 participating awards or 67 percent – showed significant increase.

He said that the victory is certain to be meaningful after the average performances in two previous ITEX events which were 46 percent gold in 2016 and 30 percent gold in 2015.

“This victory proves that the quality of research exhibited by UniMAP researchers is showing great improvement which will bring great pride to UniMAP,” he said when contacted after the results of the ITEX'17 were announced.

Besides this the UniMAP delegation also won five silver medals and three Special Awards.

Two UniMAP products, namely the FCC Code OCDMA System for Internet of Things (IOT) Communication by Dr. Mohd Rashidi Che Beson and A Method of Controlling SN – Whiskers Formation For Aerospace Electronic Interconnect Application by Dr. Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh were selected for the World Invention Intellectual Property Associations (WIIPA) special awards from Taiwan.

Meanwhile the UniMAP silver medal-winning product Novel Multiplex Diagnostic Kit For E.Coli, Salmonella And Listeria by Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim received the Special Award from Tisias and iCAN-Toronto Canada.

ITEX'17 showcased more than 1000 research products from university researchers, local and foreign research institutions, primary and secondary schools as well as the private sector from over 20 countries including Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Thailand, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Poland and Malaysia.

Kangar, 15 May – Muhd Ekmal Hakim Abdullah of Bernama who toppled 438 pins became the men's champion in the Media category of the 2017 UniMAP Vice Chancellor Trophy Interdepartmental and Media Bowling Tournament which was held at the Perlis Bowl last night.

Meanwhile, Nurhartini Mohd Nasir of Harian Metro became the women's champion with 295 pins. Both winner took home a RM 150.00 cash prize and a hamper.

Second place in respective categories went to Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) representative Muhamad Sofi Shamsudin with 434 pins and Gee Hui Lan of Kwong Wah Yit Poh with 229 pins, which awarded them a RM 100.00 cash prize and a hamper.

Ibrahim Hamzah also of RTM took the third spot with 432 pins and returned home with a RM50.00 cash prize and a hamper.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the Vice Chancellor Trophy Bowling Tournament has been an annually-organised event but for the first time this year UniMAP formed a new Media category.

He explained that among others this was intended to foster good relations between the Perlis media practitioners and the UniMAP community, especially the university management.

“This was the first time the UniMAP Interdepartmental Bowling Tournament was held with a Media category and invited the participation of Perlis media agencies with the intent of fostering good relations between the UniMAP community and media representatives.

“I would like the UniMAP community to get to know the media representatives who has afforded UniMAP publicity from the formation of the university until today,” he said.

He added that the bond between UniMAP and the media must endure so that the information channelled by UniMAP through the media will be received by and be beneficial to society.

“Alhamdulillah, the media's inaugural participation was participated by 20 media practitioners and we are certain this will increase with future activities,” he said.

The tournament was sponsored by Syarikat Minda Teguh Trading, UniMAP Holdings and Zeel Production.

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Pauh Putra, 3 May - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is always exploring new opportunities for collaboration in research and teaching with various academic institutions at the international level.

Recently, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM), Bulgaria with Center of Excellence for Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) UniMAP to explore collaboration and partnership  with the countries of the European Union (EU).

The Manager of CEGeoGTech UniMAP, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd. Mustafa al-Bakri Abdullah said, CEGeoGTech and UCTM previously had a bilateral relationship that focuses on hosting academic seminars and publications, looking to improve the citations of the two universities.

"In addition, we also received two undergraduate students who come to UniMAP to join industrial training in geopolymer.”

"I am confident that, with this newly formed cooperation, it will open up more opportunities for research and collaboration between the two institutions in the future," he said.

He was speaking at the signing of the MoU between UniMAP and UCTM and Letter of Intent (LOI) with Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM).

At the ceremony, UniMAP was represented by its Vice-Chancellor, Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, and UCTM was represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Prof. Dr. Andriana Surlev while UNM was represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Drs. Subaer M. Phil. Also present were Director of the Center for International Affairs UniMAP, Dr. Noorhafiza Muhammad. 

Dr. Mohd. Mustafa added that, CEGeoGTech also planned in obtaining mobility grants from the EU and other international countries in order to highlight the visibility of the university in the international arena, especially in the field of scientific publishing and research, as well as in attachment programs for students or staff.

"There is plenty of opportunities offered by academic institutions in Europe in terms of mobility grants and CEGeoGTech will take proactive steps to identify a strategic partner that can assist in driving us forward for more success in the future. ”

"As the for now, CEGeoGTech is leading in Scopus publication in the field of Geopolymer, and I believe that this will allow us to explore more opportunities for collaboration with other educational institutions in Europe," he added.

 

Arau, April 28 - Cooperation between the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is important to ensure synergy between academic institutions, security agencies and the public, to remain strong.

Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato ' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said, in the context of UniMAP’s safety, UniMAP is made of more than 13,000 people including students and staff, and the majorities of them are the members of the public in the state of Perlis.

He added that, the number can reach up to 20,000 if we were to count in their spouse and family members; which makes up nearly 20% of the population of Perlis.

Thus, he explained, UniMAP through the Center for Co-curriculum and Safety Department took an initiative to organize a shooting session involving the top management of both organizations to bring together a closer tie between the two organizations.

"We certainly already have a close relationship with the police through the establishment of Kor Sukarelawan Siswa Siswi (SUKSIS), however, this meeting, through the shooting session, is different as it will bring the top management of both organizations even closer.

"This is to help facilitate the process in the event of any unintended situations involving UniMAP or members of their families," he said in his speech at the prize giving ceremony held in conjunction of UniMAP Head of Departments Shooting Competition. The shooting session was held at Mata Ayer shooting range, in Perlis.

 The prize giving ceremony was completed by Deputy Police Chief, ACP Noor Mushar Hj. Mohd.

A total of 40 heads of department and senior management of both organizations participated in the competition, and the first place of the shooting competition goes to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Pr. Dr. Zaliman Sauli and second place went to the Direction of Safety Department of UniMAP, who was also the previous Perlis Police Chief, Datuk Zul Aznam Haron. Third place went to UniMAP Residential College Principal Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

According to Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar, UniMAP is giving opportunities to PDRM to utilise any infrastructure or facilities including expertise possessed by the university, if it can benefits the society in any way.

On the latest event, UniMAP and PDRM worked together in defusing a bomb that was found at the UniMAP main campus using drone technolgy and robotic expertise.

"UniMAP also provide opportunities for members of the police if they wish to continue their studies in any field of study offered," he said.

 

Sintok, 22 April - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) won the third place in the 1Malaysia Dance Festival organized by the Malaysian Universities Cultural Council (MAKUM) 2017 which was held at the Dataran Budaya, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

UniMAP was represented by the Sutramaya dance group which consists of Siamese, Iban, Orang Asli, Chinese, Indian and Malay students, managed to take home a cash prize of RM600 together with the Best Costume award.

Director of Culture and Recreation Unit of UniMAP, Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said the Sutramaya group trained for three weeks before participating in the festival as the members of the group is composed of students of various courses of study.

He added Sutramaya also received guidance and training of all the UKR staff, including Terry Junas as the choreographer and Libren Francis as their escort.

"This is the first success for UniMAP at the MAKUM level, even as third place, but it gives invaluable experience to all the members of the group to face other competition in the future," he said when contacted.

Festival Dance 1 Malaysia was held from 20 to 22 April also saw Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) won the first place, including awards for Best Choreography and Best Performance followed by UUM in the second place while Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has attracted the attention of the jury and won the Special Jury Award.

 

Pauh Putra, 7 April – Good communication at all departments can be the spark that boosts Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) to achieve its desire to be among the top 500 universities in the world.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that good internal communication can facilitate information dissemination and implement the organisational edicts in accordance with university standards.

“Each departmental head must play an important role to ensure that their staff understand their assigned tasks and responsibilities and be able to work as a team.

“Any conflict of opinions must be professionally discussed to arrive at the most favourable decision and each person must respect such decisions,” he said during the Meeting Between Vice Chancellor and Top Management at Department/Responsibility Centre Level 2017-2019 Session.

At the function, Faculty of Engineering Technology Senior Lecturer Dr. Nik Noriman Zulkepli led the top management in an oath taking ceremony.

Dr Zul Azhar said that the appointment of the top management team this time underwent great scrutiny which emphasised on knowledge, experience, direction and the future of each organisation and department.

“This appointment, enacted from 1 March 2017 until 28 February 2019, involved 131 staff members of which 51 percent are men and 49 are women,” he said.

Besides that, Dr Zul Azhar also emphasised for each appointed personnel to exhibit a great deal of energy, integrity and knowledge in order to be a good example to their staff and students.

 

Kangar, 1 April – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) maintained its hold as champions for the fifth year running in a singing contest hosted by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) PerlisFM.

The UniMAP singer, a staff of the Cultural and Recreation Unit (UKR), Mohd Hafedz Halim covered M. Nasir's song Mustika which garnered him the triumph which was held at Dewan 2020 here.

Director of UKR Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said that this was the fifth running victory since participating from 2013 in the 60s and 70s Songs in Northern Accent Contest.

“This was followed by the 60s Songs in Northern Accent Contest in 2014 which was won by Syamsyuhaida Sabri. Besides Hafedz, Norefendy Ghazali, another UKR staff member, also became a contest finalist this year, which was run in conjunction with the 71st Anniversary of RTM,” he said.

Ultimately, Hafedz took home RM3,000 cash prize and a trophy.

According to Mohd Izwan, UKR is active in participating in singing competitions at state and national levels to provide a broad exposure to its employees.

“Besides contests, we also regularly hold performances that include musical and dance performances at UniMAP and for external functions,” he explained.

 

Kangar, 27 March -  Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) strongest man has successfully positioned himself in the top eight at the World Strongest Team Championship which was held in Esztergom, Hungary, recently.

Muhammad Firdaus Jamen, 23, said the selection of participants to the competition conducted based on the first and second ranked athletes of the Strongest Man in a country.

"Among the routines that need to be done in this tournament are 160 kilograms of Atlas Stone, 450 kilograms of Tire Flip, 555 kilograms of Tire Flip
125 kilograms of Farmers Walk, 325 kilograms of Duckwalk, 500 kilograms of Superyoke; 30 kilograms of Leg Press, 90 kilograms of Press Box, 130 kilograms of Log Press of, 130 kilograms of Axle Bar Press and 240 kilograms, 270 kilograms, 300 kilograms of Power Stairs.

"22 countries participated in this competition and the participants need to form teams of two participants from different countries," he said when contacted.

Firdaus said, only three participants from Asian countries were selected to participate in this competition, namely Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. However, participant from Japan had to withdraw from the competition at the last minute.

"I am very excited to be able to gain experience from this tournament and it was even more challenging because most of the participants weighs up to 300 kilograms and above to the extent which participants from Asian countries seem dwarfed.

"This tournament was a warm-up for me before the World Natural Strongestman 2017 which will take place in September and about 36 countries are expected to join the tournament," he added.

For the record, Muhammad Firdaus has won the Sabah Strongest Man 2017 title (fifth edition) which took place last February.

Kangar, 27 March- University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) received a visit from Skyeton Aircraft Industrial Company of Ukraine with its Malaysian partner, True Altitude Sdn. Bhd., which is currently participating in the International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017.

Both companies are involved in Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV) industry and intend to forge a strategic partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems (COEUAS) which led by Prof. Dr. Hazry Desa.

According to Prof. Dr. Hazry Desa, the visit was to see the potentials and opportunities for cooperation that can be established mainly in research on UAV industrial technology.

"UniMAP will take this opportunity to further expand the research on the UAV technology with the support of the industry that will be able to materialize the results of this research," he added.

In addition, the two companies were also explored the UAV technology that produced by UniMAP. The Skyeton was represented by its Chairman, Oleksandr Stepura whereas True Altitude was represented by its Executive Director, Datuk Hazizan Ahmad.

According to Dr. Hazry, UniMAP and the other two companies have agreed to collaborate on the aspects of UAV technology transfer, especially in the field of image processing.

Moreover, he said, they are also willing to send UniMAP representative for UAV flight control training, especially in the aspect of UAV Skyeton installation.

"It is important because SAIC has agreed to appoint UniMAP as a representative of Maintenance, Repair and Operations Center (MRO) when their UAV enters the local market and Southeast Asia plus Muslim countries in Asia," he added.

Kangar, March 17 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) had launched an addition to the UniMAP logo, now bearing the Universiti Malaysia Perlis wording besides the original logo. The launch was completed during the Seri Gemilang Putra UniMAP 2016 Award Ceremony at Putra Regency Hotel, here yesterday.

The launch was made in conjunction with the 10 years celebration after UniMAP was rebranded from Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM) on 1st  February 2007 .

According to the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, the launch of the new logo is also in line with its increasing use and function.

"UniMAP is now 10 years, counting from the date of its branding, thus, an additional logo will better highlight UniMAP’s corporate image in the local and international scene.

"In addition, the launch of the new logo is also expected to reduce public's confusion in associating UniMAP with other public universities," he said.

Raja Muda of Perlis, who is also UniMAP Chancellor, Tuanku Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail launched the logo. Raja Puan Muda of Perlis, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of UniMAP, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil had also graced the audience with her presence.

Also present were Perlis Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azlan Man; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Dato 'Prof. Emeritus Ir. Dr. Zainai Haji Mohamed and former Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin.

Meanwhile, a UniMAP time capsule containing hope notes, which was kept for 10 years, was also opened at the 2016 ASG in order to reminiscince on the hopes that were written ten years ago.

The hope written by UniMAP Chancellor wishes that all missions and visions of the university will be successfully achieved.

UniMAp Pro Canselor also hoped that luck will always be with UniMAP in its jourey to strive for excellence.

Dr. Kamarudin’s note is a prayer that UniMAP will be a famous university worldwide.

For the record, over 2000 students and staff produced the notes that are included in the time capsule at the UniMAP campus in Kubang Gajah on  the midnight on 1st February, 2007.

Kangar, March 17 - School of Engineering (PPK) Microelectronics won the majority of special category awards for the Best of the Best Award on the UniMAP Invention and Research Exhibition Expo (EREKA) 2016 at Dewan Ilmu (Ilmu Hall) , UniMAP Pauh Putra Main Campus, recently.

They won three category of special awards from six categories.

The first products selected is the DSSC STEM KIT - FROM JUICE TO POWER, a research project by Ili Salwani Mohamad in the Education, Humanities and Quality of Life category.

The second product belongs to Dr. Zainol Sohiful Maher Murad. The DC-DC Converter Switching Regulator for Power Supply Module is in the Electrical and Electronics category.

The third product is BC PILLS FOR ACUTE DIARRHEA TREATMENT by Siti Salwa Mat Isa for the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health category.

Other selected product is from the School of Computer and Communication, Dr. Muhammad Imran Ahmad, with his product FACE SKETCH RECOGNITION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICATION in the category of Information Technology and Multimedia.

Microwind Turbine Energy Havester by Dr. Norkharziana Mohd Nayan from the School of Electrical Systems also won for the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Environment category.

Pulse Jet Air Dryer won the special award for the category of Materials, Manufacturing; Mechanical and Civil. This product is the result of research by Ir.  Dr. Ishak Mohamad Shaiful Ashrul of The School of Manufacturing

All six products were selected as the best products after also winning gold medals in the exhibition. They received RM250.00 in cash, certificates for the award and also certificates of participation.

A new category, Short Video Category, were also introduced in which three products have been named as winners.

Gold medal winner for this category is Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim from the Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE) for his product which is the In House Fabricated Non - Invasive Detection Kit Glocuse.

The silver medal belongs to Maz Jamilah Masnan from the  Engineering Mathematics Institute (IMK) for her product Math Genius Begins With Damat.

The bronze medal was awarded to Ruhiyuddin Mohd Zaki from the Center of Excellence for Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoTech) for his product, KEZITE.

They each received RM500.00, RM400.00, RM300.00, certificates for the award and certificates of participation.

A total of 154 products were selected to receive medals with a composition of 62 gold medals, 51 silver medals and 41 bronze medals from 193 research products that have participated in EREKA 2016.

Kangar, 11 March – Researchers from the School of Materials Engineering's Centre of Excellence Geopolymers and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) were responsible for almost 18.3 percent of all Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) publications in 2016 according to the latest SCOPUS data.

CEGeoGTech Chairperson Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin said that the research centre was also successful in reaching high-impact journals and contributing to publications such as the Web of Science database which are calculated based on CEGeoTech affiliation.

He said, in the six years since its inception, CEGeoGTech has been able to soar excellently at national and international levels, garnering over more than 200 awards.

“Among its other achievements are registering 45 patents and publishing 30 books between 2011 and 2016, and obtaining research grants locally and from overseas such as the RM2.5 million grant from the European Commission and the RM170 thousand grant from Nihon Superior Japan,” he said in a speech at the Majlis Kecemerlangan CEGeoGTech last night.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan, Dean of the School for Materials Engineering Prof Madya Dr Khairel Rafezi Ahmad and CEGeoGTech Manager Prof Madya Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah.

According to Dr. Kamarudin, 2017 is the year that will determine the capability to develop research and innovation, therefore starting this year the key performance index (KPI) for each CEGeoGTech researcher is to produce two indexed journal as primary writer.

“This is based on the current requirements of the Malaysian Research Assessment (MyRA) which indirectly aids UniMAP to achieve the KPI set by the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT).

“The capacity and capability for innovation is very much needed to develop economy and to strengthen the national competitiveness in global market and trading,” he said.

CEGeoGTech, which was formed in 2010 with the name Green Concrete@UniMAP before being upgraded in July 2011, held the Majlis Kecemerlangan to celebrate the appreciation of individuals, organisations and agencies that helped to uplift the CEGeoGTech and UniMAP name during the six years of its operation.

During the ceremony, certificate of appointments were awarded to Research Group Leaders, Primary Researchers and Associate Researchers of CEGeoGTech. Also, the CEGeoGTech Patron Recognition Award was conferred to Prof Madya Dr Che Mohd Ruzaidi Ghazali, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (HEPA) Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

 

PENANG, 27 February 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues to move forward in strengthening higher education in Malaysia at the international arena through academic strategic cooperation with the University of Sindh (SU), Pakistan.

The collaboration includes exchange of academia as well as cooperation in the field of research and journal publications, especially in social sciences and humanities field, which is the main thrust of SU, said its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat.

According to him, research is among the key elements that will enhance the image of a university, especially in dealing with global challenges today.

"UniMAP has strengths in engineering, while SU has expertise in the field of humanities and social sciences, thus, when both these fields are merged, it would be able to solve many global and economic problems.

"Based on the work perspectives, engineers are related to commercial applications and provides technological requirements to be accepted by society while the humanities and social sciences field are the core areas and soft skills that needs to be embedded in an engineer.

"In addition, the invention of engineers are also for the benefit and use of mankind as a whole," he said in his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth International Conference on the Role of Humanities and Social Sciences in Engineering 2017 (ICoHSE4) held at Park Royal Hotel, yesterday.

The conference, attended by over 150 participants from within and outside the country, was jointly organized by the School of Human Development and Technocommunication (iKOM) UniMAP, SU and ENSICAEN School of Engineering Caen, France.

UniMAP Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ir. Dr. Kamarudin Rezuwan officiated the conference. Also present were the Chairman of the Board of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Datuk Seri Mohd. Salleh Yaapar.

Dr. Burfat said that he was happy to be invited as a co-organizer of an international conference in Malaysia and value this as an opportunity to encourage students and academia exchange programs between the two universities.

SU previously has appointed two UniMAP professors as their Visiting Professor to assist the development of academic, research and quality of lecturers at the university for a period of two weeks in early February.

Meanwhile, UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the appointment indirectly proves that the expertise of UniMAP academia is increasingly recognized internationally as they can become consultants for foreign universities.

He said that both Professor appointed, namely the Deputy Chairperson of UniMAP Council of Professors, Datin Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Zain, and the Dean of iKom, Associate Professor Dr. Huzili are responsible for providing advisory services to the academic programs at the university and to share expertise in the field of academic management, higher education system, research and thesis writing.

"UniMAP will continue to encourage staff and students to develop their academic portfolio through international mobility program despite facing financial constraints.

"New approaches and methods will be developed to ensure the continuity of the mobility program which is the best platform for developing linkages with other universities abroad," he added.

Arau, Feb 26 (Bernama) - The Raja Muda (Crowning Prince) of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail today is pleased to grace his presence in the University Social Responsibility program (USR) - Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (SUKSIS) at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

The inaugural program was held in conjunction with the 2017 Public University SUKSIS Best Practices Empowerment Seminar with 600 participants representing 20 UA, started and completed at Dewan Ilmu UniMAP.

Through USR, participants have the opportunity to share the volunteer projects organized by UA with corporate parties, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in establishing a smart partnership to organize social responsibility programs.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the Chancellor of UniMAP, joins the aerobics session with the participants and then together with 80 SUKSIS members participated in the cycling program ' The 14th Kayuhan MAIPs Peduli Menjejaki dan Menyantuni Asnaf' for the year 2017 streching as far as 25 kilometers.

Other than visiting three houses of selected asnaf, His Royal Highness as the President of the Perlis Council of Islamic Religion and Malay Custom (MAIPs), presented MAIPs’ zakat to 30 selected recipients in the praying hall of Kampung Rambai, Padang Siding, Arau.

Other programs held are mural painting on a bridge, motivational talk for 150 students of Sekolah Menengah Tunku Budariah as well as painting and cleaning the house of an asnaf.

 

KANGAR, February 23rd  - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will host the  Best Practices Empowerment Seminar (SMART) Kor Sukarelawan Polis Siswa Siswi (SUKSIS) which will take place on 26 to 28 February, bringing together more than 500 participants from 19 public universities (UA ) all over the country.

The Training Officer for UniMAP Kor SUKSIS, Asistant Superintendent Kor SUKSIS, Raja Shah Erman Raja Arifin  said that in conjunction with the conference, a UA community service project involving five activities will be held simultaneously on 26th of February.

"The program, being named" Community Service Project - SUKSIS Berbakti "is one of the events that have been listed in this first edition of SMART hosted by UniMAP.

"We have listed five main activities, carried out simultaneously in this project which is to beautify the flyovers in the Changlun - Kuala Perlis Highway, upgrade and repair the house of poor families, school motivational programs, assistance to hospitals and free health screenings in selected villages," he said.

He added that the Crowning Prince of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamallulail, the Chancellor of UniMAP, will officiate the five activities.

He said that UniMAP is proud to be hosting the first edition of this event as it will gather more than 500 members of the Kor SUKSIS including 200 officers from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

 "Projects such as this may be the first held with the aim of giving a chance to Malaysian SUKSIS volunteer not only to harness their ideas and skills, but also to translate their effort to the community and at the same time help the community in accordance with the responsibility of the police force," he added.

This project is a joint effort with the Perlis Department of Public Works and IM4U Malaysia.

In conjunction with the SMART program, an opening ceremony commemerating A Decade of UniMAP Kor Suksis Carnival will be officiated by Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

Pauh Putra, 22 Februari 2017 – The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) with the cooperation of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will be organising the Youngpreneurs Go! (YPGo) SSM 2017 Programme at Dewan Kecemerlangan UniMAP, Pauh Putra Campus on 24 and 25 February.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International Prof Ir Dr Rezuwan Kamarudin said that the YPGo SSM 2017 programme will be held at UniMAP after the visit of SSM Chairperson Dato’ Sri Jamil Salleh who is also Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK).

“The organisation of this programme is a result of Dato’ Sri Jamil inaugural social discourse programme at UniMAP. He was appointed a UniMAP CEO@Faculty last May.

“The YPGo SSM 2017 programme is intended to expose and encourage students to dabble into entrepreneurship even if they study in other courses,” he said in a statement here today.

The two-day programme will be officiated by the Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also the UniMAP Chancellor.

KPDNKK Deputy Minister Dato’ Henry Sum Agong and UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal will also be visiting the officiation ceremony which will be held on 27 February.

Dr Rezuwan said that the YPGo SSM 2017 will provide an opportunity for Institutes of Higher Education (IPT) students in Perlis to do business during the programme.

“41 sales booths has been set up for students to do business and five food trucks will be participating to also expose students to various business activities.

“Besides that, there will be a talk with local celebrity Entrepreneurial Icons such as Elfira Loy and Fizo Oma, entrepreneur seminars, talks by agencies related to entrepreneurship and fun activities such as a Treasure Hunt,” he said.

Besides providing exposure about entrepreneurship, the YPGo SSM 2017 programme also intends to promote free business registration for IPT students.

Earlier, the government had allocated a special RM10 million grant to be dispensed via SSM in a period of 10 years for such purposes.

Kuala Lumpur, 18 February - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) scored 100 percent of success in Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2017 which took place on 16 to 18 February at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

Dean of Research Management and Innovation Centre (PPPI) UniMAP, Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Al Junid Syed Junid said, through the competition, UniMAP strikes 3 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals.

Besides that, UniMAP also received one Merit Award, through Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainab Hamzah.

“We are very proud to know that all three products that won gold, also received Best Researcher Award and Special International Award. The Best Researcher Award was awarded to the research of Robust Green Composite Solder Paste by Dr. Norainiza Saud and also through a product called Energy Management System Controller by Ir. Dr. Rosnazri Ali,” added Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee during the award giving ceremony last night.

Meanwhile, another research product which is UniMAP Room Portable Gas Temperature Sensor Utilizing r-Go by Dr. Mahyiddin Muhammad Ramli received a Special Award from Croatia.

The award giving ceremony was completed by Malaysian Association of Research Scientists (MARS), Dr. Mashol Wan Zin.

According to Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee, UniMAP’s involvement in MTE 2017 focuses more on products by new researchers.

“I believed that with this exposure, it will help to nurture interest in research and innovation and thus, will help us to be able to produce more new technology in line with the government's wish to make Malaysia a developed nation by 2020," he added.

In the same ceremony at MTE 2017, Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Al Junid Syed Junid was awarded with Outstanding Inventor Award.

It was awarded to him for his achievements, contributions and in constantly helping researchers to participate in research and innovation competition such as MTE.

MTE 2017 is an annual event hosted by MARS. It contested more than 300 products from colleges, polytechnics, universities and schools in Malaysia and abroad.

 

 

 

Kangar , 26th January -   Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) launched it’s Ops Banjir Pantai Timur Fasa 1( First Phase for East Coast Flood Operation) this year to Kelantan to assist in the post-flood cleaning process in some of the affected areas.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA), Associate Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan said that 35 volunteers consisting of 20 men and 15 woman were involved for the mission.

They are stationed in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Kampus Kesihatan, Kubang Kerian (USM Health Campus, Kubang Kerian) and will focus their cleaning effort in three flood relocation centre starting from 24th until 27th January.

The locations consist of Pejabat Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) Jajahan Pasir Puteh (Pasir Puteh Society Welfare Department Office), temporary relocation centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Canggai (Cangai Primary School) and SK Wakaf Raja.

 “This mission will focus on cleaning the JKM Pasir Puteh office including the two flood relocation centre. Activies such as colouring, dancing and cooking with APM and JKM will be carried out for the flood victim children,” said him when contacted today.

Mohd Foad said that this mission is a joint effort of various departments and agencies such as UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor’s office, UniMAP HEPA Department, Student’s Respresentative Council 2016/2017 Session, UniMAP Volunteers Club, HEPA USM, JKM Pasir Puteh and APM Kelantan.

Other than cleaning the affected area, UniMAP also conduct sharing, motivational and interaction session with the flood victims as the effort to reduce their stress.

 “UniMAP also assist in providing basic neccessities to JKM and APM in order to support and ease these agencies’ effort in helping flood victims,” he added.For the record, in January last year, UniMAP had mobilize seven series of post-flood mission involving 2000 volunteers consisting of UniMAP students and staff.

 

UniMAP volunteers upon arrival at the JKM Pasir Puteh, Kelantan

Associate Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan briefing UniMAP volunteers before the flag off to Kelantan for the Misi Ops Banjir Pantai Timur Fasa 1

UniMAP volunteers facilitating colouring activity with flood victim children at the temporary flood relocation centre in SK Canggai

Kangar, 25 January  - Centre of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech), University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) received recognition from outside when the two lecturers were appointed as research advisor for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) of the State University Of Makassar (UNM), Indonesia.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah and Dr. Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh were appointed based on their research and journal publication, especially in the area of geopolymer and green technology.

In addition, appointments for the next two years will indirectly enhance the visibility of the university at the international level and improve the cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia in general.

According to Dr. Mohd. Mustafa Al-Bakri, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is the largest faculty in UNM, which consist of six departments, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

"This appointment is made based on FMIPA and UNM’s planning which is to cultivate and strengthen the research and publication among the lecturers, so that they can outshine at the international level," he said in a statement here.

Also, the appointment of the two lecturers is made in a simple ceremony held in conjunction with a  lecture session of CEGeoGTech UniMAP organized by FMIPA specially for UNM research institute and was attended by Deputy Rector Prof. Dr. Gufran Darma Dirawan, M.Ed. (Cooperation and Development).

Dr. Mohd Mustafa delivered a lecture entitled, Analysis of Research and Publications Achievements of UNM and Strategies for Cultivating Research of UNM while Dr. Mohd Arif delivered lectures related to Strategies of Impact Publications.

Furthermore, Dr. Mohd Mustafa Al-Bakri said he with the two other researchers of CEGeoGTech, Dr. Rafiza Abdul Razak and Dr. Zarina Yahya also presented lectures on Green Technology and Geopolimer to 60 students that conduct research in the field of geopolymer.

He added that the initiatives of knowledge sharing  also aim to improve the geopolymer and green technology research that has the greatest potential in driving the country's development.

"CEGeoGTech UniMAP indeed have been known in research and publication of this technology where UniMAP currently holds the first place in geopolymer according to Scopus database for the last  five years.

"As a result of this visit, CEGeoGTech UniMAP has agreed to accept few students from FMIPA to conduct research on geopolymer at UniMAP for a period of one to three months,” he added.

He added that this collaboration also aims to improve the mobility of the both universities plus the two institutions also agreed to produce a joint publication.

Kangar, Jan. 19 -  A student from the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was announced as the winner during the Perlis State Level Al-Quran Memorization Closing Ceremony, today.

Nur Syuhada Tasnim Kayati, 21, taking Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Engineering won the 20 juzuk category and will represent the state at the national level in Melaka, next March.

Nur Syuhada said that she found out about the competition from Facebook. She later contacted the Majlis Agama Islam dan Istiadat Melayu Perlis (MAIPs) to register for the competition.

"I have watched similar event last year and that encouraged me to participate in this competition.

"It never occurred to me that I could win since there are a lot of proficient participants in the contest," she said when contacted after her success.

Nur Syuhada, from Wakaf Bharu, Kelantan aspires to become a lecturer and started memorizing Al-Quran starting from form one until form four.

The fourth child out of six siblings said that she is ready for the national level competition and will do her best to prepare during the semester break.

Before this she was busy due to her tight daily schedule as a student, therefore, she uses her prayer time to memorize the Quran.

 “I make full use of the time after Subuh prayer for my revision since it is the best time for Quran memorization, as suggested by my teachers," said her.

Meanwhile, UniMAP Islamic Affairs Officer, Nasrul Che Ali said that Nur Syuhada received a certificate of participation and RM3,000 in cash for her  success.

The prizes were presented by Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man at Masjid Tun Abdul Razak, Repoh.

Kangar, 6 January – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has activated the disaster operations room in an effort to collect donation to aid flood victims in Kelantan and Terengganu.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the disaster operations room will coordinate donations intended for flood victims in Kelantan and Terengganu.

“We have reopened the operations room immediately at the Za'ba Seminar Room, UniMAP Occupational Safety and Health Unit (UKKP), Taman Pertiwi Indah.

“We welcome donations in the form of cash, dried food, rice, cooking oil, canned food, mineral water bottles and daily necessities such as towels, feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, blankets, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and other items,” he said yesterday.

He elaborated that if anyone who would like to donate to the flood victims can contact the officer-in-charge Norazam Abdul Rashid at 014-3961901 (24-hour Hotline) and 04-9798411 (Office) or drop by themselves at:

BILIK GERAKAN BENCANA UniMAP
No.2, Blok D, Taman Pertiwi Indah
Jalan Kangar - Alor Setar, Seriab
01000 Kangar, PERLIS

Kangar, December 14, 2016 - Five Universiti Malaysia Perlis Engineering Programs were awarded accreditation for three years from 2016 to 2018 by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).

The five programs are Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Microelectronic Engineering, Bachelor of Product Design Engineering, Bachelor of Material Engineering and Bachelor of Polymer Engineering.

"We have received the Certificate of Accreditation for five UniMAP Engineering programs for the EAC Accreditation Assessment session visit last March”, said UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal,

"As a result of the visit, the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) has agreed to grant the certificate of accreditation for these five Engineering program at UniMAP," he told reporters after attending a gathering with the top management of UniMAP, in Kubang Gajah Campus, here, yesterday.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan and UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and International, Assoc Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin.

He added that the recognition was the result of hard work and commitment from everyone in UniMAP.

Kangar, 14 Disember 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has contributed a total of 3,449 used furniture to selected schools and organizations.

UniMAP’s Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the furniture is still in good condition. It was used by the students in Kuala Perlis Residential Hostel which has officially closed its operations in the last semester.

 “The types of furniture contributed are bed, dresser table, desk and chair. It was delivered to students in 23 schools and universities around the state of Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan. It is hoped that students will be able to make use of the items”.


"Indirectly, it became a program of corporate social responsibility of universities (UCSR) and it has been practiced since UniMAP was established," he said when speaking at the furniture contribution event held at the Tun Dr. Ismail Residential College (KKE) in UniMAP today.

Also present at the ceremony is Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) UniMAP, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan, Rector of Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis (KUIPs) Dr. Mohd. Mizan Mohamad Aslam and Chairman of the Management Council UniMAP Residential College,  Kirwan Jasbir Jaafar.

In the event, Zul Azhar presented a letter on the delivery of the furniture to the representatives as a symbolic handover of the donation.

Meanwhile, the Director of UniMAP Co-Curriculum Centre Prof. Dr. Zaliman Sauli whom represented the Headmaster of “Pusat Dakwah Jeli”, Kelantan said that the furniture is essential to complete the boarding school.

He added that during his visit to the school, he found out that the students are sleeping on mattresses on the floor; therefore, the contribution of 100 beds will provide comfort to the students. Besides, the school is frequently involved with programs and often receives visits, thus by having the furniture; it will help provide facilities to guest as well.

  

 

 

 

Kangar, December 13, 2016 - A total of 30 students from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was selected to receive Education Assistance Fund from Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation (BPYTAR) after a successful interview conducted recently.

Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said, the selection of students is also looking at their financial status, where underprivileged students are given priority. Then the selected students are called for an interview.

“Besides financial, we as well evaluate and look into the applicants’ academic performance, based on their cumulative grade performance achievement.”

“Each recipient will receive a study fund of RM 3000.00 per person and I hope this financial aid will be utilised fully for their studies”, said Zul Azhar in a ceremony to handover the study fund to recipients in Dewan Keikhlasan, Kangar.

Also present are Deputy Vice Chancellor of Students Affairs and Alumni (HEPA), Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan dan Dean of Students Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Associate Professor Razli Ahmad.

According to Zul Azhar, UniMAP is very honoured with the allocation and contribution by Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation of which totalling to RM 90 000. 

“We are very grateful and thankful to Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation for their effort in helping to ease the students’ burden.”

"In addition, UniMAP also contributed RM1,000 each to three students, in which their family's home was destroyed by fire a few months ago," added Zul Azhar .

 

Sungai Chuchuh, December 4, 2016 - A total of 500 participants took part in various programs in conjunction with Jom Fit Program with the Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corp (SUKSIS) which took place at the Uniciti ALAM Campus Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), recently.

The program was organised by the UniMAP SUKSIS Club and UniMAP Sports Centre and it was divided into three events, namely ‘5 Kilometer Run Zorro', 'Fear Factor Physical Fitness’ and Traditional Sports.

Program Director, Danial Mirza Muammar Rozilan said, SUKSIS Jom Fit Program was organized to improve the fitness of the body and the mind of the SUKSIS members plus to test their mental and physical endurance.

"This is the first time that we organize Jom Fit Program and we did not expect to get an overwhelming response.

Other than the SUKSIS members, UniMAP staffs and locals took the opportunity to participate in these events, thus, rendered positive impact on the local community, " he said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commander of UniMAP SUKSIS, SUKSIS Supt, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Nizar Ismail launched the opening ceremony of 'Zorro 5KM Run' while the closing ceremony officiated by Assistant Superintendent Raja Shah Erman Raja Arifin.

Also present were the Principal of  Uniciti Alam Residential College,Sir Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil, President of UniMAP SUKSIS Club, Muhammad Ikhwan Faruk Abdul Karim and the Training Officer of SUKSIS.

Besides the exciting events, the Blood Bank Unit of Hospital Tuanku Fauziah also offers an opportunity for the participants and the public to donate blood.

 

Kangar, 4 December – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) researchers won 14 medals and two special awards at the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2016 that took place at COEX, Seoul, South Korea.

During the four-day exhibition which began on 1 December, UniMAP researchers took home four gold medals, four silver medals and six bronze medals among 639 participating products from over 31 countries.

The UniMAP product Hybrid Wireless-Fiber Utilizing Flexible Cross Correlation (FCC) Code for Future Network Accessibility developed by Dr. Mohd Rashidi Che Beson, Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Aljunid Syed Junid and Prof. Madya Ir. Dr. Anuar Mat Safar contributed a gold medal at the exhibition.

Three other gold award-winning products were the Saw Based Sensor For E-Coli Detection invented by Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim and Dr. Mohammad Nuzaihan Md Nor, the Photovoltaic Powered Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)  invented by Prof. Madya Dr. Muzamir Isa and Uni-Fez®: A Novel Fertilizer From Agricultural Waste by Dr. S. Ragunathan.

Additionally, two more research products created by Dr. Midhat Nabil Ahmad Salmi and Dr. S. Ragunathan received special awards by the National Research Council of Thailand and Institute of Applied Computer Science, Poland.

Dr. Mohd Rashidi berkata, produk Hybrid Wireless-Fiber FCC OCDMA yang dibangunkan oleh beliau dan penyelidik bersama membolehkan akses internet berkelajuan tinggi dicapai oleh pengguna pada kos yang sangat rendah.

Dr. Mohd Rashidi said that the Hybrid Wireless-Fiber FCC OCDMA he developed by with his co-researchers provides high speed internet access by low-cost users.

He added that this integration between wireless and fibre-optics has the potential to dynamically enhance high-speed networks which is also environmentally friendly.

“This system offers great mobility and can provide stable bandwidth for a number of applications like Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) in rural areas, high-speed trains, the Internet of Things (IoT) and oil and gas industry applications,” he said in a statement here today.

SIIF is the largest invention exhibition in the world for inventors and researchers to show off their new ideas and products to manufacturers, investors, distributors, licensing companies and the public.

It is organised by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and supported internationally by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Federation of Inventors' Association (IFIA).

Pauh Putra, December 3, 2016 - University students are encouraged to be actively involved in the uniformed bodies and extra-curricular activities because both are very important for the job market.

The advice was given by the National Sports Council director general Dato' Ahmad Shapawi Ismail when launched the opening ceremony of  the Festival of Martial Arts which organized by the Co-curriculum Centre, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 2016 in collaboration with the National Sports Council and Perlis Sports Council in the Dewan Ilmu, today.

Ahmad Shapawi said that although the current participation in extracurricular activities is a mandatory requirement for graduation unlike those university days, however, students that take advantage will gain experience which will be useful in the future.

"Do not feel sorry or forced to participate in this kind of program, take the participation as a knowledge because through the program, it also trains you to be a leader.

"In addition, students can also acquire the experience of organising an event or program plus can learn to defend themselves, especially when the crime increasingly prevalent nowadays," he said.

Also present at the opening ceremony were the Director of UniMAP Co-curriculum Centre, Prof Dr Zaliman Sauli, Deputy Director of UniMAP Sports Centre, Nazmizan Muhammad, representative of the Perlis Sports Council, Noor Zaidi Hamad and coaches that involved in the martial arts.

Meanwhile, Dr Zaliman said for the first semester of 2016/2017 academic year, a total of 1320 students registered for the martial arts courses, while 805 students enrolled in sports such as archery, tennis, athletics, rugby and so on.

He said more than 800 students participated in the inaugural festival with 40 categories of competition involving Silat, Taekwondo and Karate-do.

"This is a breakthrough for UniMAP as it managed to gather many participants from the three martial arts because this is the first time.

"It also gives exposure to the students about different aspects of the organization of a tournament, as well as  strengthening the bond between them," he said when delivering an opening speech at the ceremony.

Arau, 28 November - Athlete from the School of Human Development & Technocommunication (iCOM), Mohd. Fauzi Md. Amin appeared as the king of sprints at 12th Indoor Athletics Championships Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) when he won gold medals for both 100 and 200 meters.

Mohd. Fauzi, a third year student of New Media Communication also set a new record for both events and allows him to be crowned as sportsman of the championship.

Meanwhile, sportswoman of the tournament goes to Nurathirah Abd. Fathah of the School of Engineering (PPK) Electrical Systems which won three gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and also in the long jump, also setting the new tournament record for the 200 meters.

Mohd. Fauzi said that the success is quite significant as he is now in the final year of study.

"Over the past three years in UniMAP, I have never embraced gold medal for both events and usually beaten by my teammates in the Malaysian Universities Sports Council championship (MASUM)  which represent the School of Technology Engineering (FTK).

"But Alhamdulillah, this year I’m able to win two gold medals with a new tournament record. It was more memorable, when I was named as the sportsman of the tournament.

"Insya Allah, I will use the final year to contribute something to the UniMAP contingent of in the MASUM Athletics Championships, which to be held next year April in UniMAP" he said.

In addition, the 12th Indoor Athletics Championships of UniMAP was attended by 12 teams from the schools in UniMAP with more than 6,000 athletes in total. In this edition, the School of Electrical System continues to retain the title for the fourth time in a row after winning 8 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Second place goes to the School of Computer and Communication  with 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals while the third place was won by the School of Technology Engineering with 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

The closing ceremony was officiated by the Dean of Academic Management which carry out the function of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) of UniMAP, Assoc Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin.

Director of UniMAP Sports Centre, Hj. Suhizaz Sudin said the tournament organized specifically to select athletes that will represent UniMAP in MASUM athletics championships next year.

"As an engineering focused university, preparation and continuous training are needed to enable UniMAP athletes to compete in the MASUM tournament, which largely will be participated by the national athletes.

"Thus, the internal level championship is very important for us to choose capable athletes to bring the UniMAP challenges in MASUM," he said.

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh says the UMNO General Assembly (UGA) 2016 is the best platform to showcase national higher education.

"Much progress has been made such as the good position of local universities which are internationally accepted because of the efforts of UMNO," he told reporters after closing the 12th QS-Apple Conference and Exhibition, here today.


Idris said Malaysia is also among the top countries in the world in creative design education.

"Our universities are recognised as the top one percent of highly-cited papers published worldwide while Universiti Malaya will be the 100 best universities by 2020 and Kuala Lumpur as a destination for higher education."

Idris, who is also Minister of Higher Education, said it was time for UMNO to tell the people of Malaysia's success in higher education.


"We have to explain to the people so that they do not believe talks that we do not achieve anything in education."


UGA 2016 from Nov 29-Dec 3 wil be held at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.


-- BERNAMA

 

 

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is steadily progressing towards establishing world-class research universities for the nation, said Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur.


She said the initiative, which began in 2001 as stated in the Third Outline Perspective Plan and in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint (2015-2025), would create engine of growth in the country.

"Research universities are always considered as leaders and catalysts for knowledge generation, wealth creation and societal well-being.

"Malaysia's journey towards world-class excellence did not begin from scratch. Higher Education ministry has adopted the most practical way to create world-class universities by scaling up a selective number of existing universities."

She said this in her keynote address at the 12th QS-Apple (Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education) Conference and Exhibition here today.

The event was graced by the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail. Also present was his consort, Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

Noorul Ainur said Malaysia had taken a big step to advance the achievements of local public universities by introducing the status of Research Universities to five public universities, namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

"The universities will not only be developing the future workforce but also become centres for creation of intellectual capital and new knowledge," she said.

She also pointed out that all the five universities had successfully obtained six-star ratings in the Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA) audit for the year 2014-2015.

Right now, she said all the Malaysian research universities were strengthening their position in the latest World University Rankings and Asian University Rankings.

"University Malaya, the nation's oldest and prestigious university has climbed from top 300 universities in 2010 to top 200 universities in 2016.

"In fact, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia are positioned among top 300 in the latest rankings report in comparison to top 400 in 2010," she said.

The three-day conference and exhibition is jointly organised by QS-APPLE and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

-- BERNAMA

PADANG BESAR- His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail had  a feast with the villagers of ‘Kampung Kok Mak/Mawa’ here, today. The event provides opportunity for the people to get to know and understand better the roles of our royal institution.

At the event, His Royal Highness had the chance to spend some time with more than 500 villaggers for lunch.  In his speech, he said the Malay culture should be practiced and passed down to future generations so that it will not be forgotten.

The program was organized by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) in collaboration with the Kok Mak / Mawa Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK). It was held in conjunction with the closing of a project by ‘Pusat Kajian Institusi Raja Malaysia’ (PKIRM) UniMAP, a Cross Border Research: Understanding Socio-Cultural Community.

Also present at the event was Her Royal Highness of Perlis, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of UniMAP, HRH Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

HRH Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the Chancellor of UniMAP, said the Malays are famous with their manners and customs. Other manners and customs that they still hold to till now, among others, are respecting and looking out for their neighbours, and valuing their guests. These customs made them to be courteous and having good manners. 

Meanwhile, UniMAP Vice-chancellor,  Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said more than 700 residents of ‘Kampung Kok Mak / Mawa’ speak Thai language in their everyday life, making it unique to be selected by PKIRM to undergo the study.

The cross border study is aimed to build up strong relationship between UniMAP and the villagers. This will help to make better of facilities in the village with the assistance and expertise from UniMAP. It is in relation with the Perlis state mission to get a ‘city’ status in 2030.

“We have organized numerous programs to keep the relationship between the citizens of Perlis and UniMAP closer. Among others, the event today is held by having ‘gotong-royong’ to prepare lunch and then, playing a few traditional games, such as ‘Batu Seremban’ and ‘Congkak’ that are famous here in Perlis.”

“I have a strong feeling that these programs will make our relationship grow.”

Among the food served for lunch is beef curry with bamboo shoots, some vegetables, and young papaya as side dish salad.

ALOR SETAR, 20 November - The participation of students in co-curricular activities is hoped to achieved the university's aspiration to produce more volunteers to support the implementation of University Social Responsibility (USR).

Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, in his speech said that, we will be able to make full use of all the university resources if this concept could be adapted by all uniform bodies. It then, can be mobilized to achieve desired and more meaningful results and at the same time produce individuals who are able to contribute to the society. 

 “I hope to see the Reserve Officers Training Unit (Palapes) UniMAP to act as a model in making the implementation of University Social Responsibility (USR) a success. This is in line with UniMAP’s aim to be one of the top 500 university in the world in 2020, said Zul Azhar in his speech during the 9th UniMAP Reserve Officers Training Unit Dinner, here.

At the event, a total of 116 UniMAP Palapes Junior Officer commissioned in the Malaysian Army.

Muhamad Rafini Kamaruzaman was announced as the recipient of the Overall Best Cadet Officer while the Best Military Award went to Danial Adeeb Rozani . Tham Weng Hing received the Best Academic Award (Bachelor Degree) and Tan Xin Cong Best Academic Award (Diploma).

The award was presented by the His Royal Highness of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Putra Faizuddin Jamalullail. Also present is Her Royal Highness of Perlis, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

In his speech, His Royal Highness of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Putra Faizuddin Jamalullail said that global threats that is ever changing require soldiers to be more alert and sensitive to current developments.

The latest threats of both traditional and non-traditional including those from abroad are serious and require attention. It proves that it spreads easily and will have an effect on our country’s safety and security.

"The threats to the current conflict of Daesh or IS is real and not fabricated. It may cause by other conflict, such as a natural disaster or catastrophe, economic, poverty, political practice, unhealthy and foreign intervention could also affect the national security," added His Royal Highness

Therefore, His Royal Highness reminded every member of the military, including the Territorial Army, that they should cultivate a sense of pride to be part of this noble profession in defending our country.

Arau, 20 November - More than 600 students participated in the IEEE UniMAP SB Colour Run event which was organized for the first time by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Universiti Malaysia Perlis Student Branch (IEEE UniMAP SB) at Pauh Putra Campus, UniMAP.

The event involving a distance of 5 kilometers was celebrated with various antics which were supplied with water pistol filled with colorful powder during the run.

Besides local and international students of UniMAP, the event was also attended by UniMAP staffs and their family members.

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said, the organization of the event is an initiative to cultivate a healthy lifestyle by the IEEE UniMAP SB.

He added that the program aims to produce students that can achieve balance in both academic and physical aspects and have a high level of competitiveness.

However, he said, what is more important and beneficial that should be refined by the students and the participants is that it is important to participate in any academic professional bodies for the benefits of the students after their graduation.

"It is fine to have fun and enjoy in an event like this, but what is more important is to look at the organization structure of the professional body such as IEEE UniMAP SB that will act as a network between the students and the outside world.

"The networks are the ones that will help the official business and daily work smoothly in line with the objectives of the IEEE SB UniMAP which to help give electronic access to the students for a wide variety of sources, discounts or rebates on entry fees for the conferences organized by the association , "he said.

He was expressing at the Closing and Prize Giving Ceremony of IEEE UniMAP SB Colour Run at Dewan Kecemerlangan UniMAP, Pauh Putra Campus yesterday.

Also present were the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd. Foad Sakdan and the Counselor and Advisor of IEEE UniMAP SB, Assoc Prof. Dr. Azremi Abdullah Al-Hadi.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- In Malaysia's bid to highlight the reputation of its institutions of higher learning (IPT) at a global level, a platform to improve the ranking and rating of IPTs is regarded vital.

The QS-APPLE Conference and Exhibition 2016, an international level seminar to be organised by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), will serve as the platform that will allow local IPTs to benchmark with renowned universities around the world.

As an inaugural organising partner of the event's 12th edition, UniMAP clearly has a heavy responsibility especially as it also aims to be among the top 500 universities in the world by 2020.

QS-APPLE 2016 

Although Malaysia has hosted the event in 2009, jointly organised by Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), not much is known by the public of QS-APPLE and its history which began in 2005.


QS-APPLE, which stands for Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education, is a major conference and exhibition for international educators in Asia, Europe, America and Australasia.

Each year the conference is held at a different location to focus on the richness and variety of the higher education sector in the Asia Pacific region.

The event was first hosted by Singapore for two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006, followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.

Noting UniMAP's target to become one of the best in the world, its Vice Chancellor Datuk Professor Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said Malaysia's participation in the event would be significant in benchmarking its academic reputation among strategic international partners.

"Academic reputation is one of the criteria in QS Star Ranking and QS World University Rankings.

"Therefore, it is also important for IPTs in Malaysia (including UniMAP) to be active in the conference," he said.

Zul Azhar continued that to achieve their goal, networking with strategic partners from other universities is important.

"We (UniMAP) have lined up a clear strategy for work and make it come true.

"By becoming a strategic partner of a professional body which focuses on university ranking activities (QS Quacquarelli Symonds), we will better understand the criteria used for evaluation. The chance to approach international level universities will indirectly allow us to attain our goal," he explained.

The opportunity is also an honour for UniMAP for once again bringing the international conference to Malaysia to discuss matters pertaining university ranking in the country.

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES 

According to UniMAP Chief Librarian Mazmin Mat Akhir, this year's theme, 'New Directions in Asia-Pacific Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities', was chosen to represent the main purpose of the conference.

He said during these difficult times, transformation in education is an element that requires serious attention.

Established in 2001, UniMAP is a relatively new public university therefore it is important for the institution and others to understand challenges and opportunities that could benefit them all.

Citing an example whereby IPTs encourage foreign student enrollment, evaluation in QS is seen as a medium to promote and increase the visibility of an educational institution, including among foreign students.

"To me, ranking and rating is not something that is important but it is an element that should not be neglected," he continued.

Mazmin clarified that in efforts to achieve their goal, UniMAP is not alone as the Higher Education Ministry has also been working together to outline measures needed in the aspect of rating and raking through the Malaysian Education Blueprint-Higher Education (PPPMPT).

MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE, EXEMPLARY MODEL 

Going further into the matter of rating, UniMAP believes that in maintaining reputation and momentum towards becoming among the world's top universities the future will hold bigger challenges.

School of Manufacturing Engineering Dean Associate Professor Dr Khairul Azwan Ismail said despite this, the university is determined to continue making a name for itself at the global level.

"Since our establishment, our achievements were the result of internal and external challenges we had faced.

"Now, as we aim higher, our strategy is to be more innovative especially in terms of administration and research. We will definitely seek new opportunities in becoming a more creative and competitive institution," he said.

Dr Khairul Azwan added that through benchmarking with other top universities in the Asia Pacific region, UniMAP is also more prepared to outline strategies that suit the objectives it hoped to meet by 2020.

Estimating 350 participants from over 39 countries, QS-APPLE 2016 will take place from Nov 22 to 24 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

-- BERNAMA 

KANGAR, 9 November – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will host the Council of Presidents (COP) Global U8 Consortium (GU8) scheduled to take place from 13 to 16 November.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the meeting which will be attended by five presidents or their representatives from five GU8 member universities is intended to discuss the direction and cooperation to be taken by the consortium.

“UniMAP is proud to be selected and hopes that our involvement as the sole Malaysian Public University in GU8 will increase UniMAP's visibility in the international arena.

“We have arranged a number of events during the meeting, including a tree-planting programme at the UniMAP Pauh Putra Campus and a Wisdom Fair knowledge-sharing session entitled Challenges of Global Collaboration and Excellence in Research and Education,” he remarked in a statement today. “Besides UniMAP, other member universities include Xiamen University from China, University of Le Havre from France, Inha University from South Korea and Otto Von Guericke University Magdeburg from Germany,” he said when met at this office recently.

Dato' Zul elaborated that the climax of the programme will be a bicycling activity to enjoy the Perlis scenery with DYTM Raja Muda Perlis and UniMAP Chancellor Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail. “On the final day, the GU8 delegation will be escorted for a visit to Langkawi to sample the island's beauty and to promote it as a tourist destination,” he continued.

GU8 was formed to fill the increasing need in cross-cultural education through student exchange and the drafting of a standard curriculum as a response to new challenges as required by the industry.

Kangar, 14 Oktober: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was recently crowned the winner of the National Nanotechnology Innovation Research (PIN) Project Contest 2016 at the Technology Park Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

The thesis entitled Electrical Detection of Dengue Virus (DENV) DNA Oligomer Using Silicon Nanowire Biosensor with Novel Molecular Gate Control penned by Dr. Mohammad Nuzaihan Md Nor from the UniMAP Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE) caught the attention of the jury and won a cash prize of RM1,500, a trophy and a certificate.

The award ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Daturk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

PIN was organised in conjunction with the National Nano Programme 2016 (NanoKEB 2016) which took place on 10 October 2016 to provide the opportunity for Master's Degree and Doctorate Students with creative and innovative ideas to produce solution to problems such as energy and environment, healthcare and medicine, food and agriculture, and electronics and systems.

The contest was opened to Master's Degree and Doctorate students registered with Malaysian public and private institutions of higher learning.

16 participants in the Doctorate category and 12 in the Master's Degree category were assessed and selected to participate in the contest.

Pauh Putra, October 10, 2016      Students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) are urged to be active and engage in programs involving volunteers to support the surrounding communities.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof  Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, said he noticed that the culture or spirit of volunteerism among students is no longer as high as it used to be.

I hope the UniMAP Student Representative Council (SRC) will be able to practice the culture or the nature of volunteering among young people.

However, let us not do things solely to complete the requirements for graduation alone because the students are able to help to ensure the agenda or current issues which can be addressed together, he said when delivering his message at the UniMAP 2016/2017 SRC credentials presentation ceremony at  Faizuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Library, recently.

Also present were the Dean of Academic Affairs, serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) of UniMAP, Assoc Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) of UniMAP, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan and Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP, Assoc Razli Prof. Ahmad.

In addition, he said as a student, they can do many things to enhance the spirit of volunteerism.

Besides, the culture that students practice will be added value and extremely will be helpful when they work, he added.

During the ceremony, a total of 33 candidates of the 2016/2017 Council Session, received the credentials which consist of seven independent candidates and 26 candidates from the School of Engineering.

2016/2017 Session witnesses students from the School of Manufacturing Engineering, Nurhazwani Zabidin has been appointed as the new President of the SRC while Muhammad Amir Hakim Razali also from the same school was appointed as the Deputy President.

Datuk Zul Azhar also advised all the new appointed SRC members to be a positive example not only to the UniMAP students but also to the outside community.

SRC was urged to prepare mentally and physically, especially to face challenges in the year of 2017 in terms of economic and external influences.

In short, you should perform your responsibilities sincerely and with a high commitment towards continuity of dynamic leadership at the UniMAP level, he added.

KANGAR, October 10, 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis Automotive Racing Team - UniART emerged as the champion in the category of Business Plan Presentation at Formula SAE-ASEAN organized at the Speedway Plus Circut, Subang Jaya, Selangor, recently.

The team also won the runner-up for Cost Analysis category and third place in Design Engineering category which puts UniMAP at the third best overall placing with six awards earned.

Dr Md Tasyrif Abdul Rahman, a senior lecturer from the School of Mechatronic Engineering UniMAP who led the team said that UniART was also awarded the Special Award for Best Impact team by ACCMS Warranty & Services in recognition for the effort and dedication shown by every member of the team.

He said that UniART team members consists of 17 students divided into two main crew which are the technical crew and management crew representing three UniMAP schools,the School of Mechatronics Engineering, School of Manufacturing Engineering and School of Engineering Technology.

He added that among the roles and duties of the crew are analyzing the strengths and weaknesses for their part in preparation to develop the UniART racing car.

"We have overcome many challenges so we can take pride in bagging a lot of FSAE award categories including a special award given by one of the organizers after seeing the fighting spirit, determination and efficiency of our team in tackling issues and challenges throughout this FSAE," he said when contacted.

According to him, the biggest challenge is time as every member of the team is a student and they have to manage their time properly in between lectures and building the car for FSAE.

"There are various types of testing, analysis and modification conducted throughout the training sessions at UniMAP Go-Kart track because this is the first time UniART participates in FSAE.

"Although we were not able to join the dynamic event due to mechanical failure, however, becoming one of the team that passed three categories examined by the strict FSAE 'standard' has given a meaningful experience to us," he said.

FSAE is a design competition that includes business and the automotive industry, organized by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) in collaboration with several other companies.

Pauh Putra, October 8, 2016- Public urged to undergo testing and treatment to detect any infection of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by HIV virus.

Those at risk should not be ashamed and take the test in government clinics including 1Malaysia clinics for free.

 Chief Assistant Director of AIDS / STI Perlis State Health Department, Dr. Rohemi Abu Bakar said that the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the country has recorded a downward trend of 50 percent compared to 2002, but has remained flat since 2010 to 2014.

We managed to achieve the government Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2002 which is to reduce half of the cases in the next 15 years.

 "However, casual sex contributes to HIV / AIDS spread since those involved are embarrassed to undergo tests and treatment, he said while delivering a lecture titled Adolescence & HIV  :Challenges and Roles Program in conjunction with the HIV / AIDS program the Sincerity Hall, here.

 The program was attended by nearly 400 first year students and officiated by UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. Also present were the Director of Health Centre UniMAP, Assoc Dr Mohamad Iqbal Omar.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Zul Azhar said that the program is expected to provide clearer information to UniMAP students and staff about AIDS and HIV so that the number of people affected with this virus can be reduced.

 UniMAP always organize a variety of programs to increase knowledge and awareness about HIV / AIDS, especially for new students to prevent them from being involved in any risky behavior towards the disease.

Briefing and awareness campaign will be held from time to time so that UniMAP is always free of HIV / AIDS. This is in line with the   government's target for an end to HIV / AIDS in the country by 2030, he said.

 Nur Aimi Muslim, UniMAP Psychology Officer also had given a talk in the program organized by, UniMAP Health Center in collaboration with the State Health

 

KANGAR, 30 September 2016 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) representatives succeeded in winning third place at the Perlis Open Poetry Festival Contest which took place at the Perlis State Public Library Lecture Hall here recently.

Team UniMAP A was represented by four participants who brought home a trophy, a cash prize of RM 800 and a certificate, while Team UniMAP B took fourth place winning a cash prize of RM 500 and a certificate.

UniMAP poetry team manager Suhaidah Said said that the UniMAP poetry teams' inaugural performances at the contest provided exposure to the students who in majority were from engineering courses.

“Seeing that this is our first participation, I am certain that the UniMAP poetry teams would be able to advance even further with proper nurturing.

“This success proves that Malay language arts needs to be increased among the youth. We must bolster this interest among them and this role should be taken by Malay Language lecturers and academic staff members,” she said recently.

The UniMAP A and UniMAP B poetry teams consisted of three Bachelor's Degree and three Diploma students, namely Muhamad Fadhil Azhari Abdul Wahab, Syarifah Noor Anisah Tuan Baru, Siti Nur Aishah Al-Hafizat Abdul Ghani, Muhammad Syahir Aimi Saiman, Muhammad Aiman Hassin and Muhammad Ikhwan Shafiq Ramli who are all under the tutelage of Bahasa Melayu instructors  Mohamad Zaki Abdul Halim and Mohd Syamril Aklmar Chek Kassim from the UniMAP Centre for International Languages.

The Perlis Open Poetry Festival 2016 was organised by the National Arts and Culture Department (JKKN) with the cooperation of the Perlis Writers Association (3P).

Kangar, 27 September 2016 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) announced today that it has obtained three stars in the 2016 Best Records Management in the Public University (UA) Category.

The award was bestowed during the Best UA Records Management Awards Ceremony which was held at the Audiovisual Documentation and Restoration Centre (PPPAV) Auditorium, National Archives in Kuala Lumpur today.

UniMAP Registrar Zuber Mohamed represented UniMAP in receiving the award  which was conferred by the Deputy Head Secretary (Management) Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dr Junaida Lee Abdullah.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal expressed his pride at the achievement and hoped that this will be a boost to the enthusiasm for the UniMAP community especially in aspects of management.

He stated that the award will be a benchmark for records management performance to ensure that the implementation of records management programmes at UniMAP remain excellent.

“Besides that, this is a great acknowledgement for us all especially for the UniMAP employees who have been excellently implementing records management,” he said.

UniMAP received the award after a records management audit performed by an auditor from the National Archives from 16 to 17 August.

Aside from being an acknowledgement, the assessment was created by the National Archives to encourage healthy competition in inculcating a conducive records management among UAs.

Pauh Putra, 27 September 2016 – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) team performed superbly at the UniMAP Woodball Open Championship 2016 being victorious in the women's singles, women's team and the men's team categories in Perlis state inter-departmental matches.

In the women's singles, Rosmawati Abidin who represented UniMAP recorded 63 strokes while UniMAP showed 294 strokes beating the Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) and the Office of the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Perlis (PERALIS).

Meanwhile in the men's team category, the UniMAP team recorded 266 strokes defeating the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Perlis Islamic Department (JAIPs).

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal stated that 20 teams took part in the inaugural championship organised by UniMAP with participation even from schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT) thus proving that the sport is capable of attracting young players.

“I believe that this positive development bode a higher number of future talents among the younger generation increasing the organisations of championships in UniMAP or nationally.

“As a university with experience in organising international woodball matches, I am pleased to see participation not just from government departments but also from the public sector from within Perlis and without,” he spoke during the Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony of the tournament at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.

The Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also the Royal Patron of the Perlis Woodball Association and the Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil graced the closing ceremony to present awards to the winners.

The championship also saw participation by the teams from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Vocational College Lipis, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perlis and other teams from within and outside the state.

Besides the UniMAP Woodball Arena as the main venue, the arenas at the Teaching Institute of Malaysia (IPGM) and the Dato’ Sheikh Ahmad Square was also used as venues for the tournament which began last Thursday.

 

Kangar, 27 September 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Publisher for the first time will participate in the Indonesia Book Fair, which is among the strategic initiatives to market the books that published by the UniMAP Publisher in abroad through the collaboration with the Malaysian Scholarly Publishing Council.

Moreover, the participation also received support from the Malaysia Institute of Translation and Books, Institute of Language and Literature and the publishers from Indonesia, also hoped to conclude a number of agreements including an agreement for the distribution of the scientific e-book with the Indonesia BUQU Company.

Director of UniMAP Publisher, Prof. Dr. Asiah Sarji said, UniMAP Publisher also intends to have a final level discussion of buying and selling the copyright with the Rosda Karya Publisher which is also from Indonesia.

"Besides being involved in exhibiting and selling books at the booth provided by the Malaysian Scholarly Publishing Council, a series of meetings and discussions have been organized with the scientific and commercial publishers for collaboration and sales of the copyright work that published by the UniMAP.

"We plan to showcase 10 titles and sold at least two copies of each title. In addition, there are also direct books selling on the subject of media and communications at the University of Pancasila Jakarta and Publishers expect there will be bookings for those books," he says in a statement today.

According to Dr. Asiya again, UniMAP Publisher expects 20 books published by the UniMAP can be listed in the Indonesia BUQU e-book catalog portal in the first six months, whereas the impact of the copyright purchase also expected within a year.

Dr. Asiya added participation for the first time will also witness a new history at the Conference Hall, Jakarta Convention Centre on September 30th with the launch of an anthology of poetry which was written by her.

"It is a very meaningful book to me that it was the result of experience and observation on life as of a teenager in the 1960s until now.

"Poems in the book are divided into five sections that portray about family relationships, love, man, life and the nation of which it is a special gift from me to the UniMAP for the opportunity that was given to serve in the university for the past six years," she said.

According to Dr. Asiya also, she openly and confidently tries to convey to the reader of her feelings and experiences through the writing of poems by using semi-prosaic and it is easy for readers to understand the poems.

The book is available at a price of RM42.00 at the UniMAP Publisher at No. 98, First Floor, Block A, Taman Pertiwi Indah, Jalan Kangar - Alor Setar, Kangar Perlis or call 04-9775159.

Pauh Putra, 22 Sept – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Open Woodball Championship kicked off today with the Higher Learning Institutions (IPT)/Schools category as scheduled and will end on 25 September at the Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Sports Complex Woodball Arena.

20 teams in three categories, namely the IPT/School, Perlis State Departments and Open categories, are competing in the championship.

Among the teams participating are the Islamic University College of Perlis (KUIPs), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and the Perlis Islamic Department (JAIPs).

Besides the UniMAP Woodball Arena, the Malaysian Teaching Institute (IPGM) and the Dato' Sheikh Ahmad Square courses will also be used at the same time this Saturday.

His Royal Highness Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Her Royal Highness Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil will be attending the closing ceremony of the championship this Sunday at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.

 

Pauh Putra, 18 Sept – A student from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) became the champion after beating six students in the final round of the Uthayam 3.0 Intervarsity Singing Competition which was held at Dewan Ilmu, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

Arulventhan Manokaran took home RM2000 worth of cash and a trophy while the second place winner, Mithelle d/o Francis, a participant from Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan (PIS) Johor managed to take home RM1000 worth of cash and a trophy.

In addition, the third place was won by Sanjeev Naidu s/o Somasundran from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) while the consolation prize was obtained by participants from UTP, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that he is extremely proud because UniMAP was able to host again for the second time, for one of the biggest programmes of the Indian community so far.

Besides, he stated that this proves UniMAP always supports and encourages cultural programmes across all races and believes that programmes like this could discover new talents from students.

“I believe that with commitment and determination, participants will be able to succeed and simultaneously gain valuable experiences which will be useful for them in the future,” he said while giving his speech at the competition.

The Advisor of the Transport Ministry of Malaysia was also present along with Tan Sri Datuk Seri M Kayveas and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Students Affairs and Alumni, Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan.

Uthayam 3.0 is a stage for students from polytechnics and universities all over Malaysia to uncover their talents in singing and this time around it was with the theme of “Sanggama Tamil” in UniMAP.

This programme is organized by the Secretariat of Ponggal Gala Nite 2016/17, which is also known as Chatrah Yugam under the supervision of the Department of Students Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP and Minnal Fm. Moreover, this programme has managed to channel its profit to families who couldn’t support their children’s education fees especially those in the northern states.

Pauh Putra, 16 Sept – The Coordination of Private Higher Education (Kopertis) Region XIII Acheh intends to begin a cooperation with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) with regards to the mobility of student and staff from both organisations.

This intention was expressed by Kopertis during a discussion in conjunction with the visit to UniMAP attended by 30 Kopertis members headed by Prof Dr H Jamaludin Idris.

The Kopertis delegation was greeted by the Dean of Academic Management Prof Ir Rezuwan Kamarudin presently carrying out duties as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan and other UniMAP heads of departments.

There was also a discussion on the development of academic staff members between the two parties.

The delegation was brought on a visit to the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) and the laboratories at the schools.

Kopertis alam rangka lawatannya turut mengadakan lawatan ke beberapa universiti lain di negara ini mulai 14 September lalu sehingga 20 September ini dengan objektif bagi mengadakan kerjasama dalam bidang pendidikan dalam usaha meningkatkan mutu pendidikan tinggi swasta di Aceh.

Kopertis also visited other universities within the country from 14 September until 20 September to initiate cooperations in the education field in an effort to increase the quality of private higher education in Acheh.

 

 

 

 

 

ARAU, 14 September: 11 cattle and eight goats were sacrificed during the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Islamic Centre Korban and Akikah Ceremony.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that this traditional UniMAP event which was first held in 2005 was also participated by non-governmental organisations and outside agencies.

“Out of the 11 cattle sacrificed today, three were contributed by UniMAP staff through a salary deduction scheme which began last October.

“Also, a cattle was contributed by Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department,” he said at the UniMAP Korban and Akikah Ceremony yesterday.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin, UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan, UniMAP Registrar Zuber Mohamad and the Director of the UniMAP Islamic Centre Dr. Ku Mohd Nabil Ku Hamid as well as the Deputy Director of the Perlis National Civics Bureau (BTN) Jasmi Jasa.

Dato’ Zul Azhar stated that meat acquired from the slaughter at UniMAP will be donated to five orphanages and tahfiz centres in Perlis.

Among the orphanages and tahfiz centres that have been selected were Rumah Hembusan Kasih, Asrama Yayasan Saad, Pusat Jagaan Anak Yatim dan Miskin Teratak Rahmat, Maahad Tahfiz Al Hikmah and Maahad Tahfiz Al-Quran Ar Raudhah.

“I hope that in the future the number of sacrificial cattle and goats will increase and we welcome contributions from individuals and NGOs who are interested in doing charity through UniMAP,” he said.

The UniMAP Korban and Akikah Ceremony was attended by 300 students and staff members and had acquired sponsorship from the Malaysia Heritage Club (KERIS), an NGO under the banner of the BTN.

PAUH PUTRA, 8 September: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Islamic Centre will organise a Jom Baca Al Quran (Let's Read the Al Quran) programme in conjunction with the World #QuranHour on September 11.

UniMAP Islamic Affairs Officer Nasrul Che Ali said that they expect 600 participants at two suraus, namely Musolla Saodah at the Uniciti Campus and the PFI 2 Surau at Pauh Putra.

“The event will be held at both venues to facilitate students and staff members who are living at residential colleges in close vicinity of these suraus.

“I call on the entire UniMAP Muslim community to come together to support such activities intended to elevate and to encourage Muslims to interact with the Al-Quran,” he said last night.

The inaugural World #QuranHour will be held whereby the Al-Quran will be read worldwide simultaneously for an hour beginning at 9.00 a.m.

The date and time was chosen in conjunction with the wukuf of Hajj pilgrims at the Arafah Plains in Makkah.

This large scale event aims to invite Muslims worldwide to return to the Al-Quran, understanding and making the holy book as our daily guide.

Kangar, 6 Sept – A second year Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering student became among 28 participants nationwide chosen to attend the 43rd Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2016.

Peshminder Pall Singh, 19, will be attending the programme which is organised by the Japanese Government Cabinet with the collaboration of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) for 53 days from 25 October to 15 December.

According to Peshminder, he applied for the programme via the KBS last February and attended a psychological examination and the Selection Camp which took place for three days to assess 121 youths nationwide.

He said he did not expect to be chosen for the programme when it was announced in June recently seeing as the tests he had undergone were difficult.

“Along with 28 other participants from around the country, I will be attending the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leader Summit in Japan on 1 November before sailing to Vietnam on 4 November aboard the Nippon Maru.

“We will stay in Vietnam for four days and then in Thailand for another four days, followed by Singapore and Indonesia during the entire voyage before returning to Japan,” he said.

Peshminder who hails from Selangor also said that his family expressed worry on the long duration of the programme which might disrupt his diploma studies at UniMAP.

“I convinced my family that I am able to attend this programme without neglecting my studies seeing that this opportunity is not easily obtained because of the series of difficult tests.

“In fact I hope that my participation will help inspire my friends to attend programmes such as this not just for acquiring new experiences, but also to uphold the UniMAP name in the international arena,” he stated.

SSEAYP is a programme for the youths of South East Asia which began in 1974 as a mutual agreement between Japan and five South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

330 Japanese youths and 10 South East Asian countries will be participating in the programme.

Kangar, 3 Sept – To inspire the spirit of independence during the 59th National Day, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka (DBP) organised the Cultural Image, Healthy Mind and Independence Poetry Night Programme.

Among the events slated for the programme which began 1 September were friendly sports tournaments, visits to UniMAP campuses by the DBP delegates, a poetry night and a woodball match.

Dean of Academic Management Prof Ir Dr Rezuwan Kamarudin said that the programme, which was run in conjunction with the national day, was a welcome event seeing as the changes caused by globalisation continue to erode patriotic spirit among the younger generation.

He stated that UniMAP being an engineering university is not a hindrance for it to organise arts and culture events via the UniMAP Cultural and Recreational Unit (UKR) and the Malaysian Royal Institutions Research Centre (PKIRM).

“Thus UniMAP will continue to commit to these programmes in order to preserve our national legacy,” he said in a speech representing the UniMAP Vice Chancellor at the Independence Poetry Night Event at the UniMAP Kubang Gajah Campus.

Also present were the Director of DBP Department of Policy and Research Rusli Abdul Ghani dan the Director of Sports Centre Suhizaz Sudin.

At the event, DBP representative Rasdi Daud recited the poem entitled “Menuntun Si Merdeka” (Witnessing Merdeka) penned by Awang Sariyan and his own poem “Aku Ingin Menciummu Setiap Hari” (I Wish To Kiss You Every Day), followed by recital of his own poem by Nordin Zainal Abidin entitled “Merdeka dan Kita” (Independence and Us).

Director of the UniMAP Publishing Unit Prof Asiah Sarji read a poem she wrote entitled “Aduhai Si Tanggang” (Oh, Si Tanggang) which will be published at the end of the year.

Also, DBP representative Rosdi Mat Raqib played a guitar and sang a song he crafted entitled “Si Penghuni Sepi” (The Lonely Inhabitant).

Additionally, the song and dance performances by the UniMAP UKR Inderasutra Group enlivened the event.

Awards were handed out during the event to UniMAP who had won the badminton tournament while DBP had succeeded in winning the darts competition.

The DBP Delegation consisted of 50 participants from the DBP Bureau of Family Body Culture, Bureau of Tours and Recreation and the Bureau of Family Sports Body.

KANGAR, 2 September: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is committed in the efforts to help the communities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand to strengthen the use of Bahasa Melayu there.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the Andaman Region Bahasa Melayu Strengthening Programme Phases 1-4 was conceptualised for the sharing of Bahasa Melayu knowledge, involving the sharing of experiences in teaching and learning of Bahasa Melayu in comprehensive methods of knowledge transmission.

“The desire for this programme to take place was expressed by His Royal Highness the UniMAP Chancellor himself after it was suggested by the Malaysian Consulate General's Office in Songkhla with regards to strengthening Bahasa Melayu in six provinces of the Andaman Region in Thailand.

“The UniMAP Centre for International Languages has been given the mandate to identify suitable initiatives to be implemented so this programme could be actualised,” he said at the Andaman Region Bahasa Melayu Strengthening Programme Phases 1-4 closing ceremony.

Also present were Fahad Wittayathan School Advisor Prasert Prasankarn and the director for the UniMAP Centre for International Languages Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon.

At the ceremony, the Bahasa Melayu learning book entitled Basic Malay Language (Thai Translation) was launched. The book will be a syllabus guide for schools involved in the programme.

Dr. Zul Azhar stated that the programme had been executed in four phases in five schools in Phang Nga Province starting December 2015.

“In phases one to three, UniMAP teaching staff visited Thailand to teach in five selected schools, namely Fahad Wittayathan School, Tarbiah Islamiah School, Darissalam Wittaya School, Baan Bosaen School and Sangkhom Wittaya School.

“In the fourth and final phase of the programme, UniMAP hosted a discussion and syllabus sharing session on the teaching of Bahasa Melayu,” he stated.

24 participants consisting of teachers from the Phang Nga Province and five UniMAP language instructors attended the programme that took place for six days and five nights.

During the closing ceremony, UniMAP also donated books and cash for the development of Bahasa Melayu in the Andaman Region of Thailand, as well as to fulfil its responsibility in community service.

Kangar, 31 Ogos – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) contingent won the parade competition held in conjunction with the state-level 2016 56th National Day celebration in the Government Departments, Statutory Bodies and Private category at Dataran Merdeka today.

The UniMAP contingent led by Director of UniMAP Security Department Assoc Prof Nor Azmi Johari topped the category for the third time since 2013.

Nor Azmi stated that this year's success is the second consecutive win which proves the discipline and the fierce determination of all 37 members of the UniMAP contingent.

He explained that they have been training for two weeks in Perlis' recent uncertain weather.

“Although UniMAP has been busy with the new student intake and other university programmes, our determination has not waned for us achieve our success today,” he said.

The state-level 59th National Day celebration was participated by more than 70 contingents from Government Departments, Statutory Bodies and the Private Sector.

Gracing the event with their presence were Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Perlis Tuanku Tengku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid.

Also in attendance were Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil who are respectively the Chancellor dan Pro Chancellor of UniMAP.

Also present were Perlis Chief Minister Datuk Seri Azlan Man, the State Exco and UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar expressed pride at the achievement and hoped that the UniMAP community will continue to be highly committed in these events whether at state, national or international levels.

The UniMAP contingent took home a cash prize of RM1,500.

 

The UniMAP contingent saluting during the state-level 2016 National Day Celebration parade in Kangar.

 

Zul Azhar (middle) and Nor Azmi (third from right) posing for a photo with the UniMAP contingent.

Kangar, 30 Ogos – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Centre for Excellence Geopolymers and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) will be delving into aerospace material research with the cooperation of Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. based in Osaka, Japan.

Following up a previous collaboration, the current work will focus on development of solder for use in the aerospace industry made possible by an additional allocation of RM 500,000 to its original grant funding said Chief Researcher Dr. Mohd. Arip Anuar Mohd. Salleh.

He stated that solder employed in aerospace needs to withstand extreme environments and believes that they will be able to develop the material based on the expertise and facilities available in UniMAP.

“UniMAP has previously carried out collaborations with Nihon to develop solder material, but this time we will focus more closely on creating solder for aerospace use,” he said in a statement here today.

The agreement was made after a CEGeoGTech working visit to Osaka, Japan which was attended by CEGeoGTech Manager Associate Prof. Dr. Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah and UniMAP PhD student Mohd Natashah Norizan.

At the discussion, Nihon Superior was represented by its President Tetsuro Nishimura and a number of other researchers.

The research collaboration in solder development between UniMAP and Nihon Superior Japan began in 2012 while obtaining a research grant of almost half a million and Masters degree-level learning sponsorship for five UniMAP students.

Meanwhile, Mohd. Mustafa Al-Bakri said that besides the visit to Nihon Superior, UniMAP CEGeoGTech also established a new relationship and cooperation with the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT) Life Science and Applied Chemistry Faculty's Ceramics Department.

He said that based on early talks, both parties have agreed to increase their impact and research products in the field of concrete geopolymers with the application of bacteria as repair material as have been carried out by CEGeoGTech.

“The bacteria to be used will be produced by researchers from both parties. This bacteria allows cracked concrete to self-heal.

“Besides that, agreement was also made for the placement of staff members or students for performing research in the agreed-upon field. May this collaboration strengthen relations and increase the visibility of UniMAP among academic institution in the Land of the Rising Sun,” he continued.

At the meeting, NIT was represented by Associate Prof. Dr. Shinobu Hashimoto dan Dr. Hayami Takeda.

Pauh Putra, 26 August – 21 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students has been chosen to attend the student mobility programme to Universitas Ubudiyyah Indonesia (UUI) for two weeks beginning today.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affair and Alumni (HEPA) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the student mobility programme to UUI would be certain to provide invaluable experience to the participants.

He hoped that the students who had been selected to UUI to convey a good image there considering UUI has had a very close relationship with UniMAP as a result of a number of earlier collaborations.

“I also hope that every student would be able to follow well the programme arranged by UUI and return home with the experience and knowledge to be shared with other students for discussions later,” he said in his address at the Outbound Mobility Programme Departure Ceremony at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.

Also present was the director of the UniMAP Centre for International Affairs (CIA) Dr Nurhafiza Muhammad.

Meanwhile, a School of Environmental Engineering third year student  Chen Wen Li expressed excitement over attending the programme even though semester holidays would be cut short.

The Sabah-born student said that flight tickets to Pulau Pinang has been booked the week before to return to UniMAP to attend the programme.

“I do not mind returning to UniMAP earlier before travelling to Acheh because I can't wait to see the region myself for the first time,” Chen said.

Fellow coursemate Safya Abdul Malik said that she was surprised at being contacted by her School in June and be informed of her selection to UUI.

“I did not expect to be chosen to go to UUI because of several stringent criteria required for it and am very grateful to be given this opportunity,” she said.

School of Human Development and Technocommunication (iKOM) student Nurhafiz Abdul Razak said that he submitted the programme application form before the semester break and did not think he would be selected.

Starting last year, UniMAP concentrated on student inbound and outbound mobility programmes in an effort increase its academic reputation at local and international stages.

Recently eight students were selected to attend a similar programme at Nahda University in Egypt.

Kangar, 26 August – All Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students living on campus will remain 100 percent with the completion of the Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFI 2).

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the construction of PFI 2 will manage to accommodate up to 4,000 students especially those from Schools within the permanent campus.

“This would ensures all UniMAP students continue to reside within campus,” he said in his speech at a thanksgiving ceremony in conjunction with the launch of the Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFI 2) located in the university's Main Campus earlier this morning.

He added that with 100 percent of students living on campus will save time and shorten travel time which previously took longer to reach various Schools and other UniMAP facilities.

The construction of PFI 2, also known as the Private Funding Initiative Residential College, began on 6 December 2013 and has 12 four-story blocks with 480 student homes including 16 homes for disabled students.

“According to early plans, we will accommodate new students from the 2016/2017 academic session who will register here on 28 August. But because of several factors, we had to alter the plans and move them to temporary accommodations at Bumita.

“This will ensure the best facilities will be ready at PFI 2 before receiving new students at the end of the year,” he said.

This residential college is outfitted with various facilities such as a food court, games courts, automatic teller machines, discussion rooms and an administration office.

“Therefore I hope that this residential college will be well taken care of and maintained to be constantly pristine,” he added.

To ensure no arising issues like trash, crowding and such, he called on the new residential college to be run as per the sustainable campus concept through conduciveness of surroundings at the same time actualising the UniMAP Main Campus' aspiration to be a green campus.

Pauh Putra, 26 August – In line with the rapid advances of technology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) launched the UniDebit Card during new student registration day yesterday at Dewan Kecemerlangan UniMAP.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the UniDebit card offers more functions than a standard debt card to provide easy access as a UniMAP student identification or better known as a matriculation card.

“Students can also perform online transactions using the UniDebit card to pay for learning material, library access, learning fees and other important matters at UniMAP campuses and residential colleges.

“Therefore, this cashless transaction facility not only guarantees ease and safety because of lack of physical currency, but it could also help students manage their finances,” he said at the 2016/2017 Academic Session Orientation Week and Family Briefing Ceremony.

He stated that the newly-introduced initiative would benefit over 2,000 new students and would eventually expand to cover almost 14,000 other UniMAP students.

The UniDebit card was launched after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing signed between UniMAP, represented by Zul Azhar, and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB), represented by its Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Haji Mohd Redza Shah Abd Wahid in conjunction with the event.

Gracing the ceremony with their presence were the UniMAP Chancellor, the Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and UniMAP Pro Canselor, the Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

Also present for the event were BMMB Chief Operations Officer Tuan Haji Peer Mohamed Ibramsha and former UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin.

The MoU is a continuation of the collaboration between UniMAP and BMMB, being the official UniMAP bank since the formation of the university 14 years ago.

 

Pauh Putra, 25 August – 80 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) international students received International English Course (IEC) graduation certificates here recently.

The students who hail from 19 countries had attended the course from last April as  preparation to be enrolled in Bachelor's Degree programmes at the university.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said he hoped all international students who continue their Bachelor's Degree studies will mingle with local students to create an environment of multi-racial harmony at UniMAP.

“Value your learning experience here by mingling and not just socialising with your compatriots so your life here will be more enjoyable.

“I believe many among the students who come to study here has never been out of their country before this, therefore the experience you accumulate here can be shared with your families at your home countries,” he said during the IEC Graduation Ceremony at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.

During the event, international students performed the martial arts of silat that also including the eating of, and walking barefoot and lying down on glass shards.

Also present was UniMAP Centre for International Languages (CIL) Director Prof Dr Harshita Aini Haroon.

IEC is a compulsory course for international students to increase their English proficiency before continuing their Degree studies at UniMAP.

Kangar – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (SUKSIS) has been recognised as best overall SUKSIS Corps Squad among Public Universities (UA) at the 12th Passing Out Parade and Presentation of SUKSIS Corps Inspectors' Certificate of Appointment held recently at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Mohamad Syafiq Zakaria, a UniMAP SUKSIS Corps trainee, brought pride to his contingent by receiving the UA Best Overall SUKSIS Corp Trainee Award.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal explained that the inaugural award was introduced to acknowledge and show appreciation for SUKSIS trainees who underwent a three-year training period (2013-2016) at their respective universities.

He stated that the award, which was introduced by the Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (JPJKKK), assessed each SUKSIS Corps group and trainee on their contributions at university, state, national and international levels.

Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar, who is also the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps Commandant, said that the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps has been active in organising numerous missions and community programmes within three years including two international events, namely the SUKSIS Community Outreach Program & Engagement (SCOPE) in Cambodia from 11 to 15 November 2015 and Sustain The Nature for The Future at Pulau Langkawi from 2 to 4 October 2015.

“At the national level, UniMAP SUKSIS Corps contributed their services to the Kelantan Post-Disaster Ops in January 2015 and became overall champion of the SUKSIS Northern Zone Sports Championship (SUTRA) in 2014.

“As Commandant, I am proud of the students' achievements not least when two UniMAP SUKSIS Corps trainees Nor Syafieqah Aiman Syahrul Effendy and Mohamad Syafiq were appointed Line Officer and Assistant Line Officer respectively during the passing out parade,” he stated today.

During the event, 1,082 trainees from 19 Public Universities, including 58 trainees from the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps, received Volunteer Police Inspector Certificates of Appointment from Deputy Inspector-General of Police YDH Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

Also, three SUKSIS Corps trainees received special awards, namely Best Overall Trainee (UniMAP) Mohamad Syafiq, Best External Trainee (UniMAP) Nor Syafieqah Aiman and Best Academic Trainee (UniMAP) Mohamad Zulhairi Zuriman.

Also present were Perlis Chief of Police SAC Dato Ab Rashid Ab Wahab, UniMAP Deputy Commandant SUPT/KS Prof. Madya Dr. Khairul Nizar Ismail, External Training Officer ASP/KS Raja Shah Erman Raja Arifin, UniMAP Academic Officer ASP/KS Rohazita Bahari and UniMAP Training Officer Insp. Rohmah Li.

According to Dr. Zul Azhar, the formation of competitive students should be in line with their academic achievements making their UniMAP SUKSIS Corps membership an added value compared to other students without comprehensive knowledge- and skill-building opportunities.

“With past success and community service initiatives, I hope that we continue to serve with great impact to the university, community, country and the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Syafiq declared that their success to be a meaningful one for his entire time being involved in university co-curricular activities.

“To be the best UA trainee is a dream for each participant and it will only serve to boost my passion to be more active in serving the community.

“A student's role is tremendous as we are the ones studying at institutes of higher education, active in learning and constantly being an example for the general public,” he stated.

He added that students must be prepared to be the primary motivator of Vision 2020 where their expertise, skill, opinion and vision will be counted towards the building of a developed country.

Kangar – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is expected to save up to RM 10 million within the next three years because of a strategic collaboration with Strategic Alliance Sdn. Bhd (SASB) to increase its broadband capacity through point to point wireless bridges.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the collaboration affords the UniMAP community to enjoy higher speeds of broadband access, up to 200 Mbps compared to 8 Mbps previously.

He said that UniMAP which operates as a Public University (UA) with a distributed campus was previously connected to the internet via a leased line to the national communication service provider.

To be in line with UniMAP's intent to evolve into a superior university, broadband facilities and computer network architecture for the UniMAP community must be upgraded.

“Yet with financial constraints, UniMAP must take a two-pronged initiative to increase the broadband network capacity and also save cost.

“After seeing the results of the first phase of the point to point wireless bridge technology that links the ICT Centre at Kubang Gajah with the Centre for Excellence Advanced Sensor Technology (CEASTech) at Taman Muhibbah, School of Environmental Engineering and School of Bioprocess Engineering, Jejawi, broadband capacity has been increased to 200 Mbps at the same cost,” he said in a statement here today.

Dr. Zul Azhar said this after inspecting the point to point wireless bridge installed at the KWSP Building here to increase bandwidth capacity for the UniMAP community outside of Kangar for phase two via 800 Mbps-capacity antennae.

Also present was Director of UniMAP ICT Centre Nashrudin Mohd. Shukor, UniMAP Registrar Zuber Haji Mohamad, Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Engineering Prof. Ir. Dr. R. Badlishah Ahmad, Dean of PPIPT Associate Prof Dr. Hazry Desa and SASB Managing Director Khairul Nizam Saud.

According to Dr. Zul Azhar, phase two began last June and has been successfully installed from the ICT Centre at Kubang Gajah to the KWSP Building in Kangar, the KWSP Building to the School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship (PPIPT) Pengkalan Jaya, PPIPT Building to the Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE) Seriab, and the INEE Building to the Wang Ulu Residential College.

In addition, he said that the phase two installations also established a 450 Mbps link antenna from the KWSP Building to the Bursary Department in Kangar.

“In short, the project is helping UniMAP to convert a leased line-based network between UniMAP buildings in Kangar and Jejawi with a bandwidth of 38 Mbps to a new infrastructure with an increased total bandwidth capacity of 3,650 Mbps.

“This service will be expanded to other areas including the UniMAP permanent campus in the future,” he stated.

 

Kangar, August 22, 2016 - Bumiputera students placement opportunities in business or industries pioneered by non-Bumiputeras is made easier through the Integrated Industrial Training Programme (PLIP) which has been conducted for the second series, said Director of Social and National Integration (JPNIN) Prime Minister's Office (JPM), Suraya Wen.

She is confident the cooperation will give opportunity to more students, especially Bumiputera to participate in this program.

"The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and Malaysian Retail Chain Association (MRCA) provides industrial training placement to Bumiputera students from Higher Learning Institutions (IPT) that are involved," she said in a speech during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP); National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN), Prime Minister's Office (PMO); The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM); and Malaysian Retail Chain Association (MRCA) at Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library Auditorium (PTSFP), UniMAP Pauh Putra Campus, recently.

She added that such initiatives will strengthen the ties of unity between Bumiputera students with non-Bumiputera employers and co-workers to enhance interacial unity  and cooperation.

"This is very important in strengthening the bonds of interacial relations in this country for future generation.

"The initiative has a continuity potential of five years with a target that 5000 students will join the program starting in 2016 until 2020 guided by the second thrust in RMK-11 which is to improve the people's welfare," she added.

Also present at the ceremony are the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal; ACCCIM president, Datuk Ter Leong Yap; Deputy Treasurer for ACCIM, and Chairman of the National Unity Committee, Dato 'Tan Tian Meng; and the Deputy Secretary-General of the MRCA, Dato 'Bruce Lim Aun Chong.

For the record, since PLIP was organized in the end of 2014, eight universities have signed MoUs with ACCIM and MRCA. University of Malaya (UM) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) signed their MoU on 26th November 2014 while Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) Sepang signed their MoU on 18th May 2016 and the latest MoU signing is UniMAP on 20th August 2016.

ACCIM is joined by 28 thousand sectors of businesses in various fields while MRCA also has a membership of over 200 large companies consisting of ten thousand business network and the majority are non-Bumiputera companies operating across the country.

Sungai Chuchuh, 17 August – Al-Madinah International University (MEDIU) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) intends for Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)  UniCiti Alam Campus to be a model for his university's development. Dr Syeikh Mohammad Khalifa Al-Tamimi's desire was conveyed to former UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin during his visit with his special officer Ahmad Muhammad Khalifa Al- Tamimi here today.

According to Syeikh Mohammad, he was intrigued by UniCiti Alam's development which did not utilize government budget at all and was constructed quickly and beautifully with the cooperation of a private corporation. He said the UniCiti Alam Campus will be made as an example and an ideal model to develop MEDIU which was formed at the end of 2006 with its main campus in Shah Alam, Selangor.

“I am pleased with Dr Kamarudin's knowledge sharing on the development of UniMAP's UniCiti Alam Campus which employs Industrial Building System (IBS) technology,” he stated. Earlier, Syeikh Mohammad was taken on a tour of Pauh Putra Campus, including visits to the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP), the UniMAP Digital Hub, Institute of Sustainable Agrotechnology (INSAT) and gave an academic lecture at the Perlis Islamic University College (KUIPs).

Also present for the tour were Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Dr Abdul Hamid Adom, Perlis Mufti Dato’ Arif Perkasa Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and KUIPs Rector Dr Mohd Mizan Mohamad Aslam.

 

KANGAR, 19 August – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) made history recently by being the first university in the country to be awarded the MS ISO 9001:2015 certification from SIRIM QAS Sdn. Bhd.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that UniMAP succeeded in achieving the target set by former Vice Chancellor Brig. Jen. Datuk Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kamarudin Hussin to be the first Public University (UA) to be awarded the certification.

“This success was achieved after UniMAP passed the recertification and upgrade audit by SIRIM QAS early June and this certification is valid until July 2019.

“I am proud of this achievement which is a result of the hard work of the Centre for Corporate Development and Quality Management which is responsible for coordinating UniMAP's Quality Management System,” he said during an interview recently.

Dato’ Zul Azhar hopes that the certification will be maintained and all UniMAP departments would help implement the Quality Management System based on the new MS ISO 9001:2015 standards in unison .

For the record, UniMAP was previously awarded the MS ISO 9001:2008 certification from SIRIM in July 2013 for Quality Management System and the conferral was only valid for three year ending in July 2016.

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Sungai Chuchuh, 17 August – Global Entrepreneurship Summer Camp (GESC) expressed their appreciation for natural greenery through the Greening The Earth programme which was held in the eleventh day of GESC 2016. Head facilitator Jasin Abdul Halim also a language tutor at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Centre of International Languages (CIL) said that the programme was intended to expose GESC 2016 participants to appreciate nature and green vegetation.

He said the participants, which were divided into two groups, had to carry the gardening equipment provided to plant trees at the playground and bus stop areas at UniCiti Alam Campus. “The groups were further divided into a number of smaller groups consisting of four participants each to plant the trees and record a short video with the theme Greening The Earth,” he stated when approached here today.

He explained that the videos, which were taken using the participants' mobile phones, were then uploaded to the official GESC 2016 Facebook page for selection. “The uploaded video must be promoted to the public or to Facebook friends by tagging their team-mates. “At 5 PM, the video with the most likes and follows the programme theme today will be selected as the winner and their upload will be the official GESC 2016 video,” he said.

Jasin said that the GESC programme participants which consists of Bangladesh, Thai and local students will be able to convey their message of love for green vegetation to the world after being uploaded to social media. “This shows out appreciation to green plants is unbound and can be done by a group as small as the GESC 2016 participants.

“The activity teaches the participants and society to care for the greenery no matter where they are,” he said. The Greening The Earth programme was managed by CIL and also received cooperation from the UniMAP Sustainable Campus Committee, UniMAP Holdings and the Institute of Sustainable Agrotechnology (INSAT).

GESC 2016 which began on 7 August and conclude next Saturday assembles 103 participants from three countries.

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GESC 2016 berlangsung sejak 7 Ogos lalu akan berakhir pada Sabtu ini menghimpunkan 103 peserta dari tiga buah negara.

 

Pauh Putra, August 21 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Contingent for the Malaysian Universities Sports Council Carnival (MASUM) is hoped to emulate the success of the university’s staff in the Malaysian University Staff Sports Competition held a week ago.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA), Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan said the success of the SUKUM contingent successfully defending the overall champion title for nine years in a row can be used as a moral boost for the students’ contingent to MASUM.

The UniMAP student contingent has also managed to improve its achievement at the 18th IMT-GT Varsity Carnival held in Thailand by winning two silver and one bronze medal compared to the last edition where UniMAP did not win any medal.

" Sports participation has become a culture among UniMAP staff, so it is hoped that students will make sports a culture that will bring good names to the university," he said when delivering his message to the contingent at the UniMAP Pauh Putra Residential College, here, yesterday. 

The MASUM Carnival (Phase 1), will be held from 21st  to 26th  August at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Terengganu.

UniMAP is participating in five events, men's beach volleyball, men's squash, mens and women taekwondo as well as men's table tennis. 

A total of 60 UniMAP athletes and officials will be participating in the carnival.

 

 

 

 

PAUH PUTRA, 18 August – Eight Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students have been selected to participate in the Student Mobility Programme 2016 at Nahda University in Egypt.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the mobility programme will be a reciprocal visit of the Nahda University delegation who visited during a similar programme last August.

“I hope that this programme will help students gain knowledge and experiences to improve themselves.

“Use this opportunity as a minor ambassador of UniMAP to promote both our university and Malaysia,” he said after attending the Nahda University Student Mobility Programme 2016 Departure Ceremony.

Also present were the UniMAP University Board of Directors Chairman Dato' Prof. Emeritus Ir. Dr. Zainai Mohamed and the Director of UniMAP Centre of International Affairs Dr. Noorhafiza Muhammad.

Dato’ Zul Azhar stated that the programme participants will be in Egypt for three weeks from 19 August to 9 September 2016.

“The participants had been selected from two schools, namely the School of Environmental Engineering and the School of Computer and Communication Engineering.

“The Nahda University Student Mobility Programme 2016 is a credited non-Academic programme intended to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about civil and computer and communication engineering at the university,” he elaborated.

Sophomore Bachelor of Computer Engineering student Erick Hermanto Lasimin said he will be employing this opportunity to gain more experience during his stay in Egypt.

“This is the first time I will attend such a programme and I will fully utilise the trust given to me by my School and by UniMAP to obtain new experiences and knowledge there,” he said.

Meanwhile, sophomore Bachelor of Civil Engineering student Syaza Nur Iylia Zulkifli said that she was excited to be chosen for this programme.

“I did not expect to be selected for this programme and hope that I will bring home the knowledge accumulated during my stay there to share with my friends here,” she said.

The students are sponsored by the mobility funds allocated by the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) as well as contributions from the Schools and the students themselves.

 

 

 

SUNGAI CHUCHUH, August 16 - Global Entrepreneurship Summer Camp (GESC) 2016 organized by Universiti Malaysia Perlis has become a field to help polish students’ talents to become entrepreneur.

The Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that GESC’s main objective is to inculcate entrepreneurial values among the participants.

"We can expose them to a variety of possible options, so they can decide their own future and create jobs rather than being mere job seekers.

"Early exposure like this is important because it can train them to carry out their own projects in the future," he said when launching the Food Festival and Booth Sales in conjunction with GESC 2016 here, recently.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan, UniMAP Dean of Academic Affairs and also the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International of UniMAP, Prof Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate Communications , Datin Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Zain were also present during the ceremony

He added that entrepreneurial knowledge can be given in various ways such as through study visits to companies and talks from successful entrepreneurs.

"In addition, participation in entrepreneurship programs and working with experienced entrepreneurs can also foster interest amongst youth," he added.

 

GESC 2016 was attended by 122 participants from the three countries, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia as the host. The program lasts for two weeks from 7th  to 21st  August.

The camp allows participants to experience first hand experience on entrepreneurial knowledge through visits to factories, markets, and entrepreneurship centers.

It is a great opportunity to connect with fellow participants from different countries and the ‘mentor-mentee’ approach is used in GESC 2016.

KUALA PERLIS, 16 August – 103 participants of the Global Entrepreneurship Summer Program (GESC) were brought on a visit to the Perlis Handicraft Complex to promote Malaysian culture while studying how the company is managed.

Mahasarakham University Thailand's International Business student Tanaporn Chusakul, 21, said that the visit revealed many details about the company's management and marketing.

“The visit to the Handicraft Complex afforded me the exposure to the management and the product marketing of the company which are related to the university programme I am studying.

“Besides viewing the handicraft on display, we were given the opportunity to try our hand at batik printing and wood carving,” he said.

Meanwhile Daffodil International University Bangladesh Entrepreneurship programme student Md. Atikur Rahman, 22, said that the visit allowed them to experience to create their own handicraft.

“Before this I have only viewed this on television, but today I was excited to be able to visit and print batik and create my own woodcarving,” he said.

During the visit the participants were escorted to visit the various fields of handicraft namely the production of metal craft like keris, machete and blades, batik textile craft production, wearable craft such as necklaces, bracelets and sandals, and forest craft like wooden key-chains and various other items.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Biomedical Electronic Engineering student Ainaa Mardhiya Md Zain, 23, stated that the excursion was a new experience for her.

“Handicraft production is not a simple thing like how we view it on television because it requires skill. Trying to produce our own handicraft is a new experience for me as well as for the other students,” she said.

103 participants consisting of seven student from Daffodil International University Bangladesh, 20 from Mahasarakham University Thailand and 76 from UniMAP were involved in the visit.

PAUH PUTRA, 15 August – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) received 46 buses in preparation to receive new students for Academic Session 2016/2017 who are expected to register at the end of the month.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP signed a contract with IR-SAF Holidays dan Ekspress Sdn. Bhd. for a three-year period to supply 46 buses for use by UniMAP students.

“These buses will be alloted to four UniMAP campuses namely the UniCiti campus (10 buses), Wang Ulu Residential College (20), Simpang Empat College (10) and Pauh Putra (6).

“This division is according to the ratio of students found at UniMAP residential colleges and campuses,” he said during the inspection of the contract buses and related documents at Dataran Kejat, Dewan Ilmu UniMAP.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan, UniMAP Department of Development Director Prof. Madya Mazelan Abdul Hamid and IR-SAF Holidays dan Ekspres Sdn Bhd. Managing Director Khairul-Syakirin Harith Fadzilah.

Meanwhile, Prof. Madya Mazelan stated that 10 buses are currently in operation for diploma students at the UniCiti campus.

“For a start, we have stationed 10 buses at the UniCiti Campus to facilitate the travel of diploma students staying there to classes and Kangar,” he said.

 

 

 

 

Nilai. 12 August – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continued to shine in the   Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM) 2016 upon becoming overall champions of the athletics and tenpin bowling events.

At the championship which assembles employees of various Public Universities (UA) nationwide and is hosted by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), UniMAP seized six gold medals out of the 10 up for grabs in the tenpin bowling tournament.

Even prouder, UniMAP tenpin bowler Mohd. Zulfauzi Mohd. Sawal cleaned out all five gold medals in the men's category, namely in the men's singles, men's doubles with Nurakmal Ramli, men's team, men's all event and men's masters events.

Another gold was scored by Prof Dr. Rosni Bakar dan Mahzura Mahmood in the women's doubles event.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan who is also the UniMAP Contingent Head said that besides these six gold medals, bowling also garnered a further three silvers and one bronze.

“The silver medals were won in the men's all event (Nurakmal), women's all event (Mahzura) and the women's team tenpin event, while the bronze was won by Nurakmal in the tenpin bowling men's singles category,” he said.

According to Mohd Foad, besides bowling UniMAP also predominated in the track and field events which took place at the Tunku Najihah Sports Complex, USIM by acquiring 14 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.

However, he explained, according to the athletics technical committee, individual medals by event is classified into only four categories namely men's seniors, men's veterans, women's seniors and women's veterans which only allows for four medals to be awarded in the athletics competition.

Nevertheless, he said, UniMAP's roster of athletes succeeded in winning two gold medals through the men's and women's seniors categories, and even prouder, UniMAP topped the men's seniors raking in eight gold, one silver and three bronze medals in 10 contested tournaments.

“In the women's seniors category, UniMAP acquired five gold, six silver and one gold while one other gold medal was yielded in the men's veterans category. A single gold and bronze medal each were won in the women's veterans category.

“We have been expecting this success considering that UniMAP as a 14-year-old UA has employees who are below 40 to be support in the men's seniors category.

“Henceforth, UniMAP will strive to strengthen its athletes in the men's and women's veterans to become fierce competitors in future SUKUM events,” he stated.

UniMAP's gold medals in the men's senior categories were won in the 100 and 200 metres by Mohd. Helmi Ahmad, 400 metres (Idris Zakaria), javelin (Mohd Akmal Mad Zain), shot put (Adi Alifuddin Hussin), discus (Firdaus Jamen), the 4x100 event (Mohd. Helmi, Idris, Mohd. Robani Hassan and Nazmizan Muhammad) and the 4x400 metres event which were lined by Mohd. Baihaqi Razlan, Nazmizan, Mohd. Robani and Idris.

In the women's senior category, UniMAP won medals via sprint queen Norhaslinda Md Hussein in the 100 and 200 metres event, Nur Atikah Awang (400 metres), Farah Ainumi Hanum Anuar (1,500 metres) and the 4x400 metres (Nurhaslinda, Afifah Saad, Farah Aninumi Hanum dan Nur Atikah).

21 teams took part in SUKUM 2016 with the involvement of 3,600 athletes and officials. Beside tenpin bowling and athletics, 14 other sports events were contested, such as football, netball, volleyball, chess, futsal, cycling, carom, darts, ping pong, badminton, tug of war, sepak takraw and tennis.

 

SUNGAI CHUCHUH, 11 August – “As an entrepreneur there will be many instances when your integrity will be tested for acquiring short term profit.

“Do not compromise your integrity and do not sell your soul to do something that would eventually haunt you. It is not worth it,” said University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Board of Director Member Dato’ Dr. Mohd Sofi Osman to participants of the Global Entrepreneurship Summer Camp (GESC) 2016 here recently.

The former Managing Director and Vice President of Alterra Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd said this during his slot at the Inspiring CEO Talk One which took place at Lecture Hall Two, UniCITI Campus.

Also present were UniMAP Assistance Vice Chancellor of Corporate Communications Datin Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Zain and UniMAP Assistance Vice Chancellor Entrepreneurship and Financial Sustainability Prof. Dato' Wira Dr. Mohd Salleh Din.

GESC 2016 is being held from 7 to 21 August and is attended by 103 participants from three countries namely Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia who is hosting the event for the first time.

The camp exposes participants to entrepreneurship experiences and knowledge with visits to factories, markets and business centres in Perlis.

This event is a great opportunity for participants to connect with fellow participants from different corners of the continent and among the approaches employed in GESC 2016 is the mentor-mentee concept.

 

 

 

 

Nilai, 11 August – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues its admirable performance at the Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM) 2016 hosted by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) by expanding its collection of gold medals in bowling yesterday.

Three gold medals were won by Zulfauzi Mohamad Sawal in the singles tenpin bowling category, doubles category along with Nurakmal Ramli and individual all event tenpin bowling.

Two other gold medals were seized in the women's doubles tenpin bowling by Dr Rosni Bakar dan Mahzura Mahmood as well as by the men's team tenpin bowling.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan who is also the UniMAP Contingent Head said besides these five gold medals, the bowling events also garnered a further three silvers and one bronze.

“The silver medal was won in the men's singles tenpin all event (Nurakmal), women's singles tenpin all event (Mahzura) and the women's team tenpin event.

“One bronze was yielded by Nurakmal in the men's single tenpin bowling category making the entire bowling medal tally five gold, three silver and one bronze medals on the third day of SUKUM 2016,” he said.

According to Mohd Foad, besides bowling another silver medal was won by UniMAP in the veterans' lawn bowl event when the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) team defeated them one-nil.

He said two more UniMAP bronze medals were acquired by the sepak takraw and the netball teams.

“UniMAP will continue to collect more trophies in the bowling masters category, the volleyball women's semi-finals tournament against Universiti Malaya (UM) and the futsal women's final against Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) today,” he said.

National shot put athlete Adi Aliffudin Hussin embarked on a mission to win his first gold medal in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year.

The 28-year-old champion admitted that it was time to focus on his mission to score a gold medal after winning three silver medals and one bronze medal during his five-time involvement in the bi-annual South East Asian sports event.

Although mindful of the threat posed by Thai athletes, Adi is optimistic that he would be able to surmount the challenges of the their athletes as he had succeeded in beating Thawat Khachin to achieve a gold win during the ASEAN University Games 2016 in Singapore recently.

“I am not merely hoping or only confident, but I strongly desire to win a gold during the SEA Games.

“Next year's SEA Games will be held in Malaysia. This is the best opportunity for me to make history and uphold the name of the country in the 13 years that I have been a national athlete.

“My strongest opponents thus far has been from Thailand. But my confidence level rose after defeating Thailand in AUG Singapore,” he said after winning the gold medal during the Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM) in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan yesterday.

The athlete who represented Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) putted a distance of 15.56 metres (m) while defeating Universiti Teknologi Malaysia player Muhd. Khairul Hafidzin Abdul Wahad who seized the silver medal with a score of 12.33m.

The shot put finals which was held at Kompleks Sukan Tunku Najihah, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) also saw action from former national athlete Muhammad Malik Ahmad Tobias who represented Universiti Putra Malaysia who grabbed the bronze medal after a score of 14.87m.

Adi elaborated that him being presently under the Kita Juara programme ran by the National Sports Council, will be leaving for Germany immediately after participating in the Malaysia Open Athletics Championship next September.

“I did not set any targets for Malaysian Open as I have been focusing on winning the SEA Games 2017,” he said. -KOSMO!

Nilai, 9 August – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) contingent participating in the Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM 2016) scored their first gold medal through Mohd. Zulfauzi Mohd. Sawal's victory at the tenpin bowling (men's single) tournament.

Mohd. Zulfauzi who scored 1,258 pins succeeded in defeating Iskandar Adon of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) who bowled 1,238 pins.

UniMAP also won the bronze medal in the event thanks to Nurakmal Ramli who bowled 1,213 pins.

Meanwhile in the women's singles category, UniMAP participants failed to score any medals ascending only up to sixth place. Three other UniMAP players rose to the 12th, 27th and 50th place among 64 participants.

Gold medal in the women's singles category was won by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Silver was acquired by Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) and bronze by Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM).

In other development, the UniMAP darts team failed to advance into the semi-finals after their 1-3 defeat at the hands of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In volleyball, UniMAP was victorious in the first game when the men's volleyball team defeated the home team Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) 2-1 while the women's team triumphed over UIAM 2-0.

The veteran football team displayed a valiant effort to topple the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) team 3 goals to 2.

However, the UniMAP tennis mixed team failed to hold its own against Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) which happened to be the defending champions after only winning three out of seven games.

The three points were contributed by Ahmad Hazeeq Hisham, a men's single player,  Nur Farhana Yusoff and Zuhannis Zahari, the women's doubles participants, and the men's doubles open pair of Ahmad Faizal Mansor and Nurul Amri Ahmad.

Kangar – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) welcomed an official visit today from Northern Technicshe Consulting Sdn. Bhd. (NTC) and the University of Applied Science Regensburg, Germany (OTH Regensburg) with an intention to share experiences and cutting-edge information. The high-level delegation from OTH Regensburg is headed by their President Dr Wolfgang Baier and the university's top management.

Besides that, the visit is considered to be a great platform to strengthen UniMAP's  international collaboration and industrial networking which would benefit UniMAP as a Public University because NTC as an industry player and OTH Regensburg as a well-known international university would help boost the university's achievements, said UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

He said that the cooperation which covers research, academia, and international and industrial networking is expected to strengthen the position of UniMAP and especially the School of Microelectronic Engineering, as well as the Research Training and Continuous Education Centre (RETRACE) which is based at Anjung UniMAP, Kulim as an institution that inculcates lifelong education and research.

He explained that this cooperation will certainly be advantageous as NTC will start its operations at Kulim Hi Tech Park soon while OTH Regensburg is a prominent German university.

“Among the potential for development is in the field of microelectronics which is a key UniMAP field since the inception of the university. The NTC and OTH Regensburg delegates were escorted to visit several laboratories at the School of Microelectronic Engineering and the Engineering Centre namely the Microelectronic Cleanroom, Photonics/LED/SSl Lab, Micro/Nanosystem Labs and the 1.0MW Solar Project.

In conjunction with the visit, an Letter of Intent (LOI) signing ceremony was held. UniMAP was represented by its Vice Chancellor. NTC was represented by its Managing Director  Daniel Goh Eng Ann and  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Baier signed for OTH Regensburg as its President.

LIST OF DELEGATES
OTH REGENSBERG

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Baier (President)
Prof. Dr. Klaudia Winkler (Vice President)
Prof. Dr. Screiner Rupert
Prof. Dr. Holmer Rainer

NORTHERN TECHNISCHE CONSULTING SDN BHD (NTC)

Daniel Goh Eng Ann (Managing Director)
Lawrence Lai Kun Hoong (CEO)
Lau Kean Leong (Managing Partner)
Fong Siew Khuan (Managing Partner)

 

 

 

 

Kangar - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will continue the program "Jom Masuk UniMAP" specifically to help students who come from families with household income below RM3,000 a month and orphans to pursue their first degree programs offered in the university.

According to the Chairman of the Promotion Committee of the University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rizalafendi Ismail, this program is dedicated to making admission for 2016/2017 academic session that will register this September.

"Prospective students who are interested can visit the roadshow conducted by the Secretariat of Promotion and Academic Management Division of the university in five selected locations in the states of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur," said him who is also the Dean of the School of Microelectronic Engineering, in a statement here today.

Jom Masuk UniMAP will be held from 6 to 12 August in three locations, namely the UniMAP One Stop Centre at the Kangar EPF building, Anjung UniMAP Kulim in Kulim Hi Tech Park and Anjung UniMAP Kuala Lumpur at the 26th Floor, Menara Dato 'Onn, Putra World Trade Centre ( PWTC).

Jom Masuk UniMAP secretariat will also be in the office of Yayasan Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu on August 6 and Sutera Inn Prima Seminar Room, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, on August 7, from 9 am to 1 pm.

According to Dr Rizalafendi, the program is in line with the government's aspiration that encouraged Public Universities (UA) to reach out including in rural areas to help students who are qualified but less fortunate as not to be left out in education.

"The government is aware that the fierce competition in pursuing higher education has resulted  drop out cases for students living in rural areas," he said.

"Interested students should must bring a copy of the required documents, identity card, pay slips, copy of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Matriculation Certificate / Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia / Diploma, MUET Certificate, certified copies of payslips or declaration of income and OKU Card or JKM Card (if applicable), "he further explained.

All questions should be directed to the Admission and Student Records Unit, Academic Management Division, Registrar Department at 04-979 8706 or 04-979 7941.

 

Arau, August 3 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has set the mission to retain its champion title in the Malaysian University Sport Tournamnet (SUKUM) 41 that will take place from 6 to 13 August 2016 at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor, Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that UniMAP aims to win more than seven gold medals, exceeding the total number of golds won last year which is six.

"Our mission is to continue to retain our title and this year we are targeting seven gold, five silver and nine bronze.

"Among the events targeted to contribute gold are Football (Senior), Tenpin Bowling (Men and Women), Lawn Bowl (Men), Athletics (Men and Women )and the Bicycle event," he said in his speech at the Vice-Chancellor Message to the UniMAP SUKUM Contingent at the Multipurpose Hall, UniMAP Campus Kubang Gajah, here.

Also present were the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni UniMAP Assoc.Prof. Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan cum the Chief de Mission for UniMAP SUKUM contingent and the Director of UniMAP Sports Centre, Suhizaz Sudin.

He added that he is confident that UniMAP athletes are able to achieve more medals in the tournament.

UniMAP is sending a total of 374 athletes and officials to participate in 22 events, namely Badminton (Mixed), Bicycle (Men), Football (Senior and Veteran), Volleyball (Men), Volleyball (Women), Lawn Bowl (Men and Women), Netball (Senior), Dart (Mixed), Chess (Men and Women), Futsal (Men and Women), Athletics (Men and Men Veteran), Athletics (Women and Women Veteran), Sepak Takraw (Team), Tennis, Tenpin Bowling ( Men and Women) and Table Tennis.

For the record, last year, UniMAP is the overall champions at the 40th SUKUM held at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) with six gold medals, four silver and two bronze.

  

 

 

Rapid development and fast expansion of technology should not be used as a platform for any individual to display negative thoughts or behaviour, especially to ignite social or racial flame among us. 

Instead, if technology and social media are being used well, it can certainly provide plenty of great benefits to the community and at the same time it may enliven again the love and respect that we have for each other. 

Those are the main ideas portrayed by Farrah Hanim, during a group presentation in IMT-GT Varsity Carnival, held in Rajamanggala University Technology Srivijaya (RUTS) recently. Farrah Hanim is an undergraduate in Environmental Engineering from University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

The group managed to beat 4 other groups through its presentation using the hash tag of #Random ActOfKindness and #SharingExperience. According to her, their main presentation was about encouraging random and spontaneous act of kindness among  people.

“We chose a few simple act of kindness and put it forward during our group presentation. The few act of kindness that we have chosen are the gift of smile, compliments, helping others, and good moral values. These are a few of many good values that everyone should portray through social media.”

“At the same time, my group members and I also stressed that, these deeds or acts are supposed to be genuine and not to show-off in social media. It is hoped that these will help to inspire others to do good deeds and act kindly.

Besides Farrah Hanim, the group is also represented by students from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Sumatera Utara (USU), Universiti Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU), Universiti Medan (Unimed), Rajamanggala University Technology Srivijaya (RUTS), Prince Of Songkhla University (PSU) and Wailalak University (WU).

As for the topic that they have chosen, Farrah admitted that the presetation topic was brought up spontaneosly through an event where she accidently spill some coffee during their group disscussion.

“I was panic, but the reaction of other group members made me feel calm as they offer assistance without any hesitance. This marked a deep impact on me as we are all from a totally different background; which proves that differences don’t matter when you want to do good to others”.

 

Kangar, August 2 - IMT-GT Varsity Carnival hosted by Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RMUTs), Thailand ended yesterday and has succeeded in highlighting the potential of students in three main areas of academic, sports and cultural.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Prof. Dr. Mohd. Foad Sakdan expressed that the annual carnival, which lasts for seven days, became evident that the spirit of unity can be highlighted through various activities despite the differences in culture, religion and background among the participants.

He explained that IMT-GT Varsity Carnival has been hosted for more than 20 years (it was first introduced in 1995) and this year marked its 18th Carnival. This carnival has been a great platform for students from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to open up their mind and accept differences.

Prof Foad added that "through the differences, students need to use every chance and opportunity to be excellent and to find common ground, to share ideas and also to foster relationships among countries through the ongoing collaboration of the Carnival.”

Besides UniMAP, the Carnival was also joined by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and four universities from Indonesia- Institut Teknologi Medan (ITM), Universiti Sumatera Utara (USU), Universiti Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU) and Universiti Medan (Unimed).

Representing Thailand are Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RMUTs), Prince Of Songkhla University (PSU), Thaksin University (TSU) and Wailalak University (WU). Among the academic activities throughout the program are seminars, paper presentation and group presentation.

According to Prof. Foad, one of the group with UniMAP student, Farrah Hanim Osman Jailani, 21, won the best group presentation.

Other that that, participant from UITM, Hindun Sharmaine Zulkifli managed to be the winner of Best Economy Individiual Paper Presentation with the theme of “Roles of Youth in deciding the Future of ASEAN Community”. The individual paper presentation contested are in four categories which are: Education, Economy, Social and Environment.”

“Generally looking at the students involvement, I feel that they perfomed well and showed outstanding leadership skills and high teamwork spirit”, said Prof Foad.

Prof Foad added that, comparing to previous years contesting at the Carnival, UniMAP is at its best achievement in Sport as it managed to bring home 2 silver and 1 bronze medals through 6 sports events contested this year.

2 silver medals are from men basketball and beachball team, while bronze medal contributed by the tennis team. The winner for the Sport category went to Thaksin University with 3 gold medals.

In the Cultural category, UniMAP was represented by 17 students and managed to  take home the award of Most Promising Cultural Award.

“For this cultural slot, students are exposed with cultural performances by countries, combination of cross cultural performances and also cultural performances by universities,” added Prof Foad.

Padang Besar, July 30 - a total of 26 students participated in academic and community service trips 'Kembara di bumi Asean’ for three days and two nights, organized by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Residential College Uniciti ALAM with the community in Thasala, Nakhon Si Tammarat Thailand.

The adventure was participated by students from various UniMAP residential colleges began at Tanah Melayu Railway Station (KTM) Padang Besar before heading to Hatyai City and next to Nakhon Si Tammarat.

Uniciti Alam Residential College Principal, Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said the purpose of the ASEAN adventure program is one of the highlights of the university in the international arena through academic trips and community service.

He said Walailak University was the delegation’s first destination that involved six assistant principals, college residence manager and employees of the college dormitory residence for the academic visit.

"In Walailak University, students were given exposure to the lifestyle and culture of students in the university that has 700 students, and at the same time it increases the chances of stabilizing the structure of the residential colleges at our university," he said.

According to Syed Akhmal, in addition to the academic visit, the delegation also held a community service program in Prateepsat Ismail Memorial School and Madrowsatul Ulumiddeen by contributing stationery and cash.

"Delegation had the opportunity to hold community activities such as teaching in religious schools, contributed to the private islamic school and sports activities with students.

"Indirectly, this program is not only beneficial to students but also to promote the university, Perlis and Malaysia to the Asean community, especially Thailand," he said.

UniMAP delegation was also able to visit the Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Tammarat which is among the most important temple in Thailand apart from being  listed among UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Padang Besar, 30 Julai –Seramai 26 pelajar mengikuti lawatan akademik dan khidmat masyarakat ‘Kembara Di Bumi Asean’ selama tiga hari dua malam anjuran Kolej Kediaman Uniciti ALAM Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) bersama komuniti di Thasala, Nakhon Si Tammarat Thailand.

Kembara  yang disertai pelajar dari pelbagai kolej kediaman UniMAP itu bermula di Stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Padang Besar sebelum ke Bandar Hatyai dan seterusnya ke Nakhon Si Tammarat.

Pengetua Kolej Kediaman Uniciti Alam, Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil berkata tujuan  program kembara ASEAN ini adalah sebagai salah satu menyerlahkan UniMAP di persada antarabangsa menerusi lawatan akademik dan khidmat masyarakat.

Katanya, Walailak University merupakan destinasi pertama deligasi yang turut disertai enam orang Penolong Pengetua, Pengurus Asrama dan kakitangan kolej kediaman itu bagi program lawatan akademik.

“Di Walailak University, pelajar diberi pendedahan tentang gaya hidup serta budaya pelajar di universiti yang mempunyai 700 pelajar itu sekaligus meningkatkan peluang memantapkan struktur kolej kediaman di universiti kita,” katanya.

Menurut Syed Akhmal, selain lawatan akademik berkenaan deligasi turut mengadakan program khidmat masyarakat di Prateepsat Ismail Memorial School dan Madrowsatul Ulumiddeen dengan memberi sumbangan berupa alat tulis dan wang tunai.

“Deligasi berpeluang mengadakan aktiviti kemasyarakatan iaitu mengajar pelajar di sekolah agama, memberi sumbangan kepada sekolah pondok swasta serta sukaneka bersama pelajar.

“Secara tidak langsung, program seperti ini bukan sahaja bermanfaat kepada pelajar tetapi mampu mempromosikan universiti, negeri Perlis dan Malaysia kepada masyarakat Asean khususnya Thailand,” katanya.

Deligasi UniMAP itu turut berpeluang melawat Wat Phra Mahathat di bandar Nakhon Si Tammarat yang merupakan antara kuil terpenting di negara Thailand selain tercatat antara Tapak Warisan Dunia UNESCO.

Georgetown, 25 July – Even after four months of retirement, the accomplishments of former Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin is remembered and appreciated while being awarded the UniMAP Leadership Luminary Award 2016.

The award was presented to Datuk Kamarudin at the UniMAP Alumni Luminary Award Celebration (ALUMNIGHT) 2016 organised by the UniMAP Alumni Association and the Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA) that took place at the Hotel Equatorial here last night.

Chairman of the UniMAP Alumni Association Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said that the award was bestowed to Dr Kamarudin for his 14 years of service and sacrifice in his effort to develop UniMAP.

“He was the earliest luminary to receive the first students of UniMAP when it was still known as the Northern Malaysia University College of Engineering  (KUKUM) in the beginning until it now stands proudly in the national and international stage.

“Therefore, the UniMAP Alumni Association is conferring this award as a token of our appreciation to his presence ever since we were students until today,” he said when met during the event.

Also present were UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal dan Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan.

Besides Dr Kamarudin, Centre of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) Manager Prof Madya Dr Mohd Mustafa Abdullah was awarded the Academic Luminary Award, Owner of PROKAS, REMO Sdn Bhd Reza Mohyin (2008 alumni) was given the Entrepreneurial Luminary Award and Ahmad Faeiz Zulkifli (2008 alumni), now a senior engineer at Toyota Motor Asia Pacific in neighbouring Thailand.

Meanwhile, Dr Zul Azhar hoped that all 12,791 members of the UniMAP Alumni will take the opportunity to visit UniMAP to inspire and increase the exposure of present UniMAP students.

“As we know, the employment sector today is challenging. Therefore successful alumni members would be able to provide the latest information to newer members who have recently graduated or those still studying at UniMAP.

“Moreover, alumni members working in the industry or other institutions are hoped to give their support in the employer reputation study to help UniMAP achieve among the 500 top universities worldwide in the QS World University Ranking by 2020,” he said at the ceremony.

He also launched the ‘I Care, You Care & We Care’ Fund to aid underprivileged alumni members or other individuals as well as the UniMAP Alumni Association membership card with TouchNGo features at the event which was attended by almost 200 UniMAP alumni members.

ARAU, 21 July (Bernama) – Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) describes the strategic cooperation in the research and development (R&D) of engines with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) as being beneficial to the national automotive industry.

Head of Modenas R&D Division Wan Shahar Wan Teh said that Modenas expects this cooperation to stimulate growth in the motor industry which is active and well-known in the northern region of Malaysia.

He said that Modenas is poised to provide R&D grants in the future but for now the company can only contribute its engines for the learning purposes.

“This cooperation which has been in place since 2012 allows UniMAP students to greatly explore the automotive field, develop advanced technology and increase their marketability,” he said.

Wan Shahar said this during the Riang Ria Aidilfitri UniMAP event at the main campus in Pauh Putra today.

At the event, Wan Shahar donated 10 Modenas motorcycle engines to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal for use by UniMAP Motorsports Technology Research Unit (MoTECH).

“UniMAP R&D in this field is theory-based and we at Modenas will find our common ground. Ultimately, we will optimise the applications,” Wan Shahar said.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar Zahid said that the sponsoring of 10 engine units is a symbolic cooperation between two parties in forming the UniMAP-Modenas Centre for Excellence in Automotive and Motoring Research.

He said UniMAP will ensure that collaborations or research undertaken will improve the quality of students, be relevant with current requirements and help to expand MoTECH.

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Kangar, 20 July – The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) will offer a scholarship to a Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) student for a Bachelor's Degree course at the university.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the RM25,000 scholarship was announced by Perlis Chapter ACCIM Chairman Ch’ng Ban Pai during an official visit to his office yesterday.

“The selection criteria, however, has not been decided yet and this would be finalised in a signing ceremony slated for August,” he said in a statement here today.

According to Dr. Zul Azhar, the visit among others was intended for the exchanging of views on the issues pertaining to placement of university graduates in the employment sector.

He stated that ACCIM with the cooperation of the Department of National Unity had previously talked with a number of other universities on addressing employment issues among graduates.

“He (Ban Pai) also recommended that Bumiputera graduates take the opportunity to work at Chinese-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and ACCIM will help facilitate the process.

“Overall, the early talks were very positive and we also discussed the aspects of training, scholarship and research.

“May this initiative open more doors and opportunities for UniMAP while simultaneously fostering better relations and unity in the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he stated.

Padang Besar, 10 July – 15 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students departed to Bangkok from the Padang Besar KTM Railway Station to attend the Asia Summer Programme 2016 (ASP 2016) hosted by Bangkok University.

The programme which will take place for 3 weeks until 30 July is an annual event now in its fifth year, said UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

He stated that involvement of UniMAP students in the event is part of the internationalisation initiative intended to heighten the aspects of leadership, communication and teamwork between UniMAP students and participants from other Asian universities.

“UniMAP is the sole Malaysian university to attend ASP 2016 and our students will be escorted by five staff members led by the Director of the UniMAP Centre for International Language Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon,” he said in a statement here today.

ASP 2016 is an academic programme which involves a number of study hours and this year it is attended by 121 students from 16 universities, with 15 observers,

26 courses are offered in the programme with the events to be held in the City Campus and Rangsit Campus of Bangkok University.

Meanwhile, leader of the UniMAP students, Lum Ja Son, 21, from Kuala Lumpur, felt fortunate they are able to participate in ASP 2016 even though they have to sacrifice their own semester break.

“The opportunity to join ASP 2016 is rare and is very much worth forfeiting our semester holidays for. Not every student has the chance to participate in a prestigious event such as this.

He further explained that after his ASP 2016 participation was announced last April, he and his friends had to make preparations, including dance training practice for the cultural night while simultaneously being busy studying for the final exams of the semester.

“I am proud to be representing UniMAP and receiving full support from my family even with the limited time available to prepare for this event,” said the first year Engineering Entrepreneurship student from the UniMAP School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship (PPIPT).

Second year New Media Communication student Kamaliah Mohamad, 22, of Kelantan said that she had to give up celebrating Aidilfitri with her family this year.

Upon returning to Perlis on the second day of Eid, she stated that numerous preparations had to be done including making traditional food and dance costumes for the traditional food festival and their ASP performance.

“Because of this, my companions and I had to return to Perlis earlier and we have no regrets sacrificing our holidays because our roles here can be considered as being minor ambassadors for UniMAP and Malaysia,” she declared.

PAUH PUTRA, 1 July – Even as Aidilfitri looms near while everyone prepares for it in the last week of Ramadhan, it can be a different situation for those who are underprivileged.

This has pushed the Alumni Development Unit, Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA) and the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Foundation into action to help the needy and the disabled (OKU).

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the donations given were collected from the UniMAP community.

“The programmed involved four underprivileged families and two disabled families in Perlis.

“I hope that these humble contributions would be able to help these families in preparing for coming holiday season,” he said when met after delivering the Barakah Ya Ramadhan With the Alumni and the UniMAP Foundation Programme donation last night.

Also present were the UniMAP HEPA Deputy Dean Dr. Ummi Naiemah Saraih and the UniMAP Alumni Association Chairperson Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

Among the donations to the families were daily amenities, raya cookies and RM200 worth of duit raya.

Meanwhile, recipient Rosseli Mat, 78, was grateful for the donation given to his disabled offspring Norfizah Rosseli, 52.

“This contribution would ease our burdens to buy disposable diapers that our daughter uses.

“I am grateful to UniMAP for helping our family's preparation to celebrate Aidilfitri,” he said.

Sungai Chuchuh, 1 July – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students have been waiting in anticipation to return to their hometowns for Aidilfitri.

Even better, the UniMAP students were sent off on their way home by their Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

In his speech, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul hoped that the students safely reach their destinations to celebrate Aidilfitri with their families.

“Safe journey back to your hometowns for Aidilfitri and send my regards to your parents and family there.

“It is hoped that your return to campus would be imbued with a stronger will to study harder and excel in your studies,” he said at the Diploma Students Homeward Bound Send Off Ceremony at the UniMAP UniCITI Alam Campus recently.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan and the President of the UniMAP Alumni Association Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said that three buses were rented to transport 102 UniMAP students to the East Coast for Aidilfitri which is expected to fall on 6 July.

“This is also a UniMAP Student Council (MPP) initiative to ensure UniMAP students were able to return home without having to scramble for tickets at the bus station,” he said.

Kangar, 1 Julai – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Cultural and Recreational Unit (UKR) held an entertainment-during-charity programme with 27 orphans from the Welfare and Charity Association (Rumah Teduh) here recently.

UKR Director Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said that the programme in conjunction with iftar (breaking of fast) with the underprivileged children took place with a charity busking by UKR performers.

He stated that besides dancing and singing, the Sakan Raja Lawak Group also enlivened the event to cheer the youngsters up, who range between four and 22 years old.

“Besides entertaining them, UKR also donated food and amenities for Aidilfitri celebrations and duit raya to ease their burdens,” he said after delivering the contributions.

Also present were the Rumah Teduh Manager Harisun Abdul Rahman and her husband also the Rumah Teduh religious teacher Azim Zaidi Abdul Rahman.

According to Mohd Izwan, the meal for iftar was sponsored by Restoran Peladang. UKR employees also brought pot luck meals.

“The celebratory mood along with variety of food helped bring joy to the children especially the very young.

“Before departing from Rumah Teduh we spent time playing with fireworks under strict supervision with the children who were excited at our presence,” he said.

Besides being organised by the UKR, the charity programme and iftar event also had the support of the Perlis State National Civics Bureau (BTN).

PAUH, 30 June – 17 groups attended the 2016 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival competition in conjunction with Ihya' Ramadhan.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the nasyid competition has been included in the early planning of programmes that would be upgraded and continued into the future.

“If the nasyid competition becomes a regular event, it will be able to attract more participating groups and a higher number of attendees,” he said during his Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival closing speech.

In the nasyid competition organised by the UniMAP School of Manufacturing Engineering and the Centre for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Al-Andalus group representing the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) was crowned the UniMAP Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival Champion.

The Al-Andalus group succeeded in defending its title for the third year running and brought home the Vice Chancellor Cup, a cash prize of RM1,000 and a certificate of participation, which were awarded by Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

Also present were the Joint Chairmen of the UniMAP Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival, the Dean of the School of Manufacturing Engineering Prof. Madya Dr. Khairul Azwan Ismail and the Director of the Centre for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Nasrudin Abd. Shukor.

The runner up was won by the Ar-Raeez Group from the Chancellery Department which brought home a cash prize of RM700 and the third place went to the An Nisa' 29 Group from UniMAP Holdings who won a cash prize of RM500.

Also crowned in the category of Best Performance is the Al-Munawwar group from the UniMAP Centre for International Languages. The Adiratna group from the Registrar Department won in the Best Costume category.

Meanwhile, Chief Jury Mohd. Fitri Alawee Mohamad commented that the overall performance quality this year had increased compared to the previous years.

However, he stated that the majority of groups committed an egregious error in choosing songs that were not suited for their soloist's voice. Additionally, there was a lack of harmonising during performances.

“Five aspects of the nasyid performances were judged in this competition, with the vocal aspect having the highest percentage. Therefore, when participants failed to choose an appropriate song, it affects their entire performance,” he explained.

Kangar, 29 June – Mental sickness is expected to be the second largest source of illness among Malaysians after cardiac disease by the year 2020.

The reported statistics are worrying as 400,227 sufferers in Malaysia required psychiatric help at government hospitals in 2008, an increase of 15.6 percent compared to previous years.

However, this may not reflect the actual number as many patients might  choose to go untreated or place their trust instead in traditional medicine.

“Psychiatric health disorders are believed to contribute to the increase of psychiatric patients while local news reports of cases of suicide and intentional self-harm have increased likely due to depression and stress.

“If left untreated, chronic depression will cause hallucination and the tendency for self-harm or suicide,” said Head of Psychiatric Department and Specialist at Tuanku Fauziah Hospital (HTF) Dr Ruzita Jamaluddin when delivering her lecture entitled ‘Addressing the Stigma of Mental Illness’ during the Mental Health Awareness For UniMAP Department Heads Seminar at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium at the UniMAP Pauh Putra Main Campus yesterday.

Also present to deliver a talk entitled ‘Stress Management’ was HTF Psychiatric Specialist Dr. Zarina Zainan Abidin.

Dr. Ruzita added that the number people suffering from mental disorders are rising with 2000 new cases of schizophrenia reported each year.

She also urged people to discard their negative stigma and be accepting of these mental patients into society because they are only humans suffering from psychiatric health disorders.

“Proper treatment and medication could eventually restore them back to normal.

“Shunning and alienating them will not help them and will only worsen the patient's condition,” she said.

She also shared important facts about psychiatric patients that society especially family members and close acquaintances of the patients should be aware of.

She explained that early symptoms or the prodrome of the illness will take between several months to three years for it to manifest in a patient's mental, emotional and behavioural states.

“Be constantly aware of changes in thought, emotion and behaviour of family members, colleagues or even students in our institution as they might be struggling against such a malady.

“Early detection will help in the recovery of patients while an early diagnosis, medication and treatment would help them recuperate and reintegrate back to society,” she stated.

People must have a deeper understanding of mental illnesses before making negative assumptions and shun these patients from society.

Understanding and knowledge of mental illnesses would help in the early detection so the proper treatment can be immediately provided.

“The refusal of patients to consult with psychiatrists or to be associated with mental illnesses is caused by the negative perception of society on this issue.

“This would only aggravate the patient's condition and add to the reason for the rise in the number of psychiatric cases in the country.

“Eliminate the stigma and discrimination, and instead give your attention, love and support to them. It might not be easy, but it is not impossible to achieve,” she said.

Kangar, 29 June – Advancements in mobile telephone technology has been among the contributors of mental distress, said Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. 

“Mobile phones afford us the convenience to now work 24 hours a day and making us accustomed to receiving information which require immediate responses,” he said.

He said this when officiating the Mental Health Awareness For UniMAP Department Heads Seminar closing ceremony at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra (PTSFP) Library Auditorium at the UniMAP Pauh Putra Main Campus yesterday.

Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) psychiatry specialists Dr. Ruzita Jamaluddin and Dr. Zarina Zainan Abidin presented their talks .

Also present at the event were the Dean of Academic Management also the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin and the Dean of the School of Human Development and Technocommunication (iKOM) Prof. Madya Dr. Huzili Hussin.

Dato’ Zul Azhar added that there have been numerous cases reported at UniMAP involving employees and students, and department heads must be well-equipped with knowledge, information and awareness to be prepared for these unwelcome incidents.

“A leader should not only be responsible for focusing on an organisation's achievements but should also emphasise on emotional and mental well-being of his underlings,” he stated.

He hoped that programmes such as this will be able to further unlock the minds and knowledge of UniMAP department heads to guide the people around them.

“These programmes should be organised in the future and focus on training staff members who deal directly with students like the Student Facilitator Companions (RPS)  which consist of UniMAP lecturers,” he said.

KANGAR, 28 June – For Muslims, the month of Ramadhan brings reward many times over for the good deeds and charity that they perform compared with other months.

The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Alumni Association with the cooperation of the Alumni Development Unit, the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni and the UniMAP UNESCO Club took this opportunity in Ramadhan to organise the Jelajah Ramadhan Alumni UniMAP: Mission to Clean Up Mosques from Perlis to Johor.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the four-day three-night programme involved visiting eight mosques in eight states from Perlis to Johor.

“I began the journey with 31 UniMAP students and alumni members from UniMAP Pauh Putra Campus last Friday toward Kok Mak Mosque in Perlis then followed by visiting Kampung Laka Mosque in Changlun, Kedah.

“Beside clearing up mosque grounds, the Jelajah Ramadhan is also intended to acquaint UniMAP Alumni members with the states they visit, simultaneously promoting UniMAP to local communities,” he said in a statement here today.

The Jelajah Ramadhan Alumni UniMAP departure ceremony was officiated by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal at Dewan Kecemerlangan, UniMAP at the Pauh Putra Campus.

Six other mosques cleaned up during the programme were the Taman Penaga Surau in Penang, the Kampung Tekah Mosque in Taiping, Perak, the Ahmadi Rantau Panjang Mosque in Klang, Selangor, the Taman Tengku Jaafar Parish Mosque in Negeri Sembilan, the Al Aziz Mosque in Pernu, Melaka and the Al Firdaus Congregational Mosque in Tanjung Gading, Muar, Johor.

The Jelajah Ramadhan UniMAP delegation also visited the family of UniMAP Alumni Allahyarham Nurul Syazeila Iryani Suhaimi who was killed in an accident with her 17-month old child in a southbound 16-vehicle pile up at Kilometre 405.8 North-South Expressway (PLUS) near Kuala Kubu Baru.

According to Mohd. Foad, the Jelajah Ramadhan event was organised in hopes that it would inspire society to be united in minding the cleanliness and sanctity of mosques.

He stated that the UniMAP Alumni indirectly carried a message to the community, especially for the younger generation to work hard to help with the management of the mosques in their own areas.

“For the most part, mosque management is usually helmed by the elderly or retirees  who as we are all aware are not as able-bodied as the youth.

“Together we must lend our aid in this especially because mosques are public venues for Muslim society to gather and strengthen community bonds. Thus we must make time to participate in the management of mosques,” he implored.

He added that these programmes should be go on as they help inculcate volunteerism and self-identity among the UniMAP Alumni members, at the same time educate them on the value of sacrifice especially during Ramadhan.

“I hope that these efforts will have blessings from Allah and be a wonderful memory to the UniMAP Alumni members involved and may the ties between the mosque parishioners and UniMAP be strengthened,” he continued.

Kangar, 25 June – 31 members of the Varsity Girl Guides in the fifth semester of their Diploma programme participated in the Pandu Puteri Mesra Komuniti Semarak Ramadhan 2016 event in Kangar today.

The UniMAP Co-Curriculum Centre Girl Guides Trainer Nor Azurawati Ahmad Zuhdi said the programme focused on Local Community Service which was a contribution of 100 food packages for breaking of fast to public service agencies from proceeds collected from the students themselves.

“Participants were taught that community service is not merely limited to official programmes which require paperwork and a high cost.

“Hence, the participants acquainted themselves with the Malaysian Royal Police, Fire and Rescue Department and the Health Ministry at the Beseri Police Station, Kangar Fire and Rescue Department, Kangar Traffic Police Station and the Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) Emergency Unit,” she said in a statement.

She expressed that the programme garnered a positive response from the public services departments during the visits and received a pleasant welcome from them while inspiring the participants.

“This indirectly affirms one of the elements of the Girl Guides co-curriculum syllabus which is to practise Girl Guide regulations when dealing with the applicable parties.

“Besides that, the programme succeeded in exposing the participants to the true concept of community service and it is hoped that such programmes could be held in the future,” she added.

The Pandu Puteri Mesra Komuniti Semarak Ramadhan Programme 2016 which began at 2.30 PM at UniCiti Alam Campus, Sungai Chuchuh contributed light meals to public officers on duty for the breaking of their fast.

Pauh Putra, 24 Jun – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) in conjunction with the month of Ramadhan held an Ihtifal Ihya’ Ramadhan Ceremony at Dewan Ilmu, UniMAP Permenant Campus recently.

At the event, the Khairat Kematian Tabarruq Scheme was launched to complement the existing UniMAP Khairat Kematian Management Agency.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that UniMAP intends to make compulsory for local Muslim staff to contribute with a five ringgit salary deduction each month although a higher amount is more than welcome.

“InsyaAllah with this programme, the welfare of our staff and their families will be cared for in accordance with the stipulated conditions.

“I am certain that this will lessen the financial burden of employees and their families after enduring a loss of a loved one,” he said in a speech during the event.

Gracing the event with their presences were the Raja Perlis Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, Raja Muda Perlis Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also the UniMAP Chancellor and Raja Puan Muda Perlis Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil

Also present were the Perlis State Legislative Assembly Speaker Dato’ Hamdan Bahari who represented the Perlis Chief Minister, State Secretary Tuan Ahmad Zamri Khairuddin, Chairman of the University Board of Directors Dato’ Prof Emeritus Ir Dr Zainai Mohamed and the former UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin.

At the ceremony, the UniMAP Chancellor and Pro Chancellor presented donations to over 30 orphans from the families of former UniMAP staff members and 20 underprivileged UniMAP students.

Donations in the form of cash and essential goods were given to help alleviate their burdens in preparation of Aidilfitri.

Almost 1000 guests consisting of UniMAP employees and students also attended the ceremony.

Pauh Putra 23 June: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) commemorates researchers and sports teams that achieve victories at research exhibitions and sports tournaments held last year.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that every achievement gained at that time has made a significant impact for UniMAP.

“We are taking seriously the product creation and journal publications that brings great impact to the Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA).

“This is because high-impact journal publications are important for the university to increase its MyRA standing and enable researchers to compete for research grants,” he said in his speech during the launching of the Research and Sports Excellence Award Ceremony 2015 and High Impact Journal Excellence Award Ceremony 2014 at Dewan Kecemerlangan UniMAP here recently.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan and UniMAP Registrar Zuber Mohamed.

The Research and Sports Excellence Award Ceremony 2015 and High Impact Journal Excellence Award Ceremony 2014 follows up the UniMAP Seri Gemilang Awards (ASG) which took place in March.

176 researchers and nine sports teams received incentives in the form of cash prizes and certificates of excellence.

Dato’ Zul Azhar added cash prizes were only bestowed to those products winning gold awards and Special Awards, and attended exhibitions that have an impact with regards to MyRA.

 

 

 

Kangar, 21 Jun – 20 underprivileged Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) were chosen to receive donation and aid through the Kasihnya Ramadhan programme organised for the first time by the UniMAP Student Council (MPP).

The programme which was also supported by the UniMAP Student Affairs and Alumni Department (JHEPA) was intended to among others lessen the burdens of underprivileged UniMAP students.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said, “This contribution would to a certain extent help the underprivileged among UniMAP students.”

“I am proud of the initiative taken by the UniMAP MPP whereby a collection was made from the contributions of UniMAP staff members and management.

“It is my hope that this resource distribution programme will continue for years to come as the number of eligible recipients requiring aid increase,” he said, before launching the event.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Foad Sakdan and MMP President Rio Iskandar Jazman.

All 20 of the students who have been selected received donations in the forms of cash, hamper and dates.

Meanwhile Rio Iskandar said that besides UniMAP employees, the MPP also collected funds from elected representatives from several areas in Perlis.

“Although the donation is not much, it would at least lessen the burdens for needy students in preparation for Syawal month,” he said.

Recipient Shahirah Amirah Shamshul Shariman, 22, a final year Electrical Engineering Diploma student was grateful to be chosen to receive the donation.

“Seeing that I am a senior student and have to complete my final year project, I am pleased and hopeful that the donation will more or less help lighten the burden for my family and support my expenses here,” she said.

Padang Besar, 20 June – Producing creativity and innovations while implementing a curriculum is important in actualising the evolution and development in national education which faces a number of new changes.

Innovative curricula which teach innovative and creative content, knowledge and types of skills to be mastered by students can be assessed by how well they are implemented in schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT).

An effective curriculum is one that fulfils the needs of a student by preparing the student to face the working world by developing the talents, potential, thought, culture, creativity, knowledge, expertise and abilities of students.

On that basis, it is important for schoolteachers or lecturers to use various appropriate and effective methods, strategies and approaches in accordance to the needs of the students while simultaneously applying creative and innovative strategies.

These elements are among those introduced by the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Technology (Product Development) teaching staff at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) to impress students to interpret theory they had been taught by producing a creative handiwork.

Programme coordinator Mohd. Haidiezul Jamal Abdul Hadi said that students were asked to create unique and creative Street Furniture Benches by combining engineering and product design.

According to him, the project not only teaches students problem solving skills and abilities but also the understanding of the project's requirements and issues as well as the capacity to sketch a two-dimensional drawing before starting to construct their designs.

“Basically this project stems from the lack of public benches at the UniCITI Alam campus grounds, so some of the teaching staff and I took the initiative to turn it into a student project.

“The results were exciting and defied our expectations when 22 bench designs of various concepts and creative elements were produced by the students,” he said today.

To show appreciation for the students, all 22 designs are now being exhibited at the Studio Exhibit Space Building S4, FTK Laboratories at UniCITI Alam Campus.

For Norhaiza Natasya Mokhtar, 21, the project assigned by lecturers for the Product Development course not only trained her to be creative, but also developed her skills in handling tools and crafting activities.

Usually, she said, these activities are done by men, but in this course all students, men or women, were required to complete the assignments given by their lecturers.

“Besides basic product design, we also had to ensure every design was conceived ergonomically for use by the public,” she explained.

Meanwhile, Nazmeemran Musa, 21, a second year student said that his friends and him spent two months constructing their product entitled Aluminio Bench.

According to him, the product sports a contemporary modern design where its seat is made of pine wood and the seat support is crafted of metal.

“The shape of the bench is adapted from the form of a boomerang, a curved thrown weapon, while the metal support for the seat was inspired by the letter Y.

“The bench is suited for enclosed or roofed areas to ensure that it lasts longer. I am satisfied with this design and hope that it will see use at the UniCITI Alam campus grounds,” he added.

Kangar, 18 June – In conjunction with the month of Ramadhan, the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Administrative Officers and Professionals Association (POTENSI) organised a friendly visit to several security agencies in Perlis and a Jejak Ukhwah courtesy visit to the family of a UniMAP employee who had passed away.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal expressed his congratulations at POTENSI's efforts in honouring members of the nation's security forces who are on duty 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the country.

“Among the security agencies visited were the Kangar Civil Defence Department, Kangar Fire and Rescue Department, UniMAP security posts, border stations and the District Police Headquarters (IPD).

“Besides that, the visit to the family house of UniMAP employee who had passed away clearly displayed POTENSI'S objective during the Sahabat Sahur programme in showing concern for the family,” he said when launching the Singgah Sahur and Jejak Ukhwah Programme here today.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan and UniMAP Registrar Encik Zuber Hj Mohamad.

The 3rd POTENSI Singgah Sahur Programme also distributed sahur goodies to members of the security agencies and was attended by 20 POTENSI committee members led by POTENSI President Encik Rusdi Puteh, technical staff members and UniMAP Security.

Meanwhile, during the Jejak Ukhwah event at the family home of the late UniMAP Residential College employee Haslina Ismail, Zul Azhar and POTENSI spent time to mingle with the late Haslina's children who range from 1 to 11 years old.

Haslina's widower Muswadi Musa said that since the death of his wife, his younger children were cared for by his mother and sister when he is at work as a courier at one of Kangar's courier companies.

“Sending them to a child minder would require a lot of money therefore I have to rely on my mother's and sister's help to mind the younger ones while I travel to and from my workplace to send and pick up the ones in school.

“The presence of UniMAP's top management and POTENSI tonight left a deep impression in our hearts because UniMAP still shows concern about our family although my wife has passed away,” he said.

The Singgah Sahur Programme which began at 11 PM ended at 5 AM today with the UniMAP Pauh Putra Permanent Campus security post as its final destination.

KANGAR, 15 June – A Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) student was chosen to represent the nation in the Summer Student Programme at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chin Yuk Ming, 25, a Bachelor of Materials Engineering student was selected with two other participants to attend the eight-week programme beginning 20 June.

“I did not expect to be chosen to attend this programme as I would be the only engineering degree student among physics candidates.

“For eight weeks the other researchers and I will be involved in the study of material characterisation of new materials used for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator which is located at CERN,” said Chin.

Chin further expressed excitement at learning new things at CERN and sharing the knowledge acquired there with friends and colleagues in Malaysia.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that CERN's selection of Chin Yuk Ming is a recognition of research and learning programmes of excellence offered by UniMAP.

“Even prouder is that Chin is the only candidate from an engineering background chosen to carry out fundamental research at CERN,” he disclosed.

Dato' Zul further elaborated that Chin Yuk Ming's involvement in the Summer Student Programme will be fully utilised to help complete his own research thesis in the production of advanced cathode material for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

“We are focusing on high impact studies for the sustainability of education excellence at UniMAP and fundamental high impact researches are paramount to explore new sciences by UniMAP researchers.

“I hope that scientific discoveries gained from these studies would be shared with other UniMAP students directly through lectures and talks in class or the lecturer's guidance to postgraduate students,” he said.

Kangar, 15 Jun – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continues to improve its standing in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2016 study when it was listed among the top 230 Asian universities, compared to the top 250 as the previous years.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the improvement indirectly gave a boost of motivation for UniMAP which turned nine years old after its rebranding from the Northern Malaysia University College of Engineering (KUKUM) to continually ascend the QS ranking chart.

He clarified that at a young age, UniMAP was able to position itself among the best universities in Malaysia which were older than 20 years. UniMAP's strategy since 2008 of targeting to be among the top 500 universities worldwide come 2020 is beginning to bear fruit.

“According on the report, UniMAP is the 13th best university in Malaysia and the ninth best among public universities (UA).

“I believe that full cooperation from all stakeholders and the UniMAP community would indirectly help UniMAP to achieve its target to be in the top 500 universities in the world by 2020.

QS University Ranking Asia is a United Kingdom-based agency that ranks universities regionally and internationally.

This assessment involves 350 major Asian universities and has been assessed since 2009 based on nine indicators such as academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citation per faculty, international faculty ratio, international student ratio and the latest indicator, number of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) staff members.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar said that to enhance the university's international reputation, UniMAP has been scheduled to host the 12th QS APPLE Conference at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) at 22-24 November later this year.

He declared that this conference, which is considered the finest Asia Pacific education conference, is expected to attract 600 participants from all over the world.

“Besides UniMAP, it would also be a great platform for Malaysian institutes of higher education to expand their network with institutes from the rest of the world,” he said.

KANGAR, 15 June – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal accompanied the delegation of Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail in a Perlis State Government jalinan kasih working visit to several locations in Sabah.

Among others, the jalinan kasih visit is a yearly initiative of the 504th Regiment of the Territorial Army, organised to strengthen networking bond between the state government and the security forces, namely the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) in the state.

The programme, which is now in its 12th year, was also attended by Perlis state agency heads and corporate figures to infuse morale and increase the spirit of the security forces on duty during the months of Ramadhan and the upcoming Syawal.

“The visit which was under the patronage of the Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) was of great benefit to the delegate members in terms of duty, responsibility and sacrifice of the security forces for the public.

“I believe that this would help correct public perception of our security forces' contributions to the nation and the general public in particular. It will also indirectly win public support for the government's efforts to improve remunerations to the members of ATM and PDRM.

“Besides this, it also functions as the finest medium to gather information on the best practices of Sabahan organisation to be used as new ideas for introduction and implementation by the relevant agencies including UniMAP upon our return to Perlis,” he said.

According to Zul Azhar, the four-day programme was divided into two main segments namely the courtesy visit to the security forces on the islands near Sandakan and the titian kasih programme at secondary schools in Sandakan.

“I myself was able to share information and give a motivational talk to 100 students at the Sandakan Vocational College who are studying in technical and vocational streams which are in line with the UniMAP curriculum.

“Besides that, I also broke fast and performed tarawikh prayers with the students,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also the Commander of 504th Regiment said that the ATM will not compromise in matters of peace and security which are the basis of the nation's prosperity and well-being.

He said that the role of the security forces will be more challenging with the evolution of the nature of threats against this country from time to time.

“Therefore, every security force personnel must be responsible in ensuring discipline and that their roles are significant in every aspect,” he said.

In another event, he also said that the cooperative network between the police and the community must be strengthened as it would minimise and prevent crime.

For this purpose, he urged the PDRM to constantly seek out ways to form close cooperation with the local community to help decrease and prevent crime.

He also said that the people should always respond to the authorities' call for crime prevention activities for the good of all.

 

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Kangar, 7 June – A university's function should not merely be to produce graduates. All the skills and expertise possessed by students and lecturers could be harnessed for the benefit of the local community.

On that basis, Universiti Malaysia Perlis’ (UniMAP) School of Human Development & Technocommunication (iKOM) has employed their expertise to aid Small and Medium Industry (SMI) entrepreneurs in Perlis.

For Mohamad Haziq Mohd Hidzir, a Bachelor of New Media Communication sophomore student said that the opportunity to help small business owners that their lecturers provided has been a great experience for them.

“We have to identify and select an entrepreneur and help rebrand their products.

“Our group chose to help a bamboo shoot and fruit pickle business owner, so we had to figure out a more attractive packaging and devise a marketing strategy using the latest approaches with knowledge we had received in class,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Ajmal Harun who lead the team that helped a keropok lekor entrepreneur expressed that he had troubles marketing his product.

“Our group performed a study on the market difficulties that the entrepreneur had experienced to fully understand the obstacles that need to be surmounted.

“Therefore, after our study we helped the business owner from the aspects of packaging, corporate rebranding, product diversification and to help acquire halal certifications for the products,” he said.

Muhammad Ajmal said that his group was proud that all the ideas they had provided were adopted by the business owner to help his business grow.

“We are pleased to be able to help these entrepreneurs expand their businesses. Perhaps these products were selling poorly before because of lack of marketing knowledge.

“All the experiences we gained during this activity were not available as theory lessons in class, and we must do field work to acquire them,” he further stated.

iKOM Deputy Dean of Academic Dr. Hanum Hassan said that the University Corporate Social Responsibility (UCSR) Programme was held as part of the Integrated Marketing Communications subject.

“Students were divided into 27 groups to help the Perlis SMI entrepreneurs to help promote their products.

“This is the best method to get students to understand the concepts and methods of integrated marketing communications because they needed to apply the theoretical knowledge they learned,” she stated.

Dr. Hanum further explained that the students' involvement with the SMIs helped them to comprehend real situations in the business world.

“This experience will also help students to be exposed to the correct methods of starting up a business as soon as their course is over. Students will also hand over their marketing plans to their respective businesses as UCSR service to the Perlis community,” she conveyed.

Penang, 7 June – The rapid development of engineering technology has created new and advanced materials that has brought great change to the world.

In the efforts to expand with the development swiftly-evolving technology, the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) School of Materials Engineering recently organised the International Conference on Functional Materials and Metallurgy (ICoFM 2016) located at the Parkroyal Hotel & Resort.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that ICoFM 2016 is expected to be an impactful platform for researchers to participate in the national development agenda by the sharing of knowledge and ideas among academicians, researchers and industry representatives.

“Students must be aware of latest discoveries to not be left behind in this field.

“In line with the government's wishes to be a developed country and to produce a value-added workforce, UniMAP has taken proactive measures in the field of research and technology with a number of approaches,” he said during the ICoFM 2016 launch.

Also present were the President of the Malaysia Chamber of Mines Dato’ Seri Mohd Ajib Anuar and UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Prof. Dr. Abdul Hamid Adom.

Three speakers were invited to present. Dato’ Seri Mohd Ajib Anuar presented a paper entitled “Dynamic Business Models for the Mining and Metallurgical Industry”.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Mujahid Ahmad Zaidi, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia's Dean of Academic and International Management, presented “Modelling and simulation in engineering problems: A case study on development of Semi Empirical model for hardness AZ91 nano-composite prediction” and UniMAP School of Materials Engineering Senior Lecturer Prof. Dr. Azmi Rahmat spoke about “Corrosion Protection at Potential of Zero Charge”.

ARAU, 6 June (Bernama) – Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail said that the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) community must give full commitment to the new Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal to bring the university to excellence.

He said that for a Public University (UA) striving to achieve its target of being in the top 500 universities worldwide, quality of areas of study, high impact programmes, increase of international students and related initiatives are factors that should be given emphasis.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin who is also the UniMAP Chancellor said that the allocation cuts to UAs are a challenge that is facing the university management to generate income through various new activities, creativity and innovations.

“Use the expertise available and exploit the 14-year knowledge and experience of former Vice Chancellor Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin to help give UniMAP a boost,” he said.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said this after witnessing the handing over of the assignment note from Kamarudin to Zul Azhar at the UniMAP Dewan Kecemerlangan here today.

Raja Puan Muda Perlis Hajah Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, who is also the UniMAP Pro Chancellor, also graced the ceremony with her presence.

He hoped that Kamarudin's efforts to intensify UniMAP's research quality is further enhanced by Zul Azhar, while also optimising Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and the inculcation of values and ethics among the university community.

“I would also like to remind the importance of excellent time and financial management to develop UniMAP standards, guidelines and benchmarks in an effort to achieve the target of being in the top 500 universities in the world,” he declared.