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.




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.


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.


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).


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).


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.