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.