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.