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.