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