Langkawi, 14 May – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Women Beach Volleyball team won the women's category at the Statutory Bodies Beach Sports Carnival 2018 which took place from 10 to 13 May at Pantai Chenang, Langkawi.

The UniMAP team represented by Nurul Ashikin Mohd Josrie and Siti Aminah Romly defeated the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) A team with 21-12 and 21-14 scores in the final round yesterday.

UniMAP Sports Centre Director, Suhizaz Sudin said before securing a place in the final, UniMAP beat Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with the scores of 21-14 and 21-7 during the semi-finals.

He said agencies that participated the carnival were not merely any minor teams as they greatly challenged the UniMAP team even though UniMAP had excelled before at the Statutory Bodies Sports (SUKANUN).

"The success of the UniMAP team is certainly to be proud of as this is our first ever participation in this carnival.

"Hence, this win will be a driving force for further victories at future carnivals, and UniMAP will strive even harder from now on," he said when contacted recently.

At the carnival, UniMAP also sent two more entries namely the men's beach football and the men's beach volleyball however they had only made it to the quarter-finals as well as groups.

Statutory Bodies Beach Sports Carnival was a Malaysian Statutory Bodies Association biennial sports event which was held this year in collaboration with the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

A total of eight sports categories were contested during the carnival including beach petanque, beach sepak takraw, beach netball, beach football and beach volleyball.

Kangar,19th May – The female researchers of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) continue to strive in excellence when they dominated the gold medal at an international innovation exhibition called ‘Europian Fair of Creativity and Innovation (EUROINVENT 2018)’ in Iasi, Romania.

They are Assoc Prof Dr Noorhafiza Muhammad through her research ‘Potato Starch Nano-Composites As An Alternative Materials for Coronary Stent Applications’ which also received the Best Female Researcher Award from EUROINVENT and the Korean Special Award, and Dr Zarina Yahya with her research entitled ‘Geopolymer Underwater Concrete in Marine Construction’.

Another female researcher from UniMAP who won the gold medal was Liyana Jamaludin through her research ‘Novel Multipurpose Geopolymer Coating for High Temperature Applications.’

UniMAP’s head delegate, the manager of Geopolimer and Green Technology Excellence Center (CEGeoGTech), Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah said that apart from the three female researchers, another UniMAP researcher, Dr Mohd Fathullah Ghazli, also won the gold medal and the Thai Special Award with his research, ‘New Discovery of Sm3 + in Reducing Cost for Red Phosphor in White LED Applications’. According to him, the achievement was meaningful to them as the participants of EUROINVENT 2018 consist of more than 500 researchers from over 20 countries which provide a great competition at the exhibition.

“Even better, the female researchers of UniMAP are able to continue their excellence at the 2018 EUROINVENT as in previous years at the same exhibition,” he said. He also received the Excellence Innovation Award (the Prestigious Activity in The Field of Innovation & Invention) from Politechnica University of Bucharest Romania.

EUROINVENT 2018 started on May 17th and was officially launched by the Romanian Minister of Research and Innovation, Nicolae Burnette. 

Earlier, Dr Mohd Mustafa and a CEGeoGTech lecturer, Dr Mohd Arif Anuar Mohd Salleh were invited as visiting lecturers at Georghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania.

Several topics were shared with the university’s postgraduate students such as "Current Geopolymer Research" by Dr Mohd Mustafa and "Leadfree Solder Materials" by Dr Mohd Arif, which was part of ERASMUS' activities.

ERASMUS is a program under the European Union for education, training, youth and sports. It will last for seven years from 2014 to 2020, and UniMAP managed to obtain the program for four years.

Assoc Prof Dr Noorhafiza with her medal and special award from the EUROINVENT 2018.

The delegates of UniMAP lead by Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Mustafa (third from right) celebrates their success by bringing home four gold medals from EUROINVENT 2018 in Iasi, Romania.


Nearly 1,000 students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) from six residential colleges have joined Iftar Kubra 2018 to celebrate the first of Ramadhan at Dewan Ilmu, UniMAP Campus.

This event was organized by the Student Representative Council (MPP), the Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA), the Residential College Council (MPKK), and the UniMAP Islamic Center. It was officiated by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamarudin.

Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan said that he hopes the staff and the students of  UniMAP will be willing to share their rezeki with the less fortunate in this noble month.

"Although the contribution is not much, it will definitely have a very meaningful impact on them," he added in his speech during the event.

Also present at the event was Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Alumni(HEPA), Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan.

In conjunction with the event, UniMAP has handed over zakat to 20 selected students before Tarawih prayers and proved that UniMAP is always aware of student affairs, especially in terms of finance.

The event received food and 240 boxes of dates from some individuals to be distributed to each residential college.

There were also other activities such as spiritual talks and a nasyid performance from Ar-Zhafran, a nasyid group from a residential college in Pauh Putra. Ar-Zhafran won the nasyid category at the Culture Festival between Residential Colleges (FESTKOL) 2018 recently.

Pauh Putra, 16 May – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) which has been organising blood donation campaigns twice a month has successfully delivered over seven thousand blood bags to blood donation centres.

UniMAP has received a number of awards, such as the Northern Region Most Active Blood Drive Campaign in 2013 and 2014, for the amount of volume donated since 2010 until last April.

This was shared by UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan when he opened the UniMAP Public Universities Diligent Students Blood Donation Campaign at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Residential College here today.

Also present were Director of the University Health Centre Dr Muhamad Iqbal Omar and Kangar's Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) Head of the Pathology Department Dr Muhamad Faiz Fuad.

Mohd Foad said besides the appreciation given by the Northern Region Blood Donation Centre, UniMAP had also received accolades from HTF for the World Blood Donation Day programme in 2016.

He said that 2,052 members of the UniMAP community had registered to be blood donors but after being vetted they were disqualified for failing to fulfil the donor criteria.

“Even so, 10 students have each been actively donating blood for more than 10 times, with the highest donation count being 28 times displaying a sign of diligence for community needs especially in this state which requires 160 blood bags a week and 8,000 a year,” he claimed.

He added that besides carrying out university social responsibility for the community, these campaigns also foster the volunteerism spirit among UniMAP students.

UniMAP's contribution is of great value and I hope that more from the UniMAP community would register as blood donors in this campaign,” he said.

UniMAP organised the campaign with the cooperation of the HTP Pathology Department at 14 and 16 May in conjunction with the Blood Donation Week which involved 20 public universities nationwide.

Kangar, 12th May – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) research products gained global recognition when they won 10 gold medals at the International Exhibition, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) recently.

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP sent 16 products to ITEX 2018 where 10 won gold medals while six others won silver.

He mentioned that UniMAP managed to score 100 per cent of the medals.

UniMAP is focusing on promoting the products of young researchers.

“This arrangement was proven fruitful when this year we managed to maintain last year's number of gold medal wins and I believe this achievement will improve in the future,” he said when contacted recently.

Among the UniMAP research products that won gold medals were the Freezer And Chiller Delivery Box by Dr. Mohd Zakimi Zakaria, Hybrid Graphene-Copper Antenna For Brain Tumour Detection (Dr. Mohd Aminuddin Jamlos, LORAFI (Dr. Ammar Zakaria), Harumanis Healthy Harmony (Prof. Madya Dr. Mahmad Nor Jaafar), Broadband RF Energy Harvester (Ismahayati Adam), Nanometrological Aptasensor To Diagnose Blood Clotting Defect (Prof. Dr. Subash CB Gopinath) and Geoairsense: Cloud Based Air Quality Monitoring System (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Latifah Munirah Kamarudin).

The three other products were the Integrated DC Power Supply For Low Voltage Renewable DC Microgrid (Ir Tunku Muhammad Nizar Tunku Mansur), Hp-Oyspore: High Potential Spore Induction Gray Oyster Mushroom Liquid Spawn (Prof. Dr. Zarina Zakaria) and Dr. Md Tasyrif Abdul Rahman's product Connected Car: Engines Monitoring Via Internet Of Things (IOT).

ITEX 2018 assembled over 1,000 inventions from 20 countries such as China, Germany, Korea and Turkey.

Among the main attractions of ITEX 2018 were the World Young Designers Exhibition (WYIE), Asian Young Design Exhibition (AYIE), Malaysian Young Design Exhibition (MYIE) and activities such as PITCH4FUND sessions, novice entrepreneur seminars and Venture Capital Talks To Entrepreneurs (VC2E).

ITEX 2018 was organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS) as a platform to showcase new inventions, technologies and products.