From July 2 to 8, 2019, the first AOFUA summer camp in Japan was hosted by Tokyo City University with the participation of members of “Asia-Oceania Five University Alliance”, DLSU/Philippines, ECU/Australia, MJIIT/Malaysia and TCU/Japan, in addition to the staff participation from MJIIT/Malaysia, SIIT/Thailand and TCU. A total of 25 students attended the summer camp.
In this summer camp, we aim to deepen cross-cultural understanding through exchanges, to learn about problem solving methods required in globalization, and provide opportunities for growth to personnel who can practice it. We have prepared a program with the aim of offering it. The participating students from each country set themes and conducted workshops instructed by our lecturers, hands-on learning, and workshops at our Yatsugatake Mountain Villa for 3 nights & 4 days. Our university’s academic staff, Professor Dr. Shinji Yoshizaki, Vice President, Faculty of Environment, Associate Professor Dr. Kei Saito, Faculty of Urban Life, Associate Professor Dr. Caryl Jimenez, International Center delivered the lectures on sustainable environmental protection, sustainable urban development and leadership seminars. Students also participated in the field study programs such as Tokyo CBD observation, Waste Incineration Plant in Tokyo and Yatsugatake nature observation. Throughout the workshop, Ms. Masako Kishimoto (Executive director of Japan International Cooperation Center) was invited as a lecturer to conduct group discussions while learning “Project Cycle Management Method”. Students participated in long-time multinational members discussion through group work and made presentations on the final presentation session in Tokyo. Students had various cross-cultural experiences and valuable learning opportunities. On the final day, the President Dr. Chitoshi Miki presented the certificate of achievement and the best presenter’s team award. The Individual awards on Leadership, Team Building and Creativity also presented by Principal Lecturer. Many participants said that they really had learned a lot and want to take the next opportunity, and commented that this was the first time they experienced such discussions with multinationals and that this summer camp was valuable experiences.
Groups are separated into 3 groups from different countries.
The schedule for 3 days of field study.
Students during the field study.
Students workshop among each other.
Overview of the Aofuoa Summer Camp 2019.
On 10th of July is the birthday of YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, we would like to wish Tun:
お誕生日おめでとうございます, Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu!
From all of us in Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology MJIIT UTM, Selamat Ulang Tahun, YAB Tun!
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a standardized criterion-referenced test structured to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers. The JLPT certificates have high credibility internationally, besides having many advantages ranging from recognition as academic credit and graduation certification at schools to preferential treatment at companies and acknowledgement of qualification in society. This test covers the elements such as the language knowledge, reading ability and listening ability. Outside Japan, the test may be held only in July or December in some cities. Therefore, this test is only held twice a year in Malaysia. The JLPT has 5 levels; N1 (most difficult), N2, N3, N4 and N5 (easiest).
For the latest July paper, a total of 36 Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) sat for the test. The candidates are of the 1st, 2nd, 4th year students and also post-graduate students. Each of these students took a different level of JLPT; N2 – 2 students, N3 – 6 students, N4 – 18, students and N5 – 10 students.
During the Career Fair Program, the Japanese companies claimed that the candidates with the JLPT certificates of N3 level and above would stand out compared to the other candidates in job-seeking at Japanese companies in Japan.
Here in Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, we look at this as an opportunity to improve our graduate employability. Hence, this is one of the reasons MJIIT is promoting JLPT and is in the process of revising the current curriculum.
7 days in Japan with a group of MJIIT students!
A group of 10 MJIIT students from ChECA Ikohza were given a chance to travel to Japan in a program called Sakura Science Plan at the AP Dr. Kazuya Shimizu Molecular Laboratory, University of Tsukuba. They were appointed a task to conduct an experiment on the assessment of the impact of microbial community structural on biopolymer degradation. Not only that, in this Sakura Science Plan, the teaching of the theoretical part of the molecular of microbiology assessment was also incorporated.
Throughout the 7 days in Japan, the students have taken part in many eye-opening activities such as touring the campus, visiting Tokyo National Museum, lab activities such as bio-polymer degradation and analysis on microbial community change. Following the lab activities, the students then had to conduct a presentation and discussion regarding their experience in the research work and also those related to the Japanese culture. On the last day, before leaving for Kuala Lumpur, they had the opportunity to visit Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Day 1: Campus Tour
On the first day of the program, participants visited the Nobel Prize Gallery, Bio-Process Laboratory and Aquatic Eco-Engineering Laboratory. A lecture on molecular analysis on microbes was also delivered by Shimizu Sensei. Soil for the experiment on bio-polymer degradation was collected aroun the Laboratory for Environmental Disaster Building Prevention Research.
Day 2: Tokyo Tour
On the second day, participants visited the Japanese oldest and largest art museum, Tokyo National Museum (TNM). This museum is located in Ueno Park in Taito, Tokyo. From the visit, participants learned about the ancient Japanese art and Asian art. After visiting the museum, participants were given an opportunity to try the traditional soba in Tokyo.
Day 3 to 5: Lab activities
Experiment on the bio-polymer degradation was carried for 10 samples. From the experiment, DNA was extracted and analysed by using Polymerase Chain Reaction and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis. The experiments were carried with the help of Shimizu Sensei’s postgraduate students. On the third day, a special dinner was held by the UT and JST staffs to celebrate the Sakura Science Plan participants. Various sushi was served and other Malaysian students at UT were also invited for the dinner.
Day 6: Presentation and Discussion Day
After completing the research activity, participants presented their experience in the research work and Japanese culture. Each participant receives insightful comments and questions from Shimizu Sensei regarding their research and Japan experience. A closing ceremony was held after the presentation. The certificate and Sakura Science badge were distributed by Shimizu Sensei to the participants.
Day 7: A Visit to Miraikan, Odaiba
Before departing to Kuala Lumpur, the participants visited Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Participants were very excited to learn about Japanese innovation and technology.
On 2nd of July 2019, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, MJIIT UTM received delegates from Saga University, Japan.
Meeting session MJIIT and Saga University.
Delegates from Saga University
Saga University is situated in the center of Saga City (population 240,000). The city is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe. Longstanding traditions and the Samurai spirit of Hagakure remain and are deeply rooted in the life of its people. Saga is easily accessible to Fukuoka Metropolitan Area, the fashionable center of economy and culture in Kyushu. In less than an hour, you can be there to enjoy shopping, whilst experiencing the urban culture. Saga University’s two campuses, Honjo and Nabeshima, are surrounded by the beauty of nature and located in one of the largest agricultural areas. The rich green environment is ideal for studies and research and is loved by students and citizens.
Saga University aims to work together with MJIIT in student exchange and young researchers’ exchange programmes, as well as providing opportunities for MJIIT students to experience their internships with them.
The department of Chemical Process Engineering (CPE) had organised the annual design seminar and exhibition on 4th April 2019 (Thursday) at Bilik Ilmuan 1 & 3, Anjungan Menara Razak. The programme provided a platform for the 12 groups of final year students of Bachelor of Chemical Process Engineering to present their final year capstone design project to the industrial and external evaluators. Students exhibited their designed plant on agricultural waste to wealth, palm oil processing, and natural gas processing plants.
The CPE design project committee (led by Prof Dr Ezzat Chan bin Abdullah) had ensured high participation from the external parties for the design project, to bridge the gaps between academic and industrial expectations, as well as to enable the students to converse technically with industrial players and academicians. These initiative ultimately aimed to prepare the students for their future undertaking. These initiatives include the following:
- Three industrial experts are appointed to supervise 12 design project teams, who have visited the students for 8 times throughout one and half semester, namely Ir Mohamad Anwar Ahmad , Mr Hong Wai Onn, Mr Chen Ching Liang.
- Three industrial experts and nine external academicians are invited to evaluate the design project during the 3rd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar and Exhibition.
- Experience sharing by industrial expert during the 3rd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar and Exhibition by Ir Johan Adam Leong on his career as a chemical engineer to all CPE students.
- Design seminars by industrial experts on individual equipment design.
The industrial and external academician evaluators were invited for the evaluation during the 3rd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar and Exhibition, their names listed as follows:
- Ir Johan Adam Leong – Enquest
- Mr Faris Ibrahim – Petronas GTS
- Ms Aida Mastura – Gamuda
- Prof Mohammad Khalid – Sunway University
- AP Dr Norliza Abd Rahman – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
- AP Dr Mohd Shahbudin Mastar@Masdar – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
- AP Dr Rashimi Gangasa Walvekar – Taylor’s University
- Ir Dr Nor Yuliana Yuhana – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
- Dr Joseph Ho Yong Kuen – Monash University Malaysia
- Dr Ban Zhen Hong – Xiamen University Malaysia
- Dr Woon Kok Sin – Xiamen University Malaysia
- Dr Tan Chee Keong – University Malaya
The 3rd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar and Exhibition was a very successful event that the evaluators were happy with the works completed by the students. Some very positive feedback were received by the industrial partners, such as:
With my past experiences in evaluating design project in other universities, I would say, finally i can see some lights in the tunnel for future chemical engineers.
Great that all the supervision sessions went well, the students are very vocal and committed. They are great.
The students were excellent in the presentation, they have very good understanding of their own design. Overall, the quality of the projects are up to standard.
The design teams were awarded in the categories of Best Presentation Award and Best Design Award. The Best Design Award was won by “Group 5 – Oleo Kakoki Sdn Bhd” supervised by Prof Dr Tomoya Tsuji, and the team consisted of Nabilah binti Mohd Radzi, Nur Ayuni binti Abdul Manan, Mariana binti Jaman, Lee Peoy Ying, Mohd Amzar Najmi Mohd Nasher and Muhammad Syamil bin Lokman.
Sharing Session by Ir Johan Adam Leong
The Winner of the Best Design Award 2019
Participants of the 3rd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar and Exhibition