6 November 2019, MJIIT UTM – The Management of Technology team of MJIIT UTM hosted the Dean of the Graduate School and his delegates from UNISSULA, Universitas Sultan Agung Semarang, Indonesia yesterday to initiate talks on collaborations in interdisciplinary programs and modules and more importantly to benchmark on MJIIT programs, especially the Master in Technology & Innovation Management degree.
The delegates were also brought to MJIIT UTM’s unique IP and Valuation Lab, a collaborative effort between MJIIT UTM and Yamaguchi University, Japan, and the one and only unique IP lab in Malaysia.
3 November 2019, UTM Skudai – Last week was an entire week of celebrations for MJIIT UTM graduates. Families and friends were together in UTM Johor to congratulate and to share the heartfelt moments.
MJIIT wishes to share these moments in an album and montage (which was aired in the Hi-Tea event) as a memorable token to all who have worked hard and made meaningful sacrifices, through thick and thin, throughout your years in MJIIT UTM.
It is worth noting that in only a few years of establishment, MJIIT UTM has supplied close to 200 graduate human capital to world renowned Japanese companies.
To illustrate, 23 graduates of the 2018 batch alone are now attached to a number of Japanese companies in Japan, i.e. NSK, Nitto-Denko, Sumitomo Electronics, Kumonosu, Meiden-sha, UACJ, Daido-Metal, Kitz, Asahi-Yukizai, Railway Research, Hirakaya-Hyutech, SMK, Eagle Insutry and Shinei. 52 students from the same batch are attached to Japanese companies in Malaysia, 67 are attached to various MNCs around the country, 38 with the public sectors and 25 of the same batch are continuing their studies at a postgraduate level.
This success demonstrates the high marketability of MJIIT graduates and the academic quality of this faculty in producing holistic and competitive graduates to build successful careers after graduation.
MJIIT’s Dean delivers his speech to all guests in the Hi-Tea Graduation Ceremony 2019
One of the factors making MJIIT UTM graduates highly sought by Japanese MNCs is their ability to communicate in both verbal and written Japanese. Via its Japanese Language and Culture Centre (JLCC), MJIIT UTM grooms students in Japanese language and culture, with emphasis on Japanese work values and verbal communication before exposing them to various mobility programs in Japan. One of the informal initiatives of JLCC is the Nihongo Café, where students can talk in person with Japanese guests in Japanese language.
Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge on 5S, Kaizen, Monozukiri, Senpai-Kohai, Ningen-Ryoku, Rinkoh sessions and others learnt from their lectures and lab exposures in MJIIT UTM in selected programs in Japan, before they graduate. These special programs encompass paid internships in Japan, research activities with Japanese universities, student exchange programs, joint-supervision with Japanese professors in Japan, double-degree programs, Jukebox programs and collaborative international i-kohza programs in Japan.
The most popular initiative is the Sakura Exchange Program in Science, an opportunity for MJIIT students to be in Japan alongside selected Japanese university partners. Since the establishment of this unique program, hundreds of students have stayed with their Japanese counterparts in Japan for a minimum of 3 weeks to 6 months.
It is hoped that they would transfer what they have learnt in Japan to their local friends and network.
The inaugural ‘Kenali MJIIT’ was held on the 3rd Oct 2019.
For the first time, representatives (mostly counselors) from 50 of Malaysia’s top boarding schools (MRSM, SBP, TKC, etc) were with us to learn what MJIIT offers and how they fit into the Japanese education and career paths.
This sharing also witnessed presentations from 7 schools, in relation to their track records, experiences and issues in handling success stories of students.
The event kicked off with a short briefing by MJIIT Deputy Dean, Assoc. Professor Dr. Nor Azwadi, followed with
a sharing session on ‘Nin Genri Yoku’ (Professional, Ethics, Safety and Health) by Dr. Jun Ishimatsu, one of MJIIT’s Japanese lecturers who is quite fluent in Bahasa Melayu.
The 6th from the left Dr. Nor Azwadi, our Deputy Dean, Mr. Abdul Hakim Sahidi who is the ex-MJIIT student, Professor Aminaton and Dr. Rahayu Tasnim are with the 50 representatives of the top schools.
A special sharing session by one of MJIIT’s successful alumnus, Mr. Abdul Hakim Sahidi who is now the Director of Leave a Nest Malaysia then followed. Mr. Abdul Hakim is proud to be part of MJIIT and is indebted to the lecturers for the superb guidance and support during his undergraduate years.
MJIIT’s Dean, Professor Dr. Ali Selamat then went on stage to share the uniqueness of MJIIT before awarding scholarships to 23 postgraduate students.
Upon departing, the delegates were brought for a short tour of MJIIT’s selected labs, before heading back to their respective boarding schools across the country.
23 August, Shah Alam – The Selangor State Government, group of researchers from the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC) of the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, City of Sendai, Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched a publication on landslide and flood risks in the state of Selangor that was officially handed over to YAB Tuan Amirudin bin Shari, Chief Minister of the State of Selangor.
Called “Disaster Risk Report: Understanding Landslide and Flood Risks for Science-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in the State of Selangor”, the publication explains the science behind landslide and flood events so that local authorities, community leaders, and the community at large can better understand the risks they are facing. With this understanding, they can take action towards better preparedness or mitigation measures from the effects of landslide and flood disasters.
Replete with simplified technical explanations and illustrations, the Report shows how the outputs of science-based analysis such as hazard maps can serve as a decision making tool that allows local governments and community members better understand their disaster risks and come up with their own preventive actions.
This Report is the first output of a four-year program run by Selangor State, IRIDeS and DPPC/MJIIT called “Strengthening the Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity to Improve the Safety and Security of Communities by Understanding Disaster Risks (SeDAR)”. The SeDAR program enables the sharing and transferring of the knowledge, know-how, and expertise of IRIDeS based on Japanese experience to local community leaders and residents in Malaysia to better prepare for and cope with disasters. DPPC brings technical expertise and local knowledge of the project, while Selangor Disaster Management Unit carries out the outreach activities to bring this knowledge and understanding to the people of Selangor.
On an excursion planned several months before, the international students of UTM Kuala Lumpur conquered the cave of wonders and adventures, Gua Tempurung on 20 July 2019. The UTM Youth Cave Exploration was organized as part of the internationalization at home initiatives.
The program was made successful with participation by full-time international students from 13 countries including Yemen, Japan, The Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Cambodia and Afghanistan. This also included participation by the Exchange Students from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia; University of Tsukuba, Japan and the University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Positive and encouraging feedback was shared by students as they marvelled at the stunning stalagmites and stalactites, forming unique shapes that surround the cave. The trek and hike challenge presented the students with the perfect opportunity to crawl, slide and climb as they traverse the underground rivers, slippery passages and rocky surfaces while at times wade through water. Students said that the cave was definitely worth exploring. The group was guided by two experienced cave rangers throughout.
These challenges require students to foster immediate trust and teamwork among themselves, despite their nationalities and cultural differences. Students ought to demonstrate a deep understanding of each other as the experiences were truly unfathomable and provided a glimpse to the richness of nature. In addition, students were given the opportunity to empower their network and friendship while simultaneously developed leadership, communication and some basic survival skills.
Inside Gua Tempurung.
The slightly over 5-hours trek and hike program was a memorable success for all 40 participants, which were accompanied by the UTM International officers and UTM medical officers. They climbed close to 1000 steps, went through exceptionally high and steep points in the cave and concluded the adventure with a hearty lunch served by the locals before heading back to the city.
News taken from https://news.utm.my/2019/08/international-students-of-utm-conquered-the-cave-of-wonders-and-adventures-gua-tempurung/ written by Norhayati Abdullah.
The Sakura Exchange Program in Science was held from 28th July until 3rd August 2019 at Tokyo City University (TCU), Setagaya Campus. A total of 10 students from three departments participated in this program and assisted by a lecturer.
The main objective of the program was to allow the students to discover the Japan’s science and technology. This can be achieved by participating in TCU research groups and actively interact with their lecturers and laboratory mates. The students are divided into three groups: Mechanical engineering & mechanical systems engineering; Electrical, electronic and communication engineering; and Chemistry and energy engineering. Each student is assigned under different type of experiment. They spent three and half days (29th July – 1st August 2019) participating in program-based learning at the research lab. The findings of the experiment were presented on 1st August 2019 among lecturers and postgraduate students and they got praised for the very well presentation. Furthermore, they were also experiencing the latest and futuristic technologies, global environment, space exploration and life science during their visit at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Apart from the research activities, the students were exposed to Japanese culture such as good time management because Japanese people are really concerned about being punctual. Most importantly, the cleanliness of the country and their waste separation and recycling practices taught them the value of cleanliness. Besides, they also got to experience both modern and traditional culture such as Japanese cuisine, temples and shrines and fashion.
In short, this program not only enriched the knowledge in their research studies but also nurture good values among them. This program is believed to prepare the students to be succeed not only in their academic and research, but most importantly to be a great person with great personality.
Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering Research Group.
Mechanical Engineering & Mechanical Systems Engineering Research Group.
Chemistry & Energy Engineering Research Group.
Group visit at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.