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UTM Researchers Promote Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience in Malaysia

UTM Researchers Promote Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience in Malaysia

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.

 

International Students of UTM Conquered the Cave of Wonders and Aventures Gua Tempurung!

International Students of UTM Conquered the Cave of Wonders and Aventures Gua Tempurung!

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 .

Sakura Exchange Program in Science 2019 at Tokyo City University

Sakura Exchange Program in Science 2019 at Tokyo City University

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.

   

Students’ Presentation

Farewell Party.

Group visit at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

Dean Prof. Ali Selamat Courtesy visit to Prime Minister Tun Mahathir of MJIIT UTM and the way forward on Look East Policy

Dean Prof. Ali Selamat Courtesy visit to Prime Minister Tun Mahathir of MJIIT UTM and the way forward on Look East Policy

Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir’s visit to Japan last week further symbolizes the vast potential Malaysia & Japan could learn from each other.

Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology MJIIT UTM’s moving forward strategy is to strongly enhance academic, research and human talent development alongside its 29 Japanese university counterparts (the Japanese University Consortium) and a multitude of Japanese MNCs and communities.

Seen here is MJIIT UTM’s Dean, Professor Dr. Ali bin Selamat with YAB Tun Mahathir, sharing a moment of triumph, reflection and plans on how MJIIT UTM is moving forward with the Look East Policy 2.0 initiatives.

Workplace Ethics and Dressing Etiquette Workshop with Mr. Rudy Ludinata

Workplace Ethics and Dressing Etiquette Workshop with Mr. Rudy Ludinata

From left: Dr. Akbariah Mohd Mahdzir, Dr. Rahayu Tasnim, Mr. Rudy Ludinata, Mr. Zurik Azaham, Dr. Sumiaty Ambran

One of the branding initiatives of MJIIT is to strengthen and upgrade the “ABC’s” of our support mechanism, and in particular, the line-up of our support staffs. In self-branding researches, it is proven that branding encompasses “what people ‘see’ in us”, and with this, “both visual and mental images” of us indefinitely shape how others perceive us.

This mental “image”, according to researches, are processed in our brains in split seconds, based on three variables:

Our APPEARANCE – 57%
Our BEHAVIOUR – 38%
The way we COMMUNICATE – 7%

It’s evident that people construct long lasting mental images based on how we “look like”; i.e. how ‘professional’ we look? how confident we ‘appear’? what specific values are we promoting/’appearing’ with?…and the list of mental inquiries continues.

Mr. Rudy giving his talk.

On the 9th of August 2019, MJIIT kick-started it’s inaugural support staff development program, a series of training and field trips (real-life exposures) tailored to motivate and guide MJIIT’s support team in self-branding efforts.

Mr. Rudy Ludinata, a reputed image consultant for government officials was invited to kick-start the 1st workshop under this 10-months program. All our support staffs joined the workshop and it became an “instant hit” as Mr. Ludinata unveiled major “crimes” in professional grooming and appearance and how may MJIIT staffs self-brand themselves to ‘appear’ more professional and efficient.

We look forward to an impactful ‘image’ transformation soon and we hope that all will join hands to make this happen. InshaAllah.

よくやった Yoku yatta, well done everyone!

Mr. Zurik Azaham presented a souvenir to Mr. Rudy as a token of appreciation at the end of the talk.

The attendees posing with Mr. Rudy at MOT Student Lounge Room, Level 10, MJIIT.

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the International University of Japan (IUJ).

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the International University of Japan (IUJ).

おめでとうございます。Omedetou gozaimasu & Tahniah dear Tun!

From all of us in Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology MJIIT UTM, Congratulations, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

YAB Tun was recently conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the International University of Japan (IUJ). Throughout all these years, YAB Tun has outstandingly contributed towards the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Japan.

At the ceremony of the conferment, IUJ president, Hiroyuki Itami has also talked about the Look East Policy that was mooted by YAB Tun. Itami highlighted that the Look East Policy plays a big role on higher education in ASEAN countries besides bringing Japan and Malaysia close together.

Tun Mahathir’s Look East Policy is a bridge which has enabled the Malaysian government to send hundreds of students and corporate trainees to Japan, also marking the birth of MJIIT UTM!