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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.

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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.

CEP-SEEN: Collaborative Education Program for Sustainable Environmental Engineering Network

CEP-SEEN: Collaborative Education Program for Sustainable Environmental Engineering Network

May 9, 2019 –  Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM Kuala Lumpur hosted the kick-off meeting for Collaborative Education Program for Sustainable Environmental Engineering Network (CEP-SEEN). The kick-off meeting was chaired by Professor Dr. Zainuddin Abdul Manan, UTM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) and attended by Mr. Murakami Yusuke, AUN/SEED-Net Deputy Chief Advisor, Mr. Shimazu Hideki, AUN/SEED-Net Project Coordinator, Ms. Wanichar Sukprasertchai, Ms. Kanokpan Paladech and Ms. Paveenut Supanaroek from the AUN/SEED-Net office.

Operated as a consortium, the CEP-SEEN consists of 5 partners from Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan:

  1. MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia
  2. University of Tsukuba (UT), Japan
  3. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia
  4. Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. (NK), Japan
  5. Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. (IWK), Malaysia

Under the auspices of the AUN/SEED-Net, the CEP-SEEN consortium highly encourages prospective students to experience studying at UTM-MJIIT and the opportunities it provides in facilitating the exchange of scientific, academic and technical knowledge through joint educational program focusing on the key area of Sustainable Environmental Engineering. All expenses will be fully covered under the prestigious scheme.

CEP-SEEN project receives the AUN/SEED-Net funding support worth RM 1.8 million for the duration of 45 months. The project is led by Assoc. Professor Dr. Ali Yuzir, the Deputy Director of Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Centre (DPPC), MJIIT. Whereas, the project team members from UTM-MJIIT include: Assoc. Professor Dr. Shahrum Shah Abdullah, Assoc. Professor Dr. Norhayati Abdullah, Dr. Mohd Hakim Ab Halim, Dr. Aznah Nor Anuar, Assoc. Professor Dr. Koji Iwamoto, Assoc. Professor Dr. Hirofumi Hara, Ms. Mazliza Aini Abdul Majid and Mr. Syafiq Yazid.

The CEP-SEEN consortium offers scholarship that includes monthly stipend, research and mobility support for successful candidates who enrolled into full-time research-based academic programs, either Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Environmental Engineering. Main study period will take place in UTM Kuala Lumpur with attachment in Japan and Indonesia. The research attachment opportunity will allow the CEP-SEEN scholars to access the research infrastructures and academic environment at the partnering Universities and Industries.

UTM-MJIIT and the consortium members welcome candidates from the ASEAN countries (excluding Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore) to submit their scholarship application. Under this program, the CEP-SEEN scholars will be able to explore and expand their Environmental Engineering research on relevant topics to be able to translate knowledge and technology they learnt to society upon their graduation. Additionally, throughout the years of study, CEP-SEEN scholars will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and friendships and bring these connections back to their home countries to better address the environmental related issues and challenges confronting the ASEAN region today.

You may find detailed information regarding the CEP-SEEN scholarship through the link below:

MJIIT Website:

Facebook Link:

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact CEP-SEEN secretariat at:

Prepared by: Dr. Mohd Hakim Ab Halim, MJIIT and AP Dr. Norhayati Abdullah, Office of UTM International

The 1st Aofuoa Summer Camp In Japan 2019

The 1st Aofuoa Summer Camp In Japan 2019

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.


Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Sakura Science Plan to the University of Tsukuba

Sakura Science Plan to the University of Tsukuba

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.