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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!

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: https://mjiit.utm.my/cepseenpgscholarship/

Facebook Link: https://bit.ly/2RkqxbL

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact CEP-SEEN secretariat at: cepseen@utm.my

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

What You Need to Know About MJIIT UTM: A Driving Force for The Look East Policy 2.0

What You Need to Know About MJIIT UTM: A Driving Force for The Look East Policy 2.0

Photo by EPA-EFE: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad exchanging greetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of their joint news conference at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, on Nov 6, 2018.


The relationship between Malaysia-Japan has portrayed a significant development since the diplomatic friendship was established in 1957, and is now entering a new phase through the Look East Policy (LEP) 2.0, pioneering many opportunities for both countries. LEP 2.0 is expected to continuously improve the collaboration of training and education with more focus on economical aspects in advancing the trade and investment potentials that are also the prime concern for both Malaysia and Japan.

Inspired and launched by YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed in 1982, LEP is seen to remain relevant and it is now looked at from a wider perspective. LEP 2.0 is not only generating opportunities and expanding investments, but is also a bridge to share and exchange knowledge and skills in order to accelerate Malaysia’s progress in striving in this industrial revolution. The three potential industries to be enhanced in LEP 2.0 are the halal, education and tourism industries.

One of the initiatives introduced to drive LEP in the education sector is the establishment of tertiary education institutions incorporating the Japanese-style engineering education in Malaysia. In the year November 2001, a notable consensus is made between YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad and H.E. Koizumi Junichiro in the ASEAN3+ Summit to establish a ‘Japanese-style engineering education’ university in Malaysia.

In December 2005, the Malaysia-Japan University Centre was established in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and in April 2010, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad and H.E. Koizumi Junichiro have agreed to form ‘Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology’ (MJIIT) under UTM. Months later, the government of Malaysia was awarded the Yen Loan Project from the Japanese government leading to the establishment of a special consortium, the ‘Japanese University Consortium’ (JUC), comprising of 29 leading Japanese universities to help in structuring the curriculum, research and incorporating critical thinking skills in MJIIT.

MJIIT UTM was launched in September 2011 with the concrete support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In July 2013, the first phase of the JICA Technical Cooperation Project was launched. The 5 years of this first phase has recorded the formation of 18 iKohza (research centres), 70 research laboratories (including service laboratories), the development of a comprehensive Japanese engineering curriculum, including mechanical programmes, electrical, green and environmental engineering technology as well as technology management, joint-supervision program with professors in Japan, double degrees with various Japanese universities, practical training and exchange of students and academics to Japan, as well as various Japanese industry initiatives in Malaysia.

Photo by UTM: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during the MJIIT Premier Lecture Series 2018 in UTM Kuala Lumpur.


This phase has also looked at the employability of MJIIT graduates among the leading Japanese companies and has attracted the Japanese to further their studies in MJIIT. MJIIT’s efforts to provide Japanese language exposure at various levels as well as the exposure to the Japanese work culture has provided a great opportunity for MJIIT graduates to serve in Japan. These graduates will return with valuable experience to be shared and learned by the local industries. A total of 30 selected Japanese professors from JUC have contributed to the development of MJIIT throughout this first phase.

Following MJIIT’s achievements, the second phase of JICA Technical Cooperation Project was launched in July 2018 with the purpose of reinforcing and restrategising on the Japanese-style oriented education and research in MJIIT, along the collaboration with other universities and Japanese industrial partners. Some of the missions in this phase are the establishment of special research funds, reinforcing the i-Kohza system (a research centre that is based on the “senpai-kohai” concept), the launch of the “Sangaku-Renkei” centre, which will drive the relationship between Japan-Malaysia academics and industries, strengthening all academic programmes and developing new ones which will contribute to the Industrial Revolution 4.0, as well as strengthening laboratory services and research collaborations with the industries.

Aligned with the launch of the second phase of the JICA Technical Cooperation Project, MJIIT is now steering towards a more contributive role to the LEP 2.0, where transparency and values are the prime policies to achieve sustainable development, efficiency, and visibility as an upgraded version of MJIIT that is relevant to today’s international dynamics. MJIIT operations is seeing continuous improvements, in line with its ‘kaizen’ concept and openness, while also promoting a holistic and persistent work culture through existing talents in UTM and its Japanese counterparts to meet the global needs.

Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Kemubu’s (KADA) official visit to MJIIT

Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Kemubu’s (KADA) official visit to MJIIT

News from the Media Room of Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) UTM:

On 17th July, 2019 marks the day of the first ever Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Kemubu’s (KADA) official visit to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (UTMKL), specifically to MJIIT UTM. We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude towards YB Senator Datuk Haji Husam bin Musa, Dato’ Frankie P. B. Cheah from the Green Master Global Fine Food Sdn Bhd, KADA board of directors, and delegates, for dropping by and journeying all the way from Kelantan. This visit comes with the purpose to discuss on the potential collaborations between KADA and MJIIT UTM.

Prof. Dr. Ali bin Selamat with YB Senator Datuk Haji Husam bin Musa, Dato’ Frankie P. B. Cheah.


The visit started off with the welcoming remarks and introduction to MJIIT UTM by the Dean, Prof. Dr. Ali bin Selamat. Next, we introduced and briefed on the professional services offered by MJIIT UTM. During the visit, what MJIIT may instantaneously offer to KADA was also discussed.

Inside the meeting room at Level 17, Menara Razak, UTMKL.

After the meeting, the guests were brought to have a look-see at the Advanced Precision Laboratory. Right after, they were entertained to lunch at Residensi UTMKL. Impressed by the services offered by the Gurney Mall @ Residensi UTMKL, YB Senator Datuk Haji Husam bin Musa even bought a few UTM wellness products to be promoted back in Kelantan.

Advanced Precision Laboratory visit.

Lunch at Residensi UTMKL.

We hope to be visiting KADA soon to kick start all the projects discussed today. InshaAllah.

Exchanging of token of appreciation between Prof. Dr. Ali Bin Selamat and YB Senator Datuk Haji Husam bin Musa.

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.