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H.E. HIROSHI OKA’S INAUGURAL VISIT TO  MJIIT UTM

H.E. HIROSHI OKA’S INAUGURAL VISIT TO MJIIT UTM

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 December 2019 – Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) was honoured to graciously receive His Excellency Hiroshi Oka, the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia for his inaugural visit to MJIIT. Accompanying H.E Oka were Minister Kaname Araki, The Japanese Minister to Malaysia and Mr. Sentaro Ishikawa, First Secretary to Ambassador were also present.

 

MJIIT Dean, Prof. Dr. Ali Selamat led the delegation with briefings on the the track records of MJIIT and how MJIIT intends to move forward in the next 5 years. H.E Oka congratulated MJIIT and noted that MJIIT has been a benchmark for other higher education institutions offering Japanese-based engineering programs outside Japan, and being an “excellent example to the world”.

 

MJIIT, established in 2010 as a Government-to-Government Initiative under the Look East Policy, manifests a unique education project between Malaysia and Japan. Japan has formed a consortium of 29 universities under the Japanese Universities Consortium (JUC) and has dispatched Japanese lecturers and professors to MJIIT providing support for the Japanese-oriented engineering programs for Malaysians. The commitment of both countries is strengthened by sending exchange students and staffs to Japan, setting up training programs in selected Japanese companies and partnering with Japanese universities through various academic and industry collaborations.

         

One of the main aim of the establishment of MJIIT is to provide cost efficient Japanese-style engineering and technology education to Malaysians and to other ASEAN nations. Young Malaysians need to only spend RM40,000 for a 4-year undergraduate Japanese-style engineering program in MJIIT Kuala Lumpur compared to an average of RM300,000 to RM500,000 for similar programs in Japan. This figure has yet to include the high living costs as well as other tuition requirements in Japan. Understanding the critical importance of this 2 nations project and how it contributes to the newly launched Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama 2030 (WKB 2030), MJIIT provides special access and opportunity to students from the B40 bracket to join its undergraduate programs. 70% of the current student enrolment for their undergraduate engineering programs come from this income bracket.

From left, Dean of MJIIT (Prof. Ali Selamat), UTM Vice Chancellor (Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar), Deputy Vice Chancellor ( Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Abdul Manan) and Ambassador of Japan (Hiroshi Oka)

With this cost efficient model in Malaysia, it is projected that graduates are capable to be employed by Japanese multinationals in Japan or in prominent Japanese companies neighbouring Malaysia. As of today, there are 1,400 Japanese companies operating in Malaysia, with about 700 in the manufacturing sector, 40% focusing on electrical and electronics. The rest are in the upcoming service sectors. Approximately 600 companies are registered with the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (JACTIM). MJIIT is working closely with around 45 of these multinationals to assist in producing the right human capital fit for these multinationals. As the aim of the LEP is to expose and groom young Malaysians in a Japanese work setting, and transfer of these knowledge and experiences back to our local companies, government institutions, and to the communities, MJIIT UTM plays a major role in producing highly capable graduates to be accepted by Japanese companies worldwide.

 

It is worth noting that in only a few years of establishment, MJIIT 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.

 

One of the factors making MJIIT 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 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.

 

H.E Hiroshi Oka’s inaugural visit to MJIIT marks the trust and strengthens the bilateral relationship of two nations, in building a better education for the world.

MJIIT Receives Visitors From All Around the Globe Almost Each Day!

MJIIT Receives Visitors From All Around the Globe Almost Each Day!

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.

MJIIT UTM Convocation and Hi-Tea Ceremony 2019

MJIIT UTM Convocation and Hi-Tea Ceremony 2019

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.

“KENALI MJIIT” WITH THE 50 TOP SCHOOLS

“KENALI MJIIT” WITH THE 50 TOP SCHOOLS

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.

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.

 

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.