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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.

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.

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