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.
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 Norhayati Abdullah.
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.
Group visit at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
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:
- MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia
- University of Tsukuba (UT), Japan
- Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia
- Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. (NK), Japan
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepared by: Dr. Mohd Hakim Ab Halim, MJIIT and AP Dr. Norhayati Abdullah, Office of UTM International
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.
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.