A Visit from Prof Alexandre Pokrovsky representing Kazan National Research Technology University, TARTASTAN, Russia




Official Visit by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh (Minister of Higher Education) Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) (MEMOBIO ikohza)

DATE: 8 November 2015

TIME: 2.30 p.m.-5.00 p.m

Venue:Ecological Engineering Laboratory and MEMOBIO ikohza



Asian Congress On Biotechnology 2015 (ACB 2015)

Congratulations !

Postgraduate student from Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Biology (MEMOBIO) ikohza, Ms Nurtasbiyah Binti Yusuf won the best poster presentation at the Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB 2015) with the tittle of Isolation of Thermophilic Actinomycetes from Decaying Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB).

This conferences was held on 15-19 November 2015 at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.



International Conference on Sustainability Initiatives (ICSI 2015) In Conjunction with 8th Asean Environmental Engineering Conference (AEEC)

The International Conference on Sustainability Initiatives (ICSI 2015) was successfully held at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On 24-25 August 2015, in conjunction with the 8th Asean
Environmental Engineering Conference (AEEC). It was funded and supported by ASEAN Uni-Network Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net). ICSI was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Bin Omar. The conference attracted more than 150 participants from the networks well as leading universities in ASEAN and from supporting universities in Japan. There were 94 papers presented of which 75 were for oral presentations and 19 for poster presentations during the two-day conference.


ICSI was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Bin Omar

Plenary lectures were given by 4 prominent speakers, firstly, by Secretary General to the Ministry of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Zaini Ujang, Emeritus Professor Saburo Matsui of Kyoto University, Mr. Joseph Tek Choon Ye, CEO and Managing Director of IJM Plantations (M) Berhad and Professor Ian Jonathan Scowen from University of Lincoln. There were 4 keynote speakers; Professor Satoshi Takizawa of Tokyo University, Professor Shiro Saka of Kyoto University, Professor Yoshihiro Shiraiwa from University of Tsukuba and Professor Zainuddin Abd. Manan, Dean Faculty of Chemical Engineering in UTM Johor Bahru. Participants were invited to a dinner at Felda Villa on the first day of the conference.


MemoBio ikohza played an important role in the organisation of the conference. The Head of ikohza, Prof DatinDr Zuriati Zakaria was the Chairperson of the conference and most of the Secretariat members are students for the ikohza. A small exhibition was also held during the conference and the Chairperson gave out certificates to the participants of the exhibition.

Visit from University of Tokyo (Prof. Hideaki Nojiri)


On 27th October 2015, we were visited by Prof. Hideaki Nojiri from Department of Environmental Biochemistry, University of Tokyo. In the span of three hours, Prof Hideaki Nojiri gives his public lecture. Prof. Hideaki Nojiri also had the chance to hear the presentation from 3 of the students whose title work are related to his field. Overall, it was a productivel visit to both of the parties. Through the discussion, a lot of knowledge and ideas have been shared. MEMO-BIO would glad to welcome more visitors whether foreign or local to experience our environment here in UTM.


Prof Hideaki Nojiri was given his speech to students


Prof Nojiri , Prof Sugiura with students

Jactim Research Proposal Competition 2015




Congratulations-JACTIM research proposal competition winner from MEMO-BIO ikohza which is represented by Farah Syafiqah Binti Ismail.



The award for the first prize is given to champion from MEMOBIO ikohza

(JACTIM-Research Proposal Competition: Master Category).


List JACTIM:Research Proposal Competition 2015  participants from Memobio Ikohza


  • Siti Norayuni Binti Mohd Zulkeflle
  • Nuurul Nadrah Binti Mohd Said
  • Nurul Syahirah Bt Shamsol Anuar
  • Farah Syafiqah Binti Ismail

Japanese Youth Exchange Program in Science 2015


Report on Sakura Exchange Program in Science

sakura exchange program

A Report of Joint Supervision Program at Tsukuba University (July 2014-January 2015)


Konnichiwa minna-san! We are postgraduate student from MEMO-BIO ikohza, MJIIT UTM International Campus, Kuala Lumpur under Associate Professor Dr. Hirofumi Hara’s supervision Ezzah Atikah, Atiqqoh, NorFarhana and Nurul Syahirah we came to the Land of the Rising Sun. We really glad because by given a 6 months chance of joint supervision in Tsukuba University I get to work with a renowned professor and entered one of the best universities in Tokyo. Here, we carry out our experiment in Utsumi sensei’s laboratory (Laboratory of Aquatic Science) which is located at Laboratory of Advanced Research A Building, Tsukuba University. The laboratory is more related to the environment where some of the students focusing on microorganisms experimental researches which can treat environment while the rest of them focusing more on water quality.
We learnt a lot from Utsumi-sensei and his students. At the moment we arrived at University of Tsukuba, we have been introduced to “Senpai-Kohai” or senior-junior system. While we are the juniors of Utsumi Sensei’s Lab, but our lab mates are the seniors. They already distributed a task among them to teach us the basic techniques that we must practices in the laboratory. The lab members teach us about the lab safety and precaution, lab cleaning and rules. They’re really helpful and kind-hearted. Sometimes all of us spent our time going out and eat together. It’s really fun! We strongly admire the approach to reduce the use of electricity and water by the University of Tsukuba. On October 25th and 26th 2014, university announced the ‘Day without Electricity and Water’. This was to achieve their target of saving electricity. On 19 November 2014, an emergency preparedness drill was conducted by the University of Tsukuba. It was held on the assumption that earthquake intensity 6 lower happened during daytime on a weekday. The objectives were to familiarize individuals with emergency procedure, strengthen cooperation system among organizations concerned and raise public awareness of disaster prevention. All of the student and staff were gathered at the designated evacuation sites and asked to report their safety status to the university.
Other than lab works and research we also learnt their cultures and enjoy the Japan scenery during summer, autumn and winter. We have a lot of fun in Japan manage to visit some famous places such as Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara and DisneySea around Tokyo. During autumn me get some holiday from Utsumi-sensei to visit Kyoto and Osaka. Therefore we try our best to fulfil 4days to visit most of the famous places such as Arashiyama, Kinkaku-Ji, Fushimi Inari, Ginza and Gion around Kyotoand Dotonburi, Namba, Osaka castle and USJ around Osaka. During winter season we make a lab trip to Hunter Mountain to playing ski and snowboarding. We also went to Gotemba Outlet for its speciality of Mount Fuji view. We experienced so much fun during our staying at Japan for 6 months. We met a lot of wonderful people with breathtaking views of Japan. It’s a life time opportunity and unforgettable memories. We will remember it always. Mata aisho Nihon!!!

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