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UMP ranked 134th in Asia

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Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) achieved a remarkable accomplishment when ranked at 134th spot in Asia in the recently released QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

The continuous climb in five consecutive years also makes UMP as the first university in the Malaysian Technological University Network (MTUN) to place itself in the 150 best universities in Asia.

UMP had climbed 54 spots this year from 188th last year.

The improvement covers graduate employability, networking and industrial collaboration, and international strategic partnerships.

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The 11 indicators used to compile the QS Asia University Rankings are Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, International Research Network, Citations Per Paper, Papers Per Faculty, Staff with a PhD, Proportion of International Faculty, Proportion of International Students, Proportion of Inbound Exchange Students, and Proportion of Outbound Exchange Students.

Various international initiatives will be continuously implemented by UMP to excel in the future, including teaching, research, international collaboration and industrial networking.

In this 2020 edition, UMP has improved in almost all the assessment criteria outlined by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) based in London.

The overall results of QS Asian University Rankings 2020 can be accessed via….

Collaboration Networking

UMP, SIASUN seal strategic collaboration in robotic and smart services development

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The strategic collaboration between Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and SIASUN Robot & Automation Co. Ltd. (SIASUN) in Shenyang, China, which is a high-tech company, will form a value chain that encompasses core technologies and components, leading products and industrial solutions, particularly in the robotic-related service industries.

Today, the global market value of SIASUN is the third in the robotics industry with the fastest growth rate. 

This collaboration will focus on the development of expertise in teaching factory model to support the initiative of the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE), namely University Teaching Revolution Factory (URTC) related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

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The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was represented by the Vice-Chancellor of UMP, Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff and the Chief Executive Officer of SIASUN, Mr. Zhao Chen, on 5 November 2019. 

Also present were the President of SIASUN Education Shenyang, Cun Yan Fan, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Professor Ts. Dr. Mohd Rosli Hainin and the Vice-President of Teutloff German TVET Institution, Andy Pan.

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According to Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar, this collaboration is a continuation of SIASUN's visit to UMP recently. 

“This collaboration will train skilled workers to strengthen skills and training in the high level of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), along with the lifelong learning programmes through strategic collaboration with global companies.

“In developing a sustainable ecosystem of high impact technology innovations, UMP also partners with SIASUN and Sapura Industrial Bhd. (SAPURA) for the project of Asia Center of Excellence for Smart Technologies (ACES) based in Singapore,” he said during the visit to Shenyang, China. 

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He hopes that the collaboration will open up strategic collaboration opportunities to adapt more relevant, realistic, and effective teaching and learning methods that everyone can benefit from.

The delegates of UMP and SAPURA also had the opportunity to visit several high-tech industrial robotic laboratories. 

A discussion was also held on the collaboration in academics and research with the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, SIASUN Research and Development Centre and the Liaoning University of Technology.

Joining the delegation were the Senior General Manager (Technical & Operations) of Sapura Industrial Berhad, Adnan Jamal, the Director of the Centre of Industry and Community Network (ICoN), Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Nurul Hazlina Noordin and the General Manager of Sapura, Abdul Halim Baharom.


MTUN – Industry smart partnership produce technical expert

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Malaysia Technical University Network (MTUN) is urged to continue working with the industry to ensure research output is beneficial to address industry related issues.

According to Deputy Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Professor Dr. Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, universities smart partnership particularly with MTUN should be intensified to encourage the industry to conduct research studies using the university's expertise and equipment as practiced in developed countries. 

“This is what Taiwan, Korea or Germany has been doing all this time with their smartphone technology industries,” he added hoping that this university-industry smart partnership could be implemented so that every research could benefit all parties. 

In addition, the new focus of the country’s education was on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and universities were also facing greater challenges facing as a result of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) explosion.

He is proud of UMP's first attempt to address this challenge with the implementation of the IR4.0-based teaching factory.

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Professor Dr. Mohd Cairul Iqbal officiated the opening ceremony of the 11th Malaysian Technical Universities Conference on Engineering Technology (MUCET). MUCET, hosted by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) was held at Bukit Gambang Resort Kuantan on November 20, 2019. 

With the theme 'Communitising Technology in the Context of Industrial Revolution 4.0' this MUCET conference involved the participation of over 300 students, industry players and academics from UMP, Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).
The ceremony were also attended by UMP Board of Directors, Professor Dato’ Dr. Rosli Mohd. Yunus, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin.

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Director of UTHM Reseacrh Management Centre, Professor Dr. Mohd. Amri Lajis, Director of UTeM Center for Research and Innovation Management (CRIM), Professor Ir. Dr. Marizan Sulaiman and Deputy Dean of Research Management and Innovation Centre UniMAP, Dr. Shuhaida Yahud, were also in attendance at the event. 

Keynote speaker for the conference were Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Professor Zulkifli Abd. Rani from Techno Diverge Link Sdn. Bhd. and Mohd Parid Sulaiman, Director of Product Technology Development, Intel Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also exchanged between UMP and BI Technologies Sdn. Bhd, Sime Darby Berhad and Supercat International Sdn. Bhd. UMP was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli, while BI Technologies Sdn. Bhd represented by Director, Mr. Mohd Podzi bin Haji Mahmud, Sime Darby Berhad represented by Chief Chemical, Mr Mohammad Saiful Nidzam Ismail and Supercat International Sdn. Bhd. represented by Director, Mohd Dzulqarbain Ahmad Suh.

Students Activities

UMP students responsibly elect leaders

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The students of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) are now more mature in choosing their representatives. 

There was a change in the campus political landscape when the election was run fully by a committee comprising students solely.

The chairman of the Student Election Council 2019/2020, Mohamed Al-Fateh Ab Razak was relieved when the election run smoothly at both the UMP Gambang and Pekan campuses on 28 November 2019.

“Alhamdulillah, despite the rain, the polling process went uninterrupted from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. The voter turnout was 52.69 per cent,” he said.

In this election, 42 seats were contested with 14 general seats and 28 faculty seats.

Nine candidates emerged victorious unopposed.

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The use of e-Voting since a few years ago facilitated the voting process with immediate results.

Muhammad Zufli Zuhari dan Nur Zarith Halisa Mohamad Sofi won the faculty seats for the Faculty of Industrial Management.

For the Faculty of Science and Industrial Technology, Wan Nur Ardini Che Wan Shamsul Akhbar dan Nur Shafiqah Zakaria won.

Meanwhile, Ee Hui En dan Mohd Haziq Hamid Khan won the faculty seats for the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Technology, and Muhammad Azhar Jamal dan Muhammad Nazhif Mohd Azan won the faculty seats for the Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology.

Three faculties were uncontested, namely the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology (Muhammad Othman Maliki), Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology (Nuraisyah Fikryah Muhamod) and Faculty of Computing (Mohamad Khaiyum Ahmad Ishak and Aishah Umairah Sutrisno Karsono Sadiam).

Lim Sin Yin and Hafizul Fahim Mohd Roffi won for the Department of Electrical Engineering.

The seats for the Department of Industrial Engineering were won by Muhammad Hisyamuddin Abdul Aziz and Muhammad Arif Hakim Mohd Hanafi. Low Chen Ping and Nurhidayah Norhazan won for the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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Two departments were uncontested, namely the Department of Civil Engineering (Khong Sheh Ching and Yee Jia Ju) and Department of Mechanical Engineering (Muhammad Muadz Khairul Rizan).

The 14 general seats were won by Muhammad Syahiruddin Mohd Sabri, Ahmad Rifqi Mohd Jerome Rinjes, Mohd Asraf Andman, Mohd Fitri Zulkaffli, Che Muhammad Harith Ab Halim, Nurul Ishafira Ismail, Nik Athirah Nik Mahdi, Nur Amira Shafiqa Ismail, Mohamad Irfan Zainuddin, Nur Shazwanie Zainurin, Amir Zuhaili Abdul Karim, Nur Ain Natasya Azman, Muhammad Nur Aqmal Nazri and Anis Nabilla Ahmad.

The results were announced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli and the Dean of Student Development, Student Affairs and Alumni Department, Dr. Ahmad Johari Mohammad.

Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin congratulated the successful implementation of this election which is considered a manifestation of the establishment of students union.

He expects students to continuously develop their leadership and management in student affairs towards establishing students union.

“Students are required to be mature and professional in handling student issues.

“As leaders, they must respect and apply the values and affection between students, and make JHEPA as a strategic partner in efforts to empower students and help improve services in the university,” he said.

Campus Info

UNITEN delegates visit UMP

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A total of 22 Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN) Library staff members attended a visit to the UMP Library and UMP Press on December 6, 2019.

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The UNITEN delegation was led by Head of e-Resources Unit, UNITEN Information Resources Centre, Mohd. Yazid Muji and welcomed by Acting Chief Librarian, Dzull Zabarrod Ahmad and UMP Press Director, Ts. Dr. Muhamad Mat Noor.

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Mohd. Yazid said their visit this time was to find new ideas and innovations to improve the level of service provision, facilities, development and transformation at the UMP Library.

"We are planning to produce a university publication and therefore, the need for this visit to get information and insights from UMP.

"Our presence is to gain insights or inputs and see for ourselves the processes needed to manage the university publication in the UMP Library and thankfully our goals have been achieved," he said.

The delegation took approximately three hours to hear information from the UMP Library and UMP Press.

Research and Innovation

Ts. Mohd. Najib, researcher-cum-entrepreneur formulates oily wastewater treatment product

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The issues of uncontrolled oily wastewater discharge and water pollution that affect the environment inspire a lecturer from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Ts. Mohd Najib Razali to conduct research on the treatment of oily wastewater.

He successfully formulated MNRg-Treat via green technology that can be used to treat oily wastewater.

More interestingly, MNRg-Treat is a safe product to use than any other product in the market as the formulation uses natural-based ingredients.

According to Ts. Mohd Najib, the formulation is now complete and in the process of improving in terms of physical and chemical properties and the acquisition of relevant certificates.

“This product acts as an agent for treating oily wastewater. Based on the concept of coagulation and flocculation, the product should be applied to oily wastewater with a predetermined dosage.

“The process continues with mixing for MNRg-Treat to react with the wastewater.

“Oil filtration can be done after oil and water are separated,” he said during a meeting in his office, MNR Multitech Sdn. Bhd. in UMP Gambang Campus. 

He hopes that this product can solve the problem of oily wastewater discharge to meet the environmental standards of the Department of Environment Malaysia. 

His team also provides consultation and analytical service for on-site and laboratory water testing. 

This effort is the realisation of UMP aspiration in communitising technology and to carry out research that benefits the community and industries in this country.

The research conducted since 2012 has been supported by several university research grants, including the MyRA Incentive Fund (Lab2Market) grant UIC161003 – Bio-Coagulant and Smart System for Sustainable Water Treatment and a RM500,000.00 grant from the Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Startup Scheme (SUPERB) under the Bumiputera Leadership Agenda Unit (TERAJU) to support the business ideas.

Recently, Ts. Mohd Najib was awarded the Researcher Entrepreneur Award at the Malaysia Commercialisation Year 2019 (MYC 2019) and received RM100,000 worth of prizes including trophy and certificate.

He was also the recipient of the Industry and Community Excellence Award (AKIM) 2019 under the category of Industrial Collaboration Quality Award (Academic Staff Category) during the UMP Quality and Innovation Day.

In the future, he, who is also a UMP alumnus, hopes to become the leading water treatment analysis service provider throughout Malaysia.

MNRg-Treat helps solve the issues of waste discharge by reducing the parameters below the standards set by the Department of Environment Malaysia (DOE).

MNRg-Treat is commercialised by a start-up company MNR Multitech Sdn. Bhd. at RM35 per litre and RM750 per 25 litres. This product is expected to penetrate the future market through promotion at national and international exhibitions.

This product has won several medals at the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2017, International Invention Show, Croatia 2013 (INOVA 2013), Innovation and New Product Exposition, United State of America (USA) (INPEX 2013), International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017), Water Malaysia 2013 dan Global Agri Tech Summit 2019.

Researcher’s Information

Name : Ts. Mohd Najib bin Razali
State of birth : Johor Darul Takzim
Academic background : M. Eng. (Chemical Engineering), UMP and B. Eng. (Chemical Engineering), UMP
Expertise : Environmental Engineering, Recycling Technology, Wastewater Treatment

Academic and International

The Importance of Data Analysis in Business

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Having the means for data analysis in a business can increase the value and profit of a company in the future.

In fact, in the present digital era, security aspect and digital innovation have become essential features for an organisation to compete in a healthy way.

According to Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAS) Business Intelligent Insights data analyst Parjit Singh Ranjeet Singh, data analysis could also be used for human resource development such as in terms of division of work and matching the task according to skills of the staff.

Parjit Singh was one of the panellists invited to speak at the MBA Business Forum, an event held in conjunction with a programme titled, ‘Harnessing Data Analytics: What’s Next’ organised by the Faculty of Industrial Management (FIM) at the Zenith Hotel in Kuantan on November 30, 2019.

He shared some of his work experience in data application such as diversifying flight trend and identifying the airline’s customer segments.

Another speaker, Chief Executive Officer of Vulsan X Dr. Prakash Christiansen, said online data would expose users to more risks.

“Private information can be easily leaked and will normally be used for certain organisations. The more sophisticated the system and technology, the higher the risks in private information getting exposed.

“The public is reminded not to be easily duped with certain words such ‘free’, for example, free downloads and free applications.

“In this era, we must not hesitate to pay a bit more for the sake of security,” he added.

Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s Strategic Corporate Chief of Strategy and Research Raja Segaran S. Narayanasamy said the agency’s role in implementing various programmes such as the #eRezeki and #eUsahawan involved a lot of data analysis.

FIM Dean, Dr. Fazeeda Mohammad said the MBA Business Forum was an annual event organised by the faculty since 2016.

“This time around, the forum is held in class live globally that involves three institutes from India, DJ Academy for Managerial Excellence, GRG School of Management Studies from Coimbatore, India and Periyar University Salem, Tamil Naidu.

“Other than being a platform where participants can exchange their ideas, it encourages collaborations and networking between the industry, faculty and university.

“The programme aims at producing competent managers. They learn about the administrational and practical aspects that will help in having a holistic and global thinking,” said Dr. Fazeeda.

Programme Director, Dr. Suhaidah Hussain said sharing of ideas and experience by experts in the industry would help integrate theory and real world practice.

“In this challenging business world and digital era, we hope the MBA programme will produce potential leaders or chiefs who are able to tackle complex problems systematically and creatively.

“Now, data analysis is used by most companies in Malaysia,” she said.

A participant and UMP postgraduate student Mohd Izzat Shafie@Mohd Alias said he hoped more of such programmes would be organised so benefits would be enjoyed not only by the campus community but also the industries especially in facing the challenges in Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Mohd Izzat is pursuing his studies in Masters’ in Business Administration.

“The forum has been a very informative programme as the panellists are all experienced people in their own fields. They shared information about data analysis method to help manage a plan or make improvements to enhance the organisation’s performance.

“It also highlights the aspect of date security that is being given less attention by some parties which can give adverse effects on users or customers,” he said.