“Thank You, UMP”
Translation by: NADIRA HANA AB HAMID, FACULTY OF MANUFACTURING AND MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
“Thank you, UMP”, was the remark from one of the recipients for 'Back to School’ Programme.
He is amongst 101 recipients for the programme that were celebrated in the event held on 18 December 2019, in UMP Gambang Campus.
Mr. Kaharuddin Abdul Karim, who work as a driver with UMP said, no words could ever describe the happiness felt upon receiving the donation. This father of four kids thanked UMP and Etiqa for organizing such programme.
“I’m touched with the generosity showed by UMP in helping the less fortunate to ease the burden of having to buy school uniforms and supplies for the school session starting soon. With the increase in goods price, it’s hard for us to cope,” he added.
He hoped that such programme could continue in the future and that more low-income people could benefit from the programme.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Professor Ts. Dr. Mohd Rosli Hainin, give the donation to 101 recipients in the event that took place at Block W, UMP Gambang Campus.
Also in attendance of the event were, Pro-Registrar, Abd. Rahman Haji Safie and KESUMP President, Abd. Latip Haji Deris.
In his speech, Professor Ts. Dr. Mohd Rosli Hainin said, ‘Back to School 2019' Programme was an initiative of UMP Foundation in collaboration with the Registry Department and Etiqa Family Takaful Berhad to support UMP's responsibility in taking care of the staff’s welfare especially those in need.
“In addition, it is a good move since it can help to ease the burden of staff especially during the school session by donating school supplies to children in need. This initiative is one of the university's efforts to aid UMP staff by establishing a Staff Welfare Fund under the UMP Foundation,” he added.
"The involvement of various parties to contribute through the UMP Foundation fund is able to preserve and sustain the sadaqah jariyah ecosystem, especially for the benefit of UMP residents and the community in general," he elaborates further.
The 'Back To School' programme has also been implemented around Pekan and Gambang to help 200 asnaf children.
Formation of New MPP Leadership Synergy
Translation by: DR. ROZAIMI ABU SAMAH, FACULTY OF CHEMICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
The newly elected Students’ Representative Council (MPP) of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) will hopefully be able to use this opportunity as a platform to become a leader of calibre and progress forward.
The MPP has a role and responsibility in promoting the enrichment of a culture of happiness, contentment, respect, and humanity through various programmes and activities for UMP to stay harmonious and exuberant with a conducive campus environment towards studies and unity.
The Vice-Chancellor of UMP, Professor Dr. Ir. Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff urged for the forming of teams and organisational synergy of the MPP to be swiftly carried out.
“MPP leadership plays a big role in the transitional era to expand UMP students’ worldview to become more vigilant and responsible in self-management.
“With maturity as the baseline for their leadership, MPP is a training ground for statesmanship where the leadership front must learn to be accountable for any decision made or action taken,” he stated in his speech during the MPP Appointment Presentation & Oath Taking Ceremony for 2019/2020 Session at the Senate Meeting Room, UMP Pekan on 13 December 2019.
Also present were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Professor Dato’ Ts. Dr. Yusserie Zainuddin and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Ts. Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli.
The VC also added that creating adept leadership teams lets the responsibilities of a leader be carried out more effectively without prejudice or doubt.
“What is more important is MPP’s ability to act as the voice of the students professionally without being affected by any negative be it from inside or outside campus, and the maturity of MPP interacting with the management through negotiation and deliberation harmoniously and professionally.
“MPP’s leadership must also work hard to raise awareness of the amity and unity running deep between students of varying races, religions, and nationalities for the sake of a peaceful campus experience here.
“The university congratulates the student secretariat headed by Mohamed Al Fateh Ab Razak and Adam Jawahar from the Faculty of Computing along with their team on their ability to manage the election in a smooth, orderly, and composed manner with no serious problems or incidents,” he said.
He added that the success of the experiment gave the management confidence to continue and maximise the involvement of students in electing the future MPP.
“UMP also expresses our gratitude towards Zakwan Zulkifli, the former President and MPP 2018/2019 Session Cabinet for their service and contributions,” he said.
The event also witnessed the MPP President of UMP 2019/2020, Mohd Fitri Zulkaffli headed the swearing-in ceremony for MPP positions and signing of the document joined by 42 representatives including the Deputy President for Pekan, Muhammad Syahiruddin Mohd Sabri, Deputy President for Gambang, Che Muhammad Harith Ab Halim and Secretary General, Nurul Ishafira Ismail.
UMP honours staff, celebrates fellows completing studies
Translation by: DR. ROZAIMI ABU SAMAH, FACULTY OF CHEMICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Eighteen years’ experience as a staff member at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) which later changed their name to Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Kejuruteraan Malaysia (KUKTEM) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) was truly memorable for Nor Ashikin Abul Aziz who has now completed her service as a lecturer at the Centre for Modern Languages and retired at the age of 60 on 3 October 2019.
Sharing her experience, Nor Ashikin is grateful for the chance to gain experience and make contributions at the university and advises fellow lectures to continue educating the nation with sincerity.
She is among eight of the university’s staff to retire this year celebrated in the Service Commemorating Ceremony 2019 and Staff and Graduation of Fellows Appreciation Ceremony organised by the Registry Department in UMP Pekan on 16 December 2019.
Those celebrated were Haji Zahari Muda from UMP’s Security Division, Nik Mohd Kamil Nik from the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Haji Ruslan Che Pee of the Library, Associate Professor Dr. Norrihan Sulan, Abd Khadir Shafie from the Property Management & Development Department (JPPH), Suriya Kumar A/L V Sinnadurai and Nor Ashikin Abdul Aziz from the Centre for Modern Languages and Professor Dato’ Dr. Hasnah Haron from the Faculty of Industrial Management.
The event was also attended by the Vice-Chancellor of UMP, Professor Dr. Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff and university management at the Banquet Hall, Chancellery, UMP Pekan.
According to Professor Dr. Ir. Wan Azhar, this event is part of the initiative and commitment on behalf of the management to consistently approach and interact with UMP workforce and retirees with familial spirit.
“Meanwhile, retirees or future retirees can continue to contribute corresponding to their field of expertise, including donations towards the UMP Foundation along with whatever else would benefit the university’s community,” he said. At the same time, the event celebrated 30 staff members and fellows who have completed their studies at a doctoral level.
Of the 30, six of the academic staff successfully graduated within the original study period or earlier from the original graduation period. They received a special appreciation certificate and excellence incentive via the Graduate on Time (GOT) programme.
Professor Dr. Ir. Wan Azhar congratulated the 30 staff members and fellows who completed their studies and hoped that they can carry out their duties towards the university’s excellence.
“Until now, the number of lecturers at UMP with a PhD has reached 67.2 percent, with this hopefully the academic staff can contribute in their respective fields to benefit the university and local communities along with the UMP’s tagline, "Communitising Technology" which forms the basis of UMP’s 2020 Strategic Plan,” he said.
Among the recipients of the excellence incentive via the Graduate on Time (GOT) programme are Dr. Noor Intan Shafinas Muhamad from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Dr. Muhammad Rusydi Mohamad Yasin from the Faculty of Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering, Dr. Mohd Fazli Farida Asras and Dr. Nazira Mahmud from the Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology and Dr. Nurhaizan Mohd Zainudin from the Faculty of Industrial Management along with Dr. Noradilah Md Nordin from the Centre for Human Sciences.
UMP also commemorates the three staff members who had passed away while in service with the university. They had served UMP with full dedication throughout their lives and their absence is felt to this day.
They are Allahyarham Arman A. Rahim from the Registry Department, Allahyarham Said Ismail from the Centre for Sports and Culture, and Allahyarham Abd Karim Ibrahim from the Property Management & Development Department (JPPH).
UMP, Etiqa help 200 asnaf children receive school necessities
Translation by: DR. ROZAIMI ABU SAMAH, FACULTY OF CHEMICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
A total of 200 primary school students from 11 schools around Pekan involving children from low-income families (B40) were delighted to receive new clothes and school necessities during the Back to School 2019 programme organised by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) in cooperation with Etiqa Family Takaful Berhad and UMP Foundation in Pekan on 19 November 2019.
In attendance to present the contribution was the Dean of Student Services, Department of Student Affairs & Alumni, UMP, Assoc. Professor Dr. Mansor Sulaiman and Chief Executive Officer of Etiqa Takaful Berhad Eastern Region, Tengku Saifuddin Tengku Zainal Abidin at the Multipurpose Hall, UMP Pekan Campus.
Also present were Pro-Registrar Abd. Rahman Safie, and the Director of the Centre of Industry and Community Network (ICoN), Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Nurul Hazlina Noordin.
The Back to School 2019 programme was UMP and Etiqa Family Takaful Berhad’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to aid with school necessities for students in need.
According to Associate Professor Dr. Mansor, the organisation of the programme was the result of close cooperation between UMP and Etiqa to reinforce the strategic network the two parties have built.
“UMP is always open and ready to explore the area and potential for strategic collaboration with Etiqa. This includes sharing scientific and technical expertise of the university with a focus on Etiqa’s core and affairs whether in the academic field or in corporate social innovation (CSI).
“Within this alliance, social engagement initiatives will continue to be laid out to ensure that the general public, especially citizens in Pahang, can benefit from the university’s existence.
“University management always welcomes any intent from whichever department, agency, government linked companies, private bodies, public organisations or individuals to collaborate in various forms for public benefit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Etiqa Takaful Berhad Eastern Region, Tengku Saifuddin Tengku Zainal Abidin stated that this contribution proceeds directly to UMP.
“Education is fundamental towards changing an individual’s life to higher education; indeed it is important in moulding their life in the future.
“Etiqa has previously contributed RM130,000 as Student Zakat aid in 2019 and RM120,000 in 2018 to UMP Foundation funds.
“Starting from 2012, the estimate of Etiqa’s contribution to UMP is around RM360,000 via various programmes that benefit those in need,” he said.
As for the recipient of the welfare aid, a Year 5 student from Sekolah Kebangsaan Ubai, Muhammad Haziq Firdaus Muhammad, 11, shared his joy with his friends after receiving brand new school clothes and school supplies and cannot wait to begin the new session on 2 January next year.
107 pupils received school supplies donated by UMP Alumni and NGOs
Translation by: AMINATUL NOR MOHAMED SAID, FACULTY OF COMPUTING
A total of 107 pupils around Kuantan excitedly choose their school clothes and supplies at the Pusat Pakaian Hari-Hari in Kuantan for the upcoming school session.
The 'Back to School 2019' Pilgrimage Program was held on December 22, 2019, and is an annual program jointly organized by the UMP Graduate Alumni Association (UMP Alumni), the Malaysian Ikram Foundation (State of Pahang), I-Bantu Pahang, Ikram Muda Pahang, Hidayah Centre Foundation Pahang, Gema Pahang and the Alumni Relations Unit of Student Affairs and Alumni Department (JHEPA).
The program aims to help the asnaf zakat, poor and Muslim converts (Mualaf) prepare for the 2020 school session.
According to the UMP Alumni Association Vice-President and Program Director, Ts. Mohd Najib Razali, the beneficiary, consisted of children aged 7 to 17 from families around Kuantan.
“The contribution raised was RM 20, 472.00 from the public and outside sponsors.
“These children are allowed to choose school clothes, shoes, school bags, and others.”
"Besides, the program was also assisted and supported by 60 volunteers including UMP Alumni and staff, Pahang IKRAM Foundation, and Hidayah Centre," he said.
Also present was Deputy Chairman of Ikram Kuantan, Dr. Hajar Fauzan Ahmad, Secretary of Gema Pahang, Asward Abdul Hafiz Abdul Aziz, Hidayah Centre Foundation Pahang Executive, Wan Mohd Fadhil Wan Johar and Ikram Pahang Foundation Committee Member, Fazros Md Arif.
We would like to thank the contributors, especially from MNR Multitech Sdn. Bhd., UMP Holdings Sdn. Bhd., ExFoam Insulation Sdn. Bhd., The Ikram Foundation, Ikram Muda and the Hidayah Centre Foundation.
In addition to this program, 30 families selected from the poor and asnaf zakat group received the Ikram Foundation's Fidyah Fund in the form of basic food packs and daily necessities in form of rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, and beverages.
Knowledge in entrepreneurship a boon for UMP students
By: NOOR SYAHIDAH SABRAN, ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE
Entrepreneurship Centre (MyPACE), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) organised a programme on entrepreneurship that aimed at creating awareness on the subject matter among its students, equipping them with the necessary knowledge about business as well as to further strengthen the national agenda on entrepreneurship.
The one-day programme was held on December 11, 2019 and attended by 30 students who were selected from various courses and academic years.
It was also an impact study on the implementation of entrepreneurship programmes in institutes of higher learning (IPT) in the country.
The objective was to review the effectiveness of initiatives outlined under the Entrepreneurial Strategic Plan for IPT 2016-2020.
It also set out to have a detailed framework on the direction of a new strategic plan through critical analysis of current acceptance and performance, issues, challenges and inconsistencies as well as the impact on the creation of a conducive community ecosystem.
The invited speaker for the programme was Dr. Suraya Sulaiman from Alpha Catalyst Consulting.
According to Dr. Suraya, one of the main focuses of the session was to address issues between job creators and job seekers, a topic that was being hotly being debated now.
“Some of the basic things proposed included giving emphasis on entrepreneurial lesson at the primary level of education and to have a sound, comprehensive and structured entrepreneurial training at the tertiary level that will help to shape and shift the minds of university students.
“At the same time, other important elements are given equal emphasis as well such as implementing the best approach, reviewing of policies and initiatives, analysing the constraints faced and identifying opportunities for improvements, a better ecosystem and conducive entrepreneurial culture.
“These elements will produce competitive graduates in the future,” she said.
She added that whatever was the chosen field, these mind sets would definitely contribute to the development of the country and the things that would set them apart were their styles of working, their efforts and their results which were based on their competitiveness and endurance.
According to MyPACE Director, Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Hadi Manap, the government had organised various programmes to provide students with entrepreneurial knowledge so they would be better prepared in providing the best services and businesses to their targeted group and in the process, help contribute to the country’s economic development.
“The programme is also an initiative to nurture and acculturate entrepreneurship activities in UMP,” he said.
One of the programme’s participants, Chemical Engineering Master’s Degree student, Mohd Nazarni Che Isa, said the programme had a lot of benefits for the university students.
“To be a job creator is not a simple thing but it is also something that is not impossible.
“One can start from a small business to gain experience and to experience the level of resilience before moving on to explore large-scale business activities,” he said.
The programme started with a discussion session with MyPACE management that centred on the function, scope and policy on entrepreneurship.
Later, the participants and programme coordinators focused on the learning aspect provided by the university.
Wonders of Oud reveals the uniqueness of agarwood
By: SHALFARINA SHAHRIMAN, UMP PRESS
The uniqueness of agarwood is well known in our society.
Its uses in various fields such as perfumes, cosmetics, traditional medicine, beverages, and architecture reveal nature’s secret of our country.
UMP has published a book entitled Wonders of Oud which describes the aspects of scientific research on agarwood and related business opportunities. This book has five chapters discuss the secrets of agarwood.
Chapter 1 is about the oil contained in agarwood, which is the key ingredient in the manufacture of perfumes. It is widely used in the Middle East and penetrated the West until it is acknowledged as perfume do the 21st century.
Chapter 2 discusses the uses of agarwood in beauty and personal care. However, its use is still in the research stage compared to its application in the perfume industry.
In Chapter 3, the readers will get to know about the use of agarwood in traditional medicine. Since ancient times, agarwood is said to cure many diseases. This chapter also describes the potential and current value of agarwood in the pharmaceutical industry.
Also, Chapter 4 discusses the use of leaves of Aquilaria (the plant that produces agarwood) as agarwood tea. This chapter also reveals the increasing demand of the leaves of Aquilaria in various countries and the related studies conducted, such as to prove whether its use in traditional medicine is truth or myth.
The final chapter summarises and answers the secrets of agarwood.
As a responsible society, we must realise the importance of preserving natural treasures for the future.
More information about UMP publication can be accessed through http://apps-cfm.ump.edu.my/staff/ebooksump/index.cfm.
Title: Wonders of Oud
Sports and Recreation
555 athletes converged on UMP–Excella International Indoor Archery Championships 3.0
By: AL-MUHAIMIN ALI, CENTRE FOR SPORTS AND CULTURE
A total of 555 athletes and officials gathered at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) comprising teams from six countries, namely Malaysia, India, Singapore, Turkey, Germany and France, taking part in the UMP–Excella International Indoor Archery Championships 3.0 on 15 December 2019.
The tournament was organised by the Centre for Sports and Culture, Department of Student Affairs and Alumni, and UMP Archery Club, in collaboration with Excella Archery Distribution Sdn. Bhd. (Excella Archery Proshop) based di Melaka.
According to the UMP Senior Youth and Sports Officer, who is also the advisor and chairman of the tournament, Excella Archery Proshop sponsored the prizes worth more than RM30,000.
“For the first time, this tournament managed to attract international teams to compete.
“This tournament saw the participation of three teams from India, four from Singapore, and one each from Turkey, France and Brunei.
“We hope this tournament will be continued in the future and get financial support from UMP and sponsors to ensure it will be held again and attract more international participants,” he said.
He added that the tournament indirectly promoted UMP at the international level.
According to Mohamad Ikhmal Idham Ali Yasak, the Tournament Director from the UMP Archery Club, the successful organisation of the tournament was assisted by 100 volunteers among UMP students as the technical committee members of the tournament.
“Those involved are UMP archery athletes, UMP Archery Club members, UMP Students Sports Council and students who enrolled in the co-curricular course Archery UQS2081-1G,” he said.
The closing and prize presentation ceremony was delivered by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin. Also present were the Director of Excella Archery Distribution Sdn. Bhd., Michael Song and UMP Senior Youth and Sports Officer, Mohd Aznorizamin Ismail.
The Malaysia Pahang Sports School (SSMP) won the tournament with 6 gold and 1 bronze medals. The second position was shared by three teams, namely Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), HAFA Archery (HAFA) dan Putrajaya Archery Team (PAT), with 2 gold medals each.
UMP team sent 14 archers and won 2 bronze medals through Fadhli Ashra Ab Rahim in the Compound Men category.