UMP Maintains Position on the QS World University Rankings 2021
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) maintained its position in the QS World University Rankings 2021 evaluation announced by the international ranking agency QS Quacquarelli Symonds on 10 June 2020.
The QS World University Rankings 2021 edition examined 1,604 institutions from all over the world and based its results on six evaluation criteria, which are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. This ranking witnessed UMP in the top 64% in the QS World University Rankings compared to last year’s achievement at 70.2%. This success places UMP as the best university among the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) and sits in 9th place among Malaysia’s IPTAs.
Information on the QS World University Rankings 2020 edition — published by Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts — can be accessed through topuniversities.com.
By Puan Hazlina Faizal, Rankings & Branding Unit, Centre of Corporate & Quality Affair, UMP
7 UMP Subjects Listed in World’s Ranking
A total of seven subjects of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) joined the list of world’s elite universities when listed in the recently published QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2020.
The listed subjects are Engineering and Technology (386), Chemical Engineering (151–200), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (401–450), Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (351–400), Pure Science (Chemistry) (451–500), Pure Science (Material Science) (351–400) and Social Sciences and Management (Business and Management Studies) (451–500).
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Professor Ts. Dr. Mohd. Rosli Hainin said that all the subjects were listed based on the performance of four indicators, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, the number of indexed articles and the H index that were extracted from Scopus.
According to the President of the Students’ Representative Council (MPP) 2019/2020, Mohd Fitri Zulkaffli from the Faculty of Computing, being listed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject this year proves that this university is on the right track in realising its vision to be the best technical university by 2050.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Rifqi Mohd. Jerome Rinjes, the Vice President (Communications and Corporate) of MPP 2019/2020 from the College of Engineering, also felt proud with all the subjects listed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
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CITREX 401 Products Flourish Innovation Culture
The 10th edition of Creation, Innovation, Technology & Research Exposition (CITREx) 2020 saw Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) as the platform for encouraging and nurturing the innovation culture among the researchers including academicians and students not only from UMP but also from the Malaysian Technological University Network (MTUN), Kolej Poly-Tech MARA, Advanced Technology Training Center (ADTEC) and other higher education institutions (HEI) across the country.
The exposition was held on 12 and 13 February 2020, involving 401 entries that included participation from primary and secondary schools. This initiative supports the university’s aspiration in communitising technology through the encouragement of research among schoolchildren.
A total of 218 entries involving UMP staff, eight from MTUN, four from local public universities including Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI), as well as Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU). The remaining came from UMP students (129 entries) and secondary and primary schools (40 entries).
Also held was the exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UMP and NanoMalaysia Berhad (NanoMalaysia) and collaboration with PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (PlaTCOM) relating to the promotion of technology commercialisation activities at national and international levels, centralised in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
The event witnessed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli exchanging document with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NanoMalaysia, Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad, while PlaTCOM was represented by Lofty Muhammad Abdul Karim, the CEO of the company.
Also present were the Chairman of the UMP Board of Directors, Dato’ Sri Ibrahim Ahmad, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Professor Ts. Dr. Rosli Hainin.
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UMP Bags 10 Medals and the Best Award for Consumer Electronics
A highly efficient light-emitting diode (LED) system known as MP-Rediac LED Stick was awarded a gold medal and special award “The Best Award for Consumer Electronics” in the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2020 which was held for three days from 20 February 2020 in the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.
This product was invented by Ts. Ikram Mohd Rashid from the Faculty of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technology together with Hisaji Noda with a unique feature where it does not produce heat at high temperature and does not require heat sink compared to the existing products.
The efficiency of the LED UMP Rediac system is high at 157 lm/W. This LED system can be applied not only to LED products but also in garden lights, floodlights, street lights and other LED applications. This product can also solve the problems faced by night market traders, travellers, mechanics and users to obtain a light source at night. This product is mobile and does not require a power supply from the utility.
The other three gold medals were won by Dr. Chin Siew Choo from the Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology with a project entitled OHE-CRETE: Sustainable Building Materials, Ts. Dr. Waheb Abdul Jabbar Shaif Abdullah from the Faculty of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technology (Project: NB-IoT-FMWS) and Nor Azhar Ahmad from the Faculty of Computing (Project: HeDoo Space, Teach & Learn - An Environmental IoT Analysis Modules & Generic Circuit Board).
Meanwhile, UMP bagged six silver medals through Associate Professor Dr. Agus Geter Edy Sutjipto (Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology, Development of Inert Ceramic for Industrial Application), Dr. Mohd Shaiful Zaidi Mat Desa (Faculty of Chemical & Process Engineering Technology, Development of Improved Durability and Low-Cost Solid Ankle-Cushion Heel [SACH] Prosthetic Foot), Dr. Nadzirah Mohd Mokhtar (Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology, MD Solution: MD Compact Unit for Industrial Wastewater Treatment), Associate Professor Dr. Noraziah Ahmad (Faculty of Computing, Efficient Distributed Database Replication Systems for Online Selling Website), Dr. Wan Isni Sofiah Wan Din (Faculty of Computing, Enhancement of Single Path to Multipath Clustering in Wireless Sensor Network for Energy Conservation) and Dr. Ahmad Firdaus Zainal Abidin (Faculty of Computing, Rex-Chain: Root Exploit Detection and Blockchain).
The participation and success obtained by UMP is a positive sign and a proud moment when the research products and invention are recognised. The participation also opens collaboration opportunities with the industries including small and medium enterprises (SME) or any relevant parties which ultimately benefits the public, in parallel with the UMP tagline, Communitising Technology.
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UMP Targets 4 Strategic Objectives towards the Best
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has laid the foundation in achieving excellence for UMP Strategic Plan 2021–2025 by targetting four main objectives, which are (1) producing holistic community-driven graduates through high-level Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), (2) communitising technology, (3) generating new advanced technologies via research initiatives and (4) achieving financial and best practices sustainability.
In line with the UMP vision of becoming the best technological university by 2050, the UMP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff emphasised that the university must have the world-class characteristics and most importantly is to have sustainable financial resources as well as autonomous status.
He also said that UMP currently has over 86 percent of lecturers with PhD and in realising the target by 2050, the university must develop talent as field specialists in inventing new technologies and developing an efficient, effective and respected management system that optimises talents to uplift the university.
In increasing the number of collaborations with international universities especially in Germany and China via Dual Degree Award in each faculty, in addition to the partnership with the Karlsruhe University of Applied Science (HsKA) Germany, the collaboration with SIASUN Robot & Automation Co. Ltd. in Shenyang, China, as well as educational institutions in China allows students to complete two years of study in UMP, one year in China and another year for industrial training in SIASUN.
According to Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar, UMP is clustered under the Malaysian Technological University Network (MTUN) to enable the technical capabilities of the country through high-level TVET programmes.
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The Trend of 3D Printing In Higher Level TVET Skill
Additive manufacturing is a recent trend in production processes owing to its many benefits around the globe. It can be defined as the process of producing parts through the deposition of material in a layer-by-layer technique. It has been the most searchable research topic since 2000. According to Frost and Sullivan, the value of additive manufacturing is expected to grow at a rate of 15 percent from US$5.31 billion in 2015 to US$21.50 billion in 2025. The industries that are going to contribute 51 percent by 2025 are aerospace, automotive, and medical industries.
The 2015 Wohler report stated that a lot of new technology had been evolved in material production for metal printing in the past 10 years compared with plastics. SmarTech Markets Publishing reported that metal printing machines sales grew a significant amount of 89 percent over the past year, as manufacturers turn to three-dimensional (3D) printing.
To accommodate the recent trend, UMP collaborates with Qatar University to secure a grant on Qatar National research fund. The total award was RM3.2 million, and UMP obtained RM160,000 from the award. The main objective of the project was to investigate the potential of a more flexible and lightweight titanium alloy femoral stems that can be manufactured using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process. A fully porous and functionally graded design was utilised to develop a novel pore cellular structure with compressive properties that are similar to human bone.
A 3D finite element model was developed to study and compare the load transfer to the periprosthetic femur when implanted with femoral stems offering different stiffness configurations. Also, fatigue and static tests were done on the fabricated design to study the performance under static and fatigue loadings. Factors affecting the manufacturability and production of the femoral stem through DMLS were also investigated. Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a common hip replacement procedure. Due to material stiffness mismatch between the bone and implant, loosening the implant is possible, and many patients had to redo the surgery because of the excruciating pains.
As such, novel material design for the hip femoral stem is needed to reduce material stiffness mismatch through additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing will give the surgeon the freedom to customize the hip femoral implant based on the patient’s anatomical data/measurements. This project is essential to produce a printing implant for the patient. The current trend shows an increase in the market for implant products. The project completed successfully, and it is a stepping stone for UMP to involve in additive manufacturing.
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UMP Contributes 600 Hand Sanitisers for Frontliners
As an effort to assist the frontliners to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) contributed 600 bottles of hand sanitisers: triUMPH (1 L) and hand-carry Germs Free Hand Sanitizer (30 mL). Senior Executive from the UMP Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Saharudin Ramli presented the contribution to Senior Private Secretary of Pahang Menteri Besar, Dato’ Haji Md Yusli Ibrahim Mohd Yunus on 6 April 2020.
Also attended were the General Manager of UMP Technology Sdn. Bhd., Muhamad Nizam Abdul Rashid and Saiful Anwar Izar from the Management Services Division of the Office of Pahang Menteri Besar in Kuantan. This triUMPH product is the innovation between UMP Technology Sdn. Bhd. And MNR Multitech Sdn. Bhd., which are the wholly-owned subsidiaries of UMP Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (UMPH).
Germs Free Hand Sanitizer is a product of UMP Renal Care Sdn. Bhd., a UMP spin-off company. According to Muhamad Nizam, triUMPH is formulated according to the standard of the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to Saharudin, the contribution was one of the social responsibility initiatives to the community during the Covid-19 outbreak by focusing on the frontliners who are working hard to break the virus chain.
In addition to hand sanitisers, UMP Renal Care Sdn. Bhd. Also produces food vinegar-based high-level disinfectant Diaclean Pera Sterilant as a surface disinfectant for public housing areas, housing interiors, schools, offices and hospitals. In an effort to help the frontliners who are working tirelessly to fight the outbreak, UMPH has also launched triUMPH Frontliners Fund to collect contribution for drinking water.
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