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7/9/2018 9:20 AM

Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah launched a book titled ‘Perak Sultanate: The Historic Royal Glory of Perak Tengah’, at Malaysia Petroleum Club, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. 



Published by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and The New Straits Times Press, the book is part of UTP's corporate social responsibility to help highlight the rich cultural heritage of the Perak Sultanate.


 

Sultan Nazrin in his speech said the book shows UTP's deep commitment to the important task of preserving the past and learning some of its lessons, as an essential part of preparing to meet the challenges of the future.




 

“As a historian myself, albeit more directly concerned with its economic aspects, I endorse this aspiration and welcome the contribution of this book towards it.


 

“It is also commendable that the university that was established to pursue excellence and innovation in the realm of sciences is taking such an interest in supporting an endeavor that is so fully centred on the arts, in the form of culture and history of our region and its monarchy,” he said.


 

Sultan Nazrin described the book as not only a delight to peruse with its beautiful design and photographs, as befitting its regal subject matter, but also a unique repository of some of the most striking aspects of the Perak Sultanate's cultural heritage and some of the important events that have shaped the Sultanate over its nearly half a millennium history.


 

“As the (former) UTP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Ir Abdul Rahim Hashim said in his foreword, the rich historical tapestry that is woven by the book provides its readers with both a greater understanding of the past and inspiration for the future,” he said.




 

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib who succeeded Abdul Rahim as UTP vice-chancellor in May this year, said he hoped the book will help the younger generation gain knowledge on the monarchy in this country.


 

“This book was written with an easy-to-understand writing approach to attract the interest of young people, especially students to understand and appreciate the (line of) succession of the Sultanate of Perak which started in Perak Tengah,” he said.





 

The book was jointly written by the senior director of UTP's Project Management Office, Associate Professor Dr Shahrina Md Nordin and NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid.


 

Also present at the launching ceremony was Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Media Prima group managing director Datuk Kamal Khalid.


 

To purchase the book, email the UTP author at shahrina_mnordin@utp.edu.my or call 05-3688686.



Source: NST TV


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Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah launched a book titled ‘Perak Sultanate: The Historic Royal Glory of Perak Tengah’.
7/2/2018
  
6/29/2018 10:36 AM

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Credit: Ahmad Yusni for Nature

SUZANA YUSUP: Power player


A chemical engineer turns waste into fuel.


Suzana Yusup didn’t have a choice in her course of study when she arrived at the University of Leeds, UK, in 1992. She had received a scholarship from the Malaysian government to do an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, but, she says, “I didn’t know what chemical engineering was”. 

She quickly grew fond of the field for its mix of science and practical applications — so fond that she received a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Bradford, UK, in 1998. The eldest of seven children, Yusup is the only academic in her family. “My parents wanted me to be a doctor, any doctor, but they knew I was afraid of blood. So for them, this [degree] is something to be very proud of.”

Yusup now heads the Center for Biofuel and Biochemical Research at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Perak, Malaysia. She joined the university in 2001 and began exploring Malaysia’s rich plant resources to produce biofuels. Much of her work has focused on creating fuels from biomass waste, such as used cooking oil, rubber-seed oil and discarded distillate from palm-oil refineries.

She has long explored ways in which green technology can help the environment and society. When she learnt that rice farmers around her university were struggling with pests, weeds and the health threat of chemical pesticides, Yusup started developing safer biopesticides based on compounds from plants. She adapted the techniques and facilities in her biofuel lab to produce the pesticides. Yusup has won many honours, including Malaysia’s Rising Star Award in the category of Highly Cited Review in 2016 and the Women in Science Award in 2017.

Yusup’s latest research interests reflect her hobby of gardening. In particular, she worries that she might be too weak to plough the soil after she retires. “I am an engineer and I should do something about it,” says Yusup. She developed a hydroponic system that is soil-free and requires no ploughing, then got her engineering students to teach it to schoolchildren. Her students complained, but quickly turned enthusiastic after their first harvest. When researchers see the impact they have on others, it helps motivate them to find solutions to problems, says Yusup. “That’s what keeps me going.” — by Yao-Hua Law

Source: Excerpt from Article titled Science stars of East Asia
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A chemical engineer turns waste into fuel.
6/29/2018
  
7/17/2018 3:49 PM

Two teams from Centre of Research in Ionic Liquids (CORIL), recently participated in the YALE UNIVERSITY: Green Chemistry Video Challenge 2018.

 

The teams were:


1) Noor A'in, Joshua Raj, Dr Magaret : Topic - Dye removal from textile wastewater using ionic liquids.


2) Abdul Rahman Nordin, Dr Maisara Shahrom: Topic - Carbon dioxide capture by polymerized ionic liquids.

 

Both videos sent by UTP was selected as the top five Honorable Mentions among the hundreds of international participants.

 

Congratulations!

 

Click here to view the videos and background of the competition: 
https://greenchemistry.yale.edu/education/undergraduate-graduate/student-videos-green-chemistry

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6/20/2018
  
6/25/2018 3:34 PM
The Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE), with the support of University Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Roleda, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) regarding the establishment of providing undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs, yesterday at the Villavicencio Board Room, 15th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall.
Facilitated by the faculty and staff of GCOE, the signing was attended by Roleda, along with Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (VCRI) Raymond Girard Tan.
 
Building bridges and connections
During the signing, UTP was represented by their university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew and Dr. Belladonna Maulianda of the Petroleum Engineering Department.
In order to develop and advance academic exchanges and cooperation in research and education between DLSU and UTP, the two universities agreed to enter into a General Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last November 2017. The document includes major points such as joint research activities, exchange of academic materials and publications, exchange of faculty members for research and discussions, and exchange of both graduate and undergraduate students for research, education, and internships.
According to Roque, this initiative was made through the efforts of Dr. Kathleen B. Aviso of the Chemical Engineering Department. With the UTP’s motto of “Reinventing the Future”, and DLSU’s “Your Future Begins Here”, the collaboration between the two universities take root from having the same vision.

On student exchange programs
Having signed the agreement, DLSU and UTP will be formalizing a five-year partnership, with both universities allowing their own students to experience the different approaches in education. According to Roleda, the opportunity will encourage students to “spend some time overseas to get exposed to other cultures, and experience education abroad.” Exchange programs for each batch will be running for a maximum of one year to allow students to attend lectures, seminars, and tutorials from their partner university, as explained during the meeting.
The MOA signing was followed by UTP’s presentation on their facilities and programs such as their alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as their recent performance on mobility programmes on research attachment. The presentation also expounded on UTP’s faculties centering on Engineering and Science and Information Technology, maintaining its “high quality of undergraduate education and innovative research environment.”

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The Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE), with the support of University Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Roleda, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) regarding the establishment of providing undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs
5/24/2018
  
6/29/2018 3:39 PM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ (UTP) has announced the appointment of its new Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.


He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and later obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.

He began his career with UTP in 1997 as a lecturer and was later appointed as the founding Head for Chemical Engineering Programme in 1998.  He was responsible in designing the curriculum for Chemical Engineering and developing the support resources required for the programme.  The strong foundation that he built for the programme has resulted in its current standing as one of the best Chemical Engineering programmes in Malaysia.

He was appointed as the Director of Research and Development & Consultancy (R&DC) in 2000, a position he held until 2009.  His task was to develop the R&DC Master Plan for UTP which helped shaped the R&DC activities at UTP in the early years.  

In 2009, he was appointed to lead the PETRONAS Ionic Liquids Centre to spearhead research projects related to ionic liquid application. At the same time, he was also tasked to lead the UTP Transformation Plan to develop the university into a research-led university towards world class research capability. 

With his past experience and significant contribution in holding various management positions at UTP, he was appointed as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering in 2013.  The Faculty of Engineering continued to progress strongly and has improved its QS rating to top 300.  This year, UTP has climbed 88 places and is now ranked 145 in the QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology. 

He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and later to Professor in Chemical Engineering in 2014. He is currently a Fellow of IChemE, UK and holding a Chartered Engineer status with UK Engineering Council.  He is also a Fellow of Akademi Sains Malaysia. 

He was entrusted by UTP Board to assume the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic in 2016.  His role is to strengthen the academic division further in support of the university’s aspiration towards global prominence.  In 2017, he was given the responsibility to cover the duties of Vice Chancellor of UTP.

Effective 16 May 2018, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib is appointed as the fourth Vice Chancellor of UTP.



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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ (UTP) has announced the appointment of its new Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
5/23/2018
  
5/23/2018 11:29 AM
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has been appointed as wakaf 'mutawalli' (administrator/inspectorate) by the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPk).
 

Its acting vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said the appointment was to facilitate the building of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Exploration Centre.

He said the exploration centre, initiated using funds from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sirim Berhad and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), would benefit UTP students and the public.

"We fully welcome the appointment as a trust and responsibility given to us which we will shoulder with full transparency and integrity," he said at the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on the wakaf effort and zakat distribution for the B40 group, here, today.


Meanwhile, MAIPk Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Dr Amiruddin Muhamed said MAIPk approved UTP's application to be the 'mutawalli' for a period of two years as it could comply with the shariah rules.

"The role of the 'mutawalli' is to collect enough wakaf funds to develop a specific project that has been approved," he said.


At the MoA-signing ceremony, UTP was represented by Mohamed Ibrahim and MAIPk by Amiruddin, and witnessed by Institute of Technology Petronas Sdn Bhd (ITPSB) board member, Datuk Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman.

 

Earlier, ITPSB handed over a zakat contribution of RM1 million to Tabung Amanah Zakat UTP, as well as zakat and incentive payments to 72 needy students of UTP.
            

 

 

Source:  BERNAMA

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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has been appointed as wakaf 'mutawalli' (administrator/inspectorate) by the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPk).
5/18/2018
  
5/22/2018 10:53 AM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is the 77th best university among the universities in the BRICS region and emerging economies according to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings 2018.

 

The university jumps 14 places from its previous ranking of 91st last year.

 

This places UTP amongst the top 100 of the best research-led universities in the developing world. Within Malaysia, UTP is ranked second after UM.  

 

Eight other Malaysian universities also made it into the rank, namely UM at 27, UTM at 101, UPM at 108, UTAR at 114, USM at 135, UKM at 151 and UNITEN 159. UUM made it within the 251 – 300 band. In terms of score, UTP scored an overall mark of 32.0. where else UM 40.9. 

 

UTP scores the highest in industry income (87.5%) in Malaysia and second in Malaysia after UM for international outlook (63.2%).

 

More than 350 institutions from 42 countries, classified by the FTSE as "advanced emerging", "secondary emerging" and "frontier". 

 

The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, examining each university's strengths against all of its core missions. The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).  However, the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of the universities in emerging economies.

 

"The recognition by THE is an accomplishment that we are very proud of and we will continue to strive up the rankings.  The quality of everyone's continuous dedication and commitment in ensuring excellence through various initiatives like teaching and research activities and other university operations, are well reflected in this university ranking," said UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.

 

#THEemerging #THEUniRankings

Credit: Times Higher Education (THE)

Full Emerging Economies University Rankings: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/emerging-economies-university-rankings

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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is the 77th best university among the universities in the BRICS region and emerging economies according to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings 2018.
5/16/2018
  
4/27/2018 12:09 PM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and The Energy Institute (EI) of the United Kingdom today announced that they have entered an agreement for UTP to establish the Oil and Gas Industry Education Hub (OGIE-Hub) that creates greater professional exchange and skills' development opportunities through an establishment of a reference centre of knowledge in energy sector.

 

EI is the UK's professional body responsible for developing and sharing knowledge, skills and good practice towards achieving a safe, secure and sustainable future for the energy sector as a whole.

 

Located in Malaysia, OGIE-Hub will be headed by Professor Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew, who is also UTP's Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation.  

 

OGIE-Hub will become the centre of excellence in quality and standardisation among Malaysia-based institution of higher learnings that offer energy related programmes.  The hub will also be the ambassador among university students and stakeholders to support the broader industry education and fostering increasing links between industry and academia.

 

UTP and EI will also collaborate with partners of the OGIE-Hub to solve societal challenges related to energy and renewable energy.



 

OGIE-Hub is an initiative to position Malaysia within the Global Energy Landscape. Strong energy demand in Southeast Asia is contributing to the shift in the global energy system's centre of gravity from West to East.

 

In addition, the government is ambitiously transforming Malaysia into a major maritime energy hub and revitalising the oil and gas sector. Under these circumstances, it is necessary to establish the OGIE-Hub. 

 

The idea of pursuing a Hydrocarbon Working Group at EI has been enhanced further after syndication of UTP's steering role in EI. To that effect, EI Leadership team endorses a full reformation and restructuring of the EI Malaysia Exco to have better representation from the upstream, midstream, downstream, academia, industry or government through an establishment of local sub-branch of EI Malaysia in Perak.

 

"UTP is not only committed to fundamental research, but also emphasises on industrial engagement. We are committed to ensure that our academicians are professionally recognised at international level and all research conducted must be beneficial for the society and has business value," said UTP Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.

 

"UTP welcomes collaborations that would complement the function of OGIE-Hub. The establishment of OGIE-Hub will assist the university's outreach efforts to serve its students and stakeholders better, as UTP move towards global prominence. We are honoured to have this opportunity which further signifies UTP as the leading private university in Malaysia."

 

Managing Director (Asia Pacific) of the Energy Institute United Kingdom Peter Godfrey said that EI aims to contribute to both economic growth and a high quality of life (QoL) as it undertakes to resolve various challenges in society through innovations in science and technology. In doing so, it is important to produce graduates from accredited institutions.

 

"The OGIE-Hub will serve as a reference centre of knowledge where expertise and knowledge in energy will be gathered and quality and standardisation of energy education will be assured," he said.


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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and The Energy Institute (EI) of the United Kingdom today announced that they have entered an agreement for UTP to establish the Oil and Gas Industry Education Hub (OGIE-Hub) that creates greater professional exchange and skills' development opportunities through an establishment of a reference centre of knowledge in energy sector.
4/25/2018
  
5/22/2018 11:02 AM

​Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall will once again collaborate to organise the Red Sonata Fiesta 2018 (RSF2018), a Chinese Orchestra competition.


This was announced by UTP Director of Centre for Student Development Associate Professor Dr Nurlidia Mansor and Huazong Deputy President Datuk Cheng Lai Hock, at a press conference recently.


This year's RSF will be held from 29-30 June at UTP campus in Seri Iskandar Perak, anticipating 5,000 participants.


With the theme "Reminiscing Fall", RSF2018 provides a platform for Chinese orchestra enthusiasts to showcase their talents and skills.  Furthermore, it is an avenue to spark and increase the young generation's interests, especially primary and secondary students, in traditional Chinese music, particularly Chinese Orchestra.

 


 UTP would like to invite students from the primary, secondary and higher institutions, as well as the public to participate in RSF2018.  The competition is divided into six categories namely Chinese Big Orchestra Competition, Chinese Orchestra Small Chamber Competition, Band Competition, Dance Competition, Choir Competition and Solo Competition.  


Participants also have the opportunity to join Master Class sessions for classical piano, conductor or erhu, and Suona Sharing Session which will be held on July 1.


To register or for more information on the event, participants can visit RSF's website at https://rsf2018.weebly.com/.


At UTP, students are given various opportunities to participate in sports and take part in cultural activities and performing arts.  This is in line with UTP's aim to produce well-rounded graduates, who are not only outstanding in academic but who are also innovative and creative.


UTP's Chinese Orchestra encourages talented young musicians to explore and share their love of Chinese traditional music.  It also seeks to diversify UTP's musical community through orchestral performances and activities. 


Through event like RSF2018, UTP's Chinese Orchestra is set to inspire young people to play music together to bridge cultural and musical differences.

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​Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall will once again collaborate to organise the Red Sonata Fiesta 2018 (RSF2018), a Chinese Orchestra competition.
4/24/2018
  
6/11/2018 10:46 AM

UTP congratulates Dr Subarna Sivapalan, Head of the Centre for Social Transformation for Sustainable Lifestyles on winning the National Eco-Lecturer Award, in conjunction with WWF Malaysia's National Eco-Champions award recently.


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The prestigious Eco-Champions awards pays tribute to local environmentalists who have gone the extra mile to contribute towards sustainability efforts within their communities. 


UTP is proud to have a national award winning eco-award winner amongst us.  We wish Dr Subarna all the best in her upcoming environmental and sustainability initiatives.


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UTP congratulates Dr Subarna Sivapalan, Head of the Centre for Social Transformation for Sustainable Lifestyles on winning the National Eco-Lecturer Award...
4/21/2018
  
4/19/2018 11:29 AM


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in collaboration with National Professors Council (MPN) Cluster of Industry & Innovationrecently organised the roundtable discussion on the topic "Establishment of an Ecosytem for Producing Innovative Graduates".

 

The discussion started with an opening remarks by MPN Cluster Head of Industry & Innovation Prof Dr Mohamad Kamal Harun followed by a forum. 

 

The panellists for the forum, CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer YBhg Dato' Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Norimax Sdn Bhd Executive Director Ir Max Ong Chong Hup and Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) Director of CEO's Office Dr Zainul Fadziruddin Zainuddin shared their insight with attendees who included academicians and industry players.




UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni acted as the moderator.

 

The MPN Industry and Innovative Cluster has been conducting several roundtable discussions on issues concerning the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0). 

 

One of the key areas is to achieve an 'Innovation Driven Economy'. The Cluster has identified that there is a critical need to establish a conducive ecosystem in providing a suitable environment for nurturing and developing the innovative capabilities of our graduates.


Apart from the forum, there were also workshops to discuss issues and challenges related to the topic. 

 

At the end of the roundtable discussion, UTP Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib handed over the roundtable discussion resolutions to Prof Mohamad Kamal. 

 

As a higher institution, UTP will ensure that continuous efforts are made so that its students are equipped with the capabilities to adapt the opportunities and challenges of IR 4.0.

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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in collaboration with National Professors Council (MPN) Cluster of Industry & Innovationrecently organised the roundtable discussion on the topic "Establishment of an Ecosytem for Producing Innovative Graduates".
4/9/2018
  
4/11/2018 5:24 PM

90 Form Five students received book vouchers from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) staff today under the Menggapai Impian (MI) 2018 programme, witnessed by UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.


 

The students were from SMK Tronoh and SMK Seri Iskandar.

 

For this programme, UTP and PETRONAS staff via Yayasan UTP (UTP Foundation) contribute a minimum of RM150 worth of book voucher to each student for the purchase of SPM reference books.

 

"Through this programme, we hope to encourage academic excellence among these students for their SPM, in addition to keeping them motivated and excited about learning.   It is my hope that these students will come back here again, but as UTP students.


 

"We are also planning to have a year-long motivation session such as tuition classes, counselling and career guidance sessions, to nurture these students' interest in English, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects," said Mohamed Ibrahim.   




MI 2018 is UTP's educational university social responsibility (USR) programme and is part of the university's continuous effort to contribute to the well-being of its surrounding communities.

 

The event is also a means for the university's staff to give back to those in need and foster the spirit of sharing. 

 

Since its launch in 2007, over 700 students from orphanages, welfare homes and schools in Perak have benefitted from Menggapai Impian.  Each child was given basic school necessities such as school uniforms, bags, shoes and stationeries for the new school term. 

 

However, for this year, MI is back with a difference as it focuses on SPM students and are given book vouchers and SPM motivational package. 


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90 Form Five students received book vouchers from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) staff today under the Menggapai Impian (MI) 2018 programme, witnessed by UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
4/4/2018
  
5/22/2018 9:33 AM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) emerged as the champion in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge for its project entitled "Poseidon: An Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System for Offshore Facilities".  

 


UTP's project was selected as the winner as it complied with the challenge's theme on how we can make future offshore development more cost competitive in the global energy market.  In addition, the technology proposed by UTP team was relevant with the current oil and gas trends of automation, unmanned facilities and data analytics to support decision making. 


 

This was indeed a major achievement for UTP since it had to compete against top-ranking world universities such as National University of Singapore, Kyoto University Japan, Monash University Australia, University of Western Australia and Chulalongkorn University Thailand.

 


 

The OTC Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge was held in conjunction with OTC ASIA 2018.  It provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology and collaborate with industry professionals to develop innovative ideas to address challenges facing the offshore energy industry. 


 

UTP team was represented by Lee Hsiu Eik, Muhammad Imran, Dr Ahmad Mahamad Al-Yacouby and Ir Lim Eu Shawn (postgraduate and researchers from Offshore Engineering Centre UTP). 


 

The team was further supported by key industry professionals.  They are PETRONAS' Malaysia Petroleum Management Head of Planning and Control Asset Decommissioning Ir M Nasahie Akbar Ali, PETRONAS Group Technical Solutions Civil Technical Custodian Ir M Nazri Mustafa, IEV Malaysia Sdn Bhd Managing Director Juzer Norman and Merit Composites Sdn Bhd Technical Director Jeffrey de Jong.


 

UTP offers a wide spectrum of postgraduate courses that are designed to provide an excellent opportunity for in-depth study in specialised areas of science, engineering and technology.  


 

The university is focused in developing its postgraduates to become competent professionals trained to solve real world issues relevant to the industry's needs.  Graduates have the opportunities to work on exciting projects and work with the experts. With strong linkages to industry, UTP provides opportunities for the integration of academic research and industry applications. 


 

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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) emerged as the champion in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge for its project entitled "Poseidon: An Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System for Offshore Facilities".
3/23/2018
  
5/22/2018 11:11 AM
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the areas of academic research, knowledge and technology transfer to develop game-changing technologies for oil and gas.
 
To mark this occasion, a signing ceremony was held recently at UTP campus.  The MoU was signed by UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Offshore & Engineering Division Senior Vice President, Kim Tae Jin.
 
 
The partnership with HHI was initiated by UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation Professor Dr Shahir Liew and UTP Dean Faculty of Engineering Associate Professor Dr Fakhruldin Mohd Hashim.  This resulted in a collaboration project entitled "Solid Formation Study During CO2 Blowdown" under CO2 Research Centre (CO2RES) led by Professor Dr Azmi Mohd Shariff last year.
 
The collaboration will further strengthen UTP's international affiliation and bring two excellent institutions together.
 
UTP established many strategic collaborations with industries and universities to support its aspiration to be internationally recognised as a partner of choice for industries and scientific communities.

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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the areas of academic research, knowledge and technology transfer to develop game-changing technologies for oil and gas.
3/20/2018
  
3/7/2018 5:29 PM


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3/7/2018
  
3/5/2018 10:52 AM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) continues to rise in the world rankings. In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology 2018, UTP climbs 88 places and is ranked 145th, the highest jump by the university in all of its ranking so far.

 

In 2017, UTP hit 233 on the list, and in 2016, it was 288.  UTP's higher ranking is due to improved overall scores of 74.2 in the indexes of Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper and H-index Citations.


The QS World University Rankings for this year analysed over 22 million papers, producing nearly 200 million citations.  A total of 1,130 institutions were ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas, creating 14,000 published entries.


UTP has also been ranked in four subjects, namely Chemical Engineering (101-150), Mechanical Engineering (151-200), Electrical Engineering (201-250) and Computer Science & Information System (251-300). 


Apart from the QS World University Rankings, UTP also takes part in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Rating System for Institutions of Higher Learning (SETARA) and the Malaysian Research Assessment (MyRA).


"By participating in rankings, it gives us a better understanding in where we stand in comparison to our peers.  They measure our performance from different angles.  We then could make an informed decision on gap mitigation strategies in attaining excellence especially with regards to teaching, research and student experience," says UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.


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​Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) continues to rise in the world rankings. In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology 2018, UTP climbs 88 places and is ranked 145th, the highest jump by the university in all of its ranking so far.
3/2/2018
  
3/5/2018 10:52 AM

Volunteering is a great way to enhance one's skills and give back to the community.  With this thought in mind, nearly 100 participants from the ASEAN region took part in the Regional Conference on Student Activism (RECONSA) 2018.   



 

This year the event was organised by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in collaboration with Students Volunteer Foundation, a wholly owned entity of the Ministry of Higher Education, and Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisation (MAPIM).

 

Participating institutions included Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia, Yangon University of Education Myanmar, International Islamic University Malaysia and UTP.

 

First held in 2012, RECONSA is an annual event that provides opportunities for students and volunteers to share their ideas, views, and experiences on volunteerism as an effective way of making a difference in the world.



 

It featured two notable speakers in volunteerism, Tony Tay and Mohd Hakim Mohd Nor.  Tony, a Singaporean, was the winner of the 2017 Philippines Ramon Magsaysay award.  He was also the founder of a volunteer group providing hot meals to the poor, Willing Hearts.

 

The second speaker, Mohd Hakim is no stranger to UTP.  A UTP alumni, he graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2009.  He is currently the Secretary General of Welfare Organisation Serantau Muslim and the recipient of Hang Tuah Award at the Malay and Islamic World Convention in Medan, Indonesia. 

 

Themed "Student Activism: Going Beyond the Future", RECONSA focuses on mobilising volunteerism using sustainable futuristic strategies to effectively deliver the voices of global activist networks that emphasise on three critical elements namely technology, efficient governance, and maximisation of resources.

 

UTP Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said UTP aspires to develop graduates who are not only creative and innovative but who are also responsible global citizens actively involved in improving the lives of the surrounding community, especially those closer to the university.

 

"The university is proud to witness the tremendous impact that RECONSA has created since its establishment, as more and more students from diverse background have become more involved in volunteering and making a difference in people's lives," he said.

 

During RECONSA 2018, participants presented their papers on various areas that included health and environment, consumerism, social, humanitarian, religions, gender, science and technology.  They also went for a tour around the campus and selected locations at Perak and took part in a corporate social responsibility program at MRSM Parit.




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Volunteering is a great way to enhance one's skills and give back to the community.  With this thought in mind, nearly 100 participants from the ASEAN region took part in the Regional Conference on Student Activism (RECONSA) 2018.  
3/1/2018
  
7/5/2018 9:53 AM

Universitas Pertamina (UP) Indonesia awarded five Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) researchers with the International UTP-UP Collaborative Research Grant to encourage research collaboration and firmly establish networking and linkages between UTP and UP both parties. 

 

A special award ceremony was held to mark the occasion. UP Institute of Research, Community Development and Innovation Director Dr Wahyu Agung Pramudito presented the award to Assoc Prof Dr Gunawan Witjaksono Djaswadi (Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department), Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Rahim Othman (Mechanical Engineering Department), Dr Nonni Soraya Sambudi (Chemical Engineering Department), Dr Mohamed Shuaib Mohamaed Saheed (Fundamental & Applied Sciences Department) and Dr Kiki Adi Kurnia (Chemical Engineering Department).

 

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The International UTP-UP Collaborative Research Grant is a result of an MOU signing between both institutions early last year. 

 

Under this collaborative research grant, researchers will receive funds with the maximum amount of up to USD5000 per research project for the duration of 12 months. 

 

The collaboration will further strengthen UTP's international affiliation and bring two prominent institutions of higher learning together, working in different areas such as joint publication, joint supervision, research attachment and staff exchange.

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"I would like to congratulate all grant recipients. This is an important collaboration between both institutions and I hope it will continue in the long run," said Dr Wahyu.

 

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UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation Prof Ir Dr M Shahir Liew said the award ceremony is a testimony of a successful strategic partnership between UTP and UP. 

 

"This is a very significant step for UTP, both in the field of research and achieving its goal of becoming a globally prominent university," he said.

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Universitas Pertamina (UP) Indonesia awarded five Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) researchers with the  International UTP-UP Collaborative Research Grant to encourage research collaboration and firmly establish networking and linkages between UTP and UP both parties.
2/26/2018
  
2/9/2018 9:45 AM

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has leaped 36 places from its 2017 performance and is now ranked at 114th in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018.  

 

Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) also made the list.

 

Despite its young age of 21 years, UTP has continuously achieved excellence that is proven through its improved position and placed itself among the more established universities such as UM, USM, UKM, USM and UTM.

 

The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017 uses the same 13 performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but the weightings are specially recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asian institutions.

 

The universities are judged across all of their core missions, which are teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income in order to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.

 

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said UTP is proud of this achievement and it will continue to strive up the rankings.

 

"This achievement bears testimony of our hard work and diligence in support of the university's journey towards achieving global prominence," he said.


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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has leaped 36 places from its 2017 performance and is now ranked at 114th in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018. 
2/7/2018
  
1/29/2018 3:02 PM

In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UTP has embarked on the UTP ECO PROJECT, a student led endeavor, supported by the Institute for Sustainable Living. The UTP ECO PROJECT uses a whole institution approach, involving all stakeholders of the university, to promote and adopt sustainable development initiatives and a greener lifestyle on campus. A key initiative under the UTP ECO PROJECT will be the move to obtain international green flag certification for UTP, under the Foundation for Environmental Education Eco-Campus Programme.


The UTP ECO PROJECT student committee is made up of students from the Eco Campus Student Work Group (ECSWG), Go Green Movement (GGM), Innovation and Design Club (IDEC) and AiCHE UTP Student Chapter.


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The student committee line up is led by Umadevy Selva Kumaran as Project Director assisted by Melvinder Singh as Deputy Director, Nisha Pattu as Assistant Project Director 1, Baldeep Singh as Assistant Project Director 2 and Devi Abhirami and Sitisaro Binawae as Secretary and Assistant Secretary respectively.


Meanwhile, Vivekka Olivia John and Raajabairavi Sivaprakas is the Treasurer and Vice Treasurer, Syafiq, Mahaletchimi Murugan and Nasuha Suliyana is the Head & Deputies of Publicity, Lim Jia Rou, Rashidi and Khaiyuum as Head and Deputies of External Engagement, Seow Zhen Quan, Rishvan Gunalan and Loo Tun Liang as Head and Deputies of Research, Wan Farra Ayesha, Mohintan and Naveendran and Head and Deputies of Capacity Building and finally, Narrhveein Rajasegaran, Chuah Sze Yu and Deng Wol as Head and Deputies of  Small Projects.

 

Institute for Sustainable Living Director, AP Dr Noor Amila Wan Abdullah Zawawi serves as the Patron of the UTP ECO PROJECT, while Dr Subarna Sivapalan, Dr Noridah Osman, AP Dr Balbir Singh Mahinder Singh, Dr Kiki Adi Kurnia and Muhammad Azfar Mohamed are the advisors.  Wan Nabihan Wan Sulaiman of the Institute for Sustainable Living assumes the secretariat role.


The UTP ECO PROJECT is supported by WWF Malaysia.

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​In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UTP has embarked on the UTP ECO PROJECT, a student led endeavor, supported by the Institute for Sustainable Living.
1/29/2018
  
1/22/2018 3:47 PM

Professor Robert B. Laughlin, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, inspired more than 2,000 students and professors at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Perak today as part of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE). It is the first time Honeywell's global programme was conducted at UTP.

 

Sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, HISE aims to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For more than a decade, it has benefited thousands of students and teachers at top universities in China, India, the United States, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Mexico and Romania. The initiative includes a series of laureate lectures and career discussions with Honeywell's top engineers.

 

Laughlin, who received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations, is among 27 Nobel laureates sponsored by Honeywell at universities worldwide since 2006. Laughlin, along with two other researchers, had discovered that electrons acting together in strong magnetic fields can form new types of "particles,", with charges that are fractions of electron charges.

 

It is the second time the program has been presented to a university in Malaysia. In 2010, the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur hosted the HISE event.

 

 

"At UTP, we are committed to ensuring we are a centre for creating and sharing new knowledge that promotes a lifelong desire among our students to learn, discover, and innovate," said Acting Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib. "We are delighted to collaborate with Honeywell and welcome Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin to our campus. Our hope is that today's HISE event helps students see their career possibilities."

 

Laughlin is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He earned a B.A. in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as the president of KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea. His many awards include the National Academy of Sciences, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Physics, and the Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award.

 

 

During his lecture, Laughlin inspired students to pursue their dreams, regardless of the challenges they may have to overcome. "Great people come from all walks in life," He told the students. "Stay true to yourself, stay focused, and you will succeed."

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"The complexities of today's world require young people to be equipped with a new set of core knowledge and skills to solve difficult problems," said Briand Greer, President of Honeywell ASEAN. "By offering UTP students the opportunity to learn from a Nobel laureate and interact with Honeywell engineers, we hope to inspire and prepare students for a workforce where success comes not just from their knowledge of STEM subjects, but what they are able to do with that knowledge."

 

 

Honeywell closely cooperates with the Malaysia's technical universities on programs such as engineering lectures, collaborative projects, student events, academic thesis opportunities and internships.

 

Honeywell Hometown Solutions supports STEM education in Malaysia by inviting local middle school science and math teachers and high school students to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in the United States each year. Additionally, Honeywell's Safe Kids at Home in Malaysia helps educate parents and children on how to avoid fire, burn and scalds in the home.

 

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Professor Robert B. Laughlin, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, inspired more than 2,000 students and professors at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Perak today as part of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE). It is the first time Honeywell's global programme was conducted at UTP.
1/18/2018
  
1/2/2018 12:43 PM
​Petroleum Experts Limited, an engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has again donated academic licenses for its software worth £1.6 million (RM8.7 million) to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).  

This donation provides UTP students with the necessary proficiency and skills, and at the same time, allow them to have the competitive advantage when entering the workforce upon graduation. These licenses are used by students and faculty within the Department of Petroleum Engineering. 

The software, which is generically known as Integrated Production Modelling (IPM), is a suite of tools which includes, among others, GAP (Multiphase Network Optimisation), PROSPER (Well Modelling and Design) and MBAL (Reservoir Analytical Simulation). 

IPM is the industry standard for integrated field modelling and production optimisation and is currently used by the oil and gas industry to model dynamically their oil reservoirs, production and injection wells and surface pipeline networks as an integrated production system.

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​Petroleum Experts Limited, an engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has again donated academic licenses for its software worth £1.6 million (RM8.7 million) to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).
1/2/2018
  
1/17/2018 10:50 AM

His Royal Highness (HRH) the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah delivered his royal address entitled “‘Building a Dynamic and Inclusive Education Ecosystem” on 6 December 2017.






The royal address was held at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in conjunction with the university’s 20th anniversary celebration.


In his address, HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah said that higher education has still a long way to go towards building a higher education eco-system that is fully capable of adapting to the opportunities and challenges associated with the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution.  To prepare students to flourish in the unpredictable environments of the future, such an education system must itself be highly agile and flexible, capable of anticipating and responding to the coming changes. 






HRH added that the education system must also be bold and innovative, qualities that go against the grain for tradition-steeped higher education institutions. Such an eco-system must also by definition be comprehensive and systematic. This implies sweeping and radical changes to the current model, which is based on teaching, assessment and ranking methods that were developed in and for a very different era.


This is the second series of the Royal Address by HRH The Sultan of Perak organised by UTP, the first was held in 2008.


The university’s Royal Lecture series is a significant forum for knowledge sharing on various topics and issues including national development, economics, corporate governance and education between the Ruler, the university and the surrounding communities. 


The knowledge and information gained from these sessions complement and enhance what UTP students gain within the classroom and from formal education. 


As for UTP lecturers and staff and the surrounding community, such sessions will provide them with better insights into national and global issues. 




More than 2,000 people attended the event which included Perak Chief Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan UTP Pro Chancellor, distinguished guests from the state of Perak, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib acting UTP Vice Chancellor, UTP Management Committee members, industry practitioners, government officers, PETRONAS staff as well as UTP students and staff.



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His Royal Highness (HRH) the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah delivered his royal address entitled “‘Building a Dynamic and Inclusive Education Ecosystem”
12/13/2017
  
12/8/2017 8:49 AM

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12/8/2017
  
12/8/2017 8:49 AM

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Online application for UTP March 2018 Intake (Malaysians Only) is now AVAILABLE!!

APPLY NOW!!
12/7/2017
  
11/27/2017 1:00 PM

 

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11/27/2017
  
11/21/2017 3:00 PM

A total of 8 universities were awarded the much coveted 6 star rating (Outstanding) by the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia, or better know as SETARA, in their highly anticipated 2017 ratings.

Out of the 71 universities evaluated, a total of 58 managed to snag a rating of at least 4 stars (Very Good), which according to SETARA, is considered an improvement. The 8 universities that did receive 6 stars include Universiti Malaya (UM); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM); Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP); Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM); International Medical University Malaysia (IMU), Monash University Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

 



Moving further down the list, a total of 21 universities managed to gain 5 stars this year, and this list includes Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN); Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM); Swinburne University of Technology (Kampus Sarawak); Curtin University; The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus; Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP); Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM); Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS); Taylor's University; UCSI University; Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM); Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP); Management and Science University (MSU); Sunway University; Asia Pacific University of Technolgy and Innovation (APU); Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT); The Global University of Islamic Finance (INCEIF); Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR); Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and Lincoln University College.

SETARA measures the quality of teaching and learning at level six (undergraduate level) of the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF). Tier 6 is considered Outstanding, Tier 5 is Excellent, whereas Tier 4 is Very Good. No institution achieved a Tier 6 rating in SETARA's rankings in 2013, further proof of the strides made by the Malaysian education system.

 

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A total of 8 universities were awarded the much coveted 6 star rating (Outstanding) by the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia, or better know as SETARA, in their highly anticipated 2017 ratings.
11/21/2017
  
11/10/2017 11:08 AM

3 UTP students made the university proud when their app-based business proposal was announced as the winner of the Varsity Entrepreneurship Skills and Talent (VEST) beating two other finalists from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), first and second runner up respectively.  


UTP team walked away with a cash prizes of RM25,000.  They also made history as they were the first team from a private institution winning the competition.

SolviePro is an app that is created and developed by Abdul Qayyum Halid, Muhammad Abdul Haiy Halid and Mohd Ikmal Ahmad Zaihidi.  All are enrolled in the Business Information Systems programme. 

The app allows job seekers to search for jobs based on their geolocation.   It also serves as a platform for employers to channel their feedback on potential employment.  These feedbacks will help build and improve a candidate's resume based on criteria required by employers in the market.

The app also provides hourly and daily part time job which give flexibility to users who want to earn income and gather working experience.

VEST is a competition that started in April and ran for 6 months.  It was participated by 1696 students from more than 20 higher learning institutions nationwide, with a total of 273 business ideas being pitched.

Consisted of three stages, participants are taught and mentored on sale techniques, marketing, branding, effective communication, building franchise networks and financial planning in preparation to be groomed as future entrepreneurs.

"Some universities had undergone the two stages earlier than us, but we successfully made it to the Top 10 even though we started very late in September.  Later we became the Top 3, advanced to the final and eventually became the champion," said Abdul Qayyum.

The final pitching on business idea was performed in front of the Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak and more than 2000 audience members at Dewan Canselor Tun Abdul Razak UKM.

Winners were judged based on creativity, franchise marketability, online-friendly and mobile-friendly.

During the pitching the team presented the technology concept of the business idea, the income generation method, the business plan for different phases from 2017-2025 and the collaborative network to enhance SolviePro viability.

UTP aspires to invest in the development of its students' entrepreneurial skills.   With this in mind, UTP Technopreneurship Centre is established in September last year to inculcate and nurture students' innovative and technopreneurial skills. The skills learned will assist them in solving global problems through entrepreneurship and technopreneurship while developing critical organisational skills and creating the next great university spinoff. 

SolviePro is one of the Startups that is developed through UTP Technopreneurship Centre.  The SolviePro team is one of the earliest recipients of the MicroBiz Fund worth RM2,000 from the Centre to enable them to kickstart their business project back in June 2017.

The Centre is headed by Zamri Abdullah, a senior lecturer from Chemical Engineering Department.

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3 UTP students made the university proud when their app-based business proposal was announced as the winner of the Varsity Entrepreneurship Skills and Talent (VEST) beating...
11/10/2017
  
11/10/2017 11:26 AM

Halliburton recently announced a multimillion dollar software grant to UTP, a leading research institution in Malaysia. The grant provides access to the latest industry software in geosciences, engineering and analytics so that students can gain practical experience to prepare them for successful careers in the oil and gas industry.

 

The software, provided by Halliburton Landmark, will allow students to apply scientific and theoretical principles learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios. By incorporating these technologies in the curriculum, students will gain an understanding of programs that help engineers locate, extract and produce oil and gas.

 

"Halliburton is proud to support UTP faculty and students with this grant because it provides a valuable opportunity to enhance the educational experience and train the next generation of engineers in the oil and gas industry," said Rao Abdullah, regional vice president Asia Pacific. "We're committed to their success and believe that this grant will provide exciting new opportunities to learn from software that our employees and customers use around the world."

 

"We are honoured to be receiving this software grant from Halliburton. The software will provide realistic and technically up-to-date solutions tailored to our students' needs and ensure that our curriculum content is avant-garde and industry relevant.  This will not only provide our graduates with the technical skills and knowledge of their chosen field, but also prepares them to become industry-ready, leading to high industry acceptance of UTP graduates," said Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim, UTP Vice Chancellor.

 

Through its University Software Grant Program, Halliburton fosters strategic academic relationships and supports education and research by contributing software to more than 200 universities worldwide.



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Halliburton recently announced a multimillion dollar software grant to UTP, a leading research institution in Malaysia. The grant provides access to...
11/10/2017
  
11/21/2017 11:37 AM

Seri Iskandar, 31 October – Ministry of Higher Education today announced the appointment of YBhg Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim as the new Vice Chancellor of University of Malaya effective from 1 November 2017.

 

Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, the current Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic will be covering for the position of Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) also effective from 1 November 2017.

 

Datuk Abdul Rahim was appointed as Vice Chancellor of UTP on 1 November 2012. 

 

His exemplary leadership, expertise, experience and knowledge has led UTP to achieve numerous prestigious national and international recognitions.

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[27 May 2018, The STAR]

A yield-boosting biopesticide promises to be a game changer for padi farmers

 

IT is padi-planting season in Titi Gantong, a small village in Bota, Perak. Brothers Azli Shah, Azman Shah and Azizan have just finished sowing their flooded fields – their work made much easier these days thanks to modern machinery. Gone are the days of backbreaking, painstaking hours in the sun – sowing the land by hand.

 

Azman and Azizan work the family's smallholding fulltime, while Azli, who retired from the Royal Malaysian Navy five years ago (and currently works in the maintenance department of UniKL in Ipoh) returns regularly to help his brothers. In addition, he also has an oil palm smallholding in the vicinity.

 

The brothers have farming in their blood. Their grandfather worked the land as did their late father, Nasaruddin Mat Daham. _DSC5551-2.jpg

 

"My father was initially an entrepreneur but soon after I was born he decided to return to the kampung and tried his hand at padi farming," says Azli, 38. Beginning with the two hectares bequeathed by Azli's grandfather, Nasaruddin gradually increased the size of the family's land to the present 20 hectares – either buying or leasing land from the neighbours. In the beginning the growing season was just once a year but as technology, irrigation and the quality of seeds improved, the cultivation season doubled.

 

The life of a farmer was however not often smooth sailing. "A lot depends on the weather… if there was a drought or attack by pests then the yields for that season would be affected. There are many things to consider. Just these past two seasons our yields have been affected by the weather," adds Azli.

 

Derived from neem

 

In 2015, when Professor Dr Suzana Yusup and her team of researchers from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) embarked on a project to test the efficacy of an organic-based pesticide, Azli's father volunteered about one hectare for the project.

 

"He thought that it was the way forward, and it would have a positive impact on the environment and the ecosystem, for example the fish in the fields and canals," said Azli.

 

For Dr Suzana and her team the project, which began as a UTP Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, was a means to address many of the issues faced by farmers in Bota and around Perak Tengah. _DSC1687-1.jpg

 

Dr Suzana, who was at the time Director for Green Technology at UTP, said the use of biopesticide was targeted at overcoming the problem of pests and increasing padi yield. "Farmers from the Perak Tengah district of Malaysia have in the past suffered great losses, which affected their source of income."

 

The biopesticide, a neem-based formulation developed by Bio-X Techno Sdn Bhd, had already been tested in Thailand and Indonesia where it was found to have increased yields from 2-3 tonnes per hectare to 7-11 tonnes per hectare.

 

"But the product was never tested in Malaysia, so when Bio-X approached me, I was intrigued. I had not heard of any green pesticide used in Malaysia until then, in particular for padi. My team and I then came up with the protocols, what to study and analyse, and approached the Department of Agriculture for assistance in identifying farmers who would be keen on participating in the trials.

 

"The trials were aimed at identifying the potential effects of biopesticide on crop yield. There's no doubt that by using biopesticides the potential benefits to agriculture and public health programmes are considerable. Biopesticides would also help farmers move away from highly toxic conventional chemical pesticides and move towards truly sustainable agriculture practices," she explained.

 

Collaborating with Bio-X Techno and the Department of Agriculture, UTP kicked off the project with three field trials of padi cultivation between March 2015 and December 2016.

 

"We started with engagement sessions with the farmers in the Bota area and we received positive response from the farmers who were open to the idea of using some of their fields for the trials," she said.

 

Dr Suzana, who is also a lecturer at UTP's Chemical Engineering Department, said the tests compared the use of organic and conventional pesticides. With the organic or biopesticide, the seeds are first soaked in the neem-based solution for between eight and 24 hours. Bio-X Techno executive director Sulaiman Mokhtar explained that this is to inoculate the seeds and ensure that they would not be susceptible to pests.

 

The solution, which is then filtered and diluted, is also used for soil treatment. After the seeds have been sown, the plants are monitored in terms of growth height and the number of grains. Aerial spraying is applied as when required depending on the level of pest infestation, he said, pointing out that the product is multi-functional in that it is an insecticide, larvicide, ovicide, fungicide, and is also a plant growth enhancer.

 

"So with the product, we are able to eliminate pests, insects, viruses, pathogens and bacteria. The plants are therefore not stressed, and as a result yields increase," he added.

 

The findings of the UTP study showed that yields increased despite the unpredictable weather. _DSC1642-1.jpg

 

"The number of panicle per square inch was higher than those using conventional pesticides, resulting in the doubling of the yield to about 10-11 tonnes per hectare," said Dr Suzana. She adds that in the past the yield was about 4-5 tonnes per hectare. A panicle appears when the plant enters its reproductive stage.

 

"But if there was an attack from pests then this would be reduced to about two tonnes, and after processing there would actually be very little left," she added.

 

The study also successfully proved that organic insecticides could overcome attacks from insects such as the brown plant hoppers, locusts and other bugs.

 

Besides the tests at Azli's father's field, Dr Suzana and her team also conducted tests at the Paddy Centre of Excellence at the Titi Serong Agriculture Department in Perak. Tests were conducted in a glasshouse environment to obtain further evidence of the biopesticide's efficacy and benefits.

 

Good for the environment and farmers

 

Dr Suzana is optimistic that farmers will be keen on using the biopesticide given the benefits to not only the environment but also the farmer's health. "An organic pesticide does not affect consumer's health or damage the environment as it is made from plants and is biodegradable," she explained.

 

Farmers like Azli do recognise the benefits of biopesticides. "We too would prefer using organic pesticides because it is a question of food safety. But there are many factors that we will have to consider, such as the cost," he pointed out. _DSC5544-2.jpg

 

At RM800 a litre, farmers may balk at the idea of using the biopesticide but, as Sulaiman pointed out, the increased yield means that it is a cost-effective option. "It is also environment friendly and it's an ecologically balanced product that does not leech into the soil," he added.

 

Dr Suzana's research in biopesticide has not only shone a light on its potential in the Malaysian padi scene but it also won her several global accolades. The project was placed second in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge in Berlin, Germany in 2016, and Dr Suzana also won the best paper award at the 7th International Forum on Industrial Bioproceses in Wuxi, China in 2017.

 

She is not resting on her laurels however. She says that UTP has already applied for a patent on the biopesticide formula and is now in discussions with Bio-X Techno to take it to the next level. Plans are afoot to enhance the product to combat weeds and eliminate golden apple snails in padi cultivation.

 

"We are working to improve the formula and make it into a 'one-solve-all' biopesticide," she said.

 

Benefits of using biopesticides

 

  • Usually inherently less toxic than conventional pesticides;

 

  • Generally affect only the target pest and closely related organisms, in contrast

    to broad spectrum, conventional pesticides that may affect organisms as different as birds, insects and mammals;

 

  • Often are effective in very small quantities and often decompose quickly,

    resulting in lower exposures and largely avoiding the pollution problems caused by conventional pesticides; and

 

  • When used as a component of Integrated Pest Management programmes,

    biopesticides can greatly reduce the use of conventional pesticides, while crop yields remain high.

 

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

 

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[13 May 2018, The STAR]

 

An android mobile app is helping stutterers to speak better and communicate confidently

 

FAZWA Mohd Fadzillah was nine years old when she started stuttering. As she entered secondary school the struggles with her speech worsened. Friends and classmates noticed and inevitably, there were unkind remarks that affected the young girl.

 

"I was hurt by the teasing, so to avoid it I would just stay silent and not speak at all," she recalls.

 

The 25-year-old from Manjung, Perak, says in the beginning she did not seek any treatment for the stuttering.

 

"Later, I looked for doctors who could help me overcome the problem but the cost of treatment was high so I ended up not doing anything about it," she adds.

 

Today, the Masters in Information Technology student at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has come a long way from those years of struggling with her speech. Fazwa is now able to speak more smoothly and can carry out a phone conversation with ease.

 

"Previously it would take me a long time to resume a conversation after I began stuttering; now it's more smooth. But I am not completely cured…maybe about 80-90% cured," she says.

 

Her improvements are attributed to an app developed at UTP, called the Stutter Manager. This mobile app features five types of vocal learning exercises and games to address stuttering problems. These are Metronome, Delay Auditory Feedback, Mirroring, Stutter Rate and Add Word Game.

 

_DSC2276-1.jpgA research team led by principal investigator Dr Noreen Izza Arshad, a senior lecturer at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, first began developing the android mobile app in 2013. The team collaborated with KPerak Inc, a state-linked company that promotes the development of ICT and knowledge-driven activities in the state.

 

Armed with seed funding of RM10,000 from UTP and a RM68,200 grant from the Ministry of Higher Education, the team began by conducting interviews with the Ministry of Education – seeking feedback on issues and solutions for those with special education needs. The team also collaborated with speech pathologists before introducing a preliminary version of the app to rural schools near UTP as well as an orphanage in Ipoh.

 

The app was finally made available on the Google Play Store sometime in 2014. To date the app has notched 5,000 downloads, with 80% of these being from users in Malaysia.

 

"With the app, stutterers can carry out vocal learning exercises at any time and from anywhere. Through the app, the speech pathologists are able to monitor and track your progress, and provide comments and feedback," she says, adding that although the goal is not to replace speech pathologists, the app can reduce costs of travelling and meeting speech pathologists for face-to-face therapy sessions.

 

 Next generation therapy

 

The exercises within the Stutter Manager have been developed from face-to-face speech therapy techniques. Elaborating on the different exercises, Noreen explains that the metronome technique allows a stutterer to practice words and sentences to a tempo or beat (per minute) that can be adjusted. The speech pathologist for instance, will advise a severe stutterer to follow a slow tempo – increasing it as his/her condition improves.

 

_DSC3446-1.jpgMirroring and delayed auditory feedback, which are used in combination, allow the stutterers to not only see themselves when they speak but also listen to their speech. Through these techniques, stutterers are able to find out the words that require more practice and at the same time build their confidence when speaking to others and in public.

 

Targeted at children who have stuttering problems, stutter rate involves the use of flash cards. "This technique requires the help of a parent or teacher. A word will flash on the screen and you are required to repeat that word. Marks will then be recorded automatically and saved, and at the end of the session the results revealed. The results are also tracked over a period, whether it's a week, month or year, allowing parents and teachers to follow the child's progress," says Noreen.

 

A fun twist to the exercises is the add word game, created by UTP. Here, words are generated randomly, and the stutterer selects the words that they can pronounce correctly. Results at the end of the session will show the percentage of words that the stutterer can pronounce without difficulty.

 

"The speech pathologist is also able to analyse the words that cause stuttering, for example six-syllable words, and from there, advise and suggest other types of exercises," explains Noreen.

 

Practice makes perfect

 

Fazwa, who is one of the members of the research team and one of the app's earliest users, credits the app for the improvements to her speech.

 

"I use the delayed auditory feedback and stutter rate, and practice daily for about 30 minutes," she says, adding that after two years she's noticed an improvement to both her speech and confidence. "Other people around me have also noticed that I don't stutter as much anymore."

 

_DSC3431-1.jpgShe also likes being able to monitor her progress. "With the graphs I am able to track my progress, and if I am not doing well then I practice more," she adds.

 

To date, the Stutter Manager has won several awards including Silver at the 25th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX2014) and Gold at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE2015).

 

Noreen has also, since February 2017, received mentoring from Oxford Innovation through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund. She is especially excited about working with Oxford Innovation, which has a 30-year track record of specialist coaching services and support of entrepreneurs.

 

"Through the mentoring we are looking at how to make the app profitable, and the different business models we can use," she says.

 

In the meantime, feedback from users is also being considered to refine and improve the app. The potential for the app is significant, says Noreen, adding that greater awareness of the app, especially among parents, is needed to encourage its use.

 


Stutter 101

 

STUTTERING is a communication disorder involving disruptions, or disfluencies, in a person's speech. Stuttering can be referred to as either the specific speech disfluencies that are commonly produced by people who stutter or to the overall communication difficulty that people who stutter may experience. It has been estimated that about 1% of the general population stutters.

 

In addition to producing disfluencies, people who stutter often experience physical tension and struggle in their speech muscles, as well as embarrassment, anxiety, and fear about speaking. Together, these symptoms can make it very difficult for people who stutter to speak, and this makes it difficult for them to communicate effectively with others.

 

Most treatment programmes for people who stutter are behavioural – designed to teach the person specific skills or behaviours that lead to improved oral communication. For instance, many speech language pathologists teach people who stutter to control and/or monitor the rate at which they speak.

 

When learning to control speech rate, people often begin by practicing smooth, fluent speech at rates that are much slower than typical speech, using short phrases and sentences. Over time, people learn to produce smooth speech at faster rates, in longer sentences, and in more challenging situations until speech sounds both fluent and natural.

 

Source: National Stuttering Association, US & American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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[29 April 2018, The STAR]

 

The automotive industry is looking ahead to when academic excellence and corporate expertise 'combust' to disrupt the energy industry.

 

WITH charging stations more common, electric cars are touted as the way forward in the not-too-distant future. Last July, Volvo announced that it is phasing out cars that rely on combustion engines. Every new model launched from 2019 will have an electric motor – a first by a premium carmaker that has always been at the forefront in applying new technology to the carbon-fuel-charged internal combustion engine.

 

The trend of electric-powered cars is growing far beyond hybrids as the shift away from the 200-year-old internal combustion engine technology gathers pace. France and Britain, for instance, plan to ban the sale of new petroleum-burning vehicles by 2040.

 

Even so, gas and diesel powered engines are not dead yet.

 

Mazda recently announced a big advance in a combustion method that could result in gasoline engines becoming 20-30% more efficient than its current best engines. To be introduced in 2019, in this method gasoline is ignited without using spark plugs.

 

Experts contend that improvements in internal combustion engines will continue. John Heywood, an MIT mechanical engineering professor predicts that by 2050, 60% of light-duty vehicles will still have combustion engines.

 

Closer to home, for almost a decade a research team has been toiling over improvements on the free piston engine – attempting to produce an engine without a crankshaft, with floating pistons to capture the power of combustion with measured control. Traditionally, the crankshaft controls the piston while imposing limitations on combustion efficiency. Getting rid of the crankshaft means combustion control.

 

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 Its greatest advantage is its performance efficiency, compared with standard engines. Taking that concept further, with its first patents from around 1940, the Free-Piston Linear Generator (FPLG) is a free-piston engine with a linear alternator. It converts chemical energy from fuel straightaway into electrical energy.

 

When Professor Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz, Director of the Institute of Transport Infrastructure for Smart Mobility, and his team first embarked on this project, they thought it would take them three years to reach their target. They achieved their goal three prototypes and nine years later, in March 2017. The FPLG finally achieved its objective, managing to combust and producing electricity.

 

Despite the slow progress, the UTP team determinedly pressed on, undertaking advanced explorations into the possibilities of an alternative to conventional power generators such as micro turbines and diesel generators. The Free Piston Engine (FPE) was identified as an option, the key being piston motion control. This is the main challenge before the end result of the research can be commercialised.

 

Collaborating with industry

 

However, in developing this capability, Rashid realised the need for collaboration. "You cannot do everything yourself. That's the recipe for failure. We cannot be experts in all the necessary areas," he says.

 

Through their strong, long-term links with the University of Brighton, they chose to collaborate on a four-year project with UK company Libertine FPE, designer and manufacturer of linear generators and piston power systems. Both partners have equal equity in the FPLG development.

 

Building Libertine's Linear Power Systems technology into their research engine programme allowed UTP to accelerate its research into a high-efficiency, fuel-flexible combustion system.

 

Libertine FPE's CEO Sam Cockerill says the collaboration with UTP has greatly helped his company. His company has focused and advanced their technology in this space, providing a template for their relationship with other FPE developers. This benefits UTP, he feels, since together they are able to share technology platform developments across multiple FPE programmes. This enhances each one's cost-effectiveness and performance. To Cockerill, UTP is an interested and engaged partner with very clear research objectives.

 

It is crucial, Cockerill feels, for industry players and universities to collaborate. This is because the number of university FPE R&D programmes, especially for smaller engines, has rapidly risen in the last two decades.

 

Towards clean, green energy

 

Rashid was also the past Head of UTP's Centre for Automotive Research & Electric Mobility (CAREM). He explains that depending on the capacity, the engine model can be used for any application requiring electricity, including future electric vehicles and stationary power genset. "The size of the engine will shrink to about one-fourth of the current size and its weight reduce as much, if not more."

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The engine is also produced at lower cost due to fewer mechanical components. "To realise a software-controlled engine without any mechanical constraints – that's where the opportunity exists for combustion optimisation," adds Cockerill.

 

So far, such generators are not available in the market, but many companies around the world are working on similar concepts. Rashid and Cockerill agree that when the FPLG is successfully delivered, it could disrupt the energy industry. It is the future, they think, for generating clean and green energy.

 

Without conventional constraints on motion, the generator operates at a higher thermal efficiency than in conventional engines and can run on different fuel types. That includes natural gas as an option and a higher thermal efficiency than in conventional engines. "With less volume, weight and size, you're able to generate the same amount of power," says Rashid, "while reducing costs of production, operations and maintenance. You'll need to see it to believe it."

 

The UTP team have completed all the design and machining of their latest prototype. They are now looking forward to running major tests with their collaborating partner by the end of this year. Rashid aims to commercialise the FPLG by 2019, mainly for use on offshore oil and gas platforms.

 

If an institution is serious about commercialisation, it is best to collaborate with those who are at the forefront of technology right from the beginning, asserts Rashid.

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While he feels a university's strength is on the fundamentals of engineering, it can still benefit greatly in product development with input from a design engineering company's perspective.

 

"I realised many people are replicating the same work. We should instead collaborate and work together." While it is a challenge to work with various stakeholders – from investors to research students, Rashid appreciates the content sharing and knowledge exchange. 

 

In his lab, research officers, MSc and PhD students, and technologists continuously run tests on the prototype, which looks deceptively simple. They study, photograph and collate data on the flow of air and spray, using state-of-the-art laser measuring systems. "Research is always 50-50 with an equal chance of success or failure. You'll never know the result until the end."

 


 

Research life

 

Ezrann Zharif Zainal Abidin

Research Scientist and Manager, Smart Mobility Division

 

EZRANN Zharif Zainal Abidin was a Master's student when he first started work on the Free Piston Linear Generator project. "My baby," he proudly claims, having waited nine years for it to show its first result.

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With a lot of discussion and exchange of ideas, Ezrann finds his work gratifying. "Prof Rashid allows a lot of freedom for us to think and to execute our ideas. I really like his style of leading this Centre in implementing new methods." What he finds most interesting and challenging is, when faced with new problems, they are allowed to argue and innovate, with positive feedback that allows them to overcome challenges.

 

Being a researcher requires a lot of patience and perseverance. "It's continuous. You don't give up on what you believe." Helping to generate energy responsibly is what drives him, "with lower emissions to help save the environment." That is why he persisted, even when the results took almost a decade to achieve.

UTP's hallmark of high standards and excellence is what drives all its research. Research is not about business or money. "It's in the value of trying to help mankind and the planet. The reward for me is if you can create something novel that helps nature and the environment…then that's the value I helped create for people."

 

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[15 April 2018, The STAR]

An innovative intumescent fire retardant paint keeps flames and fumes at bay for up to two hours


THE phrase "spreading like wildfire" should not be taken lightly in case of a real fire. As soon as an ignition source is flared in the proximity of fuel and oxygen, not only does a fire begin, but it will spread very dramatically and rapidly too – moving from a mere flickering spark into a blazing disaster in a matter of minutes.

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Fires spread in the way heat travels, through direct contact between materials and via electromagnetic waves reaching an object which absorbs it before combusting. As in many recent Malaysian fire tragedies claiming lives and destroying properties, many factors lead to uncontrollable blazes. From construction materials to on-site stores and walls or doors – the lack of fire protection for all these – can lead to fire spreading faster.
 
However, if these walls and doors can withstand the intense heat and instant damage from a fire, there may be a chance to put out the flames and save lives and structures.
 

Time is the critical factor

 
A leading Malaysian university has developed an innovative paint product that keeps flames and fumes at bay for up to two hours. The paint is an insulating material designed to decrease heat transfer to a substrate structure. Its purpose is to delay the catching or spreading of fire. With some industries using almost 50mm insulating thickness, the fire or heat cannot penetrate steel, concrete or plastic surfaces.
 
"Collapsing structures and toxic fumes that cause loss of lives and destroyed assets will be minimised and people will have enough time to evacuate the premises," says Professor Dr Faiz Ahmad of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).
 
The material is designed to prevent fires from breaking out and spreading uncontrollably. After a certain level of heat, from its 2mm thickness, the paint can swell up to many times its thickness. And it does not catch fire even when the temperature rises.
 
According to Faiz, despite a raging fire, a structure will still stand without collapsing, and without releasing toxic fumes.
 
Market studies show a demand for this type of paint that protects the structure. One of the University's collaborators, Ramakrishnan Meenakshi Sundaram, Chief Technical and Operations Officer, TPG Oil & Gas (M) Sdn Bhd, says it's a huge advantage that the product is locally produced. "The cost is lower, quality is high, and vending and production capabilities will be more pronounced," he adds, pleased with his role of introducing the product to the market.
 
Faiz is understandably pleased with this invention. In a small, crowded office crammed with books, he points to a few shiny square tiles laid out on a side table. These compact sample tiles, coated in muted shades of intumescent fire retardant paint, will radically change the way fire is controlled within a structure, he says.

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Although coated interiors can last a lifetime, exterior walls may require a fresh coat at least every decade. The fact that the fire retardant paint does not need a primer is a cost advantage. Too often, Faiz asserts, safety is compromised because of cost, profit and aesthetic considerations.
 
When Faiz, a Metallurgy and Materials Sciences graduate, first began work on it 10 years ago, it was a totally new technology. Today, only 10 experts operate in this select field, six of them US-based.
 
Other than the business potential of intumescent coating paint, Faiz envisions its myriad benefits for society in terms of offering a better, safer life. "That sense of safety and peace of mind comes at not a very high additional cost," he proclaims. Its estimated cost is around 2% of a condominium purchase price.
 
The product, customisable and currently available in five colours, has been a decade in the making. During this time, it has been rigorously tested for its efficacy.
 
"We challenge the boundaries of what the product can and can't do," says Faiz, who has also sent the coating to be tested in Europe and to be verified by SIRIM Berhad. The toxicity of the coating is always a challenge, but experimenting with ceramic and nano-sized fillers shows reduced harmful fumes.
 
The product breakthrough was achieved when it reached the maximum charred residue, a process of incomplete combustion of certain solids when subjected to high heat. When the material transforms to char, it can give better protection."
 
With RM3 million initial funding, Faiz diligently led the sustainable project team of post-graduate and doctoral students. So far, companies both local and international, from as far as Belgium, Germany and Spain, have expressed interest. It is a matter of finding the right partner companies to commercialise the product.
 
"Commercial acceptance depends on the product's balance between cost and benefit," said another collaborator, Dr Chew Kong Chin, Head of Long Term Development Asia, Becker Industrial Coatings (M) Sdn Bhd, Beckers Group. He stated that, if the product was a significant improvement over existing ones and if its higher cost is acceptable to users, then it will not be difficult to sell.
 
Chew found Faiz online and contacted him to find out more about his research work. After discussions and tests at UTP's facility, Chew discovered that the product was a great option among the fire-retardant coating technologies available today.
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"It's highly effective and doesn't use undesirable chemicals such as the widely used brominated flame retardants that come with many environmental and safety issues."
 
Apart from developing products, Faiz, who has been with UTP for 14 years, is equally passionate about marketing them. He is involved in discussions right from the beginning and finds the positive responses satisfying. In his native Pakistan, Faiz worked in the government and used to run a steel factory. Although an academic by profession – he regularly teaches engineering materials subjects – his outlook is entrepreneurial.
 
He believes that commercialising a product is what ultimately makes it useful.
 
Faiz and his team are constantly thinking of ways to modify existing products, either for efficacy or cost.
 
Ramakrishnan, who met Faiz at an exhibition, is convinced of the devoted academician's belief, energy and drive. Admitting that to invent, produce and market such products takes time, energy and effort. "It's great that UTP has a strong relationship with industry players and is willing to push boundaries."

 

 

Lab space

 
DR FAIZ Ahmad finds the space, facilities and freedom to experiment at what he considers the country's best facility most conducive to creativity and innovation. He finds it exciting to translate his ideas into useful products that benefit society at large. With cost and compatibility as his key considerations, he strives to develop items that ensure equal accessibility to all.
 
Among the products his department has produced is thermal management, a nano composite heat sync that has very high thermal conductivity and helps dissipate heat faster than current ones, offering longer life for electronic devices. This product has been sold for USD1 million and will be used in a commercial product.
 
Malaysia currently has 50 pending patents on thermal management, and five which have been granted. Two of these belong to UTP and have been commercialised.

Other products include dental implants and brace screws. Once they pass all the stringent tests and processes, they will be available at much reduced cost. According to Faiz, the dental implant business is worth at least USD7 billion, and UTP has developed a new protective coating. "It's a nano coating, a very hard coating that protects from corrosion and leaching of toxic ions."

 

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​More than 80 Orang Asli residents of Kampung Sungai Karah near Lenggong, Perak will for the first time receive sustainable electricity from a 5 kW solar farm, courtesy of PETRONITA, the Wives and Women Staff Association of PETRONAS.

 

To mark the successful completion of the project and to hand over the solar farm comprising 20 photovoltaic panels to the village residents, PETRONITA held a launch ceremony officiated by PETRONITA Vice President 1, Datin Nazrin Aneeza Nazaruddin. Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Kenering, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Haji Mohd Tarmizi Idris, Pengarah JAKOA Negeri Perak dan Kedah, Harulnizam Abd Rahman, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib and Head of PETRONITA's Welfare Committee, Azmah Azman also attended the launch ceremony that afternoon.


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"After months of hard work under the leadership of PETRONITA, technical expertise from UTP and collaboration from JAKOA as well as the Orang Asli community, we can now celebrate the successful implementation of this sustainable solar project. It is our hope that starting today, the children will no longer need to study with flickering candle lights and the community can have a better chance to progress well in life," said Datin Nazrin during her speech.

 

President of PETRONITA and wife of the President of PETRONAS, Puan Sri Dr. Azura Ahmad Tajuddin, commenting on the project said, "I would like to commend the women empowerment efforts by the women leaders of PETRONITA's welfare unit as well as the student volunteers from UTP's Green Energy Cluster who have applied their skills and knowledge to empower the community here."

 

PETRONITA's Rural Solar Electrification Project, in collaboration with UTP and the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), aims to empower the Orang Asli community, in line with PETRONITA's welfare initiatives as well as PETRONAS' corporate social investment philosophy to contribute towards community well-being and development.


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This is the second rural solar electrification project organised and funded solely by PETRONITA, following the success of their champion project in Kampung Batu 20, Tapah, back in 2016.

 

Set to provide the villagers with electricity 24 hours a day, this project is expected to improve their livelihood by giving them ownership over the system's usage and maintenance besides minimizing safety and health hazards from continuous usage of candles and kerosene lamps.

 

Kampung Sungai Karah, situated 12 km from the junction of Lenggong-Grik main road, comprises 17 houses made of bamboo and other wooden materials. The village has been without access to electricity and other basic infrastructure partly due to its remote location.


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UTP's Dean of Centre for Foundation Studies, Associate Professor Dr Balbir Singh Mahinder Singh said, "Thank you PETRONITA for giving our students excellent opportunities to apply the skills they have learned in this rural solar electrification projects back in 2016 and again this year to make a positive impact besides gaining firsthand experience working with others in less fortunate circumstances."

 

During the launch event, volunteers under PETRONITA conducted a hygiene workshop for the women community and distributed beauty kits to them. The residents were also given a complimentary health screening, courtesy of PETRONITA's collaboration with Prince Court Medical Centre to help bridge the healthcare and health education divide with marginalised and vulnerable communities throughout the country.


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Pengarah JAKOA Negeri Perak dan Kedah, Harulnizam Abdul Rahman, also commented, "I wish to sincerely thank PETRONITA and UTP for their efforts in bringing us one step closer to ending energy poverty and improving the livelihood of the residents of Kampung Sungai Karah."


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The Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE), with the support of University Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Roleda, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) regarding the establishment of providing undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs
  
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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ (UTP) has announced the appointment of its new Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
  
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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has been appointed as wakaf 'mutawalli' (administrator/inspectorate) by the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPk).
  
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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is the 77th best university among the universities in the BRICS region and emerging economies according to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings 2018.
  
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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and The Energy Institute (EI) of the United Kingdom today announced that they have entered an agreement for UTP to establish the Oil and Gas Industry Education Hub (OGIE-Hub) that creates greater professional exchange and skills' development opportunities through an establishment of a reference centre of knowledge in energy sector.
  
5/22/2018 11:02 AM292
​Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall will once again collaborate to organise the Red Sonata Fiesta 2018 (RSF2018), a Chinese Orchestra competition.
  
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UTP congratulates Dr Subarna Sivapalan, Head of the Centre for Social Transformation for Sustainable Lifestyles on winning the National Eco-Lecturer Award...
  
4/19/2018 11:29 AM288
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in collaboration with National Professors Council (MPN) Cluster of Industry & Innovationrecently organised the roundtable discussion on the topic "Establishment of an Ecosytem for Producing Innovative Graduates".
  
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90 Form Five students received book vouchers from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) staff today under the Menggapai Impian (MI) 2018 programme, witnessed by UTP Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
  
5/22/2018 9:33 AM291
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) emerged as the champion in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge for its project entitled "Poseidon: An Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System for Offshore Facilities".
  
5/22/2018 11:11 AM293
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the areas of academic research, knowledge and technology transfer to develop game-changing technologies for oil and gas.
  
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​Application is now open!
  
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​Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) continues to rise in the world rankings. In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology 2018, UTP climbs 88 places and is ranked 145th, the highest jump by the university in all of its ranking so far.
  
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Volunteering is a great way to enhance one's skills and give back to the community.  With this thought in mind, nearly 100 participants from the ASEAN region took part in the Regional Conference on Student Activism (RECONSA) 2018.  
  
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Universitas Pertamina (UP) Indonesia awarded five Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) researchers with the  International UTP-UP Collaborative Research Grant to encourage research collaboration and firmly establish networking and linkages between UTP and UP both parties.
  
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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has leaped 36 places from its 2017 performance and is now ranked at 114th in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018. 
  
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​In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UTP has embarked on the UTP ECO PROJECT, a student led endeavor, supported by the Institute for Sustainable Living.
  
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Professor Robert B. Laughlin, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, inspired more than 2,000 students and professors at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Perak today as part of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE). It is the first time Honeywell's global programme was conducted at UTP.
  
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​Petroleum Experts Limited, an engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has again donated academic licenses for its software worth £1.6 million (RM8.7 million) to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).
  
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His Royal Highness (HRH) the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah delivered his royal address entitled “‘Building a Dynamic and Inclusive Education Ecosystem”
  
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Online application for UTP January 2018 Intake (Malaysians Only) is now AVAILABLE!!

APPLY NOW!!
  
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Online application for UTP March 2018 Intake (Malaysians Only) is now AVAILABLE!!

APPLY NOW!!
  
11/27/2017 1:00 PM277
Application for Foundation Programme January 2018 intake (Malaysians only) is now open!
  
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A total of 8 universities were awarded the much coveted 6 star rating (Outstanding) by the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia, or better know as SETARA, in their highly anticipated 2017 ratings.
  
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3 UTP students made the university proud when their app-based business proposal was announced as the winner of the Varsity Entrepreneurship Skills and Talent (VEST) beating...
  
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Halliburton recently announced a multimillion dollar software grant to UTP, a leading research institution in Malaysia. The grant provides access to...
  
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Ministry of Higher Education announced the appointment of YBhg Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim as the new Vice Chancellor of University of Malaya effective from 1 November 2017.
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​Date: 18 July 2018

Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Seminar Room 4, Undercroft, UTP

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​Date: 21 - 22 July 2018

Time: 8.00am - 11.00pm

Venue: MPH (CETaL), UTP

 

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7/12/2018 5:49 PM

​Date: 24 July 2018

Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Venue: Senate Hall, UTP

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​Date: 25 July 2018

Time: 8.00pm - 11.30pm 

Venue: Main Hall, UTP

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7/11/2018 10:21 AM

​Date: 9 - 19 August 2018

Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Chancellor Hall, Seminar Room 6 - 8, Undercroft, UTP.

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6/28/2018 12:12 PM

​Date: 13 - 15 August 2018

Time: 8.00am - 10.00pm

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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7/11/2018 10:29 AM

​Date: 30 August 2018

Time: 8.00am - 6.00pm

Venue: Seminar Room 7 & 8, Undercroft, UTP

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7/11/2018 10:36 AM

​Date: 4 September 2018

Time: 7.00am - 6.00pm

Venue: Chancellor Hall, UTP

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7/11/2018 10:52 AM

​Date: 5 September 2018

Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Chancellor Hall, UTP

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7/11/2018 11:44 AM

​Date: 12 - 16 September 2018

Time: 8.00am - 11.00pm

Venue: MPH, Seminar Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Meeting Room 1 & 2, & Lecture Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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7/11/2018 11:46 AM

​Date: 12 September 2018

Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Main Hall, UTP

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7/11/2018 11:49 AM

​Date: 18 - 19 September 2018

Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: MPH, UTP

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7/11/2018 11:51 AM

​Date: 19 September 2018

Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Chancellor Complex Foyer

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5/30/2018 10:52 AM

​Date : Sunday, 18 November 2018

Time : 8.00am to 6pm

Venue : UTP Chancellor Hall

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In 2015, Professor Dr Suzana Yusup and her team of researchers from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) embarked on a project to test the efficacy of an organic-based pesticide.
  
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An android mobile app is helping stutterers to speak better and communicate confidently.
  
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The automotive industry is looking ahead to when academic excellence and corporate expertise 'combust' to disrupt the energy industry.
  
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An innovative intumescent fire retardant paint keeps flames and fumes at bay for up to two hours
  
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​More than 80 Orang Asli residents of Kampung Sungai Karah near Lenggong, Perak will for the first time receive sustainable electricity from a 5 kW solar farm, courtesy of PETRONITA, the Wives and Women Staff Association of PETRONAS.
  
  
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11/22/2017 11:37 AM
Without commitment, you will never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you will never finish
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11/16/2017 9:46 AM
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Petroleum Engineering, Chancellor Silver Award Recipient11
  
11/16/2017 9:33 AM
UTP is our second home. It is all thanks to UTP for providing us with a conducive environment that facilitates learning and self-improvement for us to become a better person.
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Chemical Engineering, Chancellor Bronze Award Recipient10
  
5/18/2017 5:12 PM
Most of the lecturers and professors in UTP have strong backgrounds and relations with industry. This is a great advantage in preparing the students to be industry-ready while equipping them with current trends and knowledge.
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5/18/2017 5:12 PM
If you follow your dreams and go where your passion leads you, with everything propped up firmly with a firm foundation of work and effort, you will find your niche.
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5/18/2017 5:11 PM
A degree from UTP, in any field for that matter can serve as a foundation or general education to take you further to other areas.
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1/4/2017 11:32 AM
In UTP, we know that dreams can become reality and that any passion or path we wish to pursue is within our reach.
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1/4/2017 11:29 AM
UTP is a great platform to unleash hidden potential and explore how you can contribute to others.
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1/4/2017 11:29 AM
I believe UTP has prepared a conducive learning environment and encourages self-growth.
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