Date: 22 June 2018
Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Seminar Room 3
Date: 25 - 28 June 2018
Venue: Chancellor Hall, Seminar Room 6, 7 & 8
Date: 27 June 2018
Time: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Venue: MPH, CETaL Building, UTP
Date: 29 - 30 June 2018
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Date: 11 July 2018
Venue: Chancellor Complex Foyer
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.
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.
Credit: Times Higher Education (THE)
Full Emerging Economies University Rankings: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/emerging-economies-university-rankings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) recently celebrated its 17th convocation ceremony where 1,250 graduates of different fields were conferred degrees.
From the total, the university conferred 96 PhDs, 110 Masters and 1,044 bachelor's degrees in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
At the convocation ceremony, UTP Pro Chancellor, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan conferred the scrolls to the graduates in the morning session. In the afternoon, the graduates received their scrolls from UTP Pro Chancellor Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.
Business Information Systems graduate Farah Iliyana Binti Mohd Noor was awarded the Chancellor Gold Award, while Khairul bin Anuar (Petroleum Engineering) and Phua Yun Hock (Chemical Engineering) received the Chancellor Silver Award and Chancellor Bronze Award respectively.
Tareq Aziz Hasan Al-Qutami, an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate from Yemen, received the Alumni Postgraduate Award at the Master's level, while Hamayoun Mahmood, a PhD in Chemical Engineering graduate from Pakistan, was the recipient of the Alumni Postgraduate Award at the PhD level.
Mohamad Ali Hajian Maleki of Iran, an Information and Communication Technology graduate, was awarded the Best International Undergraduate Student award.
In conjunction with UTP 20th anniversary celebration this year, the 17th edition of the convocation also saw previous Chancellor Award recipients being honoured.
Also present at the event were ITPSB Board of Directors, representatives from other universities and UTP Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim.
Various events were organised in conjunction with the convocation ceremony.
UTP Acadrex is an event that features the university's academic and research exhibition. There was also an innovation challenge competition and a Government-University-Industry Forum & Roundtable titled 'The Future of Malaysia under the 4th Industrial Revolution'. The findings and outcomes from the roundtable were later presented to Deputy Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, YBhg Datuk Wira Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.
UTP also organised a convocation festival or Convofest at its campus featuring various activities. They included UTP students' performances, aerobic session, equestrian, kids colouring competition and performances by local artistes.
UTP also held the various CSR activities in conjunction with its convocation ceremony such as Convo Ride, Convo Run, Convo Kayak Exploration, Convo CSR Charity Ride 2017. The main objective of these activities were to collect funds to help the underprivileged at UTP's surrounding community. They were also held to increase interests in STEM subjects among students, promote healthy lifestyle and strengthen UTP's relationship with its surrounding community.
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) leaps 26 places in the QS Asia University Rankings (QS AUR) 2018 and is now ranked Top 101.Over 400 institutions from 17 countries in the Asia region were evaluated by QS. With this achievement, UTP continues to maintain its position as the top private university in Malaysia. This achievement also makes UTP as one of the top 1% universities out of approximately 11,900 universities in the Asia region. UTP is ranked 1st in Malaysia and 18th in the region for Papers per Faculty. The university also ranked 2nd in the country for the International Faculty Ratio. UTP has also remarkably improved in the score of Outbound and Inbound Exchange Students by 39.3% and 23.6% respectively. In general, UTP has improved its scoring in several domains - Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper and Faculty Student Ratio by 9.9%, 1.0% and 0.6% correspondingly. "I am proud to announce our latest achievement in QS AUR 2018. The quality of everyone's continuous dedication and commitment in ensuring excellence through various initiatives like teaching and learning activities, students' vibrant experience, quality research output and other university operations, are well reflected in this university ranking," said UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim. "There has been an increasing trend over the past 5 years in AUR ranking. This gives an indication of our effort to continuously pursue improvements in many aspects in this university. I strongly believe that with a positive mindset, UTP can achieve its target to be the Top 50 Asia University by 2020," he said.
UTP's ranking in AUR over the past 5 years
UTP is proud of its achievement at the recent International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2017. Out of 16 innovative products submitted, the university successfully clinched 1 Special Award, 3 gold medal, 6 silver medal and 3 bronze medal.
Optimisation Numerical Tool for Semisubmersible Mooring
A Novel Asymmetric Mixed Matrix Nanofiltration Membrane
(MMM) for Water Purification
Research and innovation are critical for a country's economic growth and are undoubtedly the core drivers of a university. As an institution of higher learning, UTP remains committed in its mission to generate new knowledge and create innovative products – and this achievement is a testament to this commitment.
PECIPTA has been organised by the Higher Education Ministry since 2001. It aims to provide public and private universities to not only showcase their ideas and innovations but to compete at the national and international levels. It also aims to enhance networking and collaboration among its participants, industry and others potential players to further explore and commercialise their products.
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin were the co-hosts of this year's event.
Deleum Chemicals Sdn Bhd (Deleum Chemicals), a subsidiary of Deleum Berhad, and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop new cost-effective technologies for oilfield production enhancement.
The MoU was signed by Group Managing Director of Deleum Berhad Nan Yusri Nan Rahimy and Vice Chancellor of UTP Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim. It was witnessed by General Manager of Deleum Chemicals Anwarudin Saidu and Director of Strategic Alliance Office of UTP Associate Professor Dr Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin.
UTP is a private higher learning institution established in 1997. The university aspires to be a globally prominent centre of innovation and creativity and a respected member of the scientific community by 2025.
The MoU will see both parties sharing best practices and expertise to develop new technologies and products particularly in specialty chemicals and instruments to enhance the productivity of the oilfields and reduce flow assurance issues faced by the asset owners. This collaboration signifies a great milestone for Deleum group in creating a culture of innovation in the forefront of the business.
The major thrust of the MoU is to provide a sustainable platform for student development and expose them to workplace technological challenges faced by the industry. The partnership is anticipated to create a conducive platform to develop new technologies with high potential for commercialisation.
The initial phase of the effort is planned for two years, with an option to extend, subjected to the progress and findings of the research. During this period, there will be active involvement and interaction between parties to explore new and novel inventions to solve the problems faced by the industry in their daily operations.
"As a service provider Deleum places great value on our people and our ability to innovate. For this reason, we continuously seek to invest our expertise, time and resources in harnessing human capacity, strengthening and expanding our products and services to reach new frontiers of niche and innovative solutions. This partnership with UTP will be the impetus for the group to be the active player in developing solutions for the future needs of the industry on both the technology and capacity development fronts," said Nan Yusri.
The partnership with UTP will enable Deleum Chemicals to keep abreast of new developments in technologies and capabilities, helping it to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving industry. Deleum Chemicals is involved in the development and provision of chemical solutions for enhancement of crude oil production and flow assurance and the supply of oilfield chemicals and services to the oil and gas industry.
"The valuable exchange of professional knowledge, technical platform, guidance and direction stemming from this MoU with Deleum will continuously enhance UTP's goal towards realising teaching, learning, research and innovation excellence for the nation. We are honoured to have this opportunity which further signifies UTP as the leading private university in Malaysia," said Datuk Abdul Rahim.
Hi, Students of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS!UTP Campus Election 2017 is around the corner. Do cast your votes and decide who will lead you.This Wednesday (October 25, 2017) will be the first round of voting which only involves ICT, BIS, ME, EE, Comp. Eng. & CvE from 9am to 5pm (EXCEPT Foundation Students).
You can cast your vote from your mobile phone, your personal computer and etc.
In the early morning of 7 Oct 2017, a crowd can be seen slowly growing around UTP Lake for one of the most anticipated event: UTP Peacock Bass Rapala Master Challenge 2017.
The objective of this fishing competition is to eliminate a non-native fish (Peacock Bass) from UTP lake to maintain its ecosystem.
The competition was organised by UTP Angling Society in collaboration with Daiwa and Rapala as the Host sponsors. This event managed to attract 250 anglers throughout Malaysia to participate and compete for the winning title. The participants caught almost 150 Peacock Bass!
Apart from the competition, there was also a Bait-casting Clinic conducted by Mr. Fred Goh of Rapala VMC Asia Pacific.
UTP Angling society is also working closely with Jabatan Perikanan Perak, as 40 thousand local fish fry mainly jelawat, patin, lampam and tilapia is scheduled to be released in UTP lakes on the 14th of Oct 2017.
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).
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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."
A padi farmer's nightmare is made up of bad weather and nasty pests. Droughts aside, a sweet dream would be a genuinely green pesticide – safe for the farmer, the land and for the people who eat the rice grown in those fields. Yields and incomes diminished by pests are part of the padi farming narrative of Perak Tengah. Still, farmers hesitate at the thought of using conventional pesticides.
That's why in 2015, Professor Dr Suzana Yusup and her team of researchers at UTP embarked on a project to test the efficacy of an organic pesticide. It is a collaboration between the Agriculture Department and Bio-X Techno Sdn Bhd, a private company which had formulated a neem-based pesticide.
"On-going field trials are aimed at studying the effect of a bio-pesticide on crop yield," says Dr Suzana, a biomass study pioneer and lecturer at UTP's Chemical Engineering Department. "Bio-pesticides will also help farmers move away from toxic pesticides and towards more sustainable practices."
THERE are new tools to study the brain but what's really new is the way we are learning about the brain – by harnessing the combined power of students and faculty of diverse backgrounds, and making Malaysia an international centre for brain studies.
The Neuroinformatics School at UTP's Centre for Advanced and Professional Education, working with the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO), hosts two-week-long encounters for scholars whose experiential learning is scientifically analysed and brain networks scrutinised using the latest tools.
At these forays into brain research, the cutting edge is laced with diversity as diversity innovates. With more minds coming together from different ethnic, cultural, spiritual and experiential backgrounds, UTP is able to come up with fresh ideas.
Already, diversity of thought and the unexpected angles of a challenge are generating greater debate and possible solutions that are more innovative and complete. Here, a sampling of experts and participants at the first International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) Neuroinformatics programme were gathered in Kuala Lumpur.
Kaneshka Sharma used to meditate every morning and evening. "Meditation provides the template for chaos to be synchronised to make appropriate decisions fast," says the senior research fellow at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, India, on a fellowship from the Defence Research & Development Organisation.
The intuitive Sharma had always veered towards neuroscience. He is just two months short of completing his thesis – introducing meditation as a training tool in the Indian defence forces. His purpose is to enable soldiers to regulate their stress and emotions when faced with conflict, and building resilience through regular meditation. "I believe, and my friends have said, that I'm able to perceive, feel and see things before they happen. I've always wanted to know how this happens and the cause of it."
Associate Professor Alex Fornito of Monash University finds the brain's complexity both daunting and inspiring. According to him, how thoughts and behaviour arise from a biological matter is a fundamental question and one of the toughest challenges for humans to overcome. "Our entire experience of the world, everything we hold dear, everything we hope for and dream about, arises from the co-ordinated activity of the cells residing in our brain," he says.
Dr Hiba Abuelgasim of Sudan readily admits that studying the brain with just a brain may not be enough. The Kyoto University PhD student is researching traumatic brain injury and its effects on cognition. She was brought up by her grandfather who eventually succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. Hiba, who was always interested in neuroscience and degenerative diseases, is now focusing on neuropsychiatry.
Says the physician: "The fact that we study the brain with our brain makes it hard to know. We can't get to 100 per cent of it. To unravel everything about the brain, maybe we need something else."
An adult brain weighs up to 1,400 grams and consists of two per cent of total body weight. "Yet any minor progress in capturing the fundamental processes leading to the anatomical organisation or functional connectivity of the brain may have enormous ramifications for improving human experiences," says Associate Professor Ivo Dinov of the University of Michigan.
Pierre Berthet, a PhD student at Stockholm University, is interested to know how people make choices. "How do we decide what's good and what's bad? The way we learn to select the best action and depending on the outcome of our thoughts, coming from a specific area in the brain and yet involving the whole brain."
With a background in psychology, he focuses on neuron network simulation. He uses computer simulation to look at mathematical formulations of how the dynamics of these changes in choices happen. "Depending on the value of the reward, how fast do we switch from left to right when deciding on the best action?"
Everything we do or decide not to do comes down to some function in the brain. "And yet we know so little about it," says Dr Satrajit Ghosh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "The brain is an intrinsic part of ourselves and we sometimes forget the capabilities it brings to our existence. Except when we see deviations from what is called normal behaviour."
"This is the century of the brain and it is one of its grandest challenges," says Dr Eric Ho, a senior lecturer at UTP and convenor of the IBRO programme. "Biology is the new animated research area, and unravelling the brain's complexities is the new frontier."
Dr Ho says although the neuro-informatics community has been growing in the last decades, the big data revolution has propelled neuroscience into a very data-intensive realm. Research into the interpretation of neuroscience data through computer models and analytical tools has gained momentum, especially with worldwide recognition of the mental disease burden and the aging population.
Dr Ho, a PETRONAS scholar and UTP alumnus, was impressed with the diversity and skills of the students and by their passion and tenacity. "One or two of the students knew more about one of the tools, as they were in touch with the inventors. They then generously shared their knowledge by taking over a class."
With the changing learning landscape, Dr Ho is certain that, in classrooms of the future, learning will take place through one another's experiences. As proven by this school's course content, one of the first in the emerging field of brain network analysis. "A really cutting-edge area where study of the brain as interactivity between cells, similar to social networks, will propel new insights into how the brain works or gets sick."