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16 FKT First Year Students participate in 8th Trans Malaysia Biodiesel Expedition

JOHOR BAHRU, 26 July 2016 - A total of 16 first year students of the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (FKT) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will join the 8th Trans Malaysia Biodiesel Expedition. The expedition that will last for 9 days starting from 25 July 2016 will explore 5 places in three countries, namely Indonesia (Batam), Malaysia (Pulau Pangkor and Felda Jengka) and Thailand (Hat Yai and Surat Thani). Programme Director, Muhammad Firdaus Ahmad Talhah said that this expedition is a continuation of the previous edition which involved several countries such as Vietnam, Laos and China. "For this edition, the participants will bring 'Mini Mobile Biodiesel Reactor' all along the way. This device was created with technical assistance from the FKT. It was used by the crew to produce biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil," he said. The goal of this expedition was to promote and create awareness of the use of biodiesel fuel among the community in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in addition to conducting research. In addition to promoting biodiesel fuel, the adventures of the crew will also conduct community service program called ‘Marhaban di Bumi Yala' scheduled to be held at Kampung Pulamong, Mukim Kekra, Reman District, Yala. "The activities carried out will be conducting ‘marhaban’ with school students as well as visiting several houses in the village for donations during the month of Shawal," he said. This programme was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, at the Sultan Ibrahim Chancellery Building, Johor Bahru campus. For Community Service activities, the participants also received support from the Recreational Club of Transportation Unit (KRUKEND) Pejabat Harta Bina UTM and also the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). [ The expedition crew of the 8th Trans Malaysia Biodiesel Expedition 2016 participants after the launching ceremony by the UTM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar at Sultan Ibrahim Chancellery Building, Johor Bahru campus.[/caption]

UTM Strategic Collaboration Network to empower Malaysia and Cambodia for Community Engagement Project

CAMBODIA, 19 June 2016 - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has been strengthening its strategic collaboration network to help people in Kampung Khleang , Kandal, Cambodia develop as a centre of tourism and destination Sustainable Cultural Village One Stop Centre Halal-Hub. [ Dr. Hisham Mohd Rashidi (fifth right) with Malaysia Ambassador to Cambodia, Datuk Hassan Malek at Malaysian Embassy located in Phnom Penh.[/caption] The project which began in 2012, led by Dr. Hisham Mohd Rashidi, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment (FAB) has reached the third stage of the Sustainable Village project empowerment continuity. Dr. Mohd Hisham said the visit of Strategic Collaboration Community Engagement which was conducted in Cambodia on 16-19 June is aimed at improving strategic network between the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Embassy of Malaysia and industry to empower and strengthen the collaboration and assistance during the month of Ramadan. "A total of 11 people participated in this visit including Pasir Gudang Member of Parliment, the Honourable (YB) Normala Samad and Member of Parliament for Kota Samarahan, YB Rubiah Wang. "Also joining the tour were Kuala Lumpur MyCare Chairman, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hafidzi Mohd. Noor, Director Centre of Community and Industry Network (CCIN) UTM, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Naha Abu Mansur, Deputy Director of UTM Alumni, Dr. Azlan Abdul Latib and Dr. Hisham Mohd Rashidi as Project Leader," he said. The UTM delegation also met with Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia, Datuk Seri Hasan Malek at the Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was to strengthen the community network engagement between Malaysia and Cambodia where the Strategic CSR Engagement Industry Collaboration programme will be held by the embassy in August 2016. "This program will help in getting sponsorship from Malaysian companies in Cambodia as well as increase network industry," he said. Several contributions were made during the visit, namely 40 basic food hampers, cash money, clothing to needy families, donations to improve school infrastructure and to build houses and 2 goats for the fast breaking ceremony held at Kg Khleang mosque. Among the biggest contributors to the project were UTM, Darul Sakinah Women's Welfare Society, Yayasan Salam Malaysia, Wakaf An-Nur, Al-Ikhsan Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia EM, My Care Malaysia, Media Prima, TV3, Caring Action Team (ACT) and several private donors. "Both MPs who participated in this visit has also expressed their desire to strengthen the role of women as drivers of the economy. "A total of RM 300,000.00 was donated by the Woman Welfare Society of Darul Sakinah to build commercial and sewing centre in Kg. Khleang to give employment to local women, "he said. In addition to the development of Halal Hub One Stop Centre, UTM has also been actively involved in the activities of community service starting from 2012 with the establishment of classes teaching English, Development Center, Construction Gallery Village of Kg. Khleang, Center Commercialization Center and Sewing, community service programme,Circumcision program by the UTM Health Centre and Akikah programme during the 2015 Aiduladha celebration.

SENDI 2016 to appreciate PSSGUTM Graduating Members

[ JOHOR BAHRU, 21 May 2016 – The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Association of Silat Gayong (PSSGUTM) organized the Sehening Seharum Budi (SENDI) 2016 programme to pay tribute to its graduating members. Held at the Dewan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru campus, the programme was inaugurated by Major Mohd Noor Hj Abdul Samad, the Trustees Holder for Seni Silat Malaysia Association for Johor Bahru District. Programme Director, Fahmi Ridwan Mat Radzi said the main purpose of the program is to foster closer ties between old and new members while giving credit to the contributions that have been given. "In addition to giving awards to 11 final year students, we also want to strengthen the relationship between old and new members as well as exchange views on their respective experiences," he said. In conjunction with SENDI 2016, the PSSGUTM Alumni fund was also successfully launched. Also conducted was the introductory session of newly appointed Members of Alumni Relations Committee by the previous members. "As the Programme Director, I am very satisfied with the smooth running of this activity resulting from the cooperation of all members. "Through this program, it is hoped that the fighting spirit will born inside a fighter to defend our religion, people and country," he said.