Key Information

Code: SS05.

Taught During: Session 1 (11 July 2020 – 24 July 2020)

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ariffin Bin Abu Hasan

Prerequisites: Nil.

Background: A 2-week Summer School Programme on “Biodiversity EcoAqua Summer School” (BESS) is going to be organised by University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), together with Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and Universiti  Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). BESS is design for the participants to have an awesome experience in discovering environment, wild life ecosystem, local community, heritage and and a range of cultural awareness. Interesting trips such as Malay Cultural Village, Sungai Melayu Malay Kampung Trail in Johor Bahru, and Kenyir Lake which is the biggest manufactured man-made lake in Southeast Asia, Pasar Payang (The Central Market), Masjid Abidin -“The White Mosque” (the most beautiful Terengganu’s old state royal mosque), are among the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu are all included.


Objectives: Participants will be also enjoying an experience the century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colourful heritage at Terengganu State Museum and “The Land Of Palaces” or better known as Terrapuri (“Terra” is land in Latin & “Puri” is palaces in Sanskrit), a project restoring 29 antique Malay houses aged between 150-200 years old. Besides, participants will have the opportunity to explore Bidong Island which nursed itself into a glorious heaven for marine life. Man-made structures erected at Heritage Row area have now become homes and shelters to colorful marine life, adding to the amazing array of biodiversity in these waters. Participants will also have the golden opportunity to experience ‘close encounter’ with various species of fishes including the beautiful red kelah gently biting at their feet while swimming in the magnificent Kelah Sanctuary.

Fees: USD 950 per participant inclusive of cost materials, airport pick-up, accommodation, transportation, excursions, and meals during program. (subject to changes)

Content: Kindly refer to the course’s program.

Duration: 2 Weeks

Application Deadlines: Two months prior to the commencement of course.



Day 1 Arrival

Day 2

– Opening by Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ismid bin Md Said UTM Pro-Vice Chancellor (International)

-Briefing by Program Coordinator (Assoc. Prof Dr. Mohd Ariffin bin Abu Hassan)

– UTM Campus Tour (IBD, UTM XCITE, WCC, Robotic, IVAT)

– JB City Tour (Nusajaya, Crown Castle, Bazar Karat)

Day 3 & 4 Ecotourism EDUUTM19 See & Believe: Paintball, Canoeing, Night walk, Equine park, Flying fox

Day 5

– Malay Cultural Village 

– Sungai Melayu Malay Kampung Trail

– Barbeque/ Closing at UTM

Day 6

– Depart to Terengganu

– Accomodation check-in                   

– Welcoming session by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Day 7

– Depart from Jeti Duyong to Pulau Bidong

Activity 1: Jungle Tracking

Activity 2: Ladang Coral

Activity 3: Water confident & snorkeling


Day 8

– Depart to Chagar Hutang

Activity 4: Educational Day Trip Visit

– Depart from Chagar Hutang to Jeti Duyong

– Arrive at Jeti Duyong

– Free & Easy

Day 9

– Depart to Kenyir

Activity 5: Kelah Sanctuary

Activity 6: Kenyir Elephant Village

– Depart from Kenyir Lake

Day 10

– National Park boat sight seeing

– Jungle Trekking at Laluan Melunak

– Exploring ecosystem at Bewah Cave and Taat Cave

– Kenyir Lake wild life exploration tour

– SAOK Water fall recreational activity

– Depart to Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (Unisza)

Day 11

– Orang Asli talk by Prof Dr Ramlee: Aboriginal in Terengganu – The Unique Way of Life

– Refreshment

– Depart to Sungai Berua, Hulu Terengganu

– Visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Berua

– Activity with Aboriginal Community at Sungai Berua

– Depart to City Centre of Kuala Terengganu

– Kuala Terengganu Historical Walk (Pasar Payang, Masjid Abidin (White Mosque), Bukit Puteri, Kampung Cina, Bot Penambang)

Day 12

– Talk on Wild Life by Sir Anuar: A Walk in The Wilderness

– Talk on Wild Life Ecosystem by Dr. Rueben Clements (NGO Rimba)

– Kenyir State Park: Tigers and Other Animals That    Roam Free

– Depart to Terapuri,

– Architecture tour @Terapuri

– Closing ceremony at Terapuri (Dinner, Group photo, Sight seeing)

Day 13

Activities with Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (Unisza) Buddies

– Visit to Gamelan Centre, Tok Jembal

– Free and Easy

Day 14   Departure Day


Course Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ariffin Bin Abu Hasan

Associate Director

Global Education & Experience

UTM International



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