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MALAYSIA-JAPAN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MJIIT) UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA (UTM) KUALA LUMPUR, Jalan Semarak, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MJIIT Newsletter

Tel : 603 2203 1200 Fax : 603 2203 1266 Email : [email protected]

Volume 2/2014

March ~ April

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them. James A. Michener

1 MALAYSIA BOOK VOUCHER (BB1M)

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EXPEDITION TO BROGA HILL BY ELECSYS, MJIIT UTM KUALA LUMPUR

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Academic Visit To PERODUA MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD.

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Academic Visit To KUALITI ALAM SDN. BHD.

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Short Course: TRAINING FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT OF MJIIT

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Short Visit By STUDENT FROM TUAT

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MJIIT SPORTS FESTIVAL

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Visit By H.E. DR. MAKIO MIYAGAWA

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Visit By JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY

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MJIIT - TCU JOINT RESEARCH SEMINAR

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6 MJIIT JAPANESE PROFESSORS CONQUERED MT. KINABALU

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Visit By KYOWA ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS CO. LTD (KYOWA)

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Courtesy Visit By 10 LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF KANAGAWA PREFECTURAL ASSEMBLY INTRODUCTION TO iKOHZA: AIR RESOURCES RESEARCH LABORATORY

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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SPECIAL COLUMN: SCHOLARSHIP BY JAIF

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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STUDENT AFFAIRS

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1 MALAYSIA BOOK VOUCHER (BB1M) The 1 Malaysia Book Voucher or Baucar Buku 1 Malaysia (BB1M) is an initiative by the Ministry of Education to ease the financial burden for tertiary students in Malaysia, as well as enabling better success to books and stationery to help them with their studies. Eligible students for the 1 Malaysia Book Voucher must meet the following criteria: 1) Malaysian Citizen 2) Be SPM leavers currently pursuing a higher education program in Matriculation / Form 6 / Polytechnic / Diploma / Postgraduate Diploma / Degree / Master / PhD 3) Vouchers are eligible for all fulltime and part time students 4) Be currently enrolled in institutions under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education or recognized by the Malaysian Qualification Agency On 6th & 10th March 2014, MJIIT Administrative staff distributed the vouchers to 348 undergraduate and 170 post-graduate students. The vouchers can be used to buy academic books, journals and educational magazines at any bookstore participating in the 1Malaysia book voucher scheme. The vouchers can not be transferred to others, exchanged for cash or sold to a third party. The validity of the vouchers is from February 1st till July 31st, 2014.

EXPEDITION TO BROGA HILL BY ELECSYS, MJIIT UTM KUALA LUMPUR Broga is a small town that sits on the border of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia. It is situated 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Kuala Lumpur and approximately 33 kilometres (21 miles) from Seremban, the capital of Negri Sembilan. Broga Hill is frequented by casual hikers. It is approximately 400m in altitude and is easily climbed by most people. The hilltop is unique as it is rather devoid of trees, which is an uncommon sight amongst tropical rainforest. Remnants of burnt out tree trunks indicate that the area may have been ravaged by a forest fire and the trees did not grow back. It offers a good view of the surrounding area and has become a popular picnic and photography spot. On the 8th March 2014, a total of forty (40) ESE students accompanied by two (2) officers participated in an expedition to Broga Hill organized by ELECSYS, MJIIT. The climb began at 4.30 am and reached the top of the hill around 6.00 am. The students were able to watch the sunrise and capture the moment. The main objective of this expedition was to tighten the relationship between junior and senior students on the ESE program and to expose students to nature.

STUDENT AFFAIRS

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ACADEMIC VISIT TO PERODUA MANUFACTURING SDN BHD Prof. Dr. Masataka Shirakashi As an off-campus activity on Professional Ethics, Safety and Health in the Ningen-Ryoku Programme, fifty-five (55) second year MPE students, accompanied by three (3) MJIIT staff, visited the car making plant of PERODUA MANUFACTURING SDN BHD at Rawang, Selangor on the 18 March, 2014. The departure time was delayed due to mechanical trouble with the bus and the arrival at the Corporate Building of Perodua was only slightly before the scheduled time 2:00 p.m. Despite the delayed arrival the Divisional Executive Coordinator, Mr. Katsuyama, and other staff came to meet us at the entrance with a “Welcome” message displayed. Mr. Katsuyama very kindly made arrangements for the Muslim visitors to pray before proceeding with the visit. After a 30 minute lecture on “Introduction and outline of Perodua and safety for the factory tour”, the students were divided into three groups for tours of three divisions, Perodua Body Shop, Assembly Shop and Basic Dojo (Development & Education). At every place we saw a “Welcome MJIIT” panel displayed. The Perodua staff explained everything clearly and carefully, and responded patiently to questions from the students. After the tour a discussion session was held, where President Mr. Morita answered cheerfully questions posed by MJIIT students . The most impressing and encouraging suggestion from Mr. Morita was “Don’t be satisfied with the present conditions of manufacturing but try always to find problems in them and to seek for solutions towards better improvement.” Following a photo session refreshments were served and the MJIIT party left Perodua at 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the visit Professor Shirakashi expressed the deepest thanks, on behalf of all MJIIT staff and students, to the staff of Perodua for the arrangements made to accommodate the visit and the warm hospitality shown. - MJIIT Website

STUDENT AFFAIRS

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ACADEMIC VISIT TO KUALITI ALAM SDN. BHD. Prof. Dr. Masafumi Goto Twenty eight (28) students of MJIIT-EGT, UTM made their first factory visit to the hazardous waste management factory, Kualiti Alam's Waste Management Centre (Kualiti Alam Sdn. Bhd.) in Seremban on 30 April, 2014. The group was led by Prof. Ezzat Chan and four (4) lecturers of EGT. The engineer Mr Abdul Halim of Kualiti Alam gave an overall presentation of the scheduled waste management system of Malaysia, organization of the company and their facilities followed by Q&A session. The students asked Mr Abdul Halim a lot of questions from various points of view. After the presentation, the students toured the factory on the bus. It was the first visit of the kind for the students and it was a great experience for them. More factory visits will be planned to give the students more opportunities to experience the actual operations in the realm of chemical/environmental engineering facilities. (mg) - Facebook EGT, MJIIT, Utm-Kl

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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SHORT COURSE: TRAINING FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT OF MJIIT A training course on Training for Technical Assistance Project of MJIIT was offered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) between 5 February - 1 March 2014 at Tsukuba University, Japan. Two (2) staff of MJIIT from Department of Environmental Green Technology (EGT) has been sent to participate in this course. They are Mr. Mohd Naim b. Abdul Halim and Ms. Norshakira bt. Shariaat. Among the benefits and advantages of the course are: a. creating a skilled workforce, quality, dynamic and professional in accordance with the requirement of the university and the department b. expanding the development of career advancement c. assisting the management department to achieve the objectives of the university to become a leading center of educational excellence and integrity

SHORT VISIT BY STUDENT FROM TUAT Ten (10) Students from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) visited MJIIT between March 2nd and March 14th 2014. This program was designed to learn about the academic activities of MJIIT, life/culture/traditions and English language in Malaysia for Undergraduate Students, as a pilot scheme of “AIMS two weeks Program”. During their stay classes of English Language was provided by the UTM Language Academy and several volunteer-based extra courses were also offered, such as Intercultural Communication, Malaysian Culture, and sight-seeing tours. Through those courses, the participants developed an understanding of studying in a university with different culture and environment.

AIMS “AIMS two weeks Program” was planned to foster talented persons who have specialized knowledge to contribute to the global community. The three (3) Japanese universities (TUAT, TMU (Tokyo Metropolitan University) and IU (Ibaraki University)) are collaborating with AIMS Universities to introduce educational programs to foster human resources towards solving challenges concerning environmental conservation and economic development.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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MJIIT SPORTS FESTIVAL The MJIIT Sports Festival was held from the 14th to 26th April 2014. The festival was organized by the Mechanical Precision Club (PREMECH), MPE Students Board, MJIIT and UTMKL. Themed Unity Through Sport, the event aimed to produce students who maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship among students and foster good relations among the students and staff of MJIIT. During the festival period, seven (7) different sports were contested, namely volleyball, netball, soccer, tennis, table tennis, tug of war and tele-match. On the final day of the festival, tele-match had its contest as well as the finals of football and volleyball followed by the closing ceremony and announcement of winners for each categories. The closing were officiated by Deputy Dean (Academic), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabariah Baharun. The winners of each categories are as follows: 1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Soccer

2SMJM

2SMJE

1SMJC

Netball

PG IDS

PG BIO-IST

1SMJM

Volleyball (Men)

2SMJE

STAFF

1SMJC

Volleyball (Women)

1SMJE

2SMJE

3SMJE

Table-tennis (Single - Men)

Ahmad Kamal Bin Mee @ Hussain

Dr. Nor’Azizi bin Othman

Mohd Hilmi Bin Zakaria

Table-tennis (Double - Men)

Nafees Mansor / Mehdi Zarei

Muhammad Firdaus Bin Amir / Nur Firdaus Hashim

Adam Bin Atan / Ahmad Syahmi bin Abd Aziz

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabariah/ Izyan Iryani Mohd Yazid

Nor Sazrin / Nir Haziqah

Noridah Borhan / Sakinah binti Salim

Dr. Mohamed Sukri bin Mat Ali Amir Hilman b. Abdul Rahman

Mr Hafiz Afif (consultant) Alif Ikhwan Bin Shaari

Dr Aung Lwin Moe Ahmad Muzakkir Bin Wahab

Table-tennis (Double - Women) Tennis

Registration

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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Aerobic Volleyball Matches

Netball

Soccer

Tug of War

Prize Giving Ceremony

Tennis

Tele-match

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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VISIT BY H.E. DR. MAKIO MIYAGAWA On the 20th March 2014, the Vice Chancellor has received an official visit from Japan's AmbassadorDesignate to Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM Kuala Lumpur. The purpose was to pay courtesy visit to MJIIT. The meeting started with welcoming remarks delivered by Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar, ViceChancellor. The event continued with a briefing of recent progress at MJIIT presented by Prof. Datin Dr. Rubiyah Yusof, Dean of MJIIT. The program ended with a visit to selected iKOHZA Laboratories and the Marzuki Khalid Industrial Museum. - MJIIT Website

VISIT BY JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY On 28 April 2014, MJIIT received a visit from representatives of Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST), Mr. Fumiaki Takahashi, Principle Fellow, and Mr. Nobuyuki Fukasawa, Manager of China Research and Communication Center. The aim of visit was to introduce the Sakura Science Program (SSP) which has been launched this year. SSP is a new grant scheme offering financial support for the Asian youth to visit Japan in the field of science and technology. The meeting also attended by Director of UTM International, Kuala Lumpur Campus, Prof. Dr. Christopher Preece.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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MJIIT - TCU JOINT RESEARCH SEMINAR A Joint Research Seminar with Tokyo City University (TCU) was held on 21 March 2014 at MJIIT. The seminar resulted from an agreement to expand collaboration in research and education signed in October 2013. The seminar introduced MJIIT and TCU and research projects and research interest to both sides respectively and explored future collaboration in joint supervision of MJIIT students, research and educational activities. The event started with welcoming remarks and a presentation about MJIIT by Prof. Datin Dr. Rubiyah Yusof. A presentation was then given by the head of TCU delegation, Professor Ryo Taguchi. The seminar continued with three (3) parallel session for each representative of concerned iKOHZA and TCU delegation to exchange information about research project and research interests. The seminar ended with visit to selected iKOHZA Laboratary.

6 MJIIT JAPANESE PROFESSORS CONQUERED MT. KINABALU Early on the morning of 4th April 2014, a climbing party of six (6) MJIIT Japanese professors successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, the highest peak in South East Asia at 4,095 meters. F. Kobayashi leaded the party of Yamamoto, Matsumoto, Arai, Ohshima and Fukuda; the average age of members was over 61 with the oldest nearly 71. Thanks to the fine weather, the members could enjoy the great views from the summit and were photographed there with MJIIT flag. For the Japanese, it was some kind of privilege to be at a higher place than Mt. Fuji, the highest peak in Japan at 3,776 meters. - MJIIT Website

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MAIN ACTIVITIES

VISIT BY KYOWA ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS CO. LTD (KYOWA) Kyowa Electronic Instruments Co. Ltd (KYOWA) made a second visit to MJIIT on 4th April 2014. The purpose of the visit was to discuss some issues on MJIIT undergraduate students attachment at KYOWA Japan this coming June. During the visit a final donation of research equipment (with total cost of RM300k) was made to MJIIT. The program end with KYOWA representative visiting the VSE laboratory. - MJIIT Website

COURTESY VISIT BY LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF KANAGAWA PREFECTURAL ASSEMBLY On 15th April 2014, a delegation from the International Cooperation Federation, Liberal Democratic Party of Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly made an official visit to MJIIT. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with MJIIT as a collaborative project between Malaysia and Japan. The meeting started with the welcoming remarks delivered by Prof. Datin Dr. Rubiyah Yusof, Dean of MJIIT . Updates on recent progress of MJIIT presented by Prof. Dr. Takashi Yamamoto, Deputy Dean (Liason and Internationalization) then took place. The program ended with a visit to selected iKOHZA Laborotary and the Industrial Museum.

I-KOHZA

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INTRODUCTION TO iKOHZA: AIR RESOURCES RESEARCH LABORATORY

Prof. Dr Mohd Rashid Mohd Yusof Head of Air Resources Research Laboratory Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)

The Air Resources group focuses on the safeguard of air resources or ambient air quality against man-made pollution. The research includes surveillance and quantification of pollutants that centres on detailed physical and chemical characterization of the pollutants in the ambient air or from stationary sources. The research is directed towards fine particulate size fraction that has a strong association with anthropogenic or man-made pollution sources, which is difficult to control and is known to impose health problems. The quantification and characterization of the air pollutant at source is the most important development towards a better understanding of source-receptor relationship and even for air pollution control performance evaluation. Thus, research on the source emission performance along with the application of air dispersion and health risk based models are sought to explain such relationship. In addition, the impact of utilizing fossil or biomass or other alternative fuels towards the local and global climatic change is also an area of interest within the group.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR IR. MEGAT JOHARI MEGAT MOHD NOOR On 31 March, Japan’s Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa, presented a Letter of Appreciation from the Japanese Foreign Minister to Prof. Ir. Megat Johari Megat Mohd Noor, the Former Dean of Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT). Currently, Prof. Ir. Megat Johari is Director of the Centre for Quality and Risk Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. The Letter was conferred to Professor Megat for his significant contribution in enhancing the bilateral relations between Japan and Malaysia as the Dean of MJIIT. The event was held at Residence of Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Makio Miyagawa. - MJIIT Website

CONGRATULATIONS TO ASSOC. PROF. DR. IR. SAIFUL AMRI MAZLAN Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Saiful Amri Mazlan has been promoted to the post of Associate Professor. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Saiful for this promotion. - MJIIT Website

SPECIAL COLUMN

SCHOLARSHIP BY JAIF A scholarship provided by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) was established in December 2013 to help educate and develop highly skilled science and technology professionals from ASEAN Member States. Twenty-five (25) scholarships are to be awarded to future leaders of Member States for a Master's Degree Program at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) in Malaysia.

MALAYSIA-JAPAN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MJIIT) UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR, Jalan Semarak, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel : 603 2203 1200 Fax : 603 2203 1266 Email : [email protected]

Currently under the recruitment and screening stage, chosen students shall start their Master's Degree Program in September 2014 and latest by February 2015 as determined by MJIIT. - Shahirah Shahrudin

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE TEAM Advisor: Prof. Takashi Yamamoto Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anthony Centeno Puan Zaharah Bt. Ahmad Ms. Mamiko Terakado Mr. Sakae Yamada Members: Dr. Hafizal Yahya (Website) Ms. Siti Juliana Mohd Imam Ms. Wan Maryam Wan Zulkipli