Monday, 1 August 2016

JPAM’s Ops Bantu: Paramedic Science students get first-hand work experience

Cyberjaya, 1st August 2016 – Students from Cyberjaya University had the unique opportunity to experience first-hand and participate directly in the nationwide emergency response operations during the recent Eid festival. These twenty-two Diploma in Paramedical Science students joined the Malaysian Civil Defence Department (Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia, JPAM) as part of their university-industrial training module.
Cyberjaya University students participated in JPAM Ops Bantu during Eid festive.
Cyberjaya University students participated in JPAM Ops Bantu during Eid festive.
This module aims to expose students to life as a paramedic and train for them to manage challenging situations. They were part of the government’s nationwide Ops Bantu JPAM during the Eid festive season from 2nd to 10th July 2016 and were posted for duty at Tol Bukit Mahkota to Seremban and Tol Senawang to Nilai.

One of the Diploma of Paramedical Science students, Mohd Iskandar Zulshah said "It is a great experience to be able to help public during emergency and panic situations while learning new things at the same time”. They were excited to share their first-hand experience working with paramedical professionals from JPAM.
One of the participants checking the patient in an ambulance.
One of the participants checking the patient in an ambulance.
The team had the opportunity to help victims of road accidents as well as other emergencies. In one the cases, they responded to, an accident victim near Bukit Jalil suffered from hematemesis and unable to stretch his knees. Professional and dedicated care was quickly provided to ease the patients suffering until transfer to a hospital.

Meanwhile, another student Ahmad Shakur Aslam had a different kind of experience, a reptile-related emergency. They were called to respond to a desperate call by a homeowner in Taman Seremban Jaya who reported finding a snake in his house. The team eventually caught the culprit, a copperhead rat snake (C. radiata) which was thankfully not venomous to humans.
Participants helping a victim of an accident at Bukit Jalil.
Participants helping a victim of an accident at Bukit Jalil.
Prior to the start of Ops Bantu, these students were involved in the preparing and distributing porridge to civil servants at neighbouring police stations, Fire station and orphanage home for Iftar. Students at Cyberjaya College are passionate for community programme that is in line with our value, nurturing passion to care.

"It’s very tiring but I’ve gained a lot of knowledge with my involvement in Ops Bantu and its very satisfying as we were helping people who were in need” said Cleopatra Anisia, another volunteer. Yet another student, Syafi'ah Diyanah expressed "It’s a whole new experience for me and my team as we need to be on standby for 16 hours straight.”
Students helping a patient who had hematemesis and unable to stretch his knee in Bukit Jalil.
Students helping a patient who had hematemesis and unable to stretch his knee in Bukit Jalil.
Nik Mohd. Kamil, a Medical Science University instructor had praises for the dedication shown by the students. He expressed an appreciation for the opportunity to work with JPAM. Medical Science College has long advocated for close collaborations between the university and its various clinical and training partners. These academic-industry partnerships are vital to ensure Cyberjaya University Malaysia students are well prepared for the rigours and demand of their working life.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Free Training/Government Funded Programme: Golongan Pekerja dan Future Workers (GPFW)

Government Funded Program Golongan Pekerja dan Future Workers GPFW
Free Training Sponsored by Government for Graduates (Kursus Percuma Lepasan Siswazah GPFW)

The PSDC has developed a list of programs based on the skills required by the industries. Qualified candidates will receive monthly cash allowance of RM500.00 and may select from the following course:

Manufacturing Process for Engineering Degree Graduates (Intake date: 15 August 2016)

Manufacturing Process (3 Months Training + 3 Months Industrial Attachment)

ENTRY REQUIREMENT
- Malaysian below 45 years old
- No Permanent Employment
- Degree holder in:
  • B. Science Physics
  • B. Eng in Electrical & Electronics
  • B. Eng in Mechatronics
  • B. Mechanical Engineering
  • B. Chemical Engineering
  • B. Material Engineering
- Candidate’s monthly household income is lesser than RM 10,000

PERFORMANCE SERIES
  • Business English
  • Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Critical & Analytical Thinking
  • Teambuilding & Positive Work Attitude
  • Change Management
  • Project Management - Fundamental
  • Essentials of Technical Report Writing
  • 8D Problem Solving
TECHNICAL SERIES
  • 5S
  • Cycle Time Management
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Kaizen
  • Lean Manufacturing Basic
  • Poka Yoke
  • Practical Statistical Techniques (PST)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • TRIZ Innovation & Creativity
  • Basic Soldering
  • Basic Transistor 1
  • Basic Transistor 2
  • Digital Signal Process
In order to inculcate a sense of responsibility and self-discipline, full attendance is expected and class performances will be strictly monitored by qualified trainers. The total duration of the INSEP program varies between 6 months with both training and industrial attachment. Graduates will be placed with world-class organizations and reputable local companies which include AMD, Prodelcon, LBSB and many more. Such an arrangement will create a win-win situation where companies can increase their productivity while graduates gain more working experience preparing them for more employment opportunities.

For more information on GPFW, please contact Nurtasha at 04-6437909 (ext.572) or email:gpfw@psdc.org.my (Must mention that you saw this advertiment from Education Malaysia for Students website)

Friday, 29 July 2016

National University of Singapore (NUS) Cancels Orientation Week After Video of Inappropriate Activities Went Viral on Social Media

National University of Singapore NUS Orientation Week
The Straits Times:
Complaints had surfaced in a report by The New Paper on Tuesday (July 26), about increasingly sexualised activities at recent NUS orientation camps.

NUS said in a statement on Friday (July 29) that all student-organised team-building activities for freshmen are suspended "with immediate effect" until further notice.

This was after it received information about unauthorised and unsupervised freshmen activities, despite having issued earlier instructions on this matter.

It also confirmed that a video circulating online of people getting dunked in a pond, was a residential activity that took place in Sheares Hall on Wednesday (July 27).

"We are deeply disappointed that some of our students have flouted the rules and behaved in an unacceptable manner in organising freshmen activities."

It said that those found responsible will be brought before the University's Board of Discipline.
Glad that seniors' ragging and harassment of juniors during O-week have been a thing of past for University of Malaya (UM) since quite a number of years ago. Certain faculty-based o-week like Medic faculty's is currently the most notorious o-week at UM.

In this age of high social media proficiency, if you still organize freshmen activities that are deemed inappropriate, you will get caught sooner or later. Why risk facing disciplinary actions or even suspension for the sake of making fun of other freshies? We need seniors to be good role models for juniors instead of being abusers.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Top 5 UK Cities with Most Malaysian Students Studying Abroad

KUALA LUMPUR – As students around the world get ready for the beginning of a new school year, there are a series of pre-departure briefings to familiarise Malaysian students with the various UK cities they will be heading towards.

London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester are the top UK cities for overseas students. Britain has long been a favourite destination for Malaysians to pursue their further studies. According to the UK Trade & Investment, it is estimated that more than 15,000 Malaysians are studying in UK universities, drawn by its world class education system.

Malaysian students can enjoy stress-free onward connection from London Heathrow airport to over 25 cities across the UK, including, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

1. London, England

London England Famous Landmark Signpost

Home to one of the largest concentration of universities in the world, London houses some of the oldest and most prestigious universities. The city has a student population of more than 300,000. The newcomers can easily blend in to the student community by participating in any of the hundreds of student societies in London, making new friends and forging bonds for the future. Students can also take advantage of London’s rich cultural and cosmopolitan offerings to expand their horizon beyond academics. As the air-travel hub in Europe, students can travel beyond London for a short weekend trip to other parts of the UK or to Europe to further enrich their life experiences.
London England Cityscape View

2. Belfast, Ireland

Belfast Titanic Quarter

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland.  In Irish, Belfast means the “mouth of the sandbanks”. It is situated around the River Lagan and is flanked by a series of hills endowing the city with many of its natural beauty.  Given its geography, students studying in Belfast would be able to spend many memorable days in the great outdoors – hiking, camping and cycling.  Parks and gardens are also an integral part of the city’s heritage.  Belfast boasts of over 40 public parks! For music lovers, Belfast also has a longstanding underground club scene and the city is the subject of many popular bands and artists such as U2, Spandau Ballet, The Police, Elton John, James Taylor and Snow Patrol.
Belfast Ireland University College Student Lawn

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a historic, cultured and cosmopolitan city that offers a unique learning and living experience. Highly rated for its low crime rate, students can settle in quickly in this friendly city. Famous for its dynamic cultural scene, Edinburgh boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland.  Every summer, the city’s renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Edinburgh Festival Fringe deliver a billing of international acts that makes it the cultural and arts mecca of the north.
Edinburgh, Scotland beautiful old harbour Leith

4. Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow

Glasgow is a key centre of higher education with four universities located within a 20km radius of the city.  Among them is the University of Glasgow, the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Students in Scotland’s largest city will be able to feast their eyes on Glasgow’s impressive historical and modern architectural traditions. The Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum (also known as Museum of Transport) and the award-winning Burrell are definitely not-to-miss.

5. Manchester, England


Football aside, Manchester is also known for its new discoveries, scientific breakthroughs and technological developments in engineering. Many scientists who changed the world with their great inventions are from Manchester, including Alan Turning, who is considered the father of computer, John Dalton who developed the modern atomic theory and Mancunian A V Roe, who designed and flown the first British airplane. There are endless ways to discover Manchester’s science history. You could take a ride on the first ever railway at the Museum of Science and Industry or explore the city by foot on science-themed walks.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Malaysian University Student Does Nation Proud Winning Prestigious Diana Award

Bushra Farooq wins Prestigious Diana Award for Improving Communities and the Lives of Others

Bushra Farooq and Earl Spencer

Kuala Lumpur, 27 July 2016 - The past year proved to be very rewarding for International University Malaysia. Several of its students garnered strings of world-class achievements internationally. Now, another student has once again made the nation proud.

Bushra Farooq was bestowed the prestigious Diana Award at a national award ceremony in London recently. The Diana Award was set up as a lasting legacy of Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The 19-year-old Bushra Farooq, an Psychology student from Kuala Lumpur, was recognized as the Regional Award winner in the Diana Champion Volunteer category for volunteering over 500 hours of her time to various causes in Malaysia and Oman. She spent these hours working with cancer patients, orphans, on a sexual education project for refugee children and with the ‘Do Something Good’ organization. She has also been actively involved in various community projects via the University-run Cares.

The Cares is a platform for staff and students of the University to make meaningful contributions to the community in producing skilled, knowledgeable, caring and ethical health professionals who will serve the community at large.

Commenting on receiving the award, “It is an honour to receive such a prestigious award. Receiving this award gives me the recognition and a platform to do even more community work that I’ve been aspiring to do because of the support system that follows. This award definitely has raised my intrinsic motivation in a positive aspect.”

“The reason I am passionate about the volunteer work I do is to fulfil my desire to help others. My vocation in Psychology has definitely helped me to further equip my passion,” she continued.

The Psychology Department, which nominated and supported Bushra for the Diana Award shares that, “We at the International University are extremely proud of Bushra. The Diana Award will encourage her to continue her fantastic work and will hopefully inspire others to make a difference in the community.”

Besides her studies, Bushra is currently volunteering through Incitement, which organises independent events to promote volunteering and create social impact around the world. She is also working with the Global Youth Ambassador Program as an alumni to help fundraise for causes in Vietnam.

Said Earl Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana, “I have met hundreds of children who have been proud to receive the Diana Award, and I’ve been quick to congratulate them on whatever it was that brought them this recognition while assuring them that Diana would have been equally proud to have her name attached to such a fine initiative and to each award-winner’s good work.  One of my childhood memories of Diana was learning of how very protective she was of younger girls at her boarding schools,”

“In later life, she endlessly displayed her great affinity towards children and the vulnerable. It is because the Diana Award fits so perfectly with my late sister’s core values that I’ve always been one of its greatest supporters, and why I am proud and delighted to be present at this ceremony,” he added.

The 80 recipients of the Diana Award were identified and nominated by members of the public. They are recognised for their selfless service and huge amount of energy to improve their communities and the lives of others.

Since 1999, over 47,000 youths have been recognised with a Diana Award for continuing Princess Diana’s legacy and making an outstanding difference in their communities’ across the globe. The award is supported by Princess Diana’s sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Diana Award supports the development of youths through a range of peer-led programmes which builds character, develops skills and improves their life opportunities.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

MP Questions the State of Academic Fraud in Malaysia Public Universities such as UM

Ong Kian Ming Universiti Malaya UM
Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 25th of July, 2016:

HOW SERIOUS IS ACADEMIC FRAUD IN OUR UNIVERSITIES?

More than a month ago, on the 11th of June, 2016, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya was alerted of alleged academic misconduct on the part of some faculty members who were authors / co-authors in a number of scientific publications. To its credit, the University quickly convened an investigation and found that ‘there were duplication and / or manipulation of almost all the figures (images and graphs) within the original Scientific Reports paper and across three other publications authored by the group of researchers” and called for the authors to retract all four articles.[1] The articles were subsequently retracted by the journals in question.[2]

The university’s quick and decisive action sends a strong signal that research fraud is not tolerated in our national research universities and it should be applauded accordingly. But larger questions regarding academic integrity and academic fraud remain unanswered.

For example, this specific case of academic fraud was discovered not by an internal probe within the university but because of scrutiny by academics and researchers from outside the country. The allegations which were first highlighted on twitter was then picked up by blogs such as Microbiome Digest, For Better Science and Science. Elisabeth Bik, a Stanford researcher who recently co-authored a paper titled “The Prevalence of Inappropriate Image Duplication in Biomedical Research Publications”, suggested on Microbiome Digest that not only were the images duplicated within each paper, but that the figures look very similar across papers (despite the papers being about different cancer cells and different compounds!). Without such scrutiny, would this academic fraud have been discovered?

In addition, were the authors in all four papers (other than Nina Samie who was the lead author in all of the papers) aware that the same study was replicated thrice and submitted to four different journals under different titles? Was there academic fraud not just in terms of the content published but also in the manner in which the different co-authors may have been duped or worse yet, were complicit partners in this scandal?

What is disconcerting is that this specific case may be the tip of the iceberg of what is poor academic integrity and honesty in our higher education system. While I believe that a large majority of the 3823 papers which were published by UM students and staff in indexed journals have been done with academic integrity and honesty,[3] it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the barrel.

I have heard of instances of junior faculty and researchers being forced to include the names of their supervisors on academic papers even though their supervisors did not contribute any significant intellectual input or work. Some supervisors even insist of being named as first author which implies that he or she took the leading role and did much of the work for the publication in question. In some worse cases of academic fraud, some senior academics even refuse to allow the junior faculty or researcher to put their name in the publication thus claiming all the intellectual credit for himself or herself.

It is not sufficient for UM to merely issue a press statement on this specific instance of academic fraud. As the oldest and arguably most prestigious academic institution in Malaysia, it should take a leading role when it comes to upholding standards of academic integrity and intellectual honesty. As such, I call upon the University of Malaya to publish the full proceedings of its internal investigation into this matter and to recommend changes to existing guidelines so these kinds of cases do not happen again. In addition, UM should also disclose the exact nature of the punishment meted out to the researchers in question so as to send a strong signal to other faculty of the serious consequences of academic fraud.

In addition, I call upon the Minister of Higher Education, Idris Jusoh, to conduct a comprehensive review of the High Impact Research (HIR) initiative between his Ministry and the University of Malaya. The authors of three of the papers received two research grants from this initiative which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the University of Malaya to fund projects that will lead to publications in Tier 1 ISI/Web of Science journals[4]. According to the UM 2014 annual report, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has injected RM590 million into the programme, with additional funding from UM, to fund research projects up till 2016. Given the large amount of funds dedicated to this initiative and that the fact that two of its research projects were found to be academically fraudulent, it is in the public interest for the funding for all the projects under this initiative to be publicly disclosed and reviewed. If Idris Jusoh is serious about ensuring that our higher education system is ‘Soaring Upwards’, he should take this matter seriously and not try to cover things up.

Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Member of Parliament for Serdang

[1] http://www.um.edu.my/about-um/media-centre/news/2016/06/16/allegations-of-scientific-misconduct-at-university-of-malaya

[2] Samie N., Haerian B.S., Muniandy S., Marlina A., Kanthimathi M.S., Abdullah N.B., Ahmadian G. and Aziddin R.E.R. (2016) Mechanism of Action of the Novel Nickel(II) Complex in Simultaneous Reactivation of the Apoptotic Signaling Networks Against Human Colon Cancer Cells. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 6:313. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2015.00313 (Received: 19/11/15 | Accepted: 18/12/15 | Published: 28/1/16 | Retracted: 29/6/16 )

Samie N., Muniandy S., Kanthimathi M., Haerian B.S. (2016) Mechanism of action of novel piperazine containing a toxicant against human liver cancer cells. PeerJ, 4:e1588. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1588 (Received: 17/11/15 | Accepted: 21/12/15 | Published: 17/3/16 Retracted: 26/6/16)

Samie N., Muniandy S., Kanthimathi M.S., Haerian, B.S., Azudin, R.E.R. (2016) Novel piperazine core compound induces death in human liver cancer cells: possible pharmacological properties. Scientific Reports, 6:24172. doi: 10.1038/srep24172 (Received: 1/10/15 | Accepted 23/3/16 | Published: 13/4/16 | Retracted: 22/6/16)

Samie N., Kanthimathi M.S., Muniandy S., Marlina, A., Mohamed Z., Abdullah, N. Revamp of the apoptotic signalling pathways and cell cycle arrest in colon cancer cells induced by novel copper based compound and its molecular mechanisms. Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery. (Withdrawn before publishing – can no longer be found online)

[3] https://www.um.edu.my/docs/default-source/about-um_document/media-centre/annual-report/annual-report-2014.pdf, p. 28

[4] http://hir.um.edu.my

Monday, 25 July 2016

Teachers should control emotions when dealing with students - Deputy Education Minister

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan
The Star Online:
He was commenting on a case in Tanah Merah Kelantan involving a female teacher who was said to had slapped her student for allegedly shaving her eyebrows.

Nursyahida Zulkifli was allegedly slapped three times at the back of her head by the teacher after believing that the Form 3 student had shaved her eyebrows.

The slaps caused her to vomit and she was admitted to the hospital for a nerve problem.

Her mother Zakirah Zahari was reported to have said that the slaps could have aggravated her daughter’s old injuries, sustained when she fell in the bathroom last year.

She hurt her head during the fall and was warded for two months.
Schools should have zero tolerance policy on violence and abuse by teachers towards students. For incidents like this, mainstream media tend to report the full name of the victim (a minor less than 16 years old) but self-censor the name of the abuser. What is the logic behind this? Thanks to social media, we now know his name: Ustazah Huslin
Malaysia School Teacher Violence Incident