UNIVERSITI Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar)Perak Campus Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research recently organised its third Research and Development (R&D) Colloquium.
This was held following the success of the first two colloquiums in May and October last year.
It aimed to provide continuous updates on research outcomes to the research centres, faculties, the institute and vice-president’s office for Research Development and Commercialisation (RDC).
This year’s colloquium also served as a platform to foster regular networking among the 27 Utar research centres, establish cross research co-operation and enhance bidding for local and international research funding.
Themed Sustainable Development and Green Growth and Healthcare and Technology, the colloquium served as an important platform for the research participants to interact, present and share their research work.
It saw more than 120 participants comprising local and foreign researchers from Utar research centres, lecturers, staff and postgraduate students.
In his opening speech, Utar RDC vice-president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei explained the role of R&D and its contribution towards the university’s progress.
“Today’s colloquium is to strengthen and nurture interactions among researchers from various research centres in Utar, and to establish research collaboration and reinforce cross disciplinary research.
“It also engages researchers and postgraduate students towards multi-disciplinary academic research in order to form a knowledge-based community with advanced research culture and quality,” he said.
There were two parallel sessions with a total of 22 presentations at the R&D Colloquium 2015.
The topics included sustainable healthcare system and lifestyle, relationship between corporate governance, sustainability disclosure and financial performance, as well as disaster management.
Among the highlights were Dr Wang Chan Chin’s presentation on Recent Flood Disaster in Malaysia and Collaboration with Local NGOs in Disaster Risk Reduction, Surita Mogan and her team’s presentation on Research on Endometriosis in Malaysia, Chan Ling Meng’s presentation on Conceptual Framework of Moral Emotion among Human Resource Managers in Malaysia, Dr Shaheed Ahmed’s presentation on Health Screening in Kajang and Dr Ng Choon Aun’s presentation on Palm Oil Mill Effluent Treatment Using Anaerobic Activated Sludge Processes.
N. Suberamaniam from Utar’s Centre for Foundation Studies said he enjoyed attending the colloquium as it was intellectually satisfying.
“The topics presented were new and useful for new researchers, especially on the topic of heath screening for retirees.
“I personally think further studies are needed on the plight of the male retirees, as it is a new and current issue in the society,” he said.
Afi Roshezry Abu Bakar, who is a lecturer from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, said attending the colloquium helped him to gain more knowledge in diverse fields which were new and different from his field.
“It also serves as a good platform to network with other researchers and lecturers from different faculties,” he said.