FROM trying out the many types of kimchi to learning the latest on third generation (3G) technology, 12 students from Multimedia University's Engineering Society Overseas Research Programme (Mescorp) had a good time during their recent trip to South Korea.
Led by a senior lecturer from the Engineering Faculty, Dr Sim Moh Lim, the team comprised both second and third year engineering undergraduates.
Team director Ong Puay Seong, a third year engineering student, said the team's research was on Towards the viability of 3G: The key elements for profitable 3G telecommunication services in Malaysia.
''We decided on this topic as the 3G technological wave is about to hit Malaysia and we wanted to study and analyse the major factors that will enable its success as well as recommend solutions towards achieving profitable 3G services here,'' he said.
Before embarking on their week-long trip to South Korea, Ong said the team visited local companies and government facilities as well as carried out surveys to find out how much Malaysians know about the 3G technology.
On why the team chose South Korea, fellow team-mate and research director Lee Guang Jian said it is one of the leading nations in Asia in 3G technology.
''It has well-established 3G service companies and we were eager to learn all we could,'' he said.
Among the places the team visited were the Ministry of Information and Communication of South Korea, several telecommunications companies and service and content providers. They also managed to visit Seoul National University and Kookmin Private University.
Lee said he was impressed with the state-of-the-art laboratories at both universities.
''The students who were mainly doing PhD studies, were working on soldering and fabrication in the labs and to go in, we had to be dressed in special uniforms and caps to ensure no hair fell and contaminated anything inside,'' he said.
But it wasn't all work and no play as the students took time to visit a theme park as well as try Korean food.
''We never knew there were so many kinds of kimchi which is something like our acar here. Some of them were pretty sour. We also tried the Korean barbecue and the instant noodles which were the cheapest meals,'' said Ong.
He said the team will share their research findings with their fellow students in a conference on Nov 5. A report of the findings will also be handed to the local regulator of 3G technology, namely the Malaysian Commission of Multimedia and Communication.
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