JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will head a collaboration with four public universities through the University for Society (U4S) initiative to conserve the area around Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang.
UTM’s Centre for Community and Industry Network director Assoc Prof Dr Johari Surif said the universities involved were Universiti Teknikal Melaka Malaysia (UTeM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), with UTM acting as the southern zone chief.“The U4S Southern Zone project, a joint venture of expertise of these four universities, focuses on environmental sustainability and community development around Pasir Gudang, further sustaining the river.
“In line with the university’s Sustainable Development Goals initiative, UTM will contribute expertise in the aspects of eco-park and natural river engineering by carrying out the development of an eco-park at Sungai Kim Kim,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said this while moderating an online webinar entitled “U4S: Sustainability of Sungai Kim Kim and the Community” on social media.
Assoc Prof Johari said UTHM would focus on educating the surrounding community through a river education programme themed “Conserve the Nature, Love the River”.
“UTeM will assist in terms of knowledge and technology transfer programmes in the ‘Smart River Robot Challenge’ by creating cleaning robots in rivers.
“USIM has a role in stabilising the emotions and spirit of the community involved.
“This will be carried out through various training programmes, such as the ‘Psychological Aid Guide’ for teachers and students,” he said.
He said the U4S southern zone team would also work with various other agencies to achieve the goal.
This includes the Johor Irrigation and Drainage Department, Environment Department, the Pasir Gudang City Council, and the Pasir Gudang district education office.
He said the team would also solicit cooperation from surrounding industries to ensure the well-being of the environment and the community. — Bernama