spps sukanTuesday, 2 April – The School of Education and Social Development (SPPS) took the champion trophy at the recent 15th UMS Education Schools Athletics Championship.  They collected 24 gold, nine silver and five bronze thus becoming the overall champion for three consecutive years.  This achievement showed an increase in the medals tally compared to last year’s which was 21 gold, 14 silver and seven bronze.

The School of Psychology and Social Work (SPKS) and the School of Business and Economics (SPE) took the second and third spots respectively.  SPKS grabbed four gold, four silver and three bronze whilst SPE took one gold and two bronze.

All category of awards on offer were grabbed by athletes from SPPS.  For the Female and Male Hopeful Athlete categories, the winners were Merry Gabalin and Makenzie Jetol.  Merry won the triple jump, 4x400m and 100m, where she created a new record.  Makenzie grabbed gold in two events; shot putt and javelin.

The Best Female Athlete was won by Emmy Ahkim, collecting three gold in the 400m, 800m and 4x100m events.  She also rewrote her own record in the 400m event made in 2012.  The award for Best Male Athlete category was won by Eldy Sham Erlon who was also the holder of the 100m which has not been broken for the last 10 years.  He also won two gold in the 110m hurdles and 4x100m relay events.

SPPS coach who is also the Sports Science Programme, Dr. Mohamad Nizam Nazarudin expressed his satisfaction over the athletes’ performance and hope that they would be chosen to represent the state.

“I intend to send athletes who shines to participate in the coming open national championship besides preparing all athletes for the championship next year,” he said.

SPPS team manager, Hasnol Noordin said, the team’s success is because of the athletes’ commitment and discipline that enables them to improve further in their own field.

The championship attracted 244 participants from the schools contingents in UMS.  Aside from being an annual event, this championship included 29 events that served as a platform to uncover new talents to represent UMS at major championships such as MASUM, ASEAN University Sports and Higher Education Sports.

Source: Dr. Mohamad Nizam Nazarudin, SPPS


Information and Media Section, Corporate Relations Division

sprmMONDAY, 1 APRIL – Corruption  is a crime that exists since human civilisation and expanded along with the nation’s development.  Eventhough corruption becomes the focus of whatever policies and strategies of national development, still until today, the issue of combating corruption remains the focus of discussions among it citizens.  This was stated by the Chief Commisioner of the Malaysian Corruption Prevention Commision (SPRM), Dato’ Sri Hj. Abu Kassim Mohamed when officiating at the Higher Education Institutes Corruption Prevention Secretariat 2013 Convention.

He said, undergraduates should realised their responsibility in helping the generation at Higher Learning Institutes (IPT) to curb corruption.  Thus he urged, through the Convention theme Undergraduates With Integrity, Avoid Corruption; staff of SPRM and IPT can make the change by inculcating the culture of shoving corruption and to instil on themselves that this crime is as heavy and serious as drugs, smuggling and etc.

He also hope that these programmes will increase their knowledge and awareness including their sincerity in fighting corruption at IPT level thus building quality human capital especially in terms of integrity and with a strong discipline.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Abdullah in his speech said such programmes are really beneficial in efforts to educate undergraduates in steering away from this menace, as they will be our future leaders.

Thus, he reminded all participants to benefit from the knowledge and information gained which is of high integrity and can be adopted to our present day practice and for the future.

This programme which is aimed at educating undergraduates on curbing corruption was also attended by the Deputy Chief Commisioner (Prevention) Dato’ Hjh. Sutinah Sultan, and principal officers of UMS.
By : Salbinous Saribun / Feria Lee
Photo : Musaab Umair

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marineMONDAY, MARCH 11 - Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI), Universiti Malaysia Sabah will be organizing the International Seminar on Marine Science and Aquaculture (ISOMSA) 2013 from 19 - 21 March 2013. This seminar is jointly organized by BMRI, Kinki University of Japan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Sabah Parks, Department of Fisheries Sabah, National Oceanography Directorate Malaysia, Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia and Ko-Nelayan Sabah.

The seminar will include keynote address by invited speakers, oral and poster presentations related to the theme ‘Ocean Health and Our Future which will be held in two concurrent sessions on the 19 - 21 March, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm venue at the 1 Borneo Grand Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu.

The seminar has gathered over 100 scientist participations from various universities and institutions within Malaysia as well as from Japan, Korea, Iran, Canada, Australia, Netherland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines to share and discuss their latest research findings on marine aquatic resources and aquaculture.

For further details, please visit our website: http://www.ums.edu.my/ipmb/isomsa/index.html or call the seminar secretariats at 088-320000 ext. 2271, 2587.


Source: Borneo Marine Research Institute






MoA UMSLinkRABU, 27 MAC - Para penyelidik digesa agar lebih kreatif dan inovatif dalam melaksana penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D). Ia kerana usaha tersebut merupakan antara elemen penting bagi memastikan pencapaian serta kebolehpasaran sesuatu produk yang dihasilkan.

Naib Canselor Universiti  Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Abdullah, berkata penekanan terhadap kepentingan R&D  itu bukan sekadar teori semata-mata malah mengimbangi elemen amali sekaligus menyumbang kepada pengkomersilan produk yang untuk pembangunan sumber ekonomi.

Beliau berucap demikian pada Majlis Menandatangani Pengkomersilan dan Perjanjian Pelesenan produk ‘Alife’ antara UMS dan Ulink Agro-Based Sdn. Bhd.

Perjanjian tersebut ditandatangani Naib Canselor UMS, Profesor Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Abdullah dan Pengarah Pusat Penyelidikan dan Inovasi UMS, Profesor Dr. Felix Tongkul bagi pihak UMS, manakala bagi pihak Ulink Agro-Based Sdn. Bhd, diwakili Pengerusinya, Datuk Jurij Yaccob dan Ketua Pegawai Operasi, UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd. Wan Mohd Azeelan Haji Adnan.

Perjanjian tersebut turut disaksikan oleh Pengerusi Kumpulan UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd, Datuk K.Y. Mustafa, Bendahari UMS, Tuan Haji Rizal Othman dan Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan  Suria Capital Berhad merangkap  Pengarah UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd dan ahli Audit Dalaman & Pengurusan Risiko ULink, Datuk Dr. Mohamed Fowzi Hassan Mohamed Razi.

Sementara itu, mengenai perjanjian tersebut, pihak UMS amat menghargai kesediaan UMS Link Holdings Sdn. Bhd. melalui anak syarikatnya ULink Agro Based Sdn. Bhd. untuk bekerjasama dalam mengkomersilkan produk harta intelek (IP) dan teknologi hasil ciptaan para penyelidik UMS.

Perjanjian tersebut melibatkan penghasilan produk kesihatan dijenamakan sebagai ‘ALife’ yang merupakan makanan tambahan berupa kapsul Tongkat Ali atau dikenali sebagi Eurycoma Longifolia menerusi kajian dan penyelidikan pengasasnya, Awang Ahmad Yunus dari Sekolah Perhutanan Tropika Antarabangsa UMS.

Pada majlis itu, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah turut menerima replika cek berjumlah RM 30,000 daripada Pengerusi ULink Agro-Based Sdn. Bhd, Datuk Jurij Yaccob sebagai bayaran yuran pelesenan eksklusif  kepada UMS.


Oleh: Faezah Mohamad Dun

Foto: Musaab Umair

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UNICEF UMSTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - UMS has been given the honour to conduct an evaluation on behalf of The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia on the ‘Reaching the Unreached: An Alternative Education Programme for Refugees, Undocumented and Stateless Children in Kampung Numbak, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’.

Competing nationally for this prestigious honour, the UMS team led by Prof Vincent Pang, outbidded the other rival universities with its winning proposal. The other key members of the UMS team include Dr Lee Kean Wah, Madam Ng Shi Ing, and Ms Crispina Gregory K Han, from the School of Education and Social Development. Besides these core members, the UMS team is also ably supported by other associate members and students from the School of Education and Social Development (SPPS), and the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (PPIB). The fund allocated for this research amounted to RM88,000. The evaluation project is scheduled to be completed by May 2013.

The education center in Kg. Numbak , Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is a first initiative by UNICEF in collaboration with Ministry of Education, and the Sabah Special Task Force to provide access to basic education for out-of-school children in line with the principles of ensuring education for all children irrespective of religion, race, location, or citizenship status. The Numbak Educare Centre was established in 2011 in response to the needs of United Nation’s Article 28 (1)(a) Conventions on the Rights of the Child.

Since its inception, the Centre has been responsible for pioneering the implementation of an Alternative Education Programme (AEP) for the stateless and undocumented children. As the principal financier backer, UNICEF was interested to find out the extent of the impact of the AEP on this particular community. The evaluation was thus commissioned to meet the objectives of providing knowledge about the experience, lessons learnt and outcomes from the conception of the project up to the present time that UNICEF, MoE, Sabah Special Task Force and other education stakeholders can use as evidence for advocacy work and in the design of the Alternative Education Policy.

To evaluate the programme, the UMS team employs aparticipatory evaluation (PE) methodology based on a mixture of quantitative and qualitative, primary and secondary information sources. The participatory approach research method is appropriate because it takes into consideration the focal shift of Social Sciences research from the exclusive use of experimental designs to demonstrate the effectiveness of specific interventions and to foster their adoption in other settings (Patton, 1986). The evaluation process is scheduled to take place for six months. The evaluation is divided into two stages and includes both formative and summative evaluation and involving both qualitative and quantitative methods.

The first stage includes reviewing and analysis of existing government policy on Alternative Education and the programme documents and social visit to the community of implementation. During this stage, stated objectives, intended outcomes, and criteria for this programme as well as the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation group will be referred to develop evaluation instruments. The categories of evaluation will revolve around five key criteria, namely relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, outcome, and sustainability of the programme particularly from the perspective of gender and human rights.

The second stage looks at data collection through implementation of the evaluation instruments to the community of implementation. During this stage, the research team will enter the community of implementation daily to record and document data and facilitate reflection and feedback on the decided criteria. Besides that, planned interviews will be carried out with stakeholders involved in this programme.

The evaluation instruments will be visual reflections by the school children, focus group dialogue with the community, semi-structured interviews with government officials, community leaders, NGO representative, development partners, teachers, parents and school children; andcase studies of selected children’s life success stories.

The UMS team hopes to gather relevant information to document the AEP implementation process, its advantages, drawbacks and effects, through document analysis, interviews with participating stakeholders and participant observations.Findings from the evaluation report will be used by UNICEF Malaysia as evidence for advocacy work and propagating the Alternative Education policy to further improve the education provision for different groups of marginalized children in Malaysia.



Source: School of Education and Social Development and Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning








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