George Town, Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia

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George Town, Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia is a public university in Malaysia. There are three campuses: one on the island of Penang , one in Kelantan , and one in Nibong Tebal . There is offshore collaboration with KLE University, India offering the Doctor of Medicine undergraduate degree. USM plans to open a Global Campus located at Kuala Lumpur Education City . With around 28,300 postgraduate and undergraduate students in 2009, USM is one of the biggest universities in terms of enrollment in Malaysia. The number of lecturers is about 1,479, which leads to a student-lecturer ratio of around 19:1. Wikipedia.

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11 Subjects Rank in Top 50 and 52 in Top 100 as Malaysia Continues to Redesign its Higher Education System to Deliver Holistic Graduates KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia, ranked the 12th most preferred education destination in the world (UNESCO 2014), continues to improve its global rankings, strengthening its position as an international education hub of quality. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 reveals 11 subjects across 4 universities in Malaysia are ranked within the world's top 50 while 52 subjects are in the world's top 100," said Mohd Yazid Abd Hamid, CEO of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), a company of the Ministry of Higher Education responsible for the global promotion of Malaysia's higher education and international student services. University of Malaya (UM) leads the way with 5 subjects in top 50, achieving a remarkable 23rd in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 26th in Developmental Studies, 33rd in Mechanical Engineering and 38th in Chemical Engineering. Taylor's University and Universiti Sains Malaysia rank 29th and 32nd respectively for Hospitality and Leisure Management. International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is 46th for Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies. "Islamic Banking and Finance is also Malaysia's specialisation. INCEIF and IIUM contribute about 11% of the world's research and publications on Islamic Banking," Mohd Yazid added. Malaysia's network of 480 institutions offers over 6,000 programmes at pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are nine international branch campuses of leading British, Australian and Chinese universities in Malaysia with three ranking in world's top 100 -- Monash, Southampton and Nottingham. Studying at these universities in Malaysia translates into a minimum 30% savings on tuition fee when compared to its parent campus. "Costs remains a critical challenge in the global higher education landscape. Malaysia is a practical solution -- we provide quality education with lower tuition fees, lower cost of living which adds to a greater student experience. Kuala Lumpur, for the third consecutive year has been voted the Most Affordable City in the World for Students (QS Best Student Cities Survey 2016)," Mohd Yazid said. Many colleges in Malaysia offer twinning programmes and some offer joint degree programmes with reputable foreign partner universities, allowing students to study in two campuses across two countries and graduate with dual certification from both institutions or a certification from the foreign partner university. "The Higher Education Blueprint (2015-2025) outlines clear strategies in redesigning higher education in Malaysia, focussing on creating holistic graduates -- graduates with knowledge, practical, entrepreneurial, information management, problem-solving, communication and social skills, social responsibility, and strong ethics and values. "With its cultural, religious and geographical proximity, Malaysia is the ideal education destination for Pakistanis who seek quality higher education and a great student experience, especially ideal for postgraduate students -- you can have your dependents and family with you during your study here," Mohd Yazid said. Visit www.educationmalaysia.gov.my or email to enquiry@emgs.com.my for more information.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.10.3 | Award Amount: 886.58K | Year: 2013

European and Southeast Asian ICT R&D collaboration has a successful and long history, but opportunities exist to create more synergies, leverage and value added. In order to secure higher and sustainable impacts, we propose to implement an intensified targeted support at the appropriate scale, involving EU and SEA Research, Development and Innovation knowledge networks, clusters and their organisations: a structured bottom up - top down approach helping to create synergies between research and innovation programmes in the EU and the SEA region and create sustainable strategic partnerships. The action will pave the way for jointly addressing important societal challenges and core technologies, at the research, innovation and policy levels under HORIZON2020 and relevant SEA regional and national programmes.\nWithin this context, and building on the results and lessons learnt from the previous collaborative actions, the project has a three-fold objective: (1) To support internationalisation of European and SEA ICT-related research, development and innovation knowledge networks, technology platforms, clusters, organisations in the topics of common interest, in order to foster ICT RDI collaboration; (2) To promote Horizon 2020 and to reinforce synergies between the EU and ASEAN research development and innovation programmes; (3) To enrich and support EU-SEA ICT R&D policy dialogue, by supporting policy initiatives, summarising feedback from collaborative experience and proposing recommendations to reinforce EU-SEA ICT RDI collaboration.\nSpecialists from EU and SEA knowledge networks - ETPs, Networks of Excellence, clusters, projects, organisations - will be invited to participate in the internationalisation process with their counterparts working on similar strategic topics and societal challenges. The CONNECT2SEA fund distributed via a call for participants will support the establishment of new collaborations. The project will contribute to promotion of Horizon2020 and collaboration opportunities. Pilot actions will be implemented, to support policy initatives. The feedback will contribute to policy recommendations.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP-SICA | Phase: SSH.2012.4.1-2 | Award Amount: 3.05M | Year: 2012

The project SEATIDE brings together Southeast Asian (SEA) and European researchers with two objectives: research and network development. Research. Using locally focused field study methodologies, our experience of research on integration frameworks in Southeast Asia shows that historical and contemporary integrative processes include some groups and exclude others. Exclusion of communities presents risks to human development and security, even of framework disintegration. This understanding directs our research question: in processes of integration, who is excluded? We address it in thematic work packages with relevant qualitative/quantitative case studies guided by a common analytical framework focused on four key issues: diversity, prosperity, knowledge and security. Attention to SEAs sub-regions and globalisation/transnational issues defines our approach. Structuring the European Research Area (ERA). On the basis of existing structures the unique EFEO network of 10 field centres in SEA, plus ECAF, EUROSEAS, ASEF we work for the development of effective, integrated networks of EU-SEA research, embracing Western European and ASEAN-founder countries alongside Eastern/Southern Europe and post-communist SEA nations. Broad dissemination of results is essential to the projects success, through conferences, publications, press coverage and policy briefs. Our recent and innovative research serves to improve the dialogue initiated in the EFEOs FP7 project IDEAS between social scientists and policymakers.


Erejuwa O.O.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
International journal of biological sciences | Year: 2011

Diabetes mellitus is associated with deterioration of glycemic control and progressive metabolic derangements. This study investigated the effect of honey as an adjunct to glibenclamide or metformin on glycemic control in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in rats by streptozotocin. The diabetic rats were randomized into six groups and administered distilled water, honey, glibenclamide, glibenclamide and honey, metformin or metformin and honey. The animals were treated orally once daily for four weeks. The diabetic control rats showed hypoinsulinemia (0.27 ± 0.01 ng/ml), hyperglycemia (22.4 ± 1.0 mmol/L) and increased fructosamine (360.0 ± 15.6 μmol/L). Honey significantly increased insulin (0.41 ± 0.06 ng/ml), decreased hyperglycemia (12.3 ± 3.1 mmol/L) and fructosamine (304.5 ± 10.1 μmol/L). Although glibenclamide or metformin alone significantly (p < 0.05) reduced hyperglycemia, glibenclamide or metformin combined with honey produced significantly much lower blood glucose (8.8 ± 2.9 or 9.9 ± 3.3 mmol/L, respectively) compared to glibenclamide or metformin alone (13.9 ± 3.4 or 13.2 ± 2.9 mmol/L, respectively). Similarly, glibenclamide or metformin combined with honey produced significantly (p < 0.05) lower fructosamine levels (301.3 ± 19.5 or 285.8 ± 22.6 μmol/L, respectively) whereas glibenclamide or metformin alone did not decrease fructosamine (330.0 ± 29.9 or 314.6 ± 17.9 μmol/L, respectively). Besides, these drugs or their combination with honey increased insulin levels. Glibenclamide or metformin combined with honey also significantly reduced the elevated levels of creatinine, bilirubin, triglycerides, and VLDL cholesterol. These results indicate that combination of glibenclamide or metformin with honey improves glycemic control, and provides additional metabolic benefits, not achieved with either glibenclamide or metformin alone.


Al-mulali U.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Energy | Year: 2011

This study examines the impact of oil consumption on the economic growth of the MENA countries during the period 1980-2009. The panel model is employed in this study. Based on the cointegration test results, it was found that CO 2 emission, and oil consumption has a long run relationship with economic growth. Moreover, there is also a bi-directional Granger causality between oil consumption, CO 2 emission and economic growth in both the short run and the long run. The results of this study show clearly that oil consumption plays an important role in the economic growth of the MENA countries. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Lam M.K.,Universiti Sains Malaysia | Lee K.T.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Biotechnology Advances | Year: 2012

Culturing of microalgae as an alternative feedstock for biofuel production has received a lot of attention in recent years due to their fast growth rate and ability to accumulate high quantity of lipid and carbohydrate inside their cells for biodiesel and bioethanol production, respectively. In addition, this superior feedstock offers several environmental benefits, such as effective land utilization, CO 2 sequestration, self-purification if coupled with wastewater treatment and does not trigger food versus fuel feud. Despite having all these 'theoretical' advantages, review on problems and issues related to energy balance in microalgae biofuel are not clearly addressed until now. Base on the maturity of current technology, the true potential of microalgae biofuel towards energy security and its feasibility for commercialization are still questionable. Thus, this review is aimed to depict the practical problems that are facing the microalgae biofuel industry, covering upstream to downstream activities by accessing the latest research reports and critical data analysis. Apart from that, several interlink solutions to the problems will be suggested with the purpose to bring current microalgae biofuel research into a new dimension and consequently, to revolutionize the entire microalgae biofuel industry towards long-term sustainability. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Adsorption capacity of Cr(VI) onto chitosan coated with poly 3-methyl thiophene synthesized chemically was investigated in a batch system by considering the effects of various parameters like contact time, initial concentration, pH and temperature. Cr(VI) removal is pH dependent and found to be maximum at pH 2.0. Increases in adsorption capacity with increase in temperature indicate that the adsorption reaction is endothermic. Based on this study, the thermodynamic parameters like standard Gibb's free energy (Δ G°), standard enthalpy (Δ H°) and standard entropy (Δ S°) were evaluated. Adsorption kinetics of Cr(VI) ions onto chitosan coated with poly 3-methyl thiophene were analyzed by pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order models. The Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isotherms were used to describe the adsorption equilibrium studies of chitosan coated with poly 3-methyl thiophene at different temperatures. Langmuir isotherm shows better fit than Freundlich and Temkin isotherms in the temperature range studied. The results show that the chitosan coated with poly 3-methyl thiophene can be efficiently used for the treatment of wastewaters containing chromium as a low cost alternative compared to commercial activated carbon and other adsorbents reported. In order to find out the possibility of regeneration and reuse of exhausted adsorbent, desorption studies were also performed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Al-mulali U.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Energy | Year: 2012

This study investigated the major factors that influence the CO 2 emission in 12 Middle Eastern countries, namely, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE, and Yemen. A panel model was used in this study and the period 1990-2009 was considered. The results showed that the total primary energy consumption, foreign direct investment net inflows, GDP, and total trade were important factors in increasing CO 2 emission in the investigated countries. Thus, it is important for these counties to examine the requirements for foreign investment to promote environmental protection and increase the technological transfer through foreign companies to reduce the environmental damage. It is also important for them to adopt trade-related measures and policies to increase environmental protection since total trade increases CO 2 emission. It is also crucial for these countries to increase energy productivity to achieve their GDP growth. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Azamathulla H.M.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2012

Local scour is crucial in the degradation of river bed and the stability of grade control structures, stilling basins, aprons, ski-jump bucket spillways, bed sills, weirs, check dams, etc. This short communication presents gene-expression programming (GEP), which is an extension to genetic programming (GP), as an alternative approach to predict scour depth downstream of sills. Published data were compiled from the literature for the scour depth downstream of sills. The proposed GEP approach gives satisfactory results (R 2=0.967 and RMSE=0.088) compared to the existing predictors (Chinnarasri and Kositgittiwong, 2008) with R 2=0.87 and RMSE=2.452 for relative scour depth. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


The present invention relates to a system for producing L-homophenylalanine and a process for producing L-homophenylalanine using the system. The system and the process include monitoring and controlling of the reaction conditions (e.g., temperature and pH) to desired or predetermined values. The monitoring, adjusting and agitating steps provided by the method thereby result in a more complete conversion of the available substrate and produce a sufficient yield of L-homophenylalanine.

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