UCSI hosted a breaking of fast event, “Majlis Berbuka Puasa” at the Dignity for Children Foundation. Gracing the event were The UCSI University's Pro-Chancellor, His Highness Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz and the Director of the Education Department, Federal Territory Education Department, Puan Hajah Norhayati Ab Wahab.
Dignity For Children Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that provides holistic care and education for underprivileged children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They transformed the lives of thousands of children (from refugees and destitute/impoverished homes) who otherwise could not escape the cycle of poverty.
We hope and pray that the government will play a more significant role in supporting hundreds of similar alternative schools like Dignity.
Twenty-seven students and lecturers from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland visited UCSI University to share knowledge on sustainability and how it is being practised and advocated at UCSI.
Led by exploreASEAN for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), the theme of the talk is “Shaping the future with renewable energy and automation”. During the event, Mr Leong Sat Sing, Vice President of UCSI’s SDG Secretariat Office, introduced them to UCSI and Professor Dato’ Dr Ahmad Bin Ibrahim, FASc, an exco member of Tan Sri Omar Centre for STI Policy Studies - UCSI University, shared on the need for SDGs to avert climate change. In addition, UCSI’s Chief Information Officer, James Thang, shared technologies' usage and function for campus operations and administrations. Assistant Professor Alex Teng, from the Centre of Excellence for Research, Value Innovation and Entrepreneurship, spoke about the Low Carbon Innovation Hub and how to reduce carbon footprints.
To prove UCSI University's commitment to environmental protection, the Accommodation & Administrative Services Department (AASD) and the Residential Hall Association (RHA) have collaborated to organise its first "Beach Clean-Up" project at Pantai Telok Kemang, Port Dickson, on 18 March 2023. The participants were committed to protecting and preventing environmental deficits affecting future generations. Recently, Malaysia was ranked 3rd on the list of countries that are the main contributors to plastic pollution in the ocean. (https://www.visualcapitalist.com/cp/visualized-ocean-plastic-waste-pollution-by-country/). Therefore, the main objective of the beach clean-up activity is to practice more "green" measures in our daily lives and encourage a sustainable future. For this “Beach Clean-Up" activity, we want to thank the 36 participants (19 international and 17 local students) who improved the coastal and ocean ecosystem. It started at around 9.15 AM, and ended at noon. The participants managed to remove trash and marine debris, preventing chemicals from entering the ocean. We would like to thank all who participated!
A team of 21 National SDG Youth Agents came from as far as Perak, Johor, Pahang and Kelantan to engage with UCSI and UCSI's team had the privilege to share with them on a few aspects: Ms Megala (Student Affairs) on a glimpse of Harmony in Religions, Asst Prof Lucas Lim on Greening and Caring at UCSI, Yen (Engineering student) with brief hands-on experience in making Ecobricks and representatives from Youth Beyond Boundaries.
The Malaysian Youth SDG Agents is a revolutionary initiative that help young people to connect with their local community and parliamentarians and take actions with SDG lenses on inclusive and equitable quality education. It is a platform to learn, connect, implement, talk, and showcase best practices in localising SDGs.
Following the tremendous success of IRCPAS in 2020, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted the second conference, which focused on the theme "21st Century Frontiers: Paradigm Shift in Research and Innovation." The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum for the exchange and updating of knowledge in pharmaceutical and health sciences research and innovation.
A platform for open dialogue among surveyors in the built environment.
UCSI University’s School of Architecture & Built Environment and The Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia have collaborated to organise the RISM International Research Conference IRC 5.0, 2023 (RISM-IRC 5.0, 2023) today at UCSI University Kuala Lumpur Campus. Themed "Bridging World: Towards Future Sustainability and Technology in the Built Environment”, RISM IRC5.0 is intended to serve as an out-reach platform for surveying and built environment for Academia, Practitioners, and Students. RISM’s President Sr Dainna Baharuddin and UCSI Group’s CEO and UCSI University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Ir Ts Dr Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, FASc, were among the guests of honour attended the event.
Dr Rita Colwell is a world-renowned environmental microbiologist and scientific administrator. She was the first woman to serve as director of the US National Science Foundation. A member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Dr Colwell received the National Medal of Science for her work in studying oceans' climate and human health.
In recognition of her work in the work in the world’s polar regions, the geological site in Antarctica, Colwell Massif, has been named in her honour. She was awarded the Mahathir Science Award in 2015 for her work on the bacterium that causes cholera.
During US President Barack Obama’s tenure, she was one of three science special envoys appointed by the Secretary of State to promote science diplomacy among developing nations. She was instrumental in spreading community-based water safety education and introducing viable, low-cost technological innovations in communities throughout Asia-Pacific and Africa.
42 senior citizens at the Tong Sim Senior Citizen Centre received free vision screening under the “One Hope Charity Vision Screening” event conducted by the School of Optometry Student Association. With the objective to increase awareness on eye health among the community, this event was made possible through the collaboration and Community Grant from the Association of Malaysian Optometrist (AMO).
Out of the 42 people screened, 40 senior citizens will be referred to the UCSI Eye Centre for further management such as refractive error assessment and complete eye examination. Those with any eye disease, such as cataract and glaucoma, will be referred to the ophthalmologist for a full comprehensive eye check. Free eyeglasses or reading glasses will also be prescribed for patients who require near vision correction.
UCSI SHINE@Berjaya Times Square 2023 is a community-engaged, research-intensive, and industry-collaborative project that embraces its responsibility to positively contribute to the health and well-being of our local communities. This programme led by Dr Vaidehi Ulaganathan and Assistant Professor Dr Baskaran Gunasekaran, included over 100 students from the Faculty of Applied Sciences. There was multiple thematic sharing from various stakeholders and public outreach programmes that perfectly aligns with SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, emphasising on current trends such as personalised nutrition, precision medicine, health coaching, sports nutrition, vegan diet, and lifestyle behavioural change.