Tuesday, September 29, 2009

UTM Ranked Highest Among Malaysian Universities

UTM Ranked Highest Among Malaysian Universities

Skudai, July 31st: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has once again lived up to its mark of excellence after being ranked the highest among all Malaysian universities in the Web Ranking of World Universities (Webometrics).

UTM is currently ranked at 642, leading all other Malaysian universities with USM trailing behind at 675, UMP at 745, UM at 878, UKM at 963 and UPM at 979.

With this outstanding achievement, UTM is now the top ten in South East Asia and top 100 at 89th place in Asia in the Webometrics University ranking.

The Vice Chancellor expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all staff who have diligently worked hard with dedication to make this achievement possible.

“This remarkable success is the result of your strong commitment and relentless effort to aspire and achieve the best for the university.

“With your dedication, teamwork, hardwork and strong spirit of togetherness, you have proven that we can be the best if we put our hearts and mind to achieve our goals and aspiration. We have made it once again,” he said in a statement.

UTM was ranked 920th position in January 2009, the second highest standing among Malaysian Universities just behind USM.

Since 2004, the Rankings are published twice a year (January and July), covering more than 17,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide. Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good indicator of impact and prestige of universities.

Article source : http://web.utm.my/today/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=777&Itemid=1

Bravo UTM!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Eid Mubarak - The Malaysian Style

Eid Mubarak or Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal.

In Malaysia, Eid is also commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Idul Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa. Hari Raya literally means 'Celebration Day'. Muslims in Malaysia celebrate Eid like other Muslims throughout the world. It is and one of the biggest in Malaysia and is the most awaited one. Shopping malls and bazaars are filled with people days ahead of Hari Raya, causing a distinctive festive atmosphere throughout the country. Many banks, government and private offices are closed for this holiday.

The night before Eid is with the takbir which is held in the mosques or musallas. In many parts of Malaysia, especially in rural areas, pelita or panjut or lampu colok (as known by Malay-Singaporeans) (oil lamps, similiar to tiki torches) are lit up and placed outside and around the house. Eid also witnesses a huge temporary migratory pattern of Muslims, from big metropolitan cities to rural areas to celebrate the Eid with family members because the majority of Muslims are from rural areas. This is known as balik kampung in Malaysia — it means going back to the hometown. Special dishes like ketupat, dodol, lemang (a type of glutinous rice cake cooked in bamboo) and other delicacies are served during this day.

It is common to greet people with "Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri" or "Salam Aidilfitri" (in Malaysia) which means "Happy Eid". Muslims also greet one another with "maaf zahir dan batin" in Malaysia, which means "Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings)", because Eid ul-Fitr is not only for celebrations but also the time for Muslims to ask for forgiveness for any sin which they may have committed but was cleansed as a result of the fasting in the Muslim month of Ramadan.

It is customary for Muslim-Malaysians to wear traditional cultural outfits on the Eid. The outfit for men is called baju melayu which is worn together with kain samping (made out of songket) and songkok (a dark coloured headgear); The women in Malaysia wear what is known as baju kurung and baju kebaya. For the non-Malay Muslims, they would sometimes don costumes that are peculiar to their respective culture and tradition.

Once the prayer is completed, it is also common for Muslims in Malaysia to visit the graves of loved ones. During this visit, they clean the grave, recite Ya-Seen, a chapter (surah) from the Quran and also perform the tahlil ceremony. All these are done to ask God to forgive the dead and also those who are living for all their sins.

The rest of the day is spent visiting relatives or serving visitors. They will visit the elders, in the family, the neighborhood, or their work, and show respect to them. They will also seek reconciliation (if needed), and preserve or restore harmonious relations Eid ul-Fitr is a very joyous day for children for on this day adults are especially generous. In Malaysia, children will be given token sums of money, also known as "duit raya" (stuffed in a small, green cloured packet), assimilated from the "ang pow'(red packet) given by the Chinese during their Chinese New Year's festival.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Phrases that can change your life.

Here are ten phrases that can change your life.

1. Acknowledge your true self. Fulfill your own expectations, not someone else's.

2. Concentrate on your inner life. Look more to your spirit than to the clothes you wear. Be more concerned with your connection to The Source than to your clothier.

3. Heed your own dreams and goals. Dream about what you really want to do or be. Dreams tend to come true went dreamt "hard" enough.

4. Take responsibility for where your occupation is taking you. Is it where you really want to go? Let not yourself be easily led by others who have they own agendas.

5. Choose activities that help you define yourself. Do things that make you feel good when everything in your life is considered. Certainly take into consideration the desires of others. But let them not dictate.

6. Keep command over your health. Determine to be as healthy as you want to be. Then make it happen. Couch potatoes only grow flabby and gray (sometimes, with a little mold sprouting here and there).

7. Be conscious of your mind. (Pun intended.) Know your opinions, for example, and express them kindly when appropriate. Cultivate your creativity - - it keeps you alive.

8. Emote. Seldom keep emotions bottled up until they erupt geyser-like. The pressure developed when always "sucking-it-up" will one day cause a thermal spring to melt all in its path.

9. Be your own person. Let not others dictate who you are or will be. Stay away from people who are always "downing" things and other people. They'll pull you down too.

10. Be adventurous. Stay not in your rut. A rut, after all, is only an open-ended grave. Make a few major ripples (ripples at least) in the pond of your existence.

Follow these phrases beginning now and change your life for always.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr._Robert_Henry_Schwenk
Dr. Robert Henry Schwenk - EzineArticles Expert Author

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Sense of Destiny

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - William Jennings Bryan

All the Greats of this world had a sense of destiny. They believed that they were placed on Planet Earth for the express purpose of accomplishing a special mission. That is probably why they were motivated to accomplish everything that they did.

We are often tempted to think that they were lucky to have been awarded the gift of a manifest destiny at birth. We may even wonder why were they given that privilege and not us? If the truth were told, having a sense of destiny is a personal belief and not a given characteristic.

No one is born with a predestined life's path or specific life's mission - also called destiny. That is something that is either freely chosen or left to chance. For many, it is left to chance because of a poor self-image or through ignorance of the fact that the option is available.

A sense of destiny is available for anyone ready to stand up and claim his birthright. Each and everyone have a place and a role to play in the grand scheme of the Universe. Finding that mission is our own responsibility. Waiting for the celestial voice of thunder to tell us what it is is futile. It never was and never will be done that way.

It takes courage, determination and a keen sense of responsibility to stand up and say, "This is what I stand for. This is what I was destined to do and this is what I will accomplish." Not an easy feat but it's an essential step for a life of commitment and accomplishment.

Once invested with a true sense of destiny, the feeling of being larger than life is automatically created. The person becomes elevated above most of life's petty considerations. Instead of carrying the burden of accomplishment, that person is being propelled by the dynamics of the cause the he represents.

Opting for a life's mission and a sense of destiny is not a sign of megalomania. It's a testimonial to the grandeur of man. It is recognizing the fact that we were given almost limitless possibilities and that all that is needed to turn that potential into realizations is work, courage and commitment.

For the greater part, we create our own reality and define most of the part that we'll play in it. Some will choose a dominant role; others might settle for survival. As we take responsibility for the decision, we must assume the consequences.

When choosing a life's mission and want to use it as a self-motivating force it must be kept in mind that it has to be about contribution. Self-centered goals and objectives will only offer a limited impetus that will only go so far. A sense of destiny requires the imprint of nobility. Something that cannot be found by pursuing a selfish motive.

The level of our life's performance is determined largely by small distinctions that we make along the way. One of those important distinctions is the way we see ourselves and the role that we intend to play in the affairs of man.

By choosing the high road, or the road of self-anointed destiny, we set ourselves on the path of high achievement, nobility and greatest possible satisfaction. We have but one life to live. May as well make it the great and glorious epic that it was meant to be.

Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Author of ShamouBlog and Owner Administrator of Personal Development for Personal Success Forums

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr._Raymond_Comeau

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Class at Kota Kinabalu

The Venue => Kolej Yayasan Sabah, City Campus

Our Class Photo =>

Exclusively with Students from Master in Management of Education =>

Exclusively with Students from Master in Technology of Education =>

Breaking fast with my students at Shangri La Hotel =>

Sightseeing at Jesselton Point =>

Leaving Kota Kinabalu =>

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Difference Between Master’s and PhD Dissertation

The one of the highest form of dissertation is PhD dissertation. So it is necessary that it should be properly written without any error. Many students don’t even know how to write or start dissertation, on which their degree depends. Master’s degree is a professional degree, while PhD degree is usually attains to teach at university level.

Dissertation is submitted at the end of your academic career, at master’s and at PhD, and your whole study and observation is dependent on dissertation. Dissertation is also known as thesis, in some universities thesis and dissertation is treated separately. Thesis is one that is submitted at the end of master’s degree, while dissertation is submitted at the end of PhD.

"A PhD thesis will demonstrate, in the context of a substantial and original contribution, mastery of the subject of concern and well as a furthering of understanding in that field of knowledge, through the discovery of knowledge, the formulation of theories, or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas."

"A masters thesis must be a substantial work generally based on independent research which shows a sound knowledge of the subject of the research, evidence of the exercise of some independence of thought, and the ability of expression in clear and concise language."

There are number of differences between master’s and PhD dissertation which are as follows:

1. Master’s dissertation needs enough information and argument of the literature in the particular field of study; while in PhD dissertation the contribution of knowledge is important.

2. Master’s dissertation needs good style and presentation; while PhD dissertation needs good presentation and style.

3. The amount of material that needs to be produced is also one of the main differences between master’s and PhD dissertation.

4. PhD dissertation takes much longer time to complete while master’s dissertation will complete within a year or less.

5. The standard of writing for master’s dissertation is relatively lower than the standards for PhD, and also PhD dissertation is more strictly monitored by the advisory committee.

6. In master’s program you can easily take help in writing a dissertation from your professors, but in PhD program you will have to work much more independently.

7. Master’s dissertation is much shorter in length then PhD dissertation. Master’s dissertation varies between 10,000 to 20,000 words or 80 to 100 pages, while PhD dissertation is more than 90,000 to 100,000 words or 300 to 400 pages.

Above are the main differences between master’s dissertation and PhD dissertation. Writing a dissertation, whether it is of masters or PhD is not easy. It requires number of years for research and writing a good dissertation.

Obviously there is room for overlap here, and examiners have the option of passing a Masters thesis as a PhD and vice versa. Below is one examiner's opinion of what the difference is between a Masters and a PhD:

"The regulations give the examiners an opportunity to argue the case for the upgrading of an (Masters) dissertation to a (PhD). I have thought about this, but although I believe the thesis to be of a very high standard ..., it lacks a number of elements which I would expect to find in a doctorate, e.g.,

1. The thesis lacks an elaborated theoretical framework. While not insensitive to theoretical issues, ... the thesis does not offer us a theoretical framework through which to "read" the data.

2. The thesis also lacks a "literature review", that is a systematic review of the theoretical and comparative literature relating to the empirical material covered in the thesis. A good knowledge of the wider literature ... is revealed throughout the thesis, but nowhere is this pulled together in a theortical narrative.

3. While none of these omissions detracts from the (masters) thesis, it means that a good deal more work would be needed to convert the thesis into a doctorate."

By : Broad williams

Monday, September 7, 2009

My Class at Sabak Bernam

As the University's Post Grad programmes' centres are scattered all over Malaysia, teaching the compulsory elective subject has certainly given me the chance to explore various part of the country at the same time. The latest task was at the Polytechnic Sultan Idris Shah at Sabak Bernam, with a group of students from the Faculty of Built Environment, who are actually the young lecturers of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism. This Department is fully equipped with facilities needed for the programme, which includes their very own "in house" hotel for the students to practice their skills in hotel management, and also for visitors and part time lecturers who have to spent their nights here.

Sabak Bernam is a district of Selangor, Malaysia. It is situated to the northwest of Selangor. It is bordered by the state of Perak to the north, Hulu Selangor to the east, Kuala Selangor to the south, and the Straits of Malacca to the west. Bernam River forms its border with Perak. Towns in Sabak Bernam include Sabak and Sekinchan.

The district is mainly a rice growing area. As such, Sabak Bernam's main economic activity is agriculture.