Unimas to get teaching hospital to facilitate medical students

Unimas to get teaching hospital to facilitate medical students

Dr Kadim (second left) exchanges the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) document with Beijing Wuzi University Vice President Professor He Mingke (third right). KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) will soon have a 300-bed teaching hospital located just outside its campus at Kota Samarahan here within the next four years. When approached by reporters after the MoU signing ceremony between Beijing Wuzi University and Unimas at the latter’s campus, Unimas Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said that the project had already obtained approval from the government and is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2020. “The present estimated (of the teaching hospital construction) cost is about RM560 million and hopefully it can be completed within three to four years,” said Kadim, who stated that the project falls under the fourth rolling plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan. It is understood that the university is still in the midst of preparing the tender documents, which are expected to be ready by...
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Unimas girl among Huawei’s top 10

Unimas girl among Huawei’s top 10

Some of the finalists pose for a group photo with Teo (seated, centre). PUTRAJAYA: Ten Malaysian university undergraduate were selected for the Ministry of Education (MoE)-Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future Programme 2019’ last weekend. Logasshini Nilavezhilan, a final-year student from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology was among the top 10 picks for the programme in China, scheduled to run from June 28 to July 13. According to a Unimas press statement, this sixth flagship annual programme by Huawei would have students undergoing an intensive one-week cultural and language awareness training in Beijing, followed by another week-long intensive information and communications technology (ICT) training at Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. “Students would get the opportunity to learn the latest ICT from Huawei, boosting their future career prospects and general knowledge.” This year, 30 finalists from 19 universities had been selected out from a total of 1,912 undergraduates who took part in ‘Seeds Talk 2019’ in Putrajaya last week, and there were awarded...
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Sarawak wants to take over education, health from federal govt

Sarawak wants to take over education, health from federal govt

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government will seek decentralisation or devolution of authority over education and health matters due to the federal government’s “unsatisfactory” performance in the state. “There is sufficient constitutional authority under Article 95C(1)(b) read with Article 80(4) for the federal government to transfer the executive functions for this matter to the state as well as to provide adequate funding to the state to discharge these executive functions. “I wish to assure this august House that when the powers on education and health are devolved to the state, we will be able to provide the standards of education and health services that would meet the expectations of Sarawakians,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state legislative assembly here today. He took the opportunity to hit back at Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen, saying that he should emulate the state government in fighting for the state’s rights and not question him...
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24-Year-Old Is The First Malaysian To Receive A US University’s Highest Engineering Award

24-Year-Old Is The First Malaysian To Receive A US University’s Highest Engineering Award

Saiful, who is a Public Service Department (JPA) scholar, was awarded the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Engineering Honor Marshal on Friday, May 3. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, with a Minor in Energy Business and Finance. Additionally, the JPA scholar achieved a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0. "Saiful Hakimi has demonstrated his academic achievements considerably, as well as strong leadership skill throughout college, in addition to the various initiatives he has taken beyond [the] academic classroom," representatives of the University said, according to JPA's statement. Saiful's parents were present during the auspicious event. In a video speech posted to JPA's Facebook page, Saiful expressed his thanks to the Department for sponsoring him and his friends for the last four years. "This award is the culmination of hard work and effort, and also support from my friends and family, not forgetting the sponsorship from JPA," he continued. "Terima kasih, JPA. Terima kasih, Malaysia." (Thank you,...
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Tiada masalah ajar Sains, Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris di luar bandar, kata menteri Sarawak

Tiada masalah ajar Sains, Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris di luar bandar, kata menteri Sarawak

Michael Manyin (tengah) bercakap dalam sidang media di pejabatnya di Kuching, hari ini. KUCHING: Menteri Pendidikan, Penyelidikan Sains dan Teknologi Sarawak, Michael Manyin berkata pengajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris di kawasan luar bandar negeri itu tidak patut dijadikan isu. Dahulu, katanya, hanya beberapa orang di kawasan luar bandar boleh memahami dan bertutur bahasa Inggeris, tetapi bahasa itu masih digunakan pelajar sekolah rendah. “Hasilnya adalah baik dan ramai daripada mereka menjadi individu berjaya. “Hari ini, kira-kira 90% penduduk kampung di Sarawak boleh memahami dan bertutur bahasa Inggeris, jadi apa masalahnya?” katanya dalam sidang media di pejabatnya di sini, hari ini. Beliau percaya mereka yang enggan bercakap bahasa Inggeris kerana bimbang membuat kesilapan. “Fobia sebenarnya datang daripada kami,” katanya sambil menambah beliau mendapat respons positif setakat ini mengenai pelaksanaan program itu di Sarawak. “Kira-kira 90% menyambut baik langkah itu. Ada yang kata mereka sudah lama menunggunya. Ia baik untuk Sarawak. Ia baik untuk masa depan anak-anak kita.” Beliau percaya kebanyakan ibu bapa akan menyokong langkah itu kerana ia...
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Sarawak keen to work with federal govt in education

Sarawak keen to work with federal govt in education

Abang Johari shaking hands with officials upon arriving at the event’s venue yesterday. — Photo by Chimon Upon KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says Sarawak government is ready to cooperate with the federal government in education for the sake of the future of the youth He was speaking at the 25th National Education Convention dinner held at a local hotel yesterday. He commented that the government has taken steps to assist the federal Ministry of Education. Among them are offering RM1 billion loan to the federal government to repair dilapidated schools in Sarawak and allocating RM1 billion for upgrading the connectivity of Sarawak’s internet. “What is important is that Sarawak has all the infrastructure that is needed for the students and their education. This is why we need to work with the federal government on this,” he added. Abang Johari added that efforts to implement proper infrastructure especially in education for the state is hard because Sarawak is geographically vast. Abang...
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5 Terengganu Students Beat 100 Countries To Win Top Award In European Exhibition

5 Terengganu Students Beat 100 Countries To Win Top Award In European Exhibition

A group of students from SMK Panji Alam, Terengganu recently nabbed four awards at the 11th European Exhibition of Creativity and Innovation (Euroinvent 2019) The team - consisting of five Form 5 students - beat 635 teams from 100 countries in the ordinary school category. Euroinvent 2019 was held at the Palace of Culture in Iași, Romania from 16 to 18 May. Front Desk reported that of the four awards, 'Team Inovasi SMKPA' managed to win the 'Special Prize Award Euroinvent', which is also the highest honour at Euroinvent. The other three awards include the 'Gold Medal Award Euroinvent', 'Special Award Corneliu Group Romania', and 'Special Honour of Toronto Invention Society Canada'. The team's invention is a product to treat water that is made entirely out of natural materials. Named 'Pads Clay For Dyes Treatment Water Treatment' (Pads-Clay), the disc is used to treat water that has been polluted by use of dyes in the batik manufacturing industry, reported Bernama. The disc is made out of straw...
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Two Penang Students Will Have Asteroids Named After Them For Winning A Chemistry Award

Two Penang Students Will Have Asteroids Named After Them For Winning A Chemistry Award

Two 16-year-old students from SMJK Chung Ling, Penang will have asteroids named after them for their success at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 (Intel ISEF) Tham Yong Shiang and Melwin Cheng Choon Lei. The Star reported that the students, Melwin Cheng Choon Lei and Tham Yong Shiang, will have their legacies extend into the final frontier.The fair had taken place from 12 to 17 May in Arizona, United States. The two bright students had emerged champions in the Chemistry category of Intel ISEF for their cost-friendly and eco-friendly Aedes mosquito larvicide. According to the event programme, the duo had used the crude extract of cassia cinnamon - also known as "Chinese cinnamon" - to develop the larvicide."We looked for information and research, and found that the natural ingredients in cinnamon can eliminate cockroaches, so we started the refining process," Cheng explained to China Press.Tham added that insecticide would cost 90% cheaper than typical insecticides. The process of naming the asteroids will take...
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Here’s What Sophia, the First Robot Citizen, Thinks About Gender and Consciousness

Here’s What Sophia, the First Robot Citizen, Thinks About Gender and Consciousness

In a video that's as unsettling as it is awe-inspiring, Sophia — the world's first robot citizen — breaks down everything from gender to ethical robot design. Sophia spoke last month at a festival of the future called Brain Bar in Budapest, Hungary. Since Sophia was activated in April 2015, she has appeared publicly to speak about women's rights issues, her own citizenship and other topics. The android made big news in October 2017, when she was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia at the tech summit Future Investment Initiative (FII). And more recently, Sophia spoke at Brain Bar, which describes itself as "The Biggest European Festival of the Future." [Machine Dreams: 22 Human-Like Androids from Sci-Fi] At Brain Bar, Sophia had a lot to say. And while no one would likely mistake her for a real human, her facial mannerisms and speech patterns are exceptionally human-like. She laughed, smiled, and even cracked a joke or two. It is clear from the video that Sophia continues to improve...
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You Can Now Buy Sophia the Robot’s “Little Sister”

You Can Now Buy Sophia the Robot’s “Little Sister”

Little Sophia You’ve probably heard of Sophia the robot. The close-to-lifelike humanoid has graced the cover of Cosmopolitan, gone on a date with Will Smith, and made countless television appearances. You’ve probably heard of Sophia the robot. The close-to-lifelike humanoid has graced the cover of Cosmopolitan, gone on a date with Will Smith, and made countless television appearances. Now Sophia appears to be multiplying — or at least diversifying the brand. In November 2018, the Hanson Robotics family grew by one member when Sophia introduced the world to her “little sister” during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.” And on Tuesday, Hanson launched a Kickstarter campaign for the new robot, giving others the opportunity to have a Little Sophia join their families — for a purpose, it says, beyond companionship. STEM Sells Little Sophia is 14 inches tall with anime-style eyes, a silver body, and a bald head with a see-through backing — just like its “big sister.” The bot also shares many of Sophia’s capabilities, including its ability to sing, walk, dance, track faces, and tell jokes. But...
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