UTAR ICP and R&D Colloquium explores new path in research and education

UTAR ICP and R&D Colloquium explores new path in research and education

Themed Post Pandemic: New Path in Research and Education, the UTAR International Collaborative Partner (ICP) & Research and Development (R&D) Colloquium 2021 was successfully organised by the Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research (IPSR) in collaboration with UTAR Research Centre (RC) on 11 December 2021 via Zoom.

The colloquium aimed to provide a platform for researchers to share their research findings and look into potential research collaboration. It discussed topics on Engineering and Technology; Science, Medical and Health, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); and Arts and Social Science.

Prof Ewe highlighting the importance of cross-disciplinary research

UTAR President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat commented during his opening remark, “Cross-disciplinary research is very important for us to explore other fields of interest and bring about good ideas for collaboration on various topics. This pandemic has brought many challenges and transformed the way we live, socialise and work, as well as the way we learn and teach students. Before this, we noticed collaboration connecting researchers through the internet to conduct discussion is becoming more important.”

He also highlighted, “Despite that, the pandemic has also brought forth some encouraging outcome and much greater appreciation to educators; growing reliance on the internet. Businesses have moved online and work processes have become more digitised. Decision-makers have to devise new mechanisms and adopt digitalisation to deliver essential services. Along with this transformation, the need to chart for stronger research and education, and seek solutions have also become important, therefore this colloquium is useful to share ideas and solutions. It is also important that we keep ourselves updated with the new knowledge to advance further and establish more collaborations.”

Prof Edwin Chong emphasising the roles played by information sciences

Following after was the keynote lectures by three invited speakers. Prof Dr Edwin K.P. Chong spoke on Post-pandemic Research in the Information Sciences. He mentioned that post-pandemic and other contemporary researches are related to infectious diseases, food security, community resilience to hazards, water resources, energy and sustainability, and climate and environment. He also highlighted that information sciences have important roles to play because these researches look into understanding the global behaviour of organisms; detecting and assessing the threat of emerging pathogens; and examining human attitudes, social behaviour and drivers contributing to disease transmission.

Prof Jayaraman explaining the disruption to research work due to the pandemic

The second speaker Prof Jayaraman Tiru enlightened participants on New Gresham’s Law – Pandemic Drives away Research Work. He explained that bad times drive away creative works because the pandemic has altered academic routine. He pointed out that the pandemic has caused priority to be given to online teaching and students’ retention, while research and publication were sacrificed. The evidence, as he listed, were the reduction in the number of working papers published, presentation of findings, conferences, consultancy work; pending of research work; delayed printing of research work; and the absence of new research projects.

Dr Koay explaining the ways of adapting to new norms

Final keynote speaker Ir Dr Koay Loke Kean, spoke about The Potential of Education in Malaysia after the Pandemic. Participants learnt about the changes caused by the pandemic, the demanding criteria of students, and the involvement of ViTrox in education. He highlighted the application of work-based learning (WBL) by the company, and explained that it reduces the knowledge gap of fresh graduates when entering work; enables students to practise skills in real-world scenarios; helps students to develop soft skills; enables students to observe professionals in action; and helps students build networks with potential employers.

The highlight of the virtual colloquium was the three parallel sessions conducted. Session 1 was themed Post Pandemic Virtual Learning/Exploring Immersive Technology for Learning in the Post-pandemic World. Session 2 was themed Post-Pandemic Research Directions in Biological and Biomedical Science, Session 3 discussed Post Pandemic Digital Education and the Humanities. The colloquium ended with a closing remark by UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman.

Prof Faidz advising researchers to be not discouraged by the pandemic

Below is the list of speakers and their research topics presented during the virtual colloquium.





Ir Dr Chuah Joon Huang

Virtual Learning: Post Pandemic and Beyond

Prof Bala Vekantesh

Using Python tools for Power Systems Analysis and Optimisation

Hachiheiv Kurematsu

The ICT Utilization in Japan

Ts Dr Anbuselvan Sangodiah

Future Outlook in Teaching and Learning and Higher Education Institutions (Post Pandemic

Ts Dr Lim Ean Heng

Will Immersive Technology change the Process of Learning?

Goh Kiang Kuan

AR for art study – Synthetic Soul of Sculpture: A Conceptual Model of Augmented Reality for Aesthetic Experiences and Behavioural Intentions

Hafez bin Zainudin

Narrating the Memories of Place: VirtualReconstruction of Kajang Town as Participatory Art

Lim Chai Kim

Virtual Guided Walkthrough/ VGW - The Non-Player-Character/ NPC

Dr Aloysius Yapp

VR Iban Longhouse- Virtual Guided Walkthrough


Prof Chong Kowit-Yu

Stem Cell-Based Therapies for COVID19-Related Pulmonary Fibrosis

Dr Francis Ng

Science lessons from the Pandemic

Dr Tan Aik Aun

Post Pandemic Research Trend

Ts Dr Goh Hock Guan

Vertical Urban Farming

Dr Sinouvassane Djearamane

Application of Nanotechnology in Biomedicine

Dr Sit Nam Weng

Antiviral Activity of Medicinal Plant Extracts against the Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Virus

Wong Sian Sang

The Parasitoid of Oil Palm Bagworms: Tetrastichussp. and Its Sensory Organs in Host-searching

Chin Jia Jin

Genetic Diversity of Pathogenicity Islands (PAIs) of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) Strains from Perak

Raphael Joe Joachimdass

Self-management using Crude Herbs and the Health-related Quality of Life among Adult Patients with Hypertension Living in a Suburban Setting of Malaysia


Dr Wang Xin

Historical Geographic Information (HGI) and the Study of Traditional Settlements

Dr Tan Kim Hua

The Illusion of Digital Equity in Education: Mitigating Measures

Dr Kayatri Vasu

Post Pandemic Digital Education and the Humanities

Dr Ngeow Yeok Meng

Reconnecting in Physical Distancing: Ideas for Educators

Dr Charanjit Kaur Darshan Singh

Pandemic Burnout Among Tertiary Educators: A Case Study In Kuala Lumpur

Er Pek Hoon

Up-skilling Educators For Post-Pandemic Teaching: Using Technology In Maritime Education

Tan Wilson

ESP students’ Vocabulary Acquisition Through Game-based Learning and Detection of Metacognitive Awareness

Tee Xue Ting

An Exploration of Self-Regulatory Strategies used by UTAR students

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