UTM, Universitas Negeri Malang, and Osaka University tripartite collaboration

We are much honored today to come to this online platform to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between Universitas Negeri Malang and Graduate School of Engineering Science/School of Engineering Science, Osaka University. We are pleased to collaborate with one of the best universities in Japan and the world. We realize that Malaysian and Indonesian universities still need to learn more with top universities like Osaka University. Therefore we would like to thank Professor Hiroshi Umakoshi, who has agreed to bridge this collaboration to bring goodness to us.

The people of South East-Asia had been Looking East long before Malaysia adopted the Look East Policy. It is in the era of Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister of Malaysia in the early ’80s. The bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan in the last 30 years can be considered the Look East Policy. The successful policy resulted in over 14,000 Malaysians having higher education and training in Japanese universities and training institutes. Inspired by this policy, UTM is looking into expanding the cooperation in this area.

This MoU is related to the collaboration between the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, and Ibnu Sina Institute, UTM, that has been started in 2008, 12 years ago. The collaboration between UTM and Osaka University has resulted in many success. In our record, 17 professors from the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, have visited UTM as a visiting professor. And till now, five academics staff of UTM has received Ph.D. degrees from Osaka University. Today, this is a landmark that the cooperation between UTM and the Graduate School of Engineering Science is expanded in collaboration with Universitas Negeri Malang. This tripartite collaboration, between UTM, Osaka University, and Universitas Negeri Malang can provide a more impact on the progress of higher education and research. Since UTM and Universitas Negeri Malang are the Coordinators for Indonesia Malaysia Research Consortium, we hope that this collaboration may be extended to a broader spectrum, namely with other universities in Indonesia under the umbrella of Indonesia Malaysia Research Consortium.

One of the easiest ways to start a tripartite collaboration between UTM, Osaka University and Universitas Negeri Malang is by joint supervision of Ph.D. students. This semester, one of the academic staff from Universitas Negeri Malang (Mr. Nurul Hidayat) has registered as a Ph.D. student in Laser Center, Ibnu Sina Institute, UTM. Based on this, there is a possibility that this student is also supervised by a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University. Of course, with this MoU, there is also an opportunity for the academic staff of Universitas Negeri Malang to continue their Ph.D. at Osaka University.

In the spirit of friendship, this signing ceremony will strengthen our cooperation and strive to promote reciprocal exchanges. Besides the academic and research talks, we also hope to promote social exchange and interaction, building friendships at the staff and student levels via scientific seminar. Such annual interactions foster friendship and create a special bond between us.

Today’s development is part of the globalization efforts of Malaysia’s universities. My wish on this historic occasion is that the partnership between Universitas Negeri Malang, UTM and Osaka University will thrive and develop into an enduring strategic collaboration, encompassing education, research and entrepreneurship.

We look forward to a successful and mutually rewarding partnership with Osaka University.

Do’a kepada Allah

“Ya Allah, berikanlah aku kekuatan untuk mengubah apa yang dapat aku ubah. Ya Allah, berikanlah aku kesabaran untuk segala sesuatu yang tidak dapat aku ubah. Dan, berikanlah aku kebijaksanaan untuk dapat membedakannya.”

— Do’a untuk usaha dan kesabaran

Launching Nusantara Halal Journal

Nusantara Halal Journal (NHJ) was launched at International Conference on Halal organized by Halal Centre – IRCE and Economics Faculty, Universitas Negeri Malang on 8 October 2020. Nusantara Halal Journal (NHJ) is a scientific journal that is established by Indonesia-Malaysia Research Consortium (I’MRC) where Universitas Negeri Malang (UM) and Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (ISI-SIR), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) are the backbones of the journal. Nusantara Halal Journal (NHJ) publishes original scientific research related to halal science, technology, management, education, religion, and other related aspects. Although Nusantara is used to describe the Southeast Asian Archipelago in this scientific journal, it is hoped that NHJ contributes to Halal awareness and research in Southeast Asia and the world.

Starting in the year 2020, NHJ is published online, with a frequency of two (2) issues per year. The first issue is published in Vol. 1, No. 1 (December 2020). Besides that, special issues of NHJ will be published non-periodically from time to time. This is the Google Scholar of NHJ.

Sederhana dan hikmah

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Saidina Ali bin Abi Thalib pernah berkata bahwa ilmu hanya diberikan kepada orang beriman. Maksud ilmu disini adalah ilmu yang penuh hikmah. Bukan ilmu seperti yang diterima oleh penerima hadiah Nobel kimia, fisika dan kedokteran — karena kita tahu banyak ilmuwan yang tidak beriman.

“There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom”

— Democritus

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, eh eh

Father, father
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, oh oh oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what’s going on
What’s going on
Yeah, what’s going on
Ah, what’s going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on brother
Right on babe

Mother, mother, everybody thinks we’re wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply ’cause our hair is long
Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh oh oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
C’mon talk to me
So you can see
What’s going on
Yeah, what’s going on
Tell me what’s going on
I’ll tell you what’s going on, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Right on baby
Right on baby