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MyMentor on the road (UITM Kelantan)

On Thursday 1st October 2015,the MyMentor team Professor Graham Kendall, Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, MyMentor Project Manager visited the UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA) Campus in Kelantan.

It was a productive trip and Professor Graham Kendall addressed 34 enthusiastic potential mentees. The MyMentor team had the opportunity to visit two of its current mentees from this institution Dr. Amri Mohamad and Dr Noor Marini Haji Abdullah.

The MyMentor team would like to thank the Campus Rector and the team that organised this session. We had the opportunity to look at some of the work their students produced especially on Batik. Aside from work we were taken to the beach for snacks and “maggi ketam” a famous delicacy in Kelantan not forgetting their coconut drinks. All in all we had an amazing time and got to know the culture better.

Professor Graham Kendall( Vice Provost Research and Knowledge Transfer ,UNMC) and MyMentor Chairman addressing potential mentee’s.
Professor Graham Kendall (Vice Provost Research and Knowledge Transfer ,UNMC) and MyMentor Chairman exchanging gifts with Professor. Madya Dato’ Dr Haji Hilmi Ab Rahman. (Campus Rector UITM Kelantan)
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MyMentor on the road (UniSZA and UMT)

On the 15 Sep 2015 two members of the MyMentor team visited UniSZA (Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin) and UMT (Universiti Malaysia Terengganu) to present the MyMentor program and to discuss other opportunities that might exist.

The MyMentor team, on this occasion, comprised of Professsor Graham Kendall, Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, MyMentor Project Manager.

The visit was not only enjoyable, but also very useful useful and informative.

On behalf of the MyMentor team (both those present, and those not), I’d like to express our thanks to both UniSZA and UMT for taking the time to meet with us and also for their hospitality. As you’ll see from some of the pictures below, it was not all work!, but there was time for some shopping and a very nice early dinner on the coast of the South China Sea.

We are already looking forward to our next trip!

Visit to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (15 Sep 2015); Left to right – Cik Noorasiah Moidu, Assistant Registrar, Academic Talent Management Center, UMT; Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, MyMentor Project Manager; Dr. Jarina Mohd Jani, Director, International Networking Office, UMT; Prof Dato’Dr. Nor Aieni Binti Haji Mokhtar, Vice Chancellor, UMT; Professor Graham Kendall, Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus; Prof.Madya.Dr.Mohd Ikmar Nizam Bin Haji Mohamad Isa, Director, Research Management Center, UMT; Prof Hamdan Bin Suhaimi, Director, Center for Academic Planning and Management, UMT; Dr. Mohd Nazli bin Mohd Noor, Head of Risk Management, Center for Transformation, Strategic Planning and Risk Management, UMT
Visit to Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Gong Badak Campus, Kuala Terengganu (15 Sep 2015); Left to right – Professor Graham Kendall, Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus; Prof. Dr. HJ. Mohd Ekhwan HJ. Toriman; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Development, UniSZA; Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, MyMentor Project Manager; Cik. Ummul Liya Sassuia binti Shafie, Assistant Registrar, UniSZA
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Idris Jusoh: MyMentor initiative to help achieve developed nation status by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh is confident that Malaysia’s aim of achieving a developed nation status by 2020 will be fulfilled, thanks to a latest initiative called MyMentor.

The MyMentor initiative is a six-year programme to develop post-doctoral research culture between private and public universities.

It is led by The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in collaboration with University of Southampton Malaysia Campus and Monash University Malaysia with the support of the Education Ministry.

“One of the challenges facing Malaysia’s higher education sector is a post-doctoral research culture whereby in many other countries, it is usual to undertake a period of research once you have obtained your PhD without any teaching or administration commitments.

“Thus the collaboration between the two sectors will provide a platform for innovative partnership between top ranking universities in the world and our local research universities to develop an independent research profile and high quality research papers,” he said at the launch of the MyMentor programme.

The programme is expected to mentor 230 public university post-doctoral staff and produce 350 high quality research papers over the six-year period.

MyMentor will only accept 10 pairing of mentor/mentee this year with increasing number of pairings in the subsequent years, with each pairing lasting two years and producing a minimum of one research publication.

Author: Kenneth Tee Source URL from thesundaily

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MyMentor Launch 13th April 2015

On Monday 13th we launched MyMentor at a formal ceremony officiated by Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II. This is an innovative partnership with Monash and Southampton to mentor early career researchers from public universities.

It will run for a six years and is funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

We are delighted to be working with MoE on this important initiative and are pleased that MoE have recognised the breadth and depth of academic expertise at the three foreign branch campuses.

The event was attended by the media, and has already attracted media exposure (see here for example) with more expected.

Below is a selection of pictures from the launch event but there are lots more here.

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MyMentor launch event to be held on 13th April 2015

The launching ceremony for MyMentor project is to be held on Monday, 13th April 2015. During the event the winner of the MyMentor project logo competition would be announced along with the launching of the project website.

Event Agenda

TimeActivity
13:00 to 14:00Arrival of Guest/Registration
14:30 to 14:45Arrival of YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II
14:45 to 14:50National Anthem
14:50 to 15:00Doa recital
15:00 to 15:05Welcome Speech by MyMentor (Chair) Professor Graham Kendall
15:05 to 15:10Announcement of Logo Competition winner and launch of the MyMentor logo
15:10 to 15:20Speech by the Minister YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II
15:20 to 15:30Plaque signing ceremony
15:30 to 16:00Official launch of MyMentor by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II
16:00 High Tea and Networking Session

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MyMentor logo design competition held

A competition to design a logo for the MyMentor project has been held. The competition was open for submissions from 3rd March to 20th March. This logo design competition was open to university students from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Monash University Malaysia Campus and the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.

Entries were judged based on creativity, originality, relevance to the main objective of MyMentor project and visual impact. The winner will receive RM 1000 and the most popular voted logo will receive RM 250.