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UMK OPENS INNOVATIVE SUGGESTIONS IN FIGHTING COVID-19

Sabtu, 18 April 2020 20:25

Kota Bharu 12 April I In an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) has opened its doors to its citizens from all levels of management to come forward with any new products that the Frontliners could use. This opportunity also opens up to existing product innovations that are not only aimed at improving the quality of the product but also furthering the creativity element among the UMK people.

The Centre for Research and Innovation Management (RMIC) leading the development of this innovative idea welcomes any suggestions to be made to the university in developing the best mechanism to support the current needs of Frontliners personnel in responding to COVID-19 transmission.

UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail said UMK has developed five products made by its citizens including design and technology as well as technical expertise.

He said UMK had worked with the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to assist health workers and security agencies.

"This is UMK's on-going commitment to establishing shared expertise of the university, including all staff and students to come up with any new ideas and innovations that will benefit in flattening the COVID -19 virus transmission chain," he said.
Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi said that with this initiative, UMK with the cooperation of the Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage (FTKW) and the Office of Library and Science Management have produced 818 3D Face Shield Visor and Self-Defense Equipment (PPE) including head coverings (5220 units), feet coverings (540 units) and isolation gowns (1046 units) have been distributed to several agencies for frontliners use.

He said that in addressing the scarcity of hand sanitizer supplies in the local market, UMK has successfully produced this product with the expertise of researchers in the Faculty of Bio-Engineering and Technology (FBKT) and Faculty of Earth Sciences (FSB).

"To date, a total of 1816 units have been distributed to over 10 agencies across Kelantan," he said.

At the same time, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi said UMK has also developed an application called 'Smart Tracking' that serves as a communication and monitoring tool for COVID-19 infections among staff and students.

“The invention was created by the Computer and Information Centre (CCI) to track the location of employees and students based on GPS coordinates and health status according to the COVID-19 epidemic chain (category A-E) during the period of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in force.

“In addition, the Movement Control (MCO) Order has extended for another two weeks, until April 28, 2020. UMK through the Vice Chancellor's Office (Academic and International) has coordinated teaching schedule and virtual teaching or e-Learning to facilitate all the students,” he said.

In this regard, all UMK citizens are invited to submit a thoughtful and fast-moving proposal that can be implemented quickly and quickly.

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COVID - 19: BE PATIENT AND OBSERVE MOH'S INSTRUCTIONS TO STAY ON CAMPUS ~ UMK VICE-CHANCELLOR

Sabtu, 18 April 2020 20:23

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KOTA BHARU 17 April |Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) is taking several steps to ensure the welfare of students in residential and off-campus colleges following the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period for health and safety in preventing COVID-19 outbreaks.

UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail, said various efforts and initiatives were taken continuously by UMK and would continue to ensure the welfare and convenience of the students in line with the extension of the MCO phase 3 until 28 April 2020.

He believes the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has refined the best steps to send students on campus and residential colleges to return home.

“I ask the students to be more patient and to obey the MoH instructions. We are aware that some students choose to return to their families. Parents need not worry about the welfare of their children during the MCO period as UMK is always looking after the welfare of students.

I hope students' families can also be patient and confident in the decisions made by the government for the benefit of all.


“According to a study by the MoHE, the findings from the study show that students in 20 public universities choose to return home. However, the KPT agrees with the government's decision to have 80,000 students at the IPTA and IPTS to remain at their respective locations throughout the MCO period, ”he said at a recent meeting with UMK students at the UMK Pengkalan Chepa campus Experiment Hall.

The two-hour programme was attended by 20 students with a focus on safety and social distance, which is a one-meter seat layout in accordance with the recommendation of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MoH).

According to Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, considering the issue of university students not being allowed to return to their respective hometown, UMK has to wait for instructions issued by the MoHE and MoH and the National Security Council (MKN).

He also disclosed that the COVID-19 Special Fund, which has so far raised RM 200,000.00 while collected a total of RM 154 000 in zakat contributions from various parties including government and private agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“The amount from the collection is to meet the needs of the students and make the most of it.
In addition, the COVID-19 Special Fund was also used to finance the purchase of basic goods to produce PPE suits to be distributed to front line personnel,” he said.

Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi reminded students to take advantage of the CPP period with beneficial activities such as revising lessons and filling their leisure time with reading books and mastering English skills.

According to him, UMK had launched the application of online learning platform (e-learning) during the MCO especially in the online teaching and learning session (T&L).

Students will also have the opportunity to share the experience of UMK Vice-Chancellor when he was a student and also his experience studying abroad.

There are currently around 900 UMK students at residential colleges.

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COVID-19: THREE UMK CARES KIT PRODUCT INNOVATIONS WIN GRANTS

Sabtu, 18 April 2020 20:22

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BACHOK 16 April I Started with the Government's sincere desire to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and called for a shortage of stock in the market faced by COVID-19 frontliners, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) was moved as three of its innovative products managed to received Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) award grant, under the Malaysian Innovation Foundation (YIM) as the leader and SME CORP as the donor.

UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail said the RM150,000 grant was for Faceshield Visor products, Personal Protective Equipment Suit and Intubation Box. This grant made UMK the first public university (UA) to receive the Community Model Enabler Grant (HIP6) MOSTI.

"COVID-19 has made a significant impact on global health change that drives UMK to engage in the development of usable products for our Frontliners as we see an urgent need for such products. Although UMK is not a technology-based university, we do offer our internal expertise, our lecturers and researchers with the hope of our little effort can help the community."
He said the task force led by the UMK Research Management and Innovation Centre (RMIC) was given a short-term challenge to realise the development and production of the UMK Cares Kit. Another requirement is that it must be developed by UMK internal manpower itself. UMK's top management has approved a special allocation to finance the project.
"Based on the university's technology and expertise at the Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage and also assisted by the Office of Library and Knowledge Management, we are working hard to make this urgent product possible. We are thankful because Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab (HRPZ) II was willing to try and give input in product development, as well as the Malaysian Red Crescent Association, Kelantan. "
The UMK Cares Kit is distributed free of charge and to this day various related parties in the state of Kelantan have benefited. UMK expects this distribution to be extended to Terengganu and Pahang in the near future, he said.
Add Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, in addition to establishing the University For Society, the UMK Cares Kit Project has also provided opportunities for UMK researchers to produce innovative products that are not only needed due to current demands but also quality products with lower production costs from the market.
"Alhamdulillah, this grant is not the original goal of innovation but certainly this grant ignites the spirit of exploring new innovations for our researchers," he said.

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