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Diary

September 2016

7th September – Attending UK-Gulf Institutional Links – Call for applications Briefing, ADEC

November 2015

26th November – Presented three papers at the Fourth Abu Dhabi University Annual Research Conference (4th ADU-ARC).

24th November – Attended the Big 5 Exhibition, Dubai World Trade Centre.

22nd-24th November – Attended the Dubai International Project Management Forum.

18th November – Organized introductory meeting between CIOB Middle East and College of Engineering, ADU, (Attendees: Dean of College of Engineering, Associate Dean of College of Engineering, Director of Graduate Programs and Mr Theo Souris, Chairman CIOB Middle East, Mrs Eileen Hill, Manager, CIOB Middle East Middle East and Professor Dr Abdul Rahim Sabourni)

3rd November – Attended launch of CIOB Middle East at Abu Dhabi Gold Club.

October 2015 

28th October – Participation at NAJAH at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

5-7 October – Sea trade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, (ADNEC)

5-7 October- Power-Gen Middle East, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

March 2015

23 March – Attending International Symposium on Mulit-Hazard and Risk 2015 (ISMHR 2015), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

11 March – Attending ”Defining a Holistic Research Strategy for Palm Oil: An Expert Dialogue – A Palm Oil Sustainability Stakeholder Workshop”, Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

February 2015

24 February – Attending lecture by Baroness Valerie Amos, “The Future of Humanitarian Action”, UTM Kuala Lumpur.

9-12 February – Speaking as a mentor at UK-Malaysia Partnership British Council Links Workshop, UTM Kuala Lumpur.

4 February – Meeting with Deputy Minister, YB Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, MOSTI, Putrajaya to discuss forthcoming International Construction Business Management Symposium 2015 (ICBMS) and other matters.

January 2015

26 January – Participating at UTM International Strategic Planning Workshop, UTM Skudai Campus.

20 January – Meeting with Asia Elite Networks Inc.  UTM International Kuala Lumpur Office.

15 January – Meeting with Joyce Huang and Max Liu Peng, Regional Managers, South East Asia, Shenzhen GTA Education Tech Ltd., UTM International Kuala Lumpur Office.

December 2014

17 December – Attending the launching of World Disasters Report 2014 at Senate Hall, Rectory Building, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak.

13 December – Attending leaving party for His Excellency, Mr David Pine, High Commissioner of New Zealand. High Commissioners Residence.

3-4 December - Attending QS Summer School Summit, Mariott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

2 December – Meeting with Jinnie Yoon, Programme Coordinator, Office of International Cooperation, and Woonjin Bae, Manager of Office of International Cooperation, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.

November 2014

27 November – Attending Mercy Malaysia event “From Baghdad to Bangul, from Moscow to Kuala Lumpur: Is there still a role for humanitarian actors”. HRH Sultan Nazrin Sar Lecture Series 2014. Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.

25 November – Meeting with His Excellency Mr David Pine, High Commissioner of New Zealand to discuss tentative arrangement for New Zealand Week 2015.

24 November – Attending  Belgian Economic Mission headed by H.R.H Princess Astrid of Belgium at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

21 November – Attending dinner at UiTM Shah Alam, launching of CIOB NOVUS Malaysia Convention 2014.

18 November – Meeting with Adina Lav, George Washington University, UTM International, Kuala Lumpur.

18 November – Meeting with Karen Welsh, Australian High Commission, to discuss New Columbo Plan at UTM International, Kuala Lumpur.

13 November – Receiving delegation from 11 Korean Polytechnics to UTM International, Kuala Lumpur.

11 November – Meeting at Embassy of Sudan to promote UTM programmes, research etc..

7 November – Meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Former Primeminister of Malaysia at Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya. Discussion concerning future paper to World Assembly of Youth General Assembly.

October 2014

31 October – Attending the Vice Chancellor’s Pre-Convocation Dinner, Vice Chancellor’s Residence, UTM Johor Campus.

28 October – Attended the Czech Republic National Day Celebration, Ritz-Carton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

28-29 October – Horizon 2020 Event, UTM Kuala Lumpur Campus.

24 October – Leading local and international student delegation to UNESCO World Assembly of Youth HQ in Malacca including meeting with Datuk Seri Ir. hj Idris Bin Hj Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka and President of the World Assembly of Youth.

23 October – Attending Vice Chancellors engagement with international students in KL.

19 October – Leading UTM International staff and student delegation to  NBS Lecture Series event hosted by the Chief Minister of Melaka.

15 October – Engagement session with international students at UTM Kuala Lumpur campus.

14 October – Attending a dinner at High Commissioner of Australia residence in honour of  the visit by the President of the Australian National University to Malaysia.

14 October – Meeting with Mr Mohd. Yunus Bin Charlie Charington, Undersecretary, International Relations Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia concerning international students, future joint activities and UNESCO Club programme.

13 October – Meeting with HE Mr Khamphan Anlavan, Ambassador at the Embassy of Laos to discuss UTM programmes and ASEAN Scholarships etc.

9 October – Leading delegation of  international staff from UTM for a visit to the Parliament of Malaysia for half-day tour and lunch.

1 October – Meeting with Chief Minister of Malacca,  Datuk Seri Ir Idris Bin Harun, President of UNESCO World Assemby of Youth and representatives to discuss forthcoming programme of activities, Chief Ministers Office and World Youth Complex, Melaka.

September 2014

30 September – Judging at SIDC 2014, 3rd Students Innovation & Design Competition, Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam

29 September – Engagement with new international students in UTM Kuala Lumpur campus, UTM International Office.

25 September -  Meeting concerning the UTM UNESCO Club programme of activities with Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UTM Johor Bahru campus.

23 September – Chairing International BIM Forum, UTM, CIDB, Heriot-Watt University Joint Event at UTM Kuala Lumpur Campus.

18 September – Attending farewell dinner at High Commissioner of New Zealand Residence, Jalan Langgak Golf, Kuala Lumpur

11 September - Lunch meeting with His Excellency The Ambassador for Global Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo and Distinguished Visiting Professor to MJIIT Masahiko Horie

9 September – Meeting with Mr Marcel Roijen, Counsellor, Head of Section, Political Affairs, Press and Information and Beatrice Shamala Joachim, Trade Officer, European Union, Delegation to Malaysia, Menara Tan & Tan, Kuala Lumpur to discuss MOSTI, EU and UTM joint event on Horizon 2020.

August 2014

28 August – Attending Programme Advisory Panel meeting, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.

July 2014

9-10 July – External examination of PhD at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat

5 July – Meeting at Embassy of Azerbaijan.

3 July – UTM International Coordinators Meeting. Video Conference with UTM JB.

June 2014

31 June – Representing UTM at the 21st Annual General Meeting of the European Union Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Education Committee at Grand Millennium Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

26 June - Afternoon meeting with Embassy of Azerbaijan.

26 June – Morning meeting with Toufik Koudri, First Secretary, Embassy of Algeria discussing strategic partnerships and increasing student numbers.

19 June – Meeting at the Parliament of Malaysia to discuss future international staff engagement programmes.

16 June – Participating at the British High Commission business networking reception to introduce leading British providers of Education and Corporate Training programmes.

11 June – Judging finalists at the IIUM Research Invention and Innovation Exhibition, IIUM, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur.

10 June – Attending 5th International Conference on Biotechnology for the Wellness Industry Dinner at Saloma Bistro, Kuala Lumpur.

10 June – Participating at the 1st ARPOS (Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability) Network Symposium at UKM, Bangi.

5 June –  Participating at a meeting with the Vice Chancellor and delegation of the University of South Brittany, UTM International, Kuala Lumpur.

May 2014

27 May – Attending MJIIT Briefing of ASEAN Ambassadors including Ambassadors from Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Myanma, and Vietnam, UTM Kuala Lumpur Campus.

26 May –  Participating at Doha Debate on “ASEAN should be more like the EU”, organised by Delegation of the European Union of Malaysia and the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute. Malaya Room, The Westin, Kuala Lumpur.

21 – 23 May – UTM University Presidents Forum, “Global Collaboration Opportunities in Knowledge Creation and Innovation”, Puteri Pacific Hotel, Johor Bahru

19 May – Representing UTM at the Malaysian – Australian Student Mobility Forum at the Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

14 May – Hosting Seminar given by Dr Guido Schnieders, DAAD Representative, DAAD Information Center Kuala Lumpur, German Business Center on opportunities for Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral students.

5-8 May – Participating at 4th QS-MAPLE (Middle East & North Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference, Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

April 2014

29 April - Visiting UiTM, Shah Alam for research, publications and PhD supervision meetings

28 April – Meeting with Mr Takahashi, Principal Fellow, China Research and Communication Centre and Japan Science and Technology Agency to discuss Japan – Asia Youth Exchange Programme in Science FY2014 (SAKURA)

15 – 17 April – External examination and meetings with staff in Construction Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang.

12 April – 34th Annual General Meeting of Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Malaysia, The Zon Hotel on the Park, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

11 April – Meeting with Dr. Guido Schnieders, DAAD Representative, DAAD Information Center Kuala Lumpur, German Business Center,.

8 April – Meeting with Netherlands Advisor for Science & Technology in Singapore and Malaysia at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur.

7 April – Attending CIDB Seminar on Driving Infrastructure Sustainability in 11th Malaysia Plan, The Saujana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

March 2014

25 March – Directing New Zealand Week Event “Guardianship and Economic Development; Indigenous Community-Based Eco-Tourism” at UTM, Kuala Lumpur.

24 March – Participated at the Inaugural Meeting of the German-Malaysian Round Table on Higher Education Cooperation at the German Ambassador’s Residence, Kuala Lumpur.

18 March – Attended Economic Reform Debate organised by British High Commission and Nottingham University Malaysia at Islamic Arts Museum , Kuala Lumpur.

12 March - Representing UTM Vice Chancellor at “Smart Cities Smart Living Seminar” in conjunction with UK Trade and Industry, and the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

4 – 5 March – Moderator for the 8th SEATUC Symposium, M-Suites Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

February 2014

25 February – Representing the Vice Chancellor at the launching of New Zealand Week by His Excellency the High Commissioner of New Zealand at his residence in Kuala Lumpur.

25 February – Hosting meeting between Mr V.van der Chijs, President of Executive Board, University of Twente, Netherlands and UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Ir Dr Mohd Azraii and other Deans of Faculties at UTM International Office, Kuala Lumpur.

20 February – Meeting with representatives of the New Zealand High Commission to discuss forthcoming Eco-Tourism Seminar to be held on 25 March at UTM Kuala Lumpur.

19 February – Meeting with the Director of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce in Kuala Lumpur.

18 February – Receiving a delegation from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia to UTM International Office.

12 February - Receiving a delegation from Liaocheng University, China to UTM International Office (http://english.lcu.edu.cn/)

11 February – Attending Case Western Reserve University, Malaysia Alumni and Friends Reception at Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and meeting with Associate Dean of Development and Global Relations Daniel Ducoff.

January 2014

23-24 January – Rapporteur and facilitator at Higher Education Research Presentation, Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), Ministry of Education Malaysia.

22 January – Meeting with representatives of the Iranian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to discuss Iranian National Day celebrations at UTM.

December 2013

13 December – Receiving delegation from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic and respresentative from the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

11 December – Meeting at the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to discuss forthcoming New Zealand Week etc.

9 December – Delivered welcome address to delegates at the ASEAN Learning Network Council meeting at UTM, Kuala Lumpur.

4-6 December – Participated at the 4th Global Higher Education Forum (GHEF) 2013 with the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Universiti Sains Malaysia at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Malaysia.

3 December Received a delegation including the Rector Professor Ludwig and the Bursar Gabriel, from the University of Pardubice, The Czech Republic to UTM International Kuala Lumpur

November 2013

28 November Hosting of meeting with representatives of Korean Polytechnics to UTM Kuala Lumpur to discuss potential cooperation, traning programs for professors and developing research.

27 November Meetings with Dr Robert Partridge, Head International Office, Imperial College, London to discuss the UTM Imperial Engineering Centre.

22 November  Attended Heriot-Watt Alumni Dinner at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

21 November Attended dinner at the British High Commissioners Residence, Kuala Lumpur with Professor Robin Grimes, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

21 November Attended the opening ceremony of Japan Day, Malaysian Japan Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

19 November Welcome presentation to Prof. Kai Wang, Head of Dept of Information Management, Prof. Shu-Chen Yang, CEO of Exec. MBA, Prof. I-Hsien Ting, Director of International MBA, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

15 November Received a visit by Dr David McPhail, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials, Imperial College, London UK to UTM International, Kuala Lumpur.

13 November Attended dinner with Prof. Diego Comin from Harvard Business School at Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

7 November Co-chaired the Innovative Research Universities Forum: Teaching and Learning in a Digital Era, hosted at UTM in Kuala Lumpur.

October 2013

24 October – Attended Inaugural Tan Sri Harun M Hasim Memorial Lecture, Moot Court, Ahmad Ibrahim, Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic Univeristy Malaysia (IIUM)

23 October – Chaired forum session at BIM in AEC-FM Seminar and Forum, Heriot Watt University Malaysia, Menara PJH, Putrajaya

19 October – Represented  UTM at a welcome dinner for Fiji Government sponsored students jointly hosted by The High Commission of Fiji Kuala Lumpur and Winning Magnitude Sdn Bhd., Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur

18 October – Represented the Vice Chancellor of UTM at the Pre-Council Malaysia – United Kingdom meeting at Ministry of Education, Putrajaya

18 October – Received a visit from Dr Gordon Lucas, Edith Cowan University, Australia.

17 October – Participated at German Science Day &  4th German-ASEAN Science and Technology Network (GAST)-Conference on Energy Efficient Buildings, UKM (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Kelab Golf Danau

14 to 16 October – Represented Vice Chancellor of UTM at the KAIST International Presidents Forum on Global Research Universities in Seoul, Korea

7 October – Participated at Forum on Green Business Opportunity in Malaysia, organised by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

1 October – Attended meeting of European Union Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  Menara Atlan 161B Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

September 2013

30 September – Received Prof Matthias Finkbeiner from Technical University of Berlin, to UTM International, Kuala Lumpur

28 September – Attended World Marketing Summit Malaysia at Putrajaya Convention Centre

25 September – Received delegation from Universitas Merdeka Malang, Indonesia, to UTM International, Kuala Lumpur

21 to 23 September – Attended UTM International Strategic Planning Workshop, Pulai Resort, Desaru, Johor, Malaysia

3rd September – Meeting with Dr Mahmoud A Benshaban, Vice President, University of Tripoli, Libya to discuss forcoming visit by delegation from Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research to UTM.

June 2013

25th June - Meeting with Dr. Wirathep Pathumcharoenwattana, (The Head of Department of Lifelong Education) and Mr. Chanchai Thavinpipatkul (Ph.D. Student in Non-Formal Education Program, Department of Lifelong Education), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

22nd June – Facilitating interactive feedback session with UTM international staff as part of the International Staff Induction Programme, Mahkota Hotel Malacca.

21st June – Representing the Vice Chancellor of UTM at the 50th Anniversary The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) Gala Dinner, Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

17th June - Meeting with Professor Dr Jennelle Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University of Technology .

11th June – Representing the Vice Chancellor of UTM at the Reception to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the British High Commissioners residence in Kuala Lumpur.

5th June – Presentation and meeting with distinguished visitors from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Services, Qatar Branch to UTM Johor Bahru.

May 2013

31st May – Presented UTM Global Strategy during the official visit by Dr Junyoung Park, Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. UTM Johor Bahru.

30th May - Professor Dr Stephen Kajewski, Head of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment, QUT visited the office of UTM International on Thursday. UTM and QUT have an active MOU and the meeting identified new opportunities for collaboration.

29th May – Visit to Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for a meeting with the Director of Australian Education International

28th May – Meeting with Professor Dr Ehsan Mesbahi, Dean (Newcastle University Singapore) in MJIIT to discuss MOA on Joint Postgraduate Research Degrees between UTM and Newcastle

21st May – Participation at the Public Lecture by Her Excellency Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO at University of Malaya (UM) entitled “The New Humanism in the 21st Century: The Role of Good Governance and Education in Empowering the Society”.

14th May – Meeting with official visit of delegation from Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Science and Technology, (MEXT), Japan to the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)

6th May – Participation at the International Advisory Panel, UTM, Mutiarah Hotel, Johor Bahru

5th May – Participation at the University Presidents Forum, UTM, Mutiarah Hotel, Johor Bahru

April 2013

15th April – Visit by delegation from Massey University School of Management, New Zealand, to the International Business School, UTM. Planning  to collaborate with Massey in terms of teaching, research, student/staff exchange and joint programs.

March 2013

I will be giving a presentation on “How the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technology Can Benefit the Construction Project Managers and the Challenges in Implementation” during the inaugural Association of Construction Project Management Conference at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 27th March.

18th March – Professors & Students from Southern Federal University, Rostov-on Don, Russia froup photo with students & staff of UTM International Business School (UTM IBS).

1 March  I have been appointed as the new Director of the International Office for UTM Kuala Lumpur Campus.

February 2013

I will be giving a presentation on “Waste Management and Planning in Building Construction & Infrastructure Maintenance Contractors in Malaysia” at the 3rd Building Maintenance Conference at the Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 27th February.

On 25th February I will be speaking at the Akademi Kepimpinan Pengajian Tinggi (AKPT) Higher Education Leadership Academy Conference on Mentoring Researchers in Writing High Quality Research Proposals.

January 2013

I am honoured to have been invited by the Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia to join their Sub-committee on Building Information Modelling (BIM).

November 2012

I am delighted to have been invited as a speaker at the International Constructional Steel Conference (ICSC 2012) on 28th to 29th November 2012 at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur. For further details click here and here

October 2012

I am honored to have been invited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to be a researcher on a national research project entitled ” A Critical Assessment of the Impact of PSPTN Phase 1 on Malaysian Higher Education Stakeholders”. (http://www.mohe.gov.my/psptn/)

July 2012

MiCRA Postgraduate Conference, Call for Papers issued. As Chairman of the Management in Construction Research Association I am delighted to have announced the Postgraduate Conference to be held at UTM, Kuala Lumpur on 5-6 December 2012.

July 2012

I have been appointed as Associate Director for Asia (South-East Region; Territory-T031) at the International Institute of Marketing Professionals.  This is a voluntary post responsible for coordinating the activities of the country managers in Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore. The International Instutute of Marketing Professionals is cross-sector and includes academics and practitioners in manufacturing, retail, services and industrial marketing.

June 2012

I have been invited to be a member of the Editorial Review Board for the The International Journal of Marketing Principles and Practices (IJMPP)

May 2012

I have been appointed as External Course Assessor (ECA) for TCM521/04 Advanced Construction Management, School of Science and Technology, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia (http://www.wou.edu.my/)

January 2012 -

I have been invited to serve on the European Union – Malaysian Chamber of Commerce “Environment, Energy and Green Technology (EEGT) Committee, representing the RAZAK School of Engineering & Advanced Technology.

Tuesday 22nd November 2011 -

I will be delivering a keynote address to the National Asset and Project Management Conference “Time to Change: Managing Asset and Project Toward Sustainable Future” at the Hotel Singgahsana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (See links for further details 1 and 2)