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 UniKL Conferences organized in 2016

Ceiba pentandra or Kapok tree as its mostly used common name may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, resistant to water and flammable. It is commonly used as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery and stuffed toys such as teddy bears.


Conference Title


Dhaka International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference (DIBSRC) 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21-22 Jan 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS), Uttara University, and AABL

Sibr-Unikl 2016 Kuala Lumpur Conference On Interdisciplinary Business & Economic Research, Kuala Lumpur, 12-13 Feb 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS) and SIBR

Bandung  International Business & Social Entrepreneurship Science Research Conference (BIBSESRC) 2016, Bandung, Indonesia, 21-22 April 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS), UNISBA, and AABL

International Conference of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 2016, Ipoh, Perak, 18-20 March 2016

UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak (RCMP) – Faculty Pharmacy, and Ministry of Health Malaysia

Educational Workshop and Symposium on Polymer Science and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, 29-30 March 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering Technology (MICET), Malaysia Polymer Society, and the Society of Polymer Japan

Image Processing, Image Analysis and Real Time Imagine IPIARTI Symposium 2016 & Symposium on acoustic, speech & signal processing (SASSP) 2016, Gombak, Selangor, 17 May 2016

UniKL British Malaysian Institute (BMI) and IEEE Malaysia

International Conference on Information and Communication Technology 2016 (ICICTM ‘16), Kuala Lumpur, 14-15  May 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Universiti Pertahanan Malaysia (UPNM), and IEEE Malaysia

International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management & Communication (ACM IMCOM 2016), Danang, Vietnam, 6-7 January, 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), SungKyunKwan University, and ACM

Conference on Academic, Engineering, Science and Research  (CAESAR), Langkawi, Kedah, 22-24 January 2016

UniKL Malaysian Spanish Institute (MSI)



Research Highlights


 Expanding the commercial usage of KAPOK TREE FIBRE

Ceiba pentandra or Kapok tree as its mostly used common name may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, resistant to water and flammable. It is commonly used as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery and stuffed toys such as teddy bears.

UniKL researchers lead by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Abu Hanifah Abdullah has found potentially new commercial inventions using the raw material that is easily obtainable in Malaysia through exhaustive research which started from the idea of using the biodegradable materials from Kapok tree fibre for aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation blankets for aircraft cabins.

His team of "Malaysia on Mars" comprising of three students from UniKL Institute of Product Design and Manufacturing (IPROM) and the Kapok fibre research was officially announced as the Top 5 (finalist) entries from more than 2,600 entires worldwide and participated in the final round of International Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition 2011 which was held at Paris Airshow-Le Bourget 2011.
"The recognition given by such a prestigious organization in a major event has spurred me to go more in depth in exploring Kapok fibre as a commercial commodity in the high-tech industries", said Abu Hanifah.
For more information regarding this research, Abu Hanifah can be contacted at abuhanifah@miat.unikl.edu.my

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News : UniKL RCMP honoured at SPER Conference in India

As Guest-of-Honour led the Opening Ceremony ‘lighting of candle'. On my right is Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Ramesh Kanwar. A great honour for UniKL as this was the first time that our university is known in this region.

The Society of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (SPER) 3rd Annual Conference on the theme "Recent Trends in Pharmaceutical Industry: Bridging the Gaps in Pharmaceutical Education" was held at the Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab. Prof. Dr. Gouri Kumar Dash and I were invited as Speakers. The Conference Organisers had invited me as the main Guest-of-Honour for the conference.  The Conference started on 8 March, 2014.  As Guest-of-Honour, I took part at the opening ceremony of the conference and delivered a brief address to the participants. Two papers were presented at the conference by Unikl Rcmp:- 
  1. "The Teaching of Clinical Pharmacy: the Malaysian Perspective" by Prof Dr Mohd Syafiq Abdullah.  
  2. "Recent Trends in Pharma Industry: Bridging the gaps in Pharmaceutical Education". Prof Dr Gouri Kumar Dash.
While in India, I had planned to explore and establish networking among academic institutions and foster collaboration especially in the field of pharmaceutical research in natural products. It is to be noted that for some time now, India has established a reputation as a major player and contributor of leading researches in natural products. The availability of top-notch scientists and research facilities, has led to more and more FDA-approved clinical trials of new drugs being conducted in India. Many Indian research and academic institutions have set up top-class research facilities with cutting edge technologies. 

Posing with dignitaries after the opening ceremony. On my left is Dr. Bhaswat S Chakraborty, Organising Chairman; extreme right is Dr. Upendra Nagaich, Organising Secretary for the Conference.
This visit was expected to pave the way for possible placement of some of our pharmacy students for their ‘internship' at some suitable research facilities in India. The visit was carried out from 6th – 14th March 2014 in Chandigarh and Phagwara in Punjab and New Delhi
On 10 March, 2014, the following activities were conducted:- 
  1. Meeting and discussion with Professor Dr Ramesh Kanwar, Vice-Chancelor, LPU, Punjab.
  2. Meeting and discussion with Professor Dr Monica Gulati, Dean, Lovely Faculty of Applied Medical Science, LPU, Punjab. Also present were Mr.Aman Mittal (Deputy Director, Division of International Affairs, LPU) and Professor Dr Gouri Kumar Dash.
  3. Courtesy call on the Chancellor of Lovely Professional University, Mr Ashok Mittal. The meeting was arranged by the Conference Organisers as a special invitation to me (representing Universiti Kuala Lumpur) being the Guest-of-Honour. 
  4. Discussion with Dr.Upendra Nagaich, Organising Secretary of SPER 3rd Annual Conference 2014. Outcome of the meeting is a possible collaboration between SPER and FPHS UniKL RCMP to co-host/hold the 4th Annual Conference in Malaysia in 2015.
Outcome of the various meetings:-
As a direct result of the visit, there are potentials for collaborations in the following areas:-
  1. Exchange of staff between LPU and FPHS, in the teaching of specific courses. Given the shortage of teaching staff here, one possible collaborative initiative is for LPU faculty to teach at our college for specific periods of time. 
  2. Placements of our pharmacy students at the laboratories of LPU for a few weeks during our semester break.
  3. Collaborations on specific research projects among our institutions.

As Guest-of-Honour, Prof Dr Syafiq led the dignitaries in addressing the conference.

On 11 March, 2014, the following activities were held:-
  1. Discussion with Mr Shahnaz Majeed, PhD Scholar from the Faculty of Bioscience and Chemical Engineering, Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Mr. Shahnaz shared his research work on nanotechnology. He has shown keen interest in joining FPHS as a faculty member. His expertise in many chemistry-based subjects would be extremely useful for both the Diploma and Bachelor of Pharmacy programmes. He will also be instrumental to our mission of establishing a future Center of Excellence in Natural Products Research with emphasis in Nanotechnology.
    Mr. Shahnaz is being recommended for a lecturer position with FPHS, as there is an urgent need for this with the recent departure of two of our lecturers.
  2. Meeting and Discussion with Prof. Saranjit Singh, Professor and Head of Pharmaceutical Analysis, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India.
  3. Visit to the Research laboratories at the LPU campus.
On 13 March, 2014 we had a meeting with Dr. Mohd Ashraf Shah, Assistant Professor in-charge of Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Electron Microscopy Centre in the Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He is an expert in nanotechnology and our discussion is expected to result in collaborative efforts in the near future. Dr Shah will be invited as a keynote speaker at our International Conference in Pharmacy and Health Sciences from 8 to 10 October 2014 at the Everly Hotel, Putrajaya.

All dignitaries posing with our Conference Programme.
We also had meetings in New Delhi with Prof. Dr.Ciddi Veeresham, Professor and Head of Pharmacy, University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kakatiya University, Warangal, India. His special interest is in the area of anti-diabetics research using local plants.  We also met up with Dr. S.Sardana, Principal of Hindu College of Pharmacy, Sonepat with possible follow-up collaboration on academic and research initiatives.

Reported By
Prof Dr Mohd Syafiq Abdullah, 

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