MAHSA Shines on with MIDS 2018

Published on: 13-07-2018

The Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS) 2018 on 4th May 2018, held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre was a huge success. The conference was jointly organised by the Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University and the Malaysian Dental Dealers Association (MDDA).

The main objectives of MIDS 2018 were to enhance dentistry skills and knowledge of dental professionals as well as to collaborate with dental traders in promoting the growth and success in forming symbiotic relationships in the industry.

Prof. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Hj. Mohamed Haniffa bin Hj. Abdullah, Pro-Chancellor & Executive Chairman of MAHSA University, officiated the event with the theme 'Technological Advancement towards Excellence in Dentistry'.

MAHSA was the only dental school, out of 13, in Malaysia to be chosen as a partner to organise this three-day event. MAHSA’s Faculty of Dentistry is the first dental school in Malaysia to have organised its own international scientific conference.

The scientific conference was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kacharaju Kranthi Raja and advised by Prof. Rosnah binti Mohd Zain. The scientific committee from MAHSA’s Faculty of Dentistry was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prathap Chandar Mannivanan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ravikanth Haridas and Dr. Afaf-Al-Haddad.

Fifteen renowned speakers from Malaysia and abroad delivered keynote lectures on different topics. The conference also included Dental Technology Symposium featuring lectures and workshops by Mr. Robert Eberharter (Austria), Mr. Mansor bin Arshad (Malaysia), and Dr. Mark Anthony G. Kobayashi (Philippines).

Prof. Dr. Phrabakaran, renowned dental radiologist in Malaysia and Head of MAHSA’s Department of Oral Biology delivered a keynote lecture to a full house on CBCT Imaging - What to Watch Out For? while Dr. Padmini Hari, periodontist and year 4 coordinator of MAHSA’s Faculty of Dentistry, talked about integrating periodontics knowledge to other branches of dentistry.

In his lecture on Dental Technologists on Innovations in Dentistry - Are you ready?, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Santhosh Kotian, MAHSA’s Head of Department of Prosthodontics; stressed the need for dental technologists to embrace recent advances in their laboratory setups. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kranthi Raja Kacharaju received positive feedback from participants on his workshop about managing complex endodontic cases.

Students benefited from the productive conference and workshops. The year 3, 4 and 5 students who volunteered to organise the scientific conference also expressed delight in gaining experience organizing events and honing their management skills in the process.

More than 1000 delegates and visitors attended the well-received event. 94 booths, including 54 international exhibitors, showcased the latest dental materials, products and technology. This accomplishment showed the experience and capability of MAHSA’s Faculty of Dentistry.

Through this conference, MAHSA staff and students had the opportunity to network with professionals all over the world.

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MAHSA Engineering Gears Up for Industry 4.0

Published on: 13-07-2018

With automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies as the current trend, Industry 4.0 is reshaping the way we manufacture goods and the way we work. As the world enters the latest industrial revolution that is Industry 4.0, there is a need for individuals to adapt to this change and be prepared for their future career.

MAHSA UNIVERSITY recognises its importance. On 2 May 2018, MAHSA’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with three establishments: Project Management Institute, Malaysia Chapter (PMIMY), Iconix Consulting Sdn. Bhd. and MS Compost Sdn Bhd.

Also present at the signing ceremony were MAHSA UNIVERSITY’s academic staff and management team: Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. Khairul Anuar bin Abdullah; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs & Corporate Services), Ms Stella Lau Kah Wai; and Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Leong Wai Yie.

The purpose of the MOU is to establish collaboration with industry leaders in science and technology. MAHSA aims to produce highly-skilled individuals who are able to meet the needs of the industry.

The president of its Malaysia Chapter, Mr. Krishnan J. Srinivasan, assured that PMIMY will work closely with MAHSA through research projects, symposiums and surveys as well as share information through publications and work sessions. PMIMY’s treasurer, Mr. Khairul Anuar bin Mohd. Saffian, was also present at the event. PMI is the world’s largest non-profit professional membership association for the project management profession.

MAHSA will be receiving five units of IoT (Internet of Things) devices from the Managing Director of Iconix Consulting Sdn. Bhd., Puan Masliza Osman, who is accompanied by the Principal Consultant, Dr. Tan Su Wei and Technical Specialist, Mr. Kenneth Wong. These donated devices will be placed in the Embedded System Laboratory. MAHSA students will benefit from learning this technology.

The Managing Director of MS Compost, Mr. Mahathevan S. Arumugam, highlighted that the company will embark on a research collaboration with MAHSA for wastage and green environment technologies in multi-industrial sectors. The equipment for the research and its laboratory will be set up at the university.

MAHSA UNIVERSITY strives to develop its students into highly-demanded professionals through research and innovation opportunities at all levels.

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Digital Radiography, the Future of Medical Imaging

Published on: 28-06-2018

With its wondrous ability to reveal accurate visuals of diseases in mere seconds, digital radiography (DR) is fast replacing traditional X-Ray imaging. Not only does it save time and improve accuracy, DR also reduces radiation exposure, making it safer for patients. It is for these reasons that DR is the future of medical imaging technology.

MAHSA’s Medical Imaging Department (MID) strives to produce highly-skilled radiographers who can contribute to medical institutions everywhere. In view of this, the department from MAHSA’s Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences organised a two-day seminar on digital radiography on 27 and 28 April at MAHSA University.

Dr. Bidi Bin Ab Hamid from the Radiation Monitoring and Control Division of the Ministry of Health gave a lively interactive presentation on radiation protection in digital radiography.

All guest speakers had ten to thirty years of working experience in their respective fields. The experts presenting that day were:

  • Mr Jimmy Lim and Mr KL Chan (Fujifilm Malaysia) - CR & DR technology and image processing.
  • Mr Rockey Tang (Angel Co Shenzhen, China) - dynamic DR
  • Ms Pauh (Canon Toshiba Medical Informatics) - PACS, DICOM, HL7 and Teleradiography
  • Mr Rosdi (LAC) - digital radiography department setup & showcasing of Samsung Medical System
  • Ms Kahdijah Ramli (University Malaya) - ways to utilise exposure indexes to reduce patient radiation doses and digital radiographic image quality and artifacts
  • Dr Bidi Bin Ab Hamid (Radiation Monitoring and Control Division, Ministry of Health) - radiation protection in digital radiography
  • Madam Chan Lai Kuan (HOD, MI Department) - reject analysis, quality control and role of radiographers in digital radiography

More than 130 attended the seminar. The participants consisted of clinical preceptors, qualified radiographers, lecturers and radiography students.

MAHSA students spent two productive days gaining valuable insights from key players in the industry and networking with the relevant technology suppliers. They also learned to make comparisons between various systems in the market.

The comprehensive programme included a total of fourteen lectures covering the basic principles of CR & DR, image acquisition and processing, the latest equipment, medical information, radiation doses and protection as well as quality control.

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MAHSA Students Shine at Engineering Competition

Published on: 28-06-2018

First-year students from MAHSA’s Diploma in Civil Engineering programme were the second runner-up in the National Tower Crane Building Competition organised by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). The intervarsity contest was held in conjunction with Engineering Week 2018, an event supported by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).

Led by Madam Syazana from MAHSA’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the team consisted of five students: Su Yong Howe, Muhammad Alif Nordin, Siti Nur Hidayah Jamaluddin, Mohammad Shamir Zain and Muhammad Syazani Suhaimee.

The first-year diploma students took up the challenge despite knowing they would be competing against degree students. They built a lightweight and structurally sound model that would be strong enough to hold the maximum required load.

The team from MAHSA explained that they had to innovate to create the best structural arrangement in accordance with strict contest rules and design guidelines. With the support of their lecturers, the students built several models and conducted multiple testing on the structures.

The participants were elated that their model had outperformed the other 43 designs in terms of structural performance, cost efficiency, design creativity and tidiness. They expressed their gratitude to their MAHSA advisors, Madam Syazana, Dr. Nurul Huda and Associate Professor Khairul for their guidance. The students jested that they were attracted by the award but added it was their lecturers’ continuous support that motivated them to do their best. The team received a RM400 cash reward for their innovative design.

The overall process simulated real-world engineering issues such as solving spatial constraints and fabrication processes as well as project management and teamwork efficacy. The civil engineering students were able to apply classroom knowledge into practical tasks. This reflects on the dedication and expertise of MAHSA’s educators in producing high-quality, competent students.

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Engineer an Electrifying Future with MAHSA

Published on: 28-06-2018

MAHSA’s Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree programme has been fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).

EAC is the only recognized accrediting body for engineering degree programmes in Malaysia. Endorsed by the EAC and MQA, MAHSA’s Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree programme will give assurance to prospective employers on the quality of MAHSA’s graduates.

The programme also meets the Washington Accord standard of engineering. This means graduates of the degree programme can practice engineering in countries covered by the accord. The 19 signatories include Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, United States, United Kingdom, etc.

Having an EAC-accredited qualification also meant that MAHSA graduates are able to register with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) to practice engineering in Malaysia. They can also join the Public Service Department (JPA) with MAHSA’s Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree programme.

Prior to the accreditation, the panel paid a visit to MAHSA’s Bandar Saujana Putra. MAHSA’s curriculum and facilities were evaluated in accordance with EAC’s strict criteria. Staff and students also underwent thorough assessment via interviews and dialogue with industry stakeholders.

EAC and MQA’s recognition on the programme meant that MAHSA University delivers quality engineering education and produces highly-competent graduates.

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MAHSA's MBBS Granted Recognition by Sri Lanka Medical Council

Published on: 28-06-2018

MAHSA University is pleased to announce that its Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme has received a five-year recognition from the Sri Lankan Medical Council (SLMC). The recognition runs from 2018 to 2023 and is expected to attract more students from Sri Lanka. This recognition will enable students with MAHSA qualifications to provide professional services in their own country.

Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, Professor Dato' Dr. Ravindran Jegasothy, explained that the recognition by SLMC was indeed another proud moment for the faculty, who participated in the rigorous assessments that included site visits as well as interviews with students and faculty members.

There are currently 120 international students enrolled in this programme under the Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Two of them are from Sri Lanka while most come from Thailand and India.

Other than the SLMC, MAHSA’s MBBS programme is also recognised by the Medical Council of Thailand and Medical Council of India, both of which allow students to sit for the entrance examinations in their respective countries after graduation.

Besides Thailand and India, MAHSA’s graduates also work in Maldives, Bangladesh and even in countries as far as Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Mauritius.

MAHSA University’s growing success in gaining recognitions from numerous medical councils from abroad shows that its Faculty of Medicine can now be benchmarked against established peers in the region. This is a feat the university can truly be proud of and it will definitely be added to one of MAHSA’s many list of achievements.

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MAHSA’s Midwifery Student Delivers Distinction

Published on: 28-06-2018

A student from MAHSA’s Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (FONM) achieved distinction in her Midwifery Specialisation (Part 1) Licensure Examination. Ms. Kamala A/P Lathumanan joined MAHSA’s Advance Diploma in Midwifery in April 2017 and took the exam on 11 April 2018. She was a staff nurse at Kelana Jaya Medical Center (KJMC). There were also fifteen other students from the faculty who sat for the examination and passed.

MAHSA’s FONM has an outstanding track record of students achieving great results in the examination set by the Midwives Board Malaysia. The faculty has produced 97 nurse-midwives since the programme was introduced in 2011. There were three who obtained distinctions in the programme: Ms. Loo Yong Chyi (10 September 2014 Exam), Pn. Norliza Binti Abu Bakar (10 September 2014 Exam) and Pn. Siti Noorsahara Binti Hussin (31 March 2015 Exam).

Those who have completed MAHSA’s Advanced Diploma in Midwifery will be qualified to sit for the licensure examination. Successful candidates will then be certified by the Midwifery Board Malaysia and graduate as State Registered Nurse and Midwife. This qualification is recognized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

International students from the Philippines, Kenya and Somalia also took the Advanced Diploma. Many have graduated from this programme and secured high positions in their respective nursing departments.

These success stories are a testament to MAHSA University’s commitment to be the centre of excellence on Higher Education in the region.

Group photo of Midwifery Nursing students (cohort April 2017) with their lecturer and clinical instructor at MAHSA University

Front row: Nor Hidayah Noordin, Norhayati Hamid, Fatin Nadia Rahinon

Middle row: Fatihah Abd Karim, Christine Irudayasu, Assoc. Prof. Norehan Binti Mohd Isa, Ms Adiletchimi M, Kamala Lathumanan

Back row: Nor Hasimah Ibrahim, Naemah Anwar, Nurhidayatul Akmal Mohd Nafiah, Sity Mastura Zakaria, Nurul Izzati Idris, Nur Syahida Jasmin, Nuramalina Zulkhafeli, Haniza Ramlee.

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Never Too Late - The Experiential Learning Pathway

Published on: 28-06-2018

The Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is an alternate pathway to obtaining a university qualification.

Knowledge and skills can be gained through work experience. These experiences are then converted into academic credits via APEL. Working adults who had obtained enough credits will be able to receive a more accelerated and flexible tertiary education.

To fulfill MAHSA’s entry requirements, the student must:

  • be a Malaysian
  • be at least 30 years of age in the year of application
  • have a minimum qualification of STPM, Diploma or equivalent
  • have relevant work experience

The first intake of APEL students were successfully recruited in January 2018 at MAHSA University. MAHSA UNIVERSITY is proud to welcome 58 students to their Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) programme and 19, to their Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

MAHSA utilises the ‘blended-learning’ mode where APEL students enjoy flexible learning process through:

  • Face-to-Face Interaction (F2F)
  • Online Interaction via Learning Management System
  • ‘Pre-Workshop Questions’ where students review lessons before classes to have more time doing hands-on activities under the lecturer’s guidance

For each module offered in a semester (14 weeks), there will be F2F learning sessions followed by tutorial sessions on a monthly basis to guide students in their assignments and pre-final exam questions.

All the assignment and case study analysis questions are designed to integrate the students’ work experience with the theoretical knowledge they had learned in formal setting. They will learn to define problems and provide solutions to others in their fields.

Besides formal learning, MAHSA had also arranged industrial guest lectures, which is in line with industrial requirements, as well as organised research methodology workshops to help students improve on their research skills for their Final Year Project (FYP).

Mr. Sivagnanakumaran, Head of Postgraduate Department of the Faculty of Business, Finance and Hospitality commended Malaysians for their eagerness to equip themselves with knowledge and added how proud he is to make higher education more accessible to all.

With MAHSA UNIVERSITY’S Flexible Learning Mode, working adults with hectic lifestyles and busy schedules can finally achieve their learning goals and have better work opportunities.

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