Green House Project
This special project, the brainchild and vision in promoting community engagement projects by our Vice Chancellor, Tan Sri Professor Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, has resulted in the building of a low cost model house incorporating green technology using construction materials costing less than RM 20,000. Among the research findings which have shown great potential include partial and full cement replacements using materials like palm oil fuel ash (POFA), palm oil clinker (POC) ash, rice husk ash (RHA), and coal bottom ash (CBA). The production cost of concrete can also be significantly reduced by promoting the use of these industrial wastes and this in turn could reduce the cost of building materials. Waste materials such as POC, slag, POC ash and quarry wastes were introduced in the brick system as well as the foundation of the low cost house.
Researcher: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ubagaram Johnson Alengaram, Dept. Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Graduate Employability Through English
This project addresses the findings of previous research whereby employers considered many of Malaysian graduates are unemployable on account of low English Language proficiency; more specifically poor communication skills in English. The plan is for a systemic reform of the English Language programme over ten years, specifying target levels on the CEFR scale for each stage of education to facilitate progress monitoring. In accordance with international research findings, the focus will be on producing high calibre teachers with good English proficiency and teaching expertise, using quality materials designed for differentiated learning in supportive English-rich learning environments.
Researcher: Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don, Dept. English Language, Faculty of Languages & Linguistics