Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) was established in January 2008. It is an organization under the Ministry of Higher Education created in line with the objectives of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan to transform higher education in Malaysia, especially in the area of human capital development.
With the theme "Inspiring Young Researchers towards Innovative and Sustainable Future", AKEPT Young Researcher Circle 2nd Global Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2012 was jointly organized by The Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), AKEPT Young Researchers Circle (AYRC) and Universiti Teknologi MARA, Melaka. The conference took place from 29 October to 31 October, 2012 and open to all young researchers (research students and early career researchers 40 years of age and below).
UniKL MFI BET (Hons) Machine Tools Manufacturing final year student, Muhammad Saufi Maskob has won the best presenter award for his undergraduate research at the AKEPT 2nd Global Annual Young Researchers Conference and Exhibition 2012 International held in Melaka. His paper titled "Mechanical Properties of the Sugar Palm Frond Reinforced Polyester Composites based on his final year project which is supervised by Mr. Syed Azuan Syed Ahmad and Mr. Mohamad Juraidi Jamal. The conference mostly attended by the postgraduate student from Malaysia, Iran, Australia, Indonesia and Philippine where the totals of 126 papers were presented.
"To be recognized for research at an international conference level while being an undergrad student was a great accomplishment, it made me feel like anything was possible with hard work and confidence," says Muhammad Saufi. Mechanical and Manufacturing Section Head, Prof. Dr. Wan Mansor Wan Muhamad in his comment mentioned that Muhammad Saufi is very motivated and focused while doing his final year research based project. "This is very important, because in research you are the teacher of yourself."
AKEPT Young Researchers Circle 2nd Global Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2012 is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in various fields of research, undertaken by today's young researchers. This conference has brought together research students and early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines, creating an opportunity for them to showcase the exciting research work being conducted in their respective fields of expertise. Furthermore, it offers a space for researchers from different subject areas and universities to meet and share ideas, practice presenting their works in a supportive academic environment, and publicize their research to new audiences.
Siti Khatijah Ibrahim
UniKL Malaysia France Institute (UniKL MFI)