UNMC Valentine Speed Dating

UNMC Valentine Speed Dating

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, SA Sustainability Network took another creative spin and organised a fund-raising event named ‘Valentine Speed Dating’. A charitable cause, the idea of the event was to provide a chance for students to meet and interact with each other. Profits from the fundraiser are channeled to charity through the SA grant. There were a total of 42 people, 21 pairs of mixed genders, who participated.  As with a typical speed dating session, the participants were required to switch partners after every session, each lasting between five to ten minutes. The ladies were seated with numbered tables, whereas the men were assigned a random sequence of numbers, and would rotate between numbers accordingly after each session, for a total of 7 sessions. The event lasted for approximately an hour. Comment cards were placed on the tables so that they could write a few words about each session as it ended and then drop them off in the respective lady/gentleman’s envelopes on one side of the room. Many participants left each other honest and encouraging messages. Some even had the chance to exchange contact details on the comment cards. According to participants, they had enjoyed themselves and some commented that it was not as awkward as they had initially thought it would be. Some said it was just like any other social event which granted opportunities to get to know new people. A few even asked for the event to be continued next year. Hence, if you missed the event this year, do not fret as you may have your chance next year!   ATTN: The next SA event would be...
UNMC Cafeteria: Food Inspection

UNMC Cafeteria: Food Inspection

On the 16th and 25th of November 2016, the SA conducted a Food Inspection in the UNMC Cafeteria together with Campus Services and the Health & Safety Office (H&S). The SA teams involved were the Sustainability Network, International Student Bureau, Home and Marketing & Communications. The objectives of the inspection were to ensure the quality of service offered by the vendors are of an acceptable standard in terms of hygiene and F&B ethical obligations, among other things. A specific checklist approved by the Campus Services office was used as the main guideline for the inspection. Two individuals from either SA, H&S or Campus Services teamed up to inspect the stalls and also the staff who were on duty. Some of the criteria would include the cleanliness of the workers (whether they dressed appropriately and used proper equipment such as aprons and covered shoes). A thorough inspection of the kitchenware and how ingredients were stored was also done as part of the strict criteria. SA and Health & Safety Office working together to examine one of the stalls at the cafeteria.       SA Executives, Home (left), ISB (right), and also Sustainability, were some of the evaluators in the Inspection. SA and Campus Services Officer tallying the scores of each inspection for the final outcome. The scores of each stall will indicate the overall cleanliness of the food and the environment in which they are prepared, and are as follows: Date of Inspection: 16th Nov 2016 1. RK Fatima: 81.67 2. Treehouse: 79.33 Date of Inspection: 25th Nov 2016 1. Pakistani / Arabic: 74.5 2. Malay: 72.5 3. Japanese:...
Making a Difference One Tree at a Time: The Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme

Making a Difference One Tree at a Time: The Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme

On 12th November, a group of thirty eager volunteers departed from the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus at 7am, keen on making a difference with their Saturday morning. Their destination was Taman Tasik Cempaka in Bandar Baru Bangi, and their spirits were united through the Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme, an annual event by the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) held in conjunction with World Town Planning Day. MIP is a non-profit organisation of professional planners, determined to use their knowledge, training and skills to incur progress and inspire change within Malaysian communities. Concerned with the dangerous imbalance of climate change and its consequences, MIP took the initiative to curb global warming by organising the Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme. Officially established in 2008, the Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme was assisted this year by the Majlis Perbandaran Kajang as part of the 2016 National Festival. It aims to contribute towards a carbon free environment, and welcomed participations from MIP members, corporate bodies and communities. Due to limited spaces allocated for the event, central priority of participation was given to the Student Association (SA) Sustainability team and UNMC Nature Club. Hence, with main coordination lead by Amir Aminuddin and Darren Sia Hwei Hung, Nottingham’s involvement with the programme was made possible and successful, as they and the SA Sustainability as well as Nature Club teams gathered students to green the Taman Tasik Cempaka urban park with more trees for increased shading and comfort. Upon arrival, the participants were briefed by the organisers, then assigned to place tags on the trees according to their respective sponsors and contributing...
Physical Education Day 2016

Physical Education Day 2016

When was the last time you’ve had your blood pressure checked or that you’ve gone for a run? On the 11th October 2016, between 10am to 4pm, a collaborative effort between the sustainability network and 5 different clubs and societies, namely the Fitness Club, Floorball Club, Gaming Society, Islamic Society and Nutrition Club, as well as The Kajang Specialist Hospital was put together to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and to cultivate a positive attitude towards physical fitness. Many activities were being carried out in a fun and engaging way in conjunction to the aim. To begin with, there was an eye catching triangular stand made out of recycled materials decorated pamphlets and posters filled with various information about physical health located at the middle of the SA circle. A “just dance” console game booth was set up by the Gaming Society to promote health through a play or movement setting. There was a fitness competition of seeing who could sustain the plank position for the longest duration of time. Bottled mineral water were being given out free to promote a healthy habit of drinking water. There were some religious insights on physical well-being such as the benefits of fasting for all. Also, the Kajang Specialist Hospital was present to provide free medical check-ups on the blood pressure and blood glucose of each individual. Not leaving out the importance of healthy eating habits, there were healthy snacks and drinks on sales as well. Finally, there was also a poster making competition themed ‘obesity awareness’ of which entails attractive prizes of cash and...
The Bicycle Project

The Bicycle Project

  Always wanted to ride a bicycle around campus but don’t know where you can rent one? Or do you own a bicycle and are looking for friends to ride along with? If you answered yes to one of these questions, then we have good news for you! Introducing, the Bicycle Project. The Bicycle Project is a student-led initiative under the supervision of the Sustainability Research Network (SRN) to cultivate the culture of cycling among UNMC students and staff. Through various activities and initiatives, the aim of the Bicycle Project is to implement a bicycle rental system on campus, increase the number of cyclists on campus, improve bicycle infrastructure on campus, as well as promote healthier lifestyle and environmental awareness among the campus community. Currently, we are engaging with students and staff via survey to gauge their interest on cycling to and around the campus. Our targeted group of commuters are those that live off-campus nearby UNMC and students living on-campus. Every survey counts as it is vital for us to collect data and take into account the information to be implemented with the Bicycle Project. If you have yet to complete the survey, click the link below. Survey Link The project sustainability is one of the main priorities of the Bicycle Project. Therefore, there are plans in place to ensure that this goal is achievable, which includes setting up a bicycle club in UNMC, weekend group cycling outings around Broga, Semenyih and Putrajaya, trips to KL Car Free Morning and Bicycle Awareness Campaign on campus. The pilot implementation of the bicycle rental system will kick-start on a small-scale,...
Bus Tracking

Bus Tracking

Our Students have developed a bus tracking system under a summer project offered by Computer Science Department, titled “Where is my Bus?”. The new system will be tackling a transport issue has been troubling students for a long time. Students are often frustrated by the uncertainty of the arrival time of the bus. Therefore, a bus tracking system has been designed to overcome this issue, providing a convenient service for the bus passengers. There will be a web application for this system which hopefully will be launched this coming academic semester. The system is designed to provide two main features. Updates of the bus status, providing the estimated arrival time of bus to the bus stops and provide the timetable of the bus. Students using this service can check the estimated arrival time of each bus to each location. Updates such as  “On the way”, “Arrived” or “Left”. Will be displayed accordingly. Besides that, the passengers can also check the schedule of the buses plan their trips accordingly. The project is currently being planned, designed and developed by 6 members Abba Lawan, Chin Jian Ji, Swaraj Dube, Lim Leong Cheong, Ryan Goh Chuang Hong, Cheah Dik Ken. The Student Association has worked together with this team in terms of facilitating the UNMC Sustainability Research Network who was conducting research on the best way to go about development of the system to work together with students who have the technical know how to get this project off of the ground. We are also providing support in acquiring beta testers for the project. If any of you are interested in signing...
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