Monday, February 17

Colloquium contributes to postgraduate research


GET-TOGETHER: Dr Cyril (right) with staff of School of Business, Curtin Sarawak, at the colloquium dinner.

MIRI: As part of its continuing efforts to support postgraduate students in research, the School of Business at Curtin University, Sarawak (Curtin Sarawak) recently held its first Curtin Postgraduate Colloquium.

Organised in a collaborative, open and friendly environment, the two-day colloquium provided opportunities for research students to present the progress of their work.

It was also to obtain constructive feedback and comments on their projects from a panel of regional researchers, research reviewers, examiners and supervisors.

“It was also an opportunity for the participants to engage in stimulating and thought-provoking dialogues, discover critical success factors for postgraduate thesis, discuss theories, and connect to individual research interests,” said Dr Gomathi Shanmuganathan, organising chairperson of the colloquium.

The keynote speaker for the event was Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon (Vice Chancellor, University of Malaya), while the plenary speakers were Associate Professor Dr Ernest Cyril De Run (Deputy Dean, Centre for Graduate Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, University Malaysia Sarawak) and Associate Professor Zaharom Nain (Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus).

In addition to the keynote and plenary papers, a total of 28 concurrent papers were presented by academics from local and international institutions of higher learning.

They included Curtin Sarawak, Sunway University, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, University Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, Xiamen University, China, and Islamic Azad University, Bonab Branch, Iran.

A variety of issues and topics were presented, including Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ghauth’s keynote address entitled ‘Impact of Organisational Environment (Support, Resources, Strategy, Leadership and others) for a Rich Output in Academic Research’, and Associate Professor Dr Ernest Cyril De Run’s and Associate Professor Zaharom Nain’s plenary papers entitled ‘How to Establish and Maintain a Constructive Supervisor-Student Relationship’ and ‘New Media, Old Media and Contemporary Malaysian Politics’ respectively.

Organising Joint Secretary Chan Kwok Mow remarked that the Curtin Postgraduate Colloquium helped foster a culture of research in universities and could be organised more regularly.

“A colloquium, like any academic discourse, attracts like-minded research activists and renowned academics like our keynote and plenary speakers to come together for knowledge sharing.

“This has a long term knock-on effect in promoting Curtin Sarawak, particularly its School of Business, as a research-focused institution,” said Chan.

The colloquium was supported by Sarawak Convention Bureau and Emerald Group Publishing Limited.