2/2017-2018 KITA Postgraduate Colloquium, 2 May 2018

KITA Postgraduate Colloquium for Semester 2 of 2017/2018 Academic Session was held on 2nd of May 2018 (Wednesday) at the Institute with a total of eight students presenting.

Each student’s presentation was assessed by a reviewer who is an expert in the field of study. When discussions take place after each presentation, students not only gain input from the reviewer’s comments but also from the lively question and answers from the floor. Those who attended the colloquium were research fellows, professors, students at KITA as well as from other parts of UKM. The space provides for a healthy room of deliberation between students, peers as well as experts in the field. Supervisors for each student were present during the recent colloquium to witness the presentation done by their supervisees. As well, they get to see whether or not the topics chosen by the students are well received by the reviewer and the audience present.

KITA director, Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin applauded the earnest effort of each student to be present during the colloquium. Speaking on the platform of KITA’s imminent upgrade into a national institute, Shamsul emphasized on the importance of researchers and academicians. KITA is increasingly becoming the point of reference for so many bodies and institutions to come forth whether to collaborate or seek for advice with regards to issues and researches on ethnic relations in Malaysia. For example, currently, we are working on the Social Integration Index in collaboration with the National Civics Bureau. On another note, at present, KITA is also involved in public advocacy work both locally as well as abroad. Shamsul added that the flourishing of ideas and research topics from work done by the students add to the depository of
knowledge at the institute. This eventually will create more interest from external parties and other postgraduate students, even internationally, to come and study and/or work with KITA.

Research or, thesis titles, some of which are done in English, for the recent colloquium, are as per the list below:

CandidateProgramSupervisor(s)Thesis TitlePresentation StageReviewer
Rachel Thomas Tharmabalan (P85984)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Dr. Eric Olmedo & DSABUnderutilized food crops in Malaysia: the relationship between indigenous knowledge, culture and nutritional valueProgress ReportDr. David Neo (FiTA, UiTM)
Arvin Tajari (P81923)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Prof. Dr. Mansor Mohd. Noor & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nazri MuslimBudaya dan partisipasi politik golongan muda dalam DAP, PAN, PAS dan PKR: satu kajian perbandinganProgress ReportAssoc. Prof. Dr. Kartini Aboo Talib @ Khalid (KITA)
Beh Sang How (P91328)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Prof. Dr. Mansor Mohd. Noor & Prof. Datuk Dr. Denison JayasooriaPenggubalan Dasar Awam B40 dalam komuniti pelbagai etnik: kajian kes di kawasan Rukun Tetangga MalaysiaProposalAssoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Nidzammuddin Sulaiman (KITA)
Soon Pau Voon (P92235)Master (Ethnic Studies)Dr. Eric Olmedo & Dr. Pue Giok HunThe feast at the Hungry Ghost Festival: a study of commensality of Malaysian Chinese in Bukit Mertajam, PenangProposalDr. David Neo (FiTA, UiTM)
Koay Ying Jun (P90415)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Dr. Eric OlmedoA study on the effects of career mentoring on organisational commitment among employees within aerospace manufacturing industryProposalProf. Dr. Mansor Mohd. Noor (KITA)
Mohd. Adib Akmal Ahmad Shatir (P92722)PhD (Ethnic Studies)DSAB & Dr. Shazlin Amir HamzahIlmu kolonial dan konstruk kemelayuan: suatu analisis tentang asas idea nasionalisme MelayuProposalEn. Khaldun Munip Abd Malek (KITA)
Indra Fauzan (P81110)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Nidzammuddin SulaimanDemokrasi dan pendemokrasian di Indonesia antara institusi dan tradisiProgress ReportDr. Mohamad Fauzi Sukimi (Social, Environment and Development Sustainability Research Centre, FSSK, UKM)
Norfadhlina Md. Noor (P93196)PhD (Ethnic Studies)Prof. Dr. Mansor Mohd. Noor & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chang Peng KeePembingkaian terminologi Islam di dalam kepala berita yang melaporkan berita politikProgress ReportDr. Shazlin Amir Hamzah (KITA)
Reported by:
Dr. Shazlin Amir Hamzah
KITA Postgraduate Colloquium Coordinator