UTM students capturing their moment of victory at prize giving ceremony held at Inti International University, Nilai Campus, Negeri Sembilan.

JOHOR  BAHRU, 24 May 2015: Kudos to Quantity Surveying Students of Quantity Surveying Department, who managed to won 2 best presenters awards at the 7th RICS-RISM International Conference for Undergraduates 2015 held on 22 and 23 May at Inti International University, Nilai Campus.

The conference is a series of annual event jointly organized by Royal Institution of Surveyors (RICS) and Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) host together with participating Universities on a rotation basis. This year, the conference was graciously hosted by Inti University at Nilai Campus, Negeri Sembilan. The theme for this year’s conference is “Young Surveyors: Assets of National Growth”. The conference provides a platform for undergraduates from the various accredited surveying courses in Malaysia as well as Asia Pacific Regional Universities to share and exchange ideas, promote understanding and networking apart from exposing the students to present their undergraduate research publicly.

The 7th RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate 2015 was opened to both national and international participating universities within the Asia Pacific Region. The participating university comprises of  Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Taylor’s University, Assumption University (Thailand), International Islamic University Malaysia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, ChongQing University (China) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China).

Our students have managed to outshine other candidates for the Best Presenters Award category by presenting their undergraduate research. The winners for the Best Presenters are Zafira Nadia Maaz and Jiram anak Randy. Zafira presented her research entited “Accuracy of Pre-Tender Estimates – Where Are We?” while Jiram presented his paper entitled “Knowledge Retention Strategy : A Study on QS Firms Practice”.

The papers were judged by both academicians and prominent industry players that includes Dato’ Mani Usilappan (RISM), Prof. Sr. Omar Munir (UTAR), Dr. Tan Chin Keng (IIUM), Assoc. Prof. Sr. Dr. Razali Adul Hamid (UTM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anuar Alias (UM), Azrina Md. Yaakob (Taylor’s University), Benny Lee, INTI International University and Faraziera Mohd Raslim (USM). The adjudicators for the parallel session were randomly selected from the participating universities to choose the best speaker during each parallel session. All in all, 38 papers were vetted and presented.

The plenary session of the conference was welcomed by Sr. Kwan Hock Hai the Chair of RICS Malaysia Board and the presenters includes YBhg. Datuk Sr. Chia Lui Meng (United Malayan Land Berhad), Sr. Syamilah Yacob (PWD), Dr. Teng Chee Hua (Cadastral Survey), Sr Firdaus Musa (Firdaus Associate Property Professionals Sdn. Bhd.).

The awards were presented by Sr Kwan Hock Hai, the Chair of RICS Malaysia Board. There were 3 categories of award at the competition namely the Best Presenters, Special Mention Paper and Best Paper. UTM will be the next host for the upcoming competition in 2016.

INTI International University representative passing on the Conference flag to the upcoming host, UTM

Once again the students of Quantity Surveying and Construction Programme have managed to outshine other contenders’ from participating universities within the Asia Pacific region and repeated previous year’s success to remain the best in country. Kudos to all!