Campus & Beyond

Campus & Beyond is a fortnightly column in The Borneo Post newspaper, the largest circulating English daily in Sarawak. The articles are contributed by academics and postgraduate students from the University.

2017 Collections

When Medical Practitioners Get It Wrong

Thu, 20 July 2017 - The issue of medical negligence has been a widely debated area in

Swinburne Engineering Students Use LinkedIn for Learning, Collaboration & Professional Growth

Wed, 26 April 2017 - In today’s interconnected world, social media has become an important part of

Will Robots Take Over Farms? How Smart Sensors Are Revolutionizing Farming Today

Wed, 29 March 2017 - Farming is often associated with hard labour and that one will get

Identity and invisibility in education

Thu, 16 March 2017 - We struggle for identity and recognition each day; we are invisible to

2016 Collections

Universities need to pay more attention to student engagement

Wed, 23 November 2016 - The role of universities has changed over the last decade; students no

After-school tuition: Is it worth the cost and time?

Wed, 9 November 2016 - In my previous article “The dark side of education” published in this

Spare time entrepreneurship

Wed, 26 October 2016 - In his book Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky argues that following the Second

Linguistic misunderstanding and cultural space

Wed, 12 October 2016 - In educating non-native English-speaking adult learners, it is necessary to accept students

Balancing sustainability and profit in the palm oil industry

Wed, 28 September 2016 - The frequent publicity on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in

Investment in language learning

Wed, 14 September 2016 - The term “investment” can not only be used in the financial world

Has technology made mainstream microeconomics redundant?

Thu, 1 September 2016 - Mainstream economics encompasses the fields of philosophy, psychology, and mathematics that attempt

Human governance – a new paradigm for sustainability

Wed, 17 August 2016 - During the 2008 global financial crisis the collapse of an unprecedented number

Must good teachers of English be native speakers?

Wed, 10 August 2016 - In this globalised age, there is a growing recognition of different varieties

Which leadership style best suits you?

Wed, 20 July 2016 - Managers of a modern-day workforce have a tough but strategically important job.

Making companies liable for death in the workplace

Mon, 18 July 2016 - With the increasing number of fatalities in industrial accidents, workplace safety has

Software is eating your lunch

Wed, 29 June 2016 - Polaroid was founded in 1937.

Making a sustainable, more durable cement

Wed, 8 June 2016 - Concrete is one of the most widely used synthetic materials in the

Turning folklore into mobile games

Wed, 25 May 2016 - An eight-hour drive, pit stops in Kuching, Lachau and Engkilili, and a

Software engineers – driving the future

Wed, 11 May 2016 - In April 2011, a strange thing happened on Amazon. A book titled

STEM and the future of the nation

Wed, 13 April 2016 - My three-year-old son surprises me with questions every day. It amazes me

Are we doing enough to foster entrepreneurship?

Thu, 24 March 2016 - The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2013, a global study of national entrepreneurship

Raising English competence in Sarawak

Wed, 16 March 2016 - As countries compete for skilled human power in today’s migratory world, most

Is your degree program accredited?

Tue, 1 March 2016 - For most parents, providing their children with the path to earning a

2015 Collections

To copy or not to copy – the fine line of copyright

Thu, 26 November 2015 - It has happened to many of us.

Reflections of a second-career academic researcher

Wed, 11 November 2015 - To overcome the shortage of academics, business schools turn to industry to

Purifying water with nano technology

Wed, 4 November 2015 - By Dr Md Bazlul Mobin Siddique Water is undoubtedly a necessary and

Fighting bacteria Gulf War style

Thu, 15 October 2015 - By Angelica Tan You might have noticed that a thin slimy layer

The dark side of education

Wed, 30 September 2015 - By James ChunHan Loi After four years of studies, in 1991 a

ICYMI, acronyms have invaded our lives

Wed, 16 September 2015 - Some of us might not realise it, but we are so used

Nasopharyngeal cancer: Sarawak’s silent killer

Wed, 2 September 2015 - Cancer is a threat that most of us hope we will never

The persisting power of the pendulum

Wed, 19 August 2015 - The pendulum is a deceptively simple piece of scientific wonder.

Detecting cancer through medical imaging

Wed, 5 August 2015 - According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there

Shedding light on copyright

Thu, 23 July 2015 - By Jacob Ting King SoonYou walk into a shop selling CDs and

Supporting spouses to improve expatriate talent retention

Wed, 24 June 2015 - Malaysia’s Talent Roadmap published in 2012 indicates that the Government of Malaysia

Research into new bioplastic bags shows promise

Wed, 27 May 2015 - Plastics bags may seem rather handy for carrying our groceries or when

Settling disputes by arbitration

Wed, 13 May 2015 - Arbitration was first introduced formally under the Arbitration Act 1952 as a

It’s only words…

Wed, 29 April 2015 - These excerpts are some of the most common exchanges within the academic

Bacteria, fungi offer solutions to polluting plastics

Wed, 22 April 2015 - Most of us will have spent a weekend at a beautiful beach

Do learning strategies help us learn a language better?

Wed, 18 March 2015 - If you are reading this article, chances are that you are going

2015 – International Year of Light

Wed, 4 March 2015 - A resolution designating 2015 as the International Year of Light (IYL) was

2014 Collections

Biomass projects keep the biotechnology momentum going

Wed, 10 December 2014 - In April last year I wrote about rising foreign direct investment in

The impact of design through creativity and commerce

Wed, 26 November 2014 - Design is often misconstrued as ornamental decoration that does not have a

Avoiding another global financial crisis?

Thu, 20 November 2014 - The global financial crisis of 2008 is considered to be one of

Context and complexity: Cultures of teaching and learning

Wed, 15 October 2014 - The context of teaching and learning is complicated and messy as each

Antioxidants could save your life

Wed, 1 October 2014 - Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality globally.

The rise of VoIP technology

Wed, 27 August 2014 - In today’s market, where Android and Windows systems get people’s utmost attention,

The role and challenges of second-career academics

Wed, 6 August 2014 - The institutionalisation and teaching of business knowledge first started in France, Belgium,

Why you don’t get cooked by your microwave oven

Wed, 23 July 2014 - When microwave ovens first came into the market in 1947 they were

Kuching at your fingertips

Wed, 9 July 2014 - Imagine this scenario: you’re in Kuching for the first time and the

Why don’t they write the way they should?

Wed, 25 June 2014 - At the tertiary level, reports have consistently revealed that despite having formal

Creating interest in IT among students

Wed, 30 April 2014 - It is now pretty obvious that information technology is the “hot stuff”

Student engagement in higher learning institutions

Wed, 16 April 2014 - The study of student engagement has been intensely examined since the 1990s

Exams do not define you

Wed, 19 March 2014 - This is the time of year when the Malaysian national school leaving

A fortune to be made in mobile apps

Wed, 5 March 2014 - WhatsApp, Instagram, Flipboard, Angry Birds, and Emoji Pop are some of the

2013 Collections

Large numbers in and around us

Wed, 25 December 2013 - Ancient Indians were afraid of many things but never afraid of large

Targeting economic growth through financial inclusion

Fri, 13 December 2013 - Financial inclusion refers to making the financial system available to the economically

Line of sight propagation – bane or boon?

Wed, 27 November 2013 - Imagine looking at an object.

Preparing tomorrow’s research workforce

Wed, 13 November 2013 - By Professor D. P. DashThe need to educate people as researchers is

Towards faster, smoother mobile video conferencing

Wed, 30 October 2013 - A picture contains a fixed number of rows and columns of pixels.

Working effectively on team-based assignments in class

Wed, 16 October 2013 - It is increasingly common these days in schools as well as institutions

The bright side of carbon

Wed, 9 October 2013 - Whether we realise it or not we are surrounded by carbon-based materials.

The Malaysian Education Blueprint: Balancing policy and practice

Wed, 18 September 2013 - The Malaysian Education Blueprint was launched this month, and with it, a

Micro hydropower in Sarawak

Wed, 4 September 2013 - With its network of sleepy, meandering rivers and heavy rainfall, Sarawak has

Design – artistic hobby or economic imperative?

Wed, 21 August 2013 - Dr Adam NewcombeAlthough design courses have proliferated around the world over the

Turning students into leaders

Wed, 7 August 2013 - These days, most university students put too much weight on academic results

Adding value to designs

Wed, 24 July 2013 - When I was a student of graphic design at a prominent Malaysian

The millennium education paradigm

Wed, 10 July 2013 - Since the beginning of the postmodern era, the education sector has been

The unsocial side of social networks

Mon, 24 June 2013 - Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and others have increased interaction in

Usefulness of impurities in electronics and communication engineering

Wed, 12 June 2013 - “Impurities?” one might turn up one’s nose, “who wants them?”

Is CSR the investor’s safety net?

Wed, 29 May 2013 - In 2006, Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad released the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Do feelings matter in Science and Mathematics?

Wed, 15 May 2013 - In 1637, French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes in his book Discourse

Amazing possibilities of wireless communication

Wed, 1 May 2013 - Owing to the advances in information technology, the world has witnessed some

Rising FDIs a good sign for biotechnology

Wed, 17 April 2013 - Malaysia’s total private investments surged to a record RM139.5 billion last year.

Aren’t we all marketers, too?

Wed, 3 April 2013 - Are you engaged in marketing?

More than just A, B, C

Wed, 20 March 2013 - One of the best quotes I have come across in my teaching

Sketching to develop ideas and solutions “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” — Dr Linus Pauling

Wed, 13 March 2013 - Sketching in a colloquial sense is a drawing activity that allows the

2012 Collections

Musings of a second-career academic

Wed, 12 December 2012 - If you are wondering why I am writing an article about going

Shaping new technology through social norms

Wed, 5 December 2012 - Samuel Langley was a renowned scientist and inventor in the US during

Leading change in higher education

Wed, 14 November 2012 - Worldwide, organisations continue to be confronted with challenges that demand they change

Concrete waste: discard or recycle?

Wed, 31 October 2012 - Concrete, a construction material made from a mixture of cement, aggregate (sand

What’s that rascal’s law anyway?

Wed, 17 October 2012 - We had just graduated – me with a bachelor's degree in electrical

The principle of least action

Wed, 3 October 2012 - The readers of this article who are not physicists might find the

Many paths lead to your dream job

Wed, 19 September 2012 - Many institutions of higher learning have departed from the old practice of

Talk it through and feel supported

Wed, 5 September 2012 - We often comfort and support friends or family members in times of

Matching medication to a patient’s genetic

Wed, 8 August 2012 - Imagine this: you’re at the doctor’s office after coming down with a

Industrial training benefits students and companies

Wed, 25 July 2012 - “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do

Group talk as a way of learning

Tue, 10 July 2012 - Rote-learning plays a vital role in acquiring skills and knowledge, especially for

In pursuit of a successful student and teacher

Mon, 11 June 2012 - There was once Hermione Granger’s doppelganger in my class.

Assessing research proposals

Wed, 30 May 2012 - Government ministries, research councils, universities and other agencies connected with research assess

Emotional intelligence – enhancing relationships in the classroom

Wed, 30 May 2012 - The role of lecturers is continuing to grow in importance as higher

The modernization of Southeast Asian design

Wed, 9 May 2012 - Since ancient times, man has been known to use art as a

The wonders of mechanical advantage

Wed, 18 April 2012 - It was late morning.

Scientific discoveries – just a click away

Wed, 4 April 2012 - While scientific discoveries may bring to mind images of scientists busily working

Oil spills – bugs to the rescue

Wed, 21 March 2012 - Many of us will have by now heard about or even been

So, you want to be a designer?

Wed, 7 March 2012 - "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still

Simple school math and its importance to engineering

Wed, 22 February 2012 - Everyone knows what a whole number (or integer) is.

Helping international students adjust

Thu, 9 February 2012 - How do we react when we see an international student?

2011 Collections

IT – making a difference in aquaculture

Wed, 7 December 2011 - Information technology has often been utilized to solve numerous problems.

Taxes, the government and you

Wed, 16 November 2011 - Every year millions of individuals and firms pay tax to the government.

Mobile phones and radiation

Wed, 14 September 2011 - Most of us will have difficulty going through the day without our

Supporting expatriate spouses in Sarawak

Wed, 31 August 2011 - The development of SCORE and Sarawak’s drive for expansion of industry is

Science – feeding a hungry world

Wed, 17 August 2011 - Two weeks ago, more than 30 students and lecturers from Swinburne University

Malaysian innovation culture

Wed, 6 July 2011 - The Malaysian government has made innovation and creativity important to the nation’s

Which model best fits English for Academic Purposes at university?

Wed, 22 June 2011 - English for academic purposes (EAP) is taught at universities in what I

Copyright, consumers, control and consequences

Wed, 8 June 2011 - It is an exciting time for technology lovers.

Lessons from pioneering social enterprises

Wed, 27 April 2011 - In 1976, a Bangladesh university professor started a small experiment in a

Water – a precious natural resource

Wed, 30 March 2011 - Water has been in the news a lot recently, and for various

The challenge of sustainable aluminium

Thu, 3 March 2011 - The future of the Malaysian aluminium industry is tied to the need

Stepping up to the challenge of online counselling

Wed, 16 February 2011 - Life would probably be problem-free in a perfect world.

Uncovering the chemical secrets of plants

Wed, 5 January 2011 - Areas of natural wilderness, such as the tropical Borneo rainforest, are striking

2010 Collections

Rebuilding the Iraqi higher education system

Wed, 8 December 2010 - Malaysian and Australian universities are in an ideal position to help rebuild

From computing to consuming

Wed, 24 November 2010 - People’s understanding of computers and computing has changed markedly over the past

Position vacant: Leadership with meaning

Wed, 27 October 2010 - The language of advertised employment positions is a window into organisations and

Vulgarity, beauty and the father of non-destructive testing

Wed, 13 October 2010 - Dumpy, our know-all senior in school, was holding his court.

Scientific ideas sometimes come full circle

Wed, 15 September 2010 - In mathematics, we prove or falsify ideas and that is the end

Real money from non-real stuff: The business of virtual goods

Wed, 1 September 2010 - Social gaming is big business.

Quantum cascade laser – a novel light source

Wed, 25 August 2010 - Lasers have been with us for 50 years.

50 years on, the laser shows no sign of retiring

Wed, 23 June 2010 - Technologies are invented, developed and retired.

Human resource management – What is it, really?

Wed, 9 June 2010 - Human resource management (HRM) has gained importance in today’s competitive and often

The race against thalassemia

Wed, 26 May 2010 - Thalassemia is one of the most prevalent genetically inherited diseases today.

There’s magic all around us

Wed, 12 May 2010 - Modern wireless communications system, such as the mobile phone network, has grown

Real-time flood forecasting and monitoring system

Wed, 28 April 2010 - The most severe natural disasters in Malaysia are monsoonal floods and flash

Setting free the classroom

Wed, 31 March 2010 - As a teacher who has been in this profession for many years,

Facilitating Change

Wed, 17 March 2010 - We often wonder why people don’t change.

Academic writing for business

Wed, 3 March 2010 - Undergraduates of various disciplines, especially those majoring in business and engineering, need

2009 Collections

Ensuring the safety of built structures

Mon, 23 November 2009 - In October this year, 22 students fell into Kampar River when the

Social media marketing 101

Wed, 4 November 2009 - It is becoming impossible to ignore social media.

From behavioural defence mechanisms to culture and the arts

Wed, 21 October 2009 - In June this year, a professor shared with us his seminal article

Of teaching, learning and frameworks: Does the frame fit?

Wed, 14 October 2009 - A recent topic in the news was the rumour that there were

May I market to you, please?

Wed, 16 September 2009 - They stake out from rented booths in our malls and shopping spaces.

Reaching out to new international students

Wed, 2 September 2009 - Studying abroad can be an amazing experience enabling students to meet new

Typography and graphic design

Wed, 19 August 2009 - What is typography?

101 things to be done before 2020: Tax reform

Wed, 5 August 2009 - The Malaysian vision is that by 2020 the country will have reached

Cooperative education – benefitting students and employers

Wed, 22 July 2009 - When students graduate from university, they are expected to be job-ready, possessing

The death of method in language education

Wed, 8 July 2009 - This is the week that pop icon Michael Jackson died.

Will a global accounting specific markup language triumph or fail?

Wed, 24 June 2009 - Introductory accounting textbooks often assert, “Accounting is the language of business”.

Digital creative content – dawn of a new era

Wed, 3 June 2009 - Digital creative content, or sometimes referred to as creative multimedia content, has

Environmental engineering in Malaysia

Wed, 20 May 2009 - The health of the environment has today become a major concern around

Transfer pricing and shifting taxes

Wed, 13 May 2009 - To speed up the economic development of Malaysia, the government has opened

Build it … and make them come?

Wed, 22 April 2009 - In the iconic Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams from 1989, a

Computing in healthcare

Wed, 1 April 2009 - A university of technology focuses strongly on technologies.

Challenges and prospects of civil engineers in Sarawak

Wed, 18 March 2009 - Civil engineering may seem a staid, tough and unglamorous profession to some,

Internet business – paradise for some, nightmare for others

Wed, 11 March 2009 - Internet businesses are everywhere: banks provide us the convenience of e-banking, Air

Good teaching – a viewpoint

Wed, 18 February 2009 - Is there anyone that does NOT have an opinion about what good

Engaging online user communities

Wed, 14 January 2009 - Customer communities have spread like wildfire across the Internet.

2008 Collections

Effective large group instruction at university

Wed, 17 December 2008 - Large group instruction is one of the commonest methods used at college

Identity and language learning

Wed, 19 November 2008 - Students’ language learning may be influenced by multiple reasons that are interwoven

Progressive education for tertiary students

Wed, 3 September 2008 - To achieve all their academic endeavors, tertiary students need to be treated

Academic writing for foundation students

Thu, 28 August 2008 - Since many professionals spend a significant amount of their working hours writing,

Web marketing 101 for small businesses

Thu, 17 July 2008 - The Internet has always been touted as a life-saver for small businesses.

Students, tax and globalization … hand in glove

Thu, 10 July 2008 - Malaysians are going overseas!

More effective study skills for foundation students

Thu, 3 July 2008 - Note taking, study methods, test taking, and organizational skills for foundation students

Employment in biotechnology and in general

Wed, 28 May 2008 - “… by any other name would smell as sweet.”

In defense of Alternative Media

Thu, 8 May 2008 - Although the Internet has been around for so many years now, it

Teachers and the integration of ICT in education

Wed, 30 April 2008 - During the past decade, there has been an increasing momentum in the

Biotechnology: What’s in a name?

Thu, 10 April 2008 - The way that the term “biotechnology” has been used by both the

Effective study skills for foundation students

Wed, 26 March 2008 - To succeed at college or university, foundation students need appropriate study and

Implications of deep learning on foundation students

Wed, 20 February 2008 - Effective learning approaches play a significant role in a student's academic performance.

The Making of a Viral Monster

Wed, 30 January 2008 - A powerful network marketing technique known as viral marketing has gained a

Enhancing interest in quantitative subjects

Wed, 23 January 2008 - Business students enrolled in Diploma or Degree programs are usually required to

Bluetooth: A new challenge for wireless connection

Wed, 9 January 2008 - These days, one very often comes across the question “Do you have