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

Branding a Small Business

Wed, 23 August 2017 - For many small business owners, branding is often associated with naming your

Walden, A Game We Need

Wed, 2 August 2017 - There’s a new game launched and it’s been called “the most improbable

When Medical Practitioners Get It Wrong

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

From Ridge to Reef – a story of connections and friendship

Wed, 5 July 2017 - Oceans are a significant source of oxygen for our planet and are

Becoming a Nation of Data Professionals

Wed, 21 June 2017 - According to the Forbes magazine, by year 2025 most of the world’s

Design thinking to the core

Wed, 17 May 2017 - Design has largely been misunderstood as the superficial, aesthetic elements attached to

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

Four steps to build a strong brand

Wed, 12 April 2017 - One of the biggest mistakes that brand owners—individuals, organizations, and governments—make when

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