Noteworthy Projects

Royal Institution of Surveyor Malaysia (RISM) Excellence Award

Dr. Choong Weng Wai received the Royal Institution of Surveyor Malaysia (RISM) Excellence Award for Contribution Towards Sustainability

 

Engagement and Visit of Special Taskforce from Prime Minister’s Department in UTM for Environmental Awareness and Environmental Behaviour Study

A visit by Special Taskforce from Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) to meet with Choong and the team for nationwide environmental awareness and environmental behaviour index study that have been conducted by UTM in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The findings of the study will be considered by the JPM to be used and set as national baseline.

 

Appointed as the Accreditation and Certification Committee for the BOVAE

Sr Dr. Choong Weng Wai has been appointed as the Accreditation and Certification Committee (ACC) for The Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia. The committee is chaired by Sr Dr Zailan bin Mat Isa, and together in the ACC, include Assoc. Prof Dr Wan Nor Azriyati Binti Wan Aziz, Prof Yunus Bin Abd Rahman,  Prof Dr Megat Mohd Ghazali, Sr Rasidah Binti Isnin, Sr Arba’yah Binti Ahmad, Sr. Mohd Khairudin Bin Abd Halim, Dr Mohd Hasrol Haffiz Bin Aliasak, Dr Anuar Bin Alias. Dr Mona Binti Isa, and Sr. Lim Choon Yong.

 

Appointed as the Team Leader by the UNDP for Development of Environmental Performance Index for Viet Nam

 

Dr. Choong has been appointed as team leader by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the development of Environmental Performance Index for Vietnam, in the year 2015 and 2016.

 

Invited Guest Presenter during the R and D Congress on Sustainable Urbanization in the Course of ASEAN Economic Integration, Philippines

Special Invitation as the Guest Presenter to present topic entitled: Sustainable Urbanization and Communities: An Insight from Malaysia Environmental Nationwide Survey from 2012-2016 during the R and D Congress on Sustainable Urbanization in the Course of ASEAN Economic Integration, in Manila, Philippines, from 26th -30th June, 2017.

 

Appointed as the Project Leader to lead the Study to Strengthen the DOE’s Environmental Campaign and Programme

Dr. Choong has been appointed by the Department of Environment as the team leader to evaluate and strengthen the campaign and programme conducted by DOE.  A systematic guide has been developed to train the stakeholders in nationwide, including government agencies, NGOs, schools and representatives from industry to conduct effective environmental program.

 

Regional Program Director for the 2nd Sustainable Initiatives: Case Studies in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia (SIMPI) Conference

 

Sustainable Initiatives: Case Studies in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia (SIMPI) Conference, Malaysia Representatives at Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines

Extended from the first SIMPI conference, the 2nd SIMPI conference has been hosted by Far Eastern Univesity (FEU), jointly organized with UTM and UBH in Manila, Philippines from 5th to 6th, May, 2016. The conference covered several major theme in related to sustainability, including Sustainable Environment, Building Environment, Facilities Management, Sustainable Education, Economic, Cultural and Social Perspectives in Sustainable. It is expected that the way forward for this conference is to extend the participations to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and other South East Asia Country. The details of this conference can be referred in the following web link: http://www.feu.edu.ph/simpi2016/

Community Engagement Programme: Improving Waste Separation Behaviour among Household in Kulai through Gamification Method

The issue of accumulation of solid waste in Malaysia is due to several causes, such as urbanization, increasing population and among the major cause is due to lacking of solid waste separation behaviour among the residents. The participation rate in waste separation is low and there is an urgency to foster waste separation behaviour among Malaysian household. This community engagement program, part of the IISJ program initiated by UTM and headed by Dr. Choong using the gamification method to improve the waste separation behaviour among the targeted household in Kulai, the results or the output serve as good reference case and model for many other municipal and local authority to follow in encouraging the household to improve their waste separation practice.

Program Director for the 1st Sustainable Initiatives: Case Studies in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia (SIMPI) Conference

Sustainable Initiatives: Case Studies in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia (SIMPI) Conference Group Photo at T06, Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate

 

Tokens of Appreciation from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to VIPs from Indonesia and Philippines, from the left (1) Prof. Dr. Abdul Hakim Mohammed, Chairman of SIMPI Conference, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; (2) Ir. Wardi. M. Si., IPU, SIMPI Programme Director for Indonesia, Universitas Bung Hartta; (3) Dr. Jennifer S. Florida, SIMPI Program Director for Philippines, Far Eastern University; and (4) Dr. Choong Weng Wai, SIMPI Program Director for Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

The first Sustainable Initiatives: Case Studies in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia (SIMPI) Conference has been successfully held in Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with the collaboration from Far Eastern University (Philippines) and Universitas Bung Hartta (Indonesia) on May 2015.

The SIMPI conference serve several objectives, among many, to improve better networking among the UTM academic staff with Far Eastern University (Philippines) and Universitas Bung Hartta (Indonesia), notably in research collaboration and publishing in the area of Sustainability.

The conference also serves as a platform to train local and foreign postgraduate students to present and participate in international conference. The conference had attracted academician and students from both Philippines and Indonesia. There is a total of 72 participants, with 17 participants from Philippines and 16 participants from Indonesia.

 

UTM EPI Team Shared Experience on Environmental Performance Index (EPI) with Viet Nam

 

In recent years, Vietnam has achieved rapid economic growth with the open door policies and now, has been integrated into the global economy. Concerning arisen of environmental problems as the results of rapid economic growth, Vietnam is undertaking a sub-national or provincial level of Environmental Performance Index (EPI) to determine the priority areas of concerns.

Vietnam has a similar intention to produce provincial level EPI as Malaysia did to establish country level EPI in year 2012 and 2014. The Malaysia EPI, developed by UTM in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment Malaysia (NRE), provides a comprehensive environmental performance profiling system for the Sixteen States in Malaysia, including Federal Territories.

The Vietnam EPI Consultation Team and Yale University EPI Team have extended invitation to UTM to share our experience in developing the country level EPI during the Second Vietnam EPI Workshop on 16 & 17 March, 2015 in Hanoi. UTM EPI team representative, Dr. Choong Weng Wai attended the workshop and presented the Malaysia EPI experience, highlighting the Malaysia EPI Framework, methodology, results as well as challenges and successful factors. Below are images taken during the Vietnam EPI Workshop.

 

 

School Engagement Program: Bye-bye Aedes

The anti-dengue Campaign namely “Bye-bye Aedes” has been organized at National School of Taman Universiti One and National School of Taman Universiti Two, both schools are near to Taman Universiti and Taman Pulai Utama, both hotspots area of dengue. The campaign correlates to Government of Malaysia efforts to eradicate the dengue disease.  The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness among primary school children about the importance of preventing dengue fever and the danger of Aedes mosquito; and to foster dengue prevention behaviour among them for a safer neighbourhood free of Aedes mosquito.

 

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