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More than 160 academics from nine local and international universities joined forces to push the envelope of scientific discovery at the QIU Intervarsity Science Symposium (QISS) 2019.

Hosted by Quest International University (QIU) on Nov 13 and 14, the two-day symposium was organised by the university’s Faculty of Science and Technology and the Centre for Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

The event was designed to act as a platform for budding scientists to present and discuss the latest trends and advancements in their respective fields.

Under the theme of ‘Science and Technology: Building Insights, Breaking Boundaries’, this year’s event focused on Life Sciences, Environmental Technology, Computing and Engineering tracks – representing the scientific majority which is changing today’s world.

In addition to QIU and UTAR’s representatives, academics from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Management and Science University were also present.

On the international front, researchers from India’s St Xavier’s College and Periyar University also participated in the event.

Among those present at the launch were QIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Raman Narayanasamy, UTAR Centre for Biodiversity Research Chairperson Asst. Prof. Dr Wong Wey Lim, QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh and Dean of QIU’s Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Vilasini Pillai.

Goh said symposiums like this represented an ideal opportunity for scientists to learn from each other and come up with new ideas.

He noted that the event could also be a source of inspiration for academics and students alike.

“With so many fascinating ideas and projects in one place, inspiration can strike at any time. Students will also be exposed to the world of cutting-edge scientific innovation,” said Goh.

“This inspiration could lead to the further advancement of scientific research, which is crucial in enhancing the nation‘s productivity and to stay competitive globally.”


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