Persidangan Penyelidikan Nasional (National Research Conference), INTAN Bukit Kiara, 27-28 February 2007February 28th, 2007
Update 2nd March 2007:
Arrived at KK 7pm last night on MH2662 on a B737. When I went to KL, the flight number was also 4 digits, but the plane was an A330. All these while I thought that the big planes have small flight numbers – how I was proven wrong.
Taxis do not like to go to INTAN Bukit Kiara because of the lack of opportunity to get passengers on the way out. How I did it: I struck a deal with the taxi driver (En Ismail Rahman) I met on the morning of the first day. Got his handphone number. Had to pay a few ringgit extra in fare, but since it’s claimable it’s still worth it, rather than agonising over how to get a taxi. I did ask around for people with whom I might be able to tag along, but did not get anyone suitable.
While at PJ I had the opportunity to try Bukhara Briyani at Syed’s restaurant. I spent quite some time at the nearby MMORPG cybercafe. It was one of the best cybercafe’s I’ve ever used – spacious, well-managed, clean, nice design, nice chair, nice earphones, big LCD screen. Worth the RM2 per hour charge.
The nearest LRT (Putra) to PJ is Taman Jaya, which is about 20 minutes leisurely walk to PJ De Inn. KL Sentral is a quick 5 stations away and costs RM1.60 one way. Very fast, no fuss, no jam. My only grouse is that the walkway from Taman Jaya to PJ De Inn is not properly done – at some stretches the kerb is nonexistent or uneven.
More trivia: If I heard it correctly, JPA spends a total of RM900 million a year on training. This includes pre-service and post-service trainings.
I have just completed the above. It was held at INTAN Bukit Kiara, near Petaling Jaya. The speakers, mostly local academicians, focused mainly on statistical methods in conducting research.
I attended it as part of the requirements for JPA Master’s course scholarship recipients.
For 2007, there are about 300 scholarship recipients for Masters level courses, and 60 for PhD level. I did not manage to find any other Sabahan :-(
During breaktimes, I asked around and found that as expected, most of the recipients will be doing their courses locally, but those choosing courses not available in Malaysia will be selected to go overseas. For example, this one guy who’ll be doing some kind of Veterinary Management in Australia. Also I met some guys who just came back from the UK after doing their PhDs on rubber matters, their scholarship provided by the Malaysian Rubber Board. As for IT-related course, I only managed to find one guy: he’s planning to go for an Information Security course at a local uni.
In my case, I applied for overseas but was given local. Definitely the course I was thinking about is widely available in the country. I was wondering, what kind of justification do I need to give if I really wanted to go overseas. What kind of IT/Comp Sc courses are not available in Malaysia?
As for the local universities, all local public universities are accepted by JPA, but 3 private universities are also accepted:
* Multimedia University (MMU)
* Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten); and
* Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP): this one not suitable for me cos all are related to petroleum engineering;
I am targeting at least one of these local private universities, and of course several IPTAs, including UTM, USM and UMS.
Next month I have to be back there again for a month and half for a Quantitative Analysis course.
Will be going back to KK tomorrow.