UM-SWCorp GREEN CAMPUS CONSERVATION CHEQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY
The Green Campus Conservation Cheque Presentation Ceremony was held on 28 August 2017 at the Research Management and Innovation Complex University of Malaya. The focus of the ceremony was the RM 20,000 cheque presentation by Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) to University of Malaya (UM). UM was one of the five universities in Malaysia that had been selected for the Special Award for ‘Kelestarian Kampus Hijau’ in May 2017.
In attendance, Tuan Haji Mohammad Diah Bin Haji Wahari, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SWCORP, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Professor Dr. Rohana Yusof, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) of UM, and Associate Professor Dr Sumiani Yusoff, the Dean of Sustainability Science Research Cluster in UM.
UM is at the forefront of propagating green initiatives on its campus, as it is the first university in Malaysia to publish an eco-campus blueprint. The blueprint showcased UM’s commitment and their strategies on how they want to transform into an eco-campus, which was well-received by the ministry. Dr Sumiani is the Principal Coordinator of UM’s Zero Waste Campaign, having spearheaded the development of an integrated waste management mode in the campus to achieve the goal of zero waste campus. She was also chosen as the coordinator for Green Volunteers KL2017 by the Sports Events Manager for SEA Games.
In the opening speech during the ceremony, Datuk Rohana stressed on the importance of educating the students and the people on campus on the green efforts advocated by UM.
“Once we educate the people in the campus, only then we can educate the people outside,” she said. Datuk Rohana had also mentioned that the ceremony should mark the starting of many collaborations in the years to come, having signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with SWCORP back in 2015.