March 22, 2015, by Suzanne McGowan
First environmental careers day at UNMC
On March 18th 2015, we hosted the first UNMC environmental careers day at KLTC in the city centre.
The day was attended by our BSc Environmental Science students and postgraduates from our taught and research masters programmes, and representatives from NGO, governmental, industry, consultancy and academic sectors were invited to network with our students.
There were talks from Surin Suksuwan (Proforest Southeast Asia), Sundari Ramakrishna (Worldwide Fund for Nature), Nagulendran K (Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment) and Shazia Hussenbux (alumnus of MSc in Environmental Monitornig and Management and now working for Husqvarna who joined us by video link from Sweden).
After the talks, students got a change to meet one-on-one with the external participants to ask any questions they wanted to find out about. Representatives from Reef Check, Fanli Marine, University of Nottingham UK, independent consultancies and PETRONAS were also available for consultation during this session.
This is a period of rapid growth for environmental careers in Malaysia and beyond and it was fascinating to see the diversity of routes and career destinations on offer.
The day ended with our monthly Mindset public lecture given by Dr Helena Varkkey form the University of Malaya, talking about a very topical subject – Transboundary haze in Southeast Asia,which was live video-linked to the UK campus. An excellent discussion followed a very informative talk.