November 19, 2013, by Deepa Kumari Veerasingam

RTAD: October’s Highlights

The Research Training & Academic Development (RTAD) organised its annual Postgraduate Welcome Week, from 1st until 4th October 2013. The programme was designed to cater to the needs of new postgraduate students including finding their way around the University, meeting new people and settling into their new life on the campus. These are the sneak peeks of the events that occurred throughout the programme.

Welcome Week 2014

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Introduction to the Graduate School, PhD Life and Thinking About Your PhD

This first introductory session introduced the Graduate School, outlined what to expect in the life of a PhD student and how to go about the processes involved during a PhD.

Intro Grad School


Careers and Employability – Introduction to a Research Career

In this session Liza Zaheed, the Project Services Interface Manager from Shell Malaysia, sat down with participants to give an insight on career options for postgraduate students.

Shell1 Shell 2


Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

SWIRL – So What’s It Really Like?

As the title suggests, this session gave an insight about life at UNMC from former and current postgraduate students through an informal forum for old and new postgraduate students.

swirl1 swirl2


Welcome Week Satay Night 

This session was intended to help new and current postgraduate students get to know each other, while introducing the non-local students to one of the best delicacies in town, Satay.

satay 2 satay 3

satay 1


Friday, 4th October 2013

A Session with Supervisors

This session was for supervisors to give their views on what their expectations are for a PhD student and what the life of a PhD should be like.

supervisors 1 supervisor 2


Treasure Hunt

Rather than organising a campus tour, we opted for a different activity to enable new postgraduate students to get to know their campus, which was through Treasure Hunt.

From L-R : Nagulendran (winner), Christopher Hill (Director of RTAD), Faiz (winner)

From L-R : Nagulendran (winner), Christopher Hill (Director of RTAD), Faiz (winner)


Coffee and Cake with Alumni Office

In this session, postgraduate students were able to learn more about the Alumni Office while at the same time get an insight from UNMC alumni, Chin Wai Hong who is  the Manager of Talent Management in Bursa Malaysia Berhad.

alumni 1 alumni 2

alumni 3 alumni 4


We hope everyone who participated in this year’s Postgraduate Welcome Week enjoyed every bit of it. We sincerely thank everyone for their participation and in making the Postgraduate Welcome Week a successful one. Hope to see everyone in our future events!


International Activity:

Dr Christopher Hill, Director RTAD, presented a paper on developments in international education at the Association of Commonwealth Universities Centenary Conference in London, UK and while attending the reception in Buckingham Palace, had the opportunity to meet a very special host.

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