December 16, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Teh Tarik Session 6/2019

A sharing session

The sixth and final instalment of our Teh Tarik session this year was held on Tuesday 10 December 2019. The session featured a presentation by Wong Zheng Wei, a PhD student at the School of Pharmacy, on his research attachment in a world-leading laboratory within the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Peking University, China. Zheng Wei is one of the two winners of this year’s International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA). The award enabled Zheng Wei to undertake the research attachment for two months at Peking University, one of the best universities for research in China.


In the session, Zheng Wei shared his experience going through the IRCA application process, from writing up the study proposal and providing descriptive details of host organisation, to giving justification of benefits and substantiating resources.


I just had a little more than a month to prepare for the attachment,” said Zheng Wei when he talked about his preparation after he was announced as one of the recipients. He shared how he had to revise his budget and made sensible re-arrangement of his accommodation as his stay coincided with the preparation and celebration of China’s 70th anniversary.

In the lab

Apart from the research objectives and methodologies, Zheng Wei also shared his experience working with a research team consisting of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of Professor Hou Yanglong. He further talked about the challenges that he faced and how he overcame some of them.

More than just research

Additionally, Zheng Wei briefly talked about his ‘off-road’ exploration visiting places of interest in the district of Qianmen for their unique cultural significance.

Development of skills

Mapped against the UK Researcher Development Framework (RDF), Zheng Wei outlined the skills he developed throughout his IRCA journey.

He further encouraged those postgraduate students who are eligible to apply for IRCA and stand a chance to experience something different and interesting.

The session was also attended by Professor Deborah Hall, Vice-Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Find out more

Read more about Zheng Wei’s research attachment through a series of blog posts.

Part I

Part II

Part III

About the award

IRCA is a competitive award to a funded visit, of up to two months duration, with a maximum of MYR 15,000, at a host organisation anywhere in the world that may act as a collaborator for a research project.

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