By Wan Norshira Wan Mohd Ghazali
GOMBAK, 4 July 2018: The newly appointed staff and young lecturers should embark into research to craft an interesting career, Dr. Wan Wardatul Amani Wan Salim, Assistant Professor in the Biotechnology Department, IIUM, told the Knowledge and Virtue (KVC) camp on Monday (2 July).
‘Teaching alone is boring. Doing research will add an excitement to our lecturing journey as we are able to incorporate our research experiences in teaching,” explained Dr. Amani.
Dr. Amani who started her career at IIUM in 2014 shared her voluminous experiences in getting used with the IIUM system before involving actively with research related activities besides teaching.
She noted that as academics, networking is one of the factors to advance one’s own career to be at par with other researchers and be noticed.
“We must connect with the NGOs and Ministries in order to be seen by them. This will help us to secure grants and solve many problems of society,” Dr. Amani from the Kulliyyah of Engineering said.
She recounted a historical moment when Kelantan was badly affected by flood in 2014 which had led her team to develop a simple sensor to test water samples especially useful during that catastrophic situation. Dr. Amani stressed that helping the society in solving problems should be the main aim of doing research while adding values to oneself.
Dr. Amani wrapped up by telling the participants into believing in the many potentials and realising that social sciences have got so much to offer that will assist us in creating a remarkable achievement at the university.
The two-hour sharing session which was organised by the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS) in conjunction with the Knowledge and Virtue Camp (KVC) has drawn participants from various departments to inspire and motivate them to start research as soon as possible for career advancement.
KVC was launched by Prof. Dato’ Sri Syed Arabi Idid, who is the chair of Ibn Khaldun and a senior professor at the Department of Communication, on Monday and several activities will be conducted until 27 July.
After being reintroduced to KIRKHS last year, KVC is to help elevate the Kulliyyah to greater height in research and publications by providing a real writing and publishing clinic. KVC is a platform where academic staff can learn about publication processes and become inspired to write and express themselves in research manuscripts. ***