Title: Research on Insulation, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort Study in Hot-Humid Tropics with University of Hiroshima

Client: Nichias Corporation Japan & University of Hiroshima

Project Cost: JPY8.8m

Duration: 2 years

Leader: Prof. Dr Mohd Hamdan Hj Ahmad


This is a research on insulation, energy efficiency and thermal comfort study in hot-humid tropics, a collaboration between ISI, University of Hiroshima and Nichias Corporation, Japan with the latter being the sponsor.

ISI had received a fund of JPY8.8 million (USD88,915.00) from Nichias Corporation Japan, to be utilised in the year 2013 and 2014. The bulk of the allocation was for construction cost while JPY600,000.00 (USD6,000.00) from the allocation was to be utilised as scholarships and JPY200,000.00 (USD2,000.00) for consumable items. An additional budget of JPY4.9 million for constructing the experimental houses in UTM JB Campus for the research has been received. Prof. Dr Mohd Hamdan Ahmad is currently the leader of the project together with Dr Muhammad Tetsu Kubota from University of Hiroshima.

The construction of the house is completed. The experimental house was launched and attended by the representative from the President of Nichias Corporation Japan Mr Toshiyuki Takei, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (development) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


Title: Newton Ungku Omar (NUO) Fund

Client: Future City Catapult (FCC), UK

Project Cost: GBP180,000.00

Duration: 1 year 

Leader: Prof. Dr Mohd Hamdan Ahmad and Dr Irina Safitri Zen



The objective of this research is to organize capacity building programme in Malaysia to help cities identify their innovation needs and creating data-enabled urban innovation with the goal of supporting green urban planning strategies. This specific project develops a capacity building programme in the form of a series of workshops for city managers in Malaysia – helping cities in Melaka to identify their innovation needs and building capacity in data-driven decision making.

The first policy paper called Open Data Policy for Melaka State Government is an outcome of the Newton-Ungku Omar fund Grant was successfully handed over on 2nd May 2017 at the launching of City Development in Malaysia Project in conjunction with Melaka Sustainable Cities Conference and Green Exhibition 2017. The objective of this policy is to provide guidelines for conducting the open data policy so as to encourage the sharing of data and collaboration among government agencies in Melaka. The policy supports the Malaysia Act 2015 – Pelaksanaan Data Terbuka Sektor Awam, defining the big data and open data in the context of Melaka, in addition to principles and advantage in open data as well as the strategy for open data at the state level.

Title: MIT-UTM Sustainable Cities Fellowship Programme

Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Project Cost: USD2.0 million.

Duration: Five (5) years 


The MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) is a five-year effort, initiated and run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The MSCP mission is to study and document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia.  Research findings will be developed into online instructional materials to enhance and extend the teaching of sustainable city development across universities in the global South. The MSCP is housed in CoLab at MIT and the Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) at UTM. 

Title: Conceptual Master Plan and Schematic Design for Tanjung Pelepas Ecological Park and Research Centre.

Client: Johor Port Authority (JPA) and Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP)

Project CostRM3000,000.00

DurationFour (4) months

Status: Completed


The aim is to produce a Conceptual Master Plan and Schematic Design for an Ecological Park and Research Centre on a designated site near Tanjung Pelepas Port. The plan will serve as planning instrument and guide plan for implementation of the park development.

Title : Indeks Syariah Malaysia (ISM) : Sosial

Client : Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM)

Project Cost : RM90,000.00

Duration : 6 months ending by 31 December 2015

Head of Project: Assoc. Prof. Dr Kassim bin Tukiman


ISI and Centre of Research for Fiqh Science & Technology - UTM CFirst submitted a proposal to JAKIM to undertake a research to establish ‘Indeks Syariah Malaysia - Sosial’.  Malaysia Syariah Index is an index-developed to measure and assess Malaysia's efforts in achieving the five objectives of Maqasid Al-Syari'ah, namely, in the preservation of religion, life, lineage, intellect and property. Study results show that the MSI for the ‘Indeks Syariah Malaysia - Sosial’  sector stood at 68.53. Thus it would be beneficial if the government were to capitalize on the findings and further enhance existing social policies, so that the policies meet the objectives of Maqasid Syariáh, therefore contributing towards the development of the Muslim Ummah. The MSI research projects involving cross-disciplinary UTM experts, are the initiative of the UTM Centre for Fiqh Research in Science and Technology (CFIRST), with the project grants managed by UTM Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI).

News & Activities

MoA Signing ceremony was held on 8th September 2015. Read about on MoA Ceremony 

Second workshop was held on 28th September 2015 involving 6 experts. Read 2nd Workshop here


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