Wednesday, February 11, 2009


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Two Universiti Malaya (UM) students will for the first time be setting foot on Antartica to conduct research on the ecology at the South Pole.

Behavorial Biology student Munira Shaipudin Shah, 24, and Ecology and Biodiversity student Thary Gazi,21, would be joining 69 students from Japan, South Korea, China, Canada, Europe and United States in the expedition.

UM deputy vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaluddin said the expedition, with cooperation of the National Antartic Research Centre, was aimed at exposing Malaysian students to global issues at the South Pole.

"The expedition will hopefully help upgrade UM at international level, particularly in research," he told reporters here Tuesday.

Malaysian Science Academy chairman Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor hopes that the expedition would give Malaysia the chance to become a member of the Antartic Treaty System (ATS).

"Although many local researchers are actively involved in research on Antartica, we have yet to become a member," he added.

The two UM students would be leaving for Antartica at 1am tomorrow (Feb 11) and scheduled to return on March 3. – BERNAMA

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