Universities visualise a better future for Malaysia cities under Malaysia 100YC initiative

Malaysia Biennial 100YC aims to transform the future by envisioning the impact of four key urban catalysts on cities; knowledge, commerce, technology and mobility.

(From left) Imran Clyde, founder of Malaysia Biennial 100YC, Norliza Hashim, Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Bin Mentek , Secretary General for the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT), Her Excellency Dato’ Seri Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director , Ezatul Faizura Assistant General Manager, Business Development, TM ONE and Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing director of Think City Sdn Bhd.

18 February, KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysia 100YC Grand Finale Exhibition was launched in conjunction with Malaysia Urban Forum 2019 today at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. It was officiated by UN Habitat Executive Director, Her Excellency Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Ketua Setiausaha Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Bin Mentek.

The exhibition saw 11 local universities presenting their ideas and urban solutions for Malaysia cities 100 years from now.  The Malaysia 100YC programme, inspired and adapted from the Malaysia Biennial 100YC programme, is a collaboration between Urbanice Malaysia, Think City and the Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd.

Urbanice Malaysia, set under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia is a Centre of Excellence established since June 2016 to create better cities in Malaysia. It promotes sustainable and climate responsive urban development through knowledge sharing, partnership programs and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Speaking at the launch, Her Excellency Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif believes that young people are not only leaders of tomorrow but also leaders of today. She also added that she hopes to see some Malaysia context in the upcoming Climate Change Summit in New York and to see at least one Malaysia city to stand proudly on the global world on the United Nation platform.

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Bin Mentek, Ketua Setiausaha KPKT said that “There is no such thing as a definite equation of a smart city, every city has their own definition.

“Through this programme and event, we can promote more ideas, especially to promote smart cities in Malaysia itself.”

Participants from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Teu Yu Han and Soh Hwei Hsia shared that “This is a very interesting and fun programme as it engages all the university together and we get to share our ideas – It is interesting to hear from different universities, their perception and thought about Malaysia cities in 100 years.”

Besides encouraging students to reimagine Malaysia future cities, Malaysia 100YC also aims to promote knowledge sharing. Throughout the programme, students had the opportunity to engage and interact with local and international key industry leaders, designers and urbanist through a series of workshops and special studio sessions, to help them understand and address urbanization challenges.

Lar. Dr Roziya Ibrahim, senior lecturer at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Department of Landscape Architecture also believes that Malaysia 100YC benefits the students because students get exposure to urban design and development and give students the opportunity to meet key industry players.

On the other hand, participants from the University of Reading Malaysia finds it helpful for students as it enhances their knowledge and give them exposure and work with industry professionals.

Six topics have been identified under the Malaysia 100YC programme as key focus areas covering innovative technologies, green open spaces, urban mobility, affordable living, community governance and smart infrastructure.

Participating universities include Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Taylor’s University, Harriot Watt University and University of Reading Malaysia.

 

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