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CPD2018: 5 July

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Course Duration: 1 day training (6 hours)


Course Synopsis


Academics in universities are expected to excel in teaching, research and professional services. Even with the flexible KPI and alternative career tracks, these three basic functions of the academic at the university will be evaluated yearly and during the promotion exercise. In UPM, new academic staffs are assigned mentors to guide and steer them in their academic career. Academic mentoring in all the three basic functions is crucial for effective performance of young academics, especially at a research university such as UPM. It will also help reduce the lag period for KPI compliance and promotion in their journey towards excellence, scholarship and impact. This course on Academic Mentoring is designed as an overview for effective academic coaching and mentoring for young and new academics at UPM. A few best practices on a win-win academic mentoring will be discussed using the student-centred learning approach. At the end of the course, participants will understand how academic mentoring works and be able to perform and benefit as team members to fast-tract their career path and promotion throughout their academic journey.


Course Objectives


Upon completion of the training, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand why academic mentoring is important for their effective career path in UPM as a research university;
  2. Perform as effective team members and benefit in a healthy win-win academic mentoring environment; and
  3. Prepare them to be mentors to other academics in UPM.


Course Content


Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overview on being an effective academic at UPM.
  • Importance and relevance of academic mentoring.
  • Best practises on academic mentoring eco-system.
  • How to contribute and achieve excellence through mentoring.


Course Tentative


  • 08.30-09.00   :   Registration
  • 09.00-10.30   :   Being a functional academic at UPM
  • 10.30-11.00   :   Tea Break
  • 11.00-12.30   :   Academic mentoring eco-system
  • 12.30-14.30   :   Break / Lunch
  • 14.30-16.00   :   Best practises on academic mentoring
  • 16.00-17.00   :   Feedback and way forward





Department of Bioprocess Technology
Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
T: 03-8946 6701

Professor Mohd Ali Hassan obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Leeds, United Kingdom and PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from University of Okayama, Japan. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. In 2002 he was promoted to the post of Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. He has worked extensively on international biomass, bioenergy and zero-emission projects throughout his career, particularly with Japan and Korea, in collaboration with the palm oil industry in Malaysia. He has succeeded in obtaining R&D funding from local and international agencies and companies. He managed to set up the Serdang Biomass Town and Biorefinery in UPM campus, since 2012. He heads an international SATREPS project on biomass and zero emission project at the palm oil mill funded by JICA-JST (Japan) and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. He was Dean, Faculty of Biotechnology, UPM from 2007-2014. He is UPM Senate Member as well as UPM Board Member. Currently he heads the Industry and Community Relations Unit at The Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences UPM. He has published more than 180 journal papers, has several patents, book chapters, national and international awards. He has completed 10 research projects, with 2 commercialised products, and has supervised and graduated many postgraduate and undergraduate students. He was awarded the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2013, and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2016. He has also received the Research Exchange Award from the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, the Malaysia Research Star Award 2017 and the Malaysian Microbiology Award 2017. Currently he is Vice President of Asia Federation of Biotechnology, President of Asia Federation of Biotechnology Malaysia Chapter and a Committee Member of Biomass Asia Association. His current h index (Scopus) is 33, with more than 3500 citations.

Updated:: 04/10/2018 [azryadeny]


Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
03-9769 6175
03-9769 6043