UTM round the clock lecture: one for record books

JOHOR BARRU: An unbroken 24-hour mechanical engineering lecture broadcast live and non-stop by 60 lecturers earned Universiti Teknologi Malaysia a place in the records.

The dean of the mechanical engineering faculty at the university, Assoc Prof. Dr. Zaini Ahmed, said that the school had made it into Malaysia Book of Records after achieving this feat around 9am yesterday.

The lecture began at 9am Tuesday morning and continued for 24 continuous hours, until 9am Wednesday morning.

After receiving the certificate, he spoke at a press briefing. “The lecture was live-streamed online and viewers tuned in from around the globe,” he said.

The lecture was attended by 1,000 people, including those from Egypt, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Indonesia.

Even in the early hours, we had online audience members from other time zones. It was also an opportunity to showcase the depth of our faculty’s knowledge and their ability to deliver flexible and hybrid lecture formats.

He said: “Through our efforts, we hope to promote mechanical-engineering programmes, science, technology and engineering subjects, and mathematics to everyone, including those who just received their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia result,” he added.

Dr Zaini stated that only a few students attended the lecture. It was held in conjunction with Mechanical Open Day 2024 and Exhibition.

The lecture, according to Dr Wong Keng Yinn, will be available online and on social media.

Five IT staff members reportedly provided technical assistance throughout the lecture.

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