Kuala Lumpur, 20 April 2016 – Twenty PhD students from INCEIF and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) today tested their communication skills when they participated in the inaugural `Three Minute Thesis’ (3MT) competition organised by INCEIF on campus.
The competing students had to introduce, explain and engage the audience on their respective PhD thesis topics in three minutes.
The ultimate “elevator pitch”, 3MT, was first introduced in Australia to publicise research conducted by PhD students. It is a familiar concept practiced in universities as an exercise that cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.
Director of Centre of Research & Publication of INCEIF, Assoc Prof Dr Baharom Abdul Hamid said: “The 3MT competition aims to challenge the students’ capacity to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible and compelling way in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
“When we first mooted the idea to have this competition, most of the PhD students thought it would be an easy task as they only needed to present for three minutes. However, nearer to competition date, they changed their tone to `Only three minutes, Prof? That’s not enough.’
“As a university, we are undertaking developing quality graduates who are future leaders able to articulate their visions or point of view for others to understand. The 3MT is a test of your capability to get your points across. No matter how great your body of work is, it would be inconsequential if no one but you alone understand its importance,” said Dr Baharom.
In his welcoming speech, Deputy President Academic of INCEIF Datuk Prof Dr Syed Othman Alhabshi recalled his own PhD experience. “We were given an exercise to write, and in those days it was all hand-written, about our thesis in 200 words. It was all about precise writing, learning to choose your words very carefully and trimming the thousands word report to just 200 words. It was a challenge but it taught me to be decisive, and well-defined in my writing and when I am articulating my views.”
The judges for the competition were :
1. Prof Dr Muzafar Shah Habibullah (Faculty of Economics and Management, UPM)
2. Mr Seelan Paul Thurai (CEO, Media Prima Radio Networks)
3. Prof Dr Syed Abdul Hamid Aljunid (School of Professional Studies, INCEIF)
4. Mr Ezamshah Ismail (Dean, School of Professional Studies, INCEIF)
The winners were:
Top prize – Mr Ziyad Mahomed (INCEIF) – “Wealth Effects of Sukuk Announcements: A multi-Country Study”
Second – Ms Shalini Nagaratnam (UPM) – “Fertility, Natural Disaster and Quality of Life”
Third – Mr Ramazan Yildirim (INCEIF) – “The Leverage Decision of Firms: A Comparative Analysis of the Financing Decision of Shariah Compliant and Shariah Non-Compliant Firms”.