MS LARM offered by the Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia in collaboration with The University of Cambridge since May 1997 , is part of a conscious effort to fulfill this need. This programme is the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia. The programme covers the theory, methodology and current practices in managing land resources, particularly in the tropical region. At the end of the programme, students would have the fundamental knowledge and understanding of soil science and land resource as a tool to solve issues related to land.
The programme is offered to candidates with working experience from within the country and abroad. The curriculum is specially designed for government and private sector employees at the professional and managerial level in ministries, departments, agencies and corporations dealing with soil and land-related matters such as land use planning, land development in rural and urban setting, agricultural development, land administration, land economics, soil survey and land evaluation, soil/land quality and environmental monitoring. Though largely based on the Malaysia and Western Europe experiences, the programme will also be suitable and of great benefit to candidates from other countries, particularly those in Asia, the Americas and Africa.
The programme consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours (31 credit hours of compulsory courses plus 5 credit hours of elective courses) to be taken in not less than two (2) semesters or modules plus a mandatory technical trip to UK/Western Europe. The programme does not require preparation of a thesis, nevertheless, candidates will be required to submit a project paper based on their technical trip (SST 5901 Course).
Courses in Module 1: Land Evaluation, Soil and Water Conservation, Land Contamination and Pollution, Land Development and Environment, and Elective Courses.
Courses in Module 2: Sustainable Land Development, Land Use Planning and Management, Land Resource Management and Urban Development, Land Economics and Land Laws Administration, Natural Resource Policy, and Elective Courses.
Elective Courses: GIS for Forest Resource Management, Agroforestry Management, Remote Sensing, Precision Agriculture, Management Information System or other related 5000 series courses as approved by the Programme Coordinator. Technical Trip to U.K./Western Europe:
A two and a half (2 ½) week technical trip to UK and Western Europe (SST 5901) organized by the University of Cambridge and UPM will expose students to balanced land management in accordance with current trends of modernization. The itinerary for the visit differ each year but usually participants will visit England, Holland, Belgium and France. Lectures will be conducted either in the classroom or at the visit sites by the experts in the fields. The course will be completed with a project report on comparative land management between those in England/W. Europe and Malaysia. Individuals who would like to join this technical trip as non-student participants are welcomed. However, being a technical trip, we would prefer participants who are working professionals either in private or government sectors so that they can participate during the lectures and discussions.
Certificate of attendance will be jointly conferred by the University of Cambridge and Universiti Putra Malaysia for each participant including the non-student participant upon successful completion of this technical trip. The fees for non-student participant for this technical trip is RM 16,000.00 which will cover lodging, visits and lectures, breakfast plus one meal per day, and inclusive of airfare K.L. – London – K.L. The fees for the whole MS LARM programme is RM 25,000.00 inclusive of the Technical Trip to England and W. Europe (SST 5901 course) which covers everything mentioned above except the airfare K.L. – London – K.L.
Entrance requirements for the programme are as set by the UPM Graduate Studies Committee for taught masters degree. For admission, candidates must have a Bachelors degree (Cumulative Grade Point Average: 2.25) in relevant disciplines. For registration and further information please contact:DeanFaculty of AgricultureUniversiti Putra Malaysia43400 UPM SerdangSelangor, MalaysiaTel:(+603) – 8946 6991Fax: (+603) – 8943 3097/ 4419
Today seminar participated with interesting papers such as:
Seminar 1 – ‘Land Law and Policy in Malaysia’ by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nik Zain Nik Yusoff, UPM
Seminar 2 - ‘Land Resource Management – Public/Private Partnership’ by Dr . Derek Nicholls, University of Cambridge
Seminar 3 - ‘Comparative study on Land Resource Development between UK/ Western Europe and Malaysia’ by LARM students.