UTM to offer forensic degree

Do you like to watch CSI? Interested in forensic science? Well, GOOD NEWS!!! Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will be offering a forensic degree!!!!

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UTM to offer forensic degree
Source: NSTonline, 29/05/2008

KUALA LUMPUR: From July, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will become the first institution of higher learning in Asia to offer a bachelor's degree in forensic science.

UTM deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and Internationalisation) Prof Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir said the university would work with the police to share knowledge and skills on forensic technology.

"The initial batch of 14 students will undergo practical training at the police forensic lab in Cheras here from May to July next year.

"They will also undergo mock court sessions to get a taste of real-life court proceedings and how to be expert witnesses," she said after signing the memorandum of understanding with the police yesterday.

The partnership will also see lecturers from the UTM science faculty work as consultants for the police's forensic lab, while police forensic officers will act as independent assessors to the students.

Siti Hamisah, who said UTM had started collaborating with the police five years ago, likened forensic science to putting together a jigsaw puzzle and stressed that it was crucial in bringing criminals to book.

"With this collaboration, any findings from research will financially benefit both parties, allowing both to receive royalties.

"It will also enable UTM to gain the attention of local and foreign scientists.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar said the collaboration was timely as criminals became more sophisticated.

"In order to see justice served, we must always be one step ahead."

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