Jun is always special for us in INOS. June 8 is the date of World Oceans Day and UMT has made the World Oceans Day celebration an annual university event since 2013, and tpart of our tradition is the celebration at UMT which is known as WOW (World Oceans Week).
This year program is very different because every thing will be conducted online. And surprisingly, a local activity has turn into international program. We engaged with more than 2000 students and communities throughout Malaysia including from the UK, Australia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Indonesia. These participants have acquired a variety of knowledge related to the ocean and it is presented in a way that is quite unique, different and very entertaining. Most of the students and the community expressed their admiration and gratitude for the initiative of UMT which is seen as very creative and innovative in conveying messages and knowledge related to the importance of the ocean to humans.
Unlike previous years, UMT this time introduced a new concept of the WOW program, which is the delivery of marine literacy awareness messages through a work in the form of storytelling 7 Chapters of BOOK (Beauty of Oceans Knowledge). A variety of interesting ocean-related materials are casually presented in the form of short videos, TikTok videos, as well as easy-to-understand infographic posters prepared by lecturers, researchers, and UMT students themselves and shared to the official Facebook page @officialUMT every day for 7 consecutive days. The concept of one chapter one day, with 3 daily series of sharing namely in the morning slot, noon, and evening slot. THe program was concluded with online quiz.