As part of the Letter of Understanding (LOU) signed with Cardiff University in 2014 (with the help of Prof Kent Matthews), Dr Rawindaran's trip to Malaysia seeks to fulfil the areas of cooperation identified under that document. If everything proceeds as planned, MITRANS / UiTM looks forward to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to put its relationship with Cardiff University on a more official footing.
Kicking off the first stage of Dr Rawindaran's visit to Malaysia was a scheduled lecture on maritime safety. The title of the lecture was 'International Policies Affecting Maritime Safety'. The lecture and 'Question and Answer' session provided an opportunity for Dr Rawindaran to share one of his recognised areas of expertise in Maritime Law. Maritime safety is one of the major areas of study in Cardiff University's M.Sc (Marine Policy) programme. For the record, Dr Rawindaran is the Director of that programme which is offered by the Logistics and Operations Management Department at Cardiff Business School. As usual, the lecture was not only very informative, but also very entertaining. Dr Rawindaran has a unique style of delivery which makes the session a very memorable experience.
After the lecture, Dr Rawindaran also took the opportunity to conduct a supervisory session with one of his Ph.D students registered for the Ph.D (Logistics and Transport) programme at MITRANS. Commander Aminuddin (a retired naval officer and now a member of academia at University Kuala Lumpur @ Lumut) is very lucky to have Dr Rawindaran as a co-supervisor due to the Cardiff academic's expertise in the Delphi and AHP methodology which is being employed in research on 'Short Sea Shipping in the BIMP-EAGA region'. For the uninitiated, BIMP-EAGA is acronym for 'Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines - East Asian Growth Area'.
After the supervision session, Dr Rawindaran, made time to conduct a discussion on a potential research project with MITRANS. Under discussion, was a proposal by Dr Rawindaran on using shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca to predict the economic climate of various regions around the world. As a large percentage of the world's cargo is carried thought this waterway, a sampling of the cargo carried on board ship passing through should, in theory, give an accurate economic prediction. MITRANS is also in the process of finalising renewal of its MOU with the Marine Department, Malaysia (MARDEP). Both Cardiff University and MITRANS will require the cooperation of MARDEP to facilitate the collection of data on ships passing through the Straits of Malacca.