Conference Venue

The Fourth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability will be held in conjunction with the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, MALAYSIA from 4-7 January 2008 at:

Primula Beach Resort
Jalan Persinggahan
20400 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu, Malaysia


The Federation of Malaya Agreement was signed in August 1957, and at the end of the month, Independence was achieved with Tunku Abdul Rahman as the first Prime Minister. Malaysia was formed on September 16, 1963. At that time, Malaysia was comprised of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Singapore separated from Malaysia on August 7, 1965.

Malaysia covers an area of about 329,758 square kilometers, consisting of Peninsular Malaysia, the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan in the north-western coastal area of Borneo Island. The two regions are separated by the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia has its frontiers with Thailand in the North and Singapore in the south, while Sabah and Sarawak border the territory of Indonesia's Kalimantan province. Malaysia lies near the Equator with average daily temperatures varying from 21oC to 32oC and 80% humidity. The year is generally divided into the South-East and the North-East Monsoon seasons.

Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-cultural country. Chief among these is the ancient Malay culture, and the cultures of Malaysia's two most prominent trading partners throughout history--the Chinese, and the Indians. These three groups are joined by an array of indigenous tribes, many of which live in the forests and coastal areas of Borneo. The Malay Language is the national language of the country. English as the second language is widely used in business

Malaysia's rainforest is considered the oldest in the world. The wide variety species of animal and plant life continue to generate a great deal of scientific research. Many believe that some undiscovered plant may hold cures to many currently incurable human diseases. The world's largest flower, the Rafflesia is unique to the region. In addition, the Tualang tree, tallest of all tropical trees is located there. It can reach up to 80 meters (260 ft) in height. Hundreds of thousands of animal species are located in the Malaysian rainforest.


Terengganu is situated in north-eastern Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia), and is bordered in the northwest by Kelantan, the southwest by Pahang, and the east by the South China Sea. Terengganu has a 225 kilometer coastline with world renowned beaches and islands.

Terengganu's main industry is petroleum and gas. Tourism and fishing are also major industries in Terengganu, due to the long coastline. Agriculture also remains important, with banana, rambutan, durian, watermelon, and various other fruits and vegetables available in season. Terengganu was traditionally famous for boat-building, with highly decorated carved wooden boats before electric motorboats became standard equipment for the state's fishermen.

University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

The University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (which originated from the Fisheries and Marine Science Center at the University Pertanian Malaysia) offers numerous undergraduate and post graduate study programs in the fields of Science, Technology, and Sustainable Science and Management.

UMT campus is located on the shore of the South China Sea and in close proximity to the Rantau Abang beach - famous for the landing of the huge leather back turtles. As a result, UMT has become the leading institution in a number of research areas namely Turtle Research and Preservation, Mangrove Research and Preservation, Biodiversity Management and Preservation, Tropical Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology. UMT is committed to work toward the nation’s goal of the establishment of the Institute of Oceanography (INOS), Institute of Tropical Aquaculture (AKUATROP), and Institute for Marine Biotechnology (IMB).

UMT’s team of researchers have been repeatedly rewarded with recognitions and awards at the national and international levels. UMT’s participations in the Science, Technology, and Innovation Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur as well as the Product Technique and Invention Exhibition in Geneva reflects UMT’s determination and commitment of its staff in achieving the best for the institution and the country.


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