JOHOR BAHRU, 13 July 2022 – Johor Port Berhad (Johor Port), a member of MMC Group, launched its first Professional Master in Port Management together with UTMSPACE in an inaugural ceremony that was held at Dewan Seminar, UTMSPACE Johor Bahru recently.

The Professional Master in Port Management, as the first pioneer programme introduced in Malaysia, is designed to enhance the fundamentals and operational knowledge of the port professionals not only in Malaysia but also overseas. It also aims to share knowledge and expertise in Port Management and strengthen talent management and development within the port communities.

The launch was officiated by Professor Ts. Dr. Nazri Ali, Acting Managing Director of UTMSPACE. Also present were Sr Ts. Dr. Zakaria bin Mohd Yusof, Director Lifelong Learning of UTMSPACE, K C Low, Head Corporate Affairs Division of Johor Port, Hermee Tahir, Head Human Resources of Johor Port and Management team from Johor Port Berhad and UTMSPACE.

Also in attendance were the first batch of 21 students who were presented with the Offer Letters for their enrolment in the Professional Master in Port Management.

Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of Johor Port Berhad said, “Johor Port is eager to share and extend its 45 years of experience and expertise in the ports and logistics industry through the collaboration with UTMSPACE to elevate the professional knowledge and capabilities among the local and international port workers.”

“This collaboration also represents a paradigm shift in fulfilling the need for professional and skilled manpower in the ports and logistics industry which is essential towards national development,” he added.

The collaboration is also another great milestone for UTMSPACE in contributing to the development of a knowledgeable community through the collaboration with Johor Port Berhad on the implementation of the world’s first Professional Master in Port Management programme.

The contemporary Course Modules are developed by JP Skills Centre (JPSC), the Training Division of Johor Port, covering more than 20 knowledge areas of studies and skills required to run a modern port efficiently in order to be the key linkage in the global production and supply chains.

Established since 2014, JPSC provides training to major local ports and regional ports such as Sabah Ports, PELINDO III, PELINDO IV and Vietnam Ports. JPSC is also recognised by the United Nations Conference for Trade & Development (UNCTAD) as the authorised training provider for the UNCTAD Train For Trade Modern Port Management Program for English-speaking networks.

UTMSPACE was established by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1992 as a special licensed centre for the implementation of lifelong learning programmes at university level.

The Centre offers part-time academic programmes in collaboration with UTM Schools and Faculties and organises seminars, conferences, workshops and other development programmes for working professionals.

Photo caption: Professor Ts. Dr. Nazri Ali, Acting Managing Director of UTMSPACE officiated the ceremony.

Photo caption: The first batch of students for Professional Master in Port Management.


Kontena Nasional Berhad (KNB) is Malaysia’s premier logistics company with 50 years of experience in logistics operations. KNB began operations in 1971 when containerisation was introduced to the country.

Since its inception, it has expanded its business from just container haulage to international freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, supply chain solutions, cold chain solution and Halal logistics.

Today, KNB is one of Malaysia’s largest one-stop logistics companies providing comprehensive logistics solutions customised to customer’s requirements.

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MMC Corporation Berhad (“MMC”) is a leading utilities and infrastructure group with diversified businesses in Malaysia and abroad under four divisions, namely Ports and Logistics, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Industrial Development. Its key businesses under the Ports and Logistics Division includes the port operations of Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Johor Port Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd and Kontena Nasional Berhad, a logistics provider. Internationally, MMC has presence in Saudi Arabia via Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company Limited, a container port terminal within the Jeddah Islamic Port.

Under the Energy and Utilities Division, Malakoff Corporation Berhad is the largest Independent Power Producer in Malaysia and its subsidiary, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd is one of the leading environmental management companies in the country. Under Gas Malaysia Berhad, MMC is the supplier of reticulated natural gas in Peninsular Malaysia operating and maintaining 2,600 kilometres of Natural Gas Distribution System network. Through Aliran Ihsan Resources Berhad, MMC provides full-fledge water services using high technology treatment in Malaysia.

MMC’s Engineering Division has played a leading role on the elevated section as well as the main contractor for the underground work package for the 51-kilometre Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (“KVMRT”) Kajang Line including 9.5 kilometres underground works. Currently, MMC is the main turnkey contractor for the entire 52.2 kilometres KVMRT Putrajaya Line. MMC has also successfully completed the 329-kilometre Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Tracking Project as well as the innovative Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (“SMART”) motorway, the first of its kind, dual-purpose tunnel in the world.

MMC is currently in the final stage of completing the Langat Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant which will serve 920,000 Population Equivalent and Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant which will supply 1,130 million litres of treated water per day.

MMC’s Industrial Development Division develops and manages approximately 5,000 acres of industrial developments namely Senai Airport City (“SAC”) and Tanjung Bin Industrial Park (“TBIP”) in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor and Northern Technocity (“NTC”) in Kulim Kedah. The SAC, TBIP and NTC developments come under the ambit of MMC’s Industrial Development Division, operating under three companies namely Senai Airport City Sdn Bhd, Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd and Northern Technocity Sdn Bhd.

In other business, through Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, MMC is the operator of Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru – the southern aviation hub and an important gateway to Iskandar Malaysia and Kerteh Airport in Terengganu.


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