Faculty of Natural Science & Sustainability

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

 

PROF BOB

Welcome to the Faculty of Natural Science and Sustainability (FNSS) website.

As we progress, biodiversity becomes threatened. Why does this happen? By right, this shouldn’t happen if we are well aware of the importance of biodiversity to our everyday life. Since 1993, when the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), or better known as the Earth Summit came into force, the world communities started debating and putting more interests and efforts to conserve biodiversity. The CBD redefined measures that did not inherently encourage destruction of natural ecosystems and so-called uneconomic growth.

In line with the visions and missions set by CBD, the birth of the Faculty of Natural Science and Sustainability (FNSS) at University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) is long overdue. Located in Sabah, one of the Malaysian states of Borneo, UCSF is actually situated strategically right in the gold mine, in terms of biodiversity research and management. Borneo is the third largest island in the world and positions itself as number 12 in the world with regards to biodiversity richness.

Capitalizing on the location of UCSF, I would like to invite you to our faculty to study the various facets of interactions between this unique ecosystem, forest strata (lowland and highland dipterocarp forest, montane and mangroves) and community livelihoods, in the tropical rainforests of Borneo, particularly in Sabah, Malaysia. There are huge renowned conservation areas managed by the Sabah Foundation (Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon, Danum Valley and Silam Coastal Conservation area), seven times the size of Singapore which offer promising sites for studies on flora, fauna, ecology and other environmental related topics as well as the ethnicity of the people living in the vicinity.

FNSS academic programmes are designed to fulfil the needs in increasing the number of human capital in the field of resource conservation and management. The students will be provided with excellent education to become well-trained scientists and managers of the ecosystem and natural resources. The programmes are designed towards achieving those objectives.

Our main campus is located in the city centre of Kota Kinabalu. This would give an advantage to the students in experiencing the industrial training through placement at the laboratory facilities under the various agencies of the state. Our lecturers are experts in various fields related to tropical ecosystems, and are willing to impart their expertise to students who aspire to gain knowledge and hands on experience in natural resource management and conservation.

Prof Dr Mustafa Abdul Rahman

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Natural resource managers: Graduates from the programmes offered by this faculty will have the opportunity to be employed in the government department dealing with resource management such as Sabah Foundation, Sabah Parks, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Wildlife Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia, and State Parks.

Scientists: The career in this field generally involve research and development, and have become increasingly interdisciplinary. Therefore graduates from this faculty could become biological scientists, chemists, materials scientists, environmental scientists and conservationists in non-governmental organisations such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Wildlife Monitoring Centre (WMC) or research organisations such as Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Agriculture Research Development Institute (MARDI).

Other job opportunities: Under this category it may include jobs like auditors to sustainability projects or programmes, recycling coordinator, human resource manager, occupational hazards specialist, compliance officer, energy consultants, teachers and others that are relevant to natural resource sustainability.