Forensic Science Students Learn Cross-Cultural CSI Skills in Malaysia

Five forensic science students from Murdoch University have just returned from a two-week intelligence gathering training course at the National University of Malaysia, where they learned how the country carries out forensic investigations at different types of crime scenes.

The programme, ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Justice: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Crime Scene Investigation’, was coordinated by a lecturer in forensic science from Murdoch University. Dr. Paola Magni,cooperation University of the National Malaysia (UKM) His counterpart, Dr. Raja Zuha.

“The aim of the programme was to provide forensic students with a unique opportunity to apply their undergraduate knowledge to investigate forensic sites in different regions, following different regulations, laws and procedures, and collaborating with fellow students and professionals from different cultures and backgrounds,” Dr Magni said.

The final year Forensic Biology and Toxicology students stayed at the UKM campus in Bangi city, Selangor, where they participated in a programme of events and learning experiences with their peers studying forensic science from across Malaysia.

Over the course of two weeks, they visited various centres with forensic expertise. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency; Royal Malaysian Police the forensic science laboratory, and National Wildlife Forensic LaboratoryThis is an agency that specializes in investigating crimes against animals.

Participants also heard briefings, presentations and simulations from experts in various fields, including a talk on “Crime that shook Malaysia” by a former CSI head from Selangor Police, and the impact of insects on animal decay in Malaysia. Dr. Raja Zuha Professor of Forensic Medicine, UKM and Dr Paola Magni.

Various crime scene scenarios were also set up for students to work together to come to a conclusion about what happened.

“Insects can be a nuisance in investigations, but if forensic scientists can read the keys they leave behind, they could be used to trace information lost during decay,” Dr Magni said.

The students also had the opportunity to interact with their forensic peers at UKM and be immersed in Malaysian culture. Eid Mubarak celebrationLearn about Malaysian traditional costumes and cuisine Take a tour of Melaka Historic District.

Dr Magni said the experience was extremely beneficial for both the faculty and staff of both universities, as well as the Australian and Malaysian students who participated.

“We were able to rigorously compare the forensic science degree programs at both schools, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and identifying ways to improve both programs,” she said.

“Beyond the academic perspective, students and faculty at both universities have long-standing connections with one another.”

This program: Australian Government’s New Colombo Planaims to enhance Australia’s knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region by supporting undergraduate students to undertake internships in the region.

“Both Murdoch University and the UKM School of Forensic Science want to make forensic science a sustainable learning experience by continually offering students new experiences, and the New Colombo Plan has provided us with the best platform to collaborate internationally,” Dr Magni said.

“The fact that the Australian Government has funded our project reflects the momentum that forensic science is now gaining. It’s time to get out of the lab and give students a multidisciplinary, international experience.”

With the support of both universities, Dr Magni and Dr Zuha are now working to make visits to UKM by Murdoch forensic science students an annual event.

“We welcome this opportunity because it brings unique personal and professional benefits to our students, giving them the chance to experience how research is conducted in other parts of the world in preparation for supporting needed research and discovering what they can offer,” Dr Magni said.

Image caption: Murdoch and Malaysian forensic students visited the Malaysian Maritime Law Enforcement Agency to learn more about crime scene investigation at sea.

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