3 Minute Thesis

Monash University Malaysia held their annual campus round of Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) on 30 May 2019. 3MT® is an annual, global competition open to Graduate Research students, who are given three minutes to deliver an oration on their research. The competition challenges participants to present their ideas in an engaging and concise manner so they can be understood by a non-specialist audience. The winner of the campus round will represent Monash University Malaysia at the finals at Monash University Australia, and will have an opportunity to compete in the Asia-Pacific 3MT® Final at The University of Queensland in August. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will represent Monash University Malaysia at the wildcard round this July.

This year’s panel of judges for the Monash University Malaysia campus round were as follows:

-       Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair, Vice President (Research and Development)

-       Miss Namita Santra, Senior Manager, Research and Learning, Library and Learning Commons

-       Dr Daniel Tan, Chief Information Officer, Acer Malaysia

This year’s competition was well-representative of the wide spectrum of Monash’s research fields. It was also the first time in Monash Malaysia’s history that representatives from all the schools participated in the campus round. With an evenly matched playing field, the research topics ranged from cryptocurrency, alternative cancer treatments, diabetes management, and social stress.

SASS representative Ms Nadiah Ahmad presented her thesis, titled: Assessing the efficacy of gender mainstreaming policies. Her thesis examines rural participatory development programs in Indonesia as a case study to explore the efficacy of gender mainstreaming policies in addressing imbalances in gender relations. The programs involve a decentralised process of planning, budgeting and implementation in rural villages across Indonesia, with a special emphasis on women’s development. Her thesis is supervised by Dr Joel Moore (main supervisor) and by Dr Helen Nesadurai (associate supervisor).

Ms Nadiah delivered and articulate and compelling presentation that highlighted the underlying issues of gender inequality and existing patriarchal structures that hindered the full progress of such gender mainstreaming policies. Her valuable insights will be vital for policymakers who wish to implement effective gender mainstreaming policies at local and global levels.