Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Noor Zaitun Yahaya

Country: Malaysia

Name: Noor Zaitun Yahaya

Company: University Malaysia Terengganu

Position: University Senior Lecturer

ITS Course: Transport Studies, PhD, 2012

Currently I am an academic and work as a Senior University Lecturer at the University Malaysia Terengganu. I do some teaching, supervision of Masters and PhD students as well as final year project for undergraduate students. My research is on transport and air quality in Malaysia. I am also the President of the Clean Air Society Forum for Malaysia, which link with Clean Air Asia which is registered under United nation agencies. I am also looking forward to any international research collaboration that can be done between ITS and our local university. 

My experience at ITS helped in my job and career from conducting my PhD research, networking with people within this research area and their links to Asia. It has helped improve my English and presentations skills; The R package that I explored and used in ITS really benefit to my current work. 

I chose my ITS course and the University of Leeds because of the wide range of expertise ITS have and the supervisors; Equipped IC Junction facilities with a modern and research instrumentation at the time I started my PhD. The Staff are very helpful and I feel at home. The University itself has a good study system and guidance for us to follow. 

My advice to students interested in this course and a career in transport is that I would recommend them to pursue this area, especially people from Asia whereby we have a lot of problems related to transport. The increment of motor vehicles especially in the urban environment needs to be controlled and an solution also needs to be resolved. I also met a lot of international students and people in ITS. 

Some of the highlights of my career so far would include; 

  • Promotion from Lecturer and to Senior Lecturer,
  • Chief Research Grant and Project, Internationalization liaison/committee person and  
  • The Clean Air Society Forum for Malaysia Presidents 

At ITS we can learn and explore many things that we don't have sometime in our countries. By coming to ITS that will widen your knowledge and expose you to the world and as well as networking and possibilities for expanding your research collaborations.