AN AGREEMENT has been signed between Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), and the Federation of Malaysian Manufactures (FMM) to foster a dynamic industry and academic collaboration.
The agreement will see both parties exploring a wide spectrum of collaborations such as industrial training, attachments, professional development courses as well as working with industries in Perak.
The agreement was signed by Utar President Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik, and Vice President of Research and Development and Commercialisation Prof Lee Sze Wei, while FMM Perak Chairman Datuk Gan Tack Kong, and Senior Manager Louis Gnanapragasam represented the federation.
Chuah said Utar’s first collaboration with FMM came during a seminar held on wastewater management, before an official agreement was signed in 2009.
Subsequently both parties worked closely on several occasions, including during the Malaysia-China Expo in 2010.
“Malaysia is often seen by other countries such as South Korea and China as a strategic partner in the Asean region, which has resulted in institutions of higher learning like Utar having opportunities to collaborate with overseas partners in the region.
“As a university, we can be the bridge between the industries, and our overseas partners.
“And by capitalising on these working opportunities, we are able to benefit our local small and medium industries and enterprises,” he said.
Gan highlighted the importance of working with strategic partners, and how this benefits the state.
He said it is a privilege for FMM Perak to be one of Utar’s industry partners and be able to share resources and knowledge.
“Globalisation has made it necessary for industries to connect with students.
“With Facebook and Google being invented by students, there is a need to empower and encourage student to be creative and innovative to help industries.
FMM Perak is currently one of Utar’s 86 industry partners.