IN CONJUNCTION with Universiti Teknologi Petronas’ (UTP) 20th anniversary celebration, a new research and development (R&D) centre was recently declared open at its campus in Seri Iskandar.
The building was officiated by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh on Tuesday.
UTP Vice Chancellor Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim said the complex is testament to the university’s determination to excel in research.
He said with the investment of almost RM100mil, the centre is part of the university’s effort to provide the best facilities for its people.
“The R&D centre is intended to be the catalyst to encourage our researchers to conduct world-class research, and to churn out findings that will be integral to the nation’s research and innovation agenda.
“This is just the beginning because the centre is located on 62ha of land for a proposed R&D park and is intended to kickstart the growth of the park, and to turn the park into a centre for new industrial relationships, and strategic partnerships with industries,” he added.
The centre, with two four-storey blocks designed to be in compliance with Green Building Index Certification, will be occupied by two UTP mission-oriented research groups working on carbon dioxide management, and enhanced oil recovery.
The centre houses 65 laboratories, and offices, and can accommodate up to 550 researchers, and staff at any one time.
Abdul Rahim pointed out that another important feature of the new buildings is the solar panels installed on the roof to be used for research into renewable energy, and at the same time generating electricity for the building’s consumption.
Idris in his speech said UTP’s name and reputation has strengthened year after year, despite its young age in the world of tertiary education.
He said the university had gathered momentum quickly, and that it has grown by leaps and bounds within just 20 years.
“Expanding both in the number of students, and programmes offered, UTP has established itself as the premier institution for engineering and technology courses in the country.
“I am proud to acknowledge that UTP has an impressive array of research centres, many of which are equipped with the most up-to-date, and sophisticated technology and equipment,” he added.
On UTP’s plans for the research park, Idris said this will make the university a preferred institution for solutions and innovation in the country.
He said he is confident that the opening of the new complex will provide a strategic opportunity to promote international cooperation, and research excellence.
“I hope with this new facility, UTP will be able to attract the nation’s best and brightest scientific minds,” he added.