ISKANDAR PUTERI: University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sutera Mall to further enhance the learning experience of its real estate students.
UoRM Provost and chief executive officer Professor Tony Downes and Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd general manager Steven Shum inked the deal at the university’s campus in EduCity here.
Shum said the collaboration with UoRM was in line with the developer’s aspirations to continue creating value as they would have an opportunity to contribute to the students’ learning experience.
“We hope this corporate social responsibly project of ours will benefit the community through knowledge sharing by the Centre for Global Business Enterprise and Cloud Analytics at UoRM,” he said.
Under the agreement, Sutera Mall will be a “teaching mall” for UoRM’s Bachelor of Science Real Estate students whereby it will provide advice on graduate employment opportunities as well as offer them opportunities to work as an intern or undertake an industrial placement at the mall.
UoRM will deliver public lectures at the mall as well as provide support for its community projects on urban farming.
The university’s Centre for Global Business Enterprise and Cloud Analytics will also undertake research projects for Sutera Mall with the aim to enhance customer retail experience, drive innovation in retailing and identify the threats of digitisation.
Prof Downes said the MoU would allow real estate students to become qualified chartered surveyors who are not only are well versed in both theoretical and practical aspects of the industry.
“We are grateful to Sutera Mall for partnering with us and giving our students the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in the classroom and to gain valuable insight into the real estate business.
“We hope through the Centre for Global Business Enterprise and Cloud Analytics, we can provide practical advice to advance the mall and make a significant contribution to its community initiatives,” he said.