QUEST International University Perak (QIUP) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sirim Bhd in order to produce cutting edge research.
Both parties will see collaboration in the areas of biotechnology, engineering, research and development, and in competency and training.
The MoU covered objectives such as developing competencies, employable pools of talents, setting up industry-relevant, state-of-the-art teaching labs, developing training materials and other areas relating to industry cooperation.
The MoU signatories were QIUP’s holding company, Global Integrated Training Associates chief executive officer Nicholas Goh, and Faculty of Science and Technology dean Prof Dr Vilasini Pillai.
Signing on behalf of Sirim were group chief executive and president Prof Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad, and Sirim STS Sdn Bhd managing director Dr Norlinda Mohd Zawawi.
Goh said the university was proud of forming an alliance with Sirim to work on cutting edge research to spearhead the nation’s development, and produce graduates who would be the vital workforce for the country’s growth.
“We continuously ensure that our programmes’ curriculum is delivered up to date, relevant and current to the needs of the industry.
“The partnership with Sirim is a testament to QIUP’s commitment in ensuring the best qualifications possible,” he added.
Goh said he was made aware that QIUP is the first and only private university in Malaysia to collaborate with Sirim.
“We at QIUP are confident that the objective of this MoU will come to fruition in the very near future, and be the catalyst in providing cutting edge research, and competent human resource to fulfil the needs of industries,” he added.
Dr Ahmad Fadzil in his speech said research and development as well as a competent workforce were key drivers for the growth of the nation, and the MoU was in tandem with Sirim’s aspirations.
“Research and development plays a pivotal role in the continuation of growth and development of the country.
“A substantial and vital contribution to the research effort is made by tertiary providers, and the role they play is crucial,” he added.
He said universities such as QIUP had some of the best brains in the country, and he was confident the partnership would play a crucial role in the pursuit of an innovative and highly skilled economy.