Boost to Uniten’s R&D capability

(From left) Wee, Prof Kamal and Kamaluddin at the MoU signing ceremony at Uniten.

UNIVERSITI Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) is committed to providing a conducive learning and research environment for its community.

As such, Uniten has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Works Department (JKR) and Trimble Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a hardware and software company, at The Energy Sphere on Uniten campus in Kajang, Selangor.

The MoU will serve as a catalyst to develop research and development capabilities while enabling individuals to engage in lifelong learning in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The MoU is part of strategic smart partnership between the university, a government agency and the private sector to enhance their respective scientific and technical competencies in asset management research, project management and civil engineering.

Uniten vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha hoped the MoU would create more opportunities for research and bring positive impact to the community and country.

He said Uniten was set up by Tenaga Nasional Berhad in 1997 to provide professional manpower and conduct research for the needs of the electricity supply industry in Malaysia.

Dr Kamal said the university produced 30,874 graduates since it opened.

“Our graduates’ employability rate upon six months of their graduation is between 94% and 97% for the past few years,” he said.

He added that Uniten graduates especially those from engineering, computer science, accountancy and management were highly accepted by the job market.

He also pointed out that there were five research institutes at Uniten that were given the mandate to spur the research agenda while giving importance to innovation and commercialisation of products.

JKR deputy director-general Kamaluddin Abdul Rashid hoped the MoU would result in the creation of more academic, research and human capital development programmes and that sharing of experience between the parties of the agreement would benefit the people.

Trimble Solutions Malaysia country manager Wee Eng Yau said Uniten was the company’s first collaboration with a private university in Malaysia and he hoped to produce more technology-savvy and skilled graduates.

In an interview later, Wee said Trimble would provide BIM software for Uniten to train their students in the engineering and construction industry.

“We are sponsoring the BIM software worth between RM400,000 and RM500,000 to Uniten,” he said.

He revealed that they would start the training for Uniten teaching staff next month so that they could impart the knowledge to their students.

“BIM is imported digital technology used to revolutionise the engineering and construction industry,” he added.

Collaborative activities under the MoU will be supervised by Uniten’s Institute of Energy Infrastructure. One of the ongoing research and development activities conducted by Uniten is BIM application.

In addition, Uniten in partnership with Trimble Solutions will provide BIM-related courses and structural analysis that will make Uniten the Authorised Training Centre for South-East Asia.

The university hoped the collaboration could enhance research in Sustainable Built Environment, Geospatial Intelligence, Energy Water Security and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Towards achieving the university’s aspirations to become a globally competitive energy-focused university by 2025, a transformation wave has also been introduced, known as Building Opportunities, Living Dreams 2025 or BOLD 2025.

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