Universities team up to stimulate research culture

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019

Dr Mohd Shukri (sixth from left) at the Riphen MOU signing ceremony.Dr Mohd Shukri (sixth from left) at the Riphen MOU signing ceremony.

UNIVERSITIES are institutional sources of knowledge, which they collect, disseminate, and discover through research.

Since 2007, university research generated more than RM6bil in revenue – a 55% return on the initial investment and an important contributor to the national economy.

Management and Science University (MSU) is leading the way to sustainable research with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony for the Research and Innovation of Private Higher Education Network (Riphen).

Launched earlier this year at the MSU-hosted Perintis 2019, Riphen is an MSU initiative to stimulate a culture of research and innovation among local private higher education providers.

Riphen’s mission of sustainable research supports a vision of commercialising the innovative outputs of its collaborating members.

MSU president Professor Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid officiated at the signing ceremony.

“The current higher education landscape is a highly challenging one. The future is going to be even more challenging and demanding, ” he said.

“We must move towards collaboration to be ahead in the region and the world, building a future for our students, our generation and Malaysia.

“We are ready to move with Perintis 2.0 – a network association of common thinking and vision concerning sustainable research. I hope Riphen will carry the Malaysian flag for good research as well as teaching and learning.”

Among those present at the event held at MSU’s Performing Arts Theatre were Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL) vice-chancellor Professor

Dr Ideris Zakaria and Nilai University vice-chancellor Professor Dr Roslan Zainal Abidin.

A workshop on Riphen Joint Research Projects (JRPs) under the umbrella theme of Smart Sustainable Communities saw discussions on the focus groups of digital education led by MSU, sustainable energy (UTP), intelligent energy storage (renewable energy)(IUKL), Energy 4.0 – smart energy load supply (Nilai University), power engineering (Universiti Tenaga Nasional), rail engineering and rail technology (Universiti Kuala Lumpur) and future cities (Multimedia University).

Besides promoting a culture of research and innovation, Riphen will share a platform and provide advice to researchers. It also seeks to attract investments through collaboration with the industry.

In its secretariat role, MSU is represented by the university’s Research Management Centre (RMC).

Riphen activities in the pipeline include Riphen Journal of Sustainable Communities, Riphen Forum on Research, Innovation, and Commercialisation, a Riphen webpage and Perintis 2020.

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