Agreement signed for more collaboration on logistics research

Done deal: Mohd Ghaus (seated left) and Zaini signing the memorandum of understanding to undertake the collaborating with CALS. Witnessing the signing are (standing from left) Kuan, Suhaila, Pashby, Tio and Edward.

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Polytechnic Malaysia are collaborating with ALC College’s Centre of Asean Logistics Studies (CALS) to undertake a research and development project for the logistics industry in Malaysia.

A ceremony to ink the collaboration between the two institutions of higher learning and ALC was held at Hull Logistics Institute in the United Kingdom last Wednesday.

“In order to make our graduates industry-relevant, we need to provide them the exposure to the private sector, but not many companies are willing to collaborate with educational institutions as it costs money,” said UiTM graduate business school dean Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah.

“We appreciate the initiative taken by PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd to get UiTM involved in their research and development efforts for the logistics industry in Malaysia.”

Also present at the ceremony were Polytechnic Malaysia senior director Mohd Ghaus Abdul Kadir, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) director of logistics Kuan Eu Jin, University Utara Malaysia (UUM) senior lecturer in Dr Suhaila Abdul Hanan, University of Hull Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Pashby, PKT Logistics Group CEO Datuk Michael Tio and ALC College CEO Edmund Edward.

Last April, PKT through their subsidiary ALC College started the first logistics research and development centre locally. They also invited UUM to be their academic partner and NCIA as a government participant.

“Our first research programme aims to find the 10 key result areas the Malaysian Government should focus on to become the next Asean Logistics Hub.

“Today, we are very glad to welcome two more education institutions to our labs. With the participation of UiTM and Polytechnic Malaysia, CALS can now benefit from even more knowledge and input from the academic sector,” said Tio.

NCIA chief executive Redza Rafiq said it has always been their interest to spearhead and encourage collaboration between institutions of higher learning, the private sector and the government to promote and establish platforms for innovation, research and development.

The collaboration of UiTM and Polytechnic Malaysia, he said, would bring even more input and involvement from the academic sector to complement the entrepreneurial and business expertise from the private sector for research, education and industrial enhancement in the logistics industry, in areas such as government policy, automation, information technology and green technology.

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