Riding the biotech wave

LIMKOKWING University College of Creative Technology (Limkokwing) and the University of East London (UEL) are collaborating to actively develop joint educational and business initiatives in biotech and the health sciences. 

Limkokwing president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing and UEL vice-chancellor Prof Michael Thorne recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) cementing the deal. 

The areas of cooperation include establishing arrangements for students who have successfully completed the Limkokwing-UEL programmes to transfer to UEL to pursue degree studies, and setting up more staff development initiatives through collaborations and visits. 

Lim (left) and Prof Thorne discussed biotech initiatives.

Lim believes that Malaysia has a bright future in biotech, given its thriving agriculture industry. The country also has the advantage of a sophisticated ICT platform to operate from.  

“Biotech programmes are a natural expansion for our university college,” said Lim.  

“I see the biosciences and health sciences as extensions of our creativity platform. Both the fields are creative sciences, if you like, and that is our strength here.  

We are able to create and commercialise what we create, better than many other universities. 

“The partnership with UEL opens a door for us to the European world and market,” he added.  

Prof Thorne also spoke optimistically about the link-up, saying the two institutions shared the same vision.  

“Limkokwing and UEL share the same vision and we inspire each other,” he said.  

“Like Limkokwing, UEL does not only emphasise research. We are very practical about what we do,” he added, lauding Limkokwing’s “industry within university” approach which fuses academic excellence with industry innovation 

UEL’s biosciences programmes include biochemistry, forensic science, biomedical science and applied biology while its health science courses, which aim to provide students with a broad understanding of health issues within a wide social context, cover complementary medicine, marketing, competition and health planning.  

Prof Thorne readily acknowledged the importance of creativity, saying that creativity was essential in business and entrepreneurship. “UEL is dedicated to promoting and developing the creative industries. That is why this cooperation is going to benefit us – it will enable us to work together,” he said. 

Limkokwing’s 4,000 students from 60 countries stand to benefit from the resources open to them at UEL now that the Limkokwing-UEL link is in place. 

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