HIGHER Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin visited Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) on Tuesday, the first private university he has been to since assuming office in March.
“I am happy to be here. Uniten is one of the best universities in technology, energy, finance and information, communication and technology (ICT) subjects,’’ he said.
Khaled added that the ministry would provide its full support to Uniten. “I would like to see private universities performing well and challenging public universities in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara) and Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) rankings.”
Uniten was one of two private universities that applied for the accelerated programme for excellence (apex) university status.
Khaled’s visit coincided with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between Uniten and Finnish software developer Tekla Malaysia Sdn Bhd and private aerospace company Avcen Limited Malaysia Sdn Bhd from the United Kingdom.
The MoU will see Tekla providing Uniten with its latest software packages, training and technical support. Uniten will use Tekla Xpower software in electricity networks related to educational, academic and scientific activities.
Meanwhile, Avcen and Uniten will cooperate in the development of a scaled-down biodiesel processor which can recycle vegetable waste cooking oil at a higher rate of production than similar recycling plants in the market.
Both organisations will also collaborate in student industrial attachment and research.
Khaled also witnessed the naming of Uniten’s multi-purpose hall, which is now known as Dewan Sri Sarjana.
The hall has been the venue of various events such as the SEA Games and the graduation of more than 11,000 Uniten students to date.