THE field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning in Malaysia has been given a boost with an industry-academia collaborative effort between O.Y.L. Research & Development Centre Sdn Bhd (OYL R&D) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by O.Y.L. Group chief operating officer Ooi Cheng Suan and Uniten deputy vice-chancellor (academic and research) Datuk Prof Dr Ibrahim Hussein. It was witnessed by Uniten postgraduate studies dean Assoc Prof Dr Izham Zainal Abidin and OYL R&D general manager Masatomo Nakakita.
Also present at the event was Malaysian Investment Development Authority manufacturing and services development deputy chief executive officer II Datuk Phang Ah Tong and electrical and electronics division deputy director Rosedalina Ramlan.
Besides fostering research partnership and cooperation between the centre and varsity, OYL R&D and Uniten will also take part in the Industrial PhD initiative which is part of the MyBrain15 programme set up under the Education Ministry.
The programme was launched in Sept 2008 by the government with a target of producing 60,000 Malaysian PhD holders.
The Industrial PhD programme will allow the varsity to perform research on technical problems faced by the company thus allowing students and academia to acquire practical industrial knowledge while leveraging on the varsity’s facilities and resources to solve design and application problems for the company.