Monday 2 July 2012

USM takes the lead again

GEORGE TOWN: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang will lead the way to become the first tertiary institution in the country to establish a research chair on various projects through university-industry collaboration.

USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman expressed hope that industry players, especially multinational companies (MNCs), will contribute the necessary funds to ensure the success of research projects.

“It is important to have continuous engagement between universities and the industry to benefit the community.

“We need between RM4mil and RM5mil for these projects. Therefore, the university would like to invite companies to invest 50% while we will bear the rest for further research proposals,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung was present to launch the ‘Community-University-Industry: One Rhythm One Aspiration’ collaborative event which saw over 150 representatives from various industries attending.

Dr Hou said he was impressed with the university’s efforts to foster closer relations with industry players to utilise the knowledge for research which benefits the public.

He urged other universities to get involved in similar programmes. During the event, he witnessed the exchange of memorandums of agreement between USM, B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd and Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development (RICD) from Thailand respectively.

Dr Hou also launched the international electronic journal of community and industry engagement (IeJCIE) and internship guidebooks. Also present was USM deputy vice-chancellor (Industry and Community Network) Prof Datuk Dr Susie See Ching Mey.

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