KUCHING (September 15): The Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) will work with 100 entrepreneurs who are students and researchers at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) by the first quarter of 2022, MTDC chief executive said , Datuk Norhalim Yunus.
He said MTDC, in its efforts and initiatives to support the technology, solutions and local talent development of Industrial Revolution 4.0, will share consulting services, student internships and graduate jobs.
This follows a memorandum of understanding signed between MTDC and Unimas today via Zoom.
“I hope that through this collaboration, we will work together to equip students and researchers with the necessary guidance, knowledge and skills on industrial revolution 4.0. Technology. This collaboration will also allow MTDC to collaborate with its ecosystem company to start a modernization center in Unimas, ”said Norhalim.
Unimas, through the University Industrial Center (UniC), has been collaborating with MTDC since May 2021 in several entrepreneurship and technological development programs for researchers and students.
UnIC was established in early 2020 as one of the university’s efforts to realize the government’s plan to transform the development of higher education with an emphasis on networking and continued collaboration with industry players.
“The establishment of this center is timely, as the state government has entrusted the university with the responsibility of being one of the key institutions to enable the vision of Sarawak to achieve a developed state of here 2030 ”, declared the Vice-Chancellor of Unimas, Professor Datuk, Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi.
This will allow Sarawak industries to be more competitive and create added value within the business ecosystem, especially in the manufacturing and service sectors, as well as in resource-based industries, especially the oil and gas, modern agriculture, biotechnology and wood processing, which require Unimas and industry partners to work hand in hand, he said.
He added that this collaboration is one of the initiatives to achieve educational excellence among Unimas graduates by optimizing the resources of both parties to create opportunities and address the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. .
“A strong and continuous industrial network will not only benefit the university, but will contribute to the entire value chain of education and innovation, preparation and delivery of study programs, funding and placement of graduates in research and development and commercialization.
“Unimas and MTDC, via UniC, have already launched several programs, in particular a joint request for financing of industrial laboratories, the promotion of companies for entrepreneurship with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the industrial terminal and entrepreneurial development, mentoring for internship students, as well as other initiatives to increase awareness of commercialization and technological development among researchers and students, ”added Mohamad Kadim.
Among those present were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Unimas (academic and international) Professor Ahmad Hata Rasit, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Unimas (research and innovation) Professor Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Deputy Vice-Chancellor from Unimas (student and alumni affairs) Professor Dr Thomas [email protected] Kana, and UniC Director Dr Dzulzailani Eden.