WWF-Malaysia and Curtin Sarawak to engage in 2-year collaboration
THE WORLD WIDE FUND for Nature – Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) today that will see both parties engaged in a two-year scope of collaborative works carrying out joint research activities in various professional social science and environmental science fields, especially in the ecotourism-related projects and activities within Borneo.
According to CEO of WWF Malaysia Datuk Dr Dionysus Sharma, the cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure the sustainability of natural resources for the present and future generations.
“In this connection, we are also looking forward to engage in more staff exchange programmes for knowledge transfer and joint training programmes, seminars or academic meetings for the benefit of both Curtin University and WWF in the near future.” he explained.
Meanwhile, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak, Professor Jim Mienczakowski said that the collaboration between Curtin Sarawak and WWF-Malaysia is a wonderful proposition as it is widely known that the WWF has done tremendous work in Malaysia its establishment.
“To be running some 90 projects covering diverse range of environmental conservation and protection work including saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas, is quite a feat indeed. In Borneo and Sarawak, their works in areas of environmental education and advocacy, eco-tourism, environmental conservation and wildlife is most commendable,” he remarked.
WWF-Malaysia has been in operation in Malaysia since 1972 and as part of the 53-year old world’s largest independent conservation organisation, WWF-Malaysia has the capacity to tap into global expertise and experience on forest biological diversity and challenges in the country.
Curtin Sarawak, which has been established in 1966, is well-recognised worldwide for excellence in education and research. The university that set foot in Sarawak 15 years ago was awarded a Tier Five or Excellent Rating in the 2009 and 2011 SETARA Rating for institutions of higher learning, placing Curtin Sarawak among the premier universities in Malaysia.
Currently, Curtin Sarawak is building up their new Bio Valley Research and Development Park in Miri funded by the state government and new engineering buildings for teaching and postgraduate work in order to closely support and meet the particular research needs of local communities, government and local industry and the facility is expected to be completed by middle of next year.