UniKL and Unimas enhanced collaboration with MoU
By Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration on research, education and training in the field of engineering, science and technology.
The agreement was signed by Unimas vice chancellor Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and UniKL chief executive officer Prof Dato Dr Mazliham Mohd Su’ud. UniKL chairman Datuk Dr Adham Baba witnessed the event.
The agreement will see them collaborating across several fields including joint research activities, structured discussion around education and research challenges as well as joint supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The universities will exchange teaching materials, published research and scientific data in addition to jointly funded research proposals with a view to promote a stronger scientific research culture as well as efficient technological business venture.
The agreement was also be a continuation of research collaboration efforts already established between Unimas and UniKL in the field of renewable energy.
UniKL, through the Sustainable Energy Analysis Research Laboratory headed by Assoc Prof Dr Engku Ahmad Azrulhisham have been working together as collaborative partners with Unimas’ Centre for Renewable Energy in the rural electrification research funded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water at various locations throughout the state.
“The collaboration with UniKL provides a win-win situation for both universities, particularly for those in the Faculty of Engineering. Unimas highly focussed on improving the lives of dispersed communities in the rural areas that needed access to technology especially in ICT and renewable, sustainable energy,” Mohamad Kadim said in his speech earlier.
Also present at the event hosted by Unimas here today were its deputy vice chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Dr Kopli Bujang, deputy vice chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Engineering Faculty dean Assoc Prof Dr Al-Khalid Othman and Malaysia France Institute dean Assoc Prof Dr Jamel Othman.
Mazliham who also spoke in the ceremony, said the initiation of the partnership will serve as a stepping stone towards stronger cooperation in future between universities providing platforms for staff and students in exploring opportunities to produce high impact publications, joint research project, organisation of joint workshops and training, as well as conferences and visits.
“UniKL further enhancing its collaboration with Unimas provides an opportunity for us to learn from the expertise and experience of Unimas, while emulating the strategic measures that they have taken in research and development. UniKL is also looking to collaborate with Unimas in other fields in the future,” he mentioned.
Established in 2002, the government-linked university currently has 13 faculties and 27,000 students.
Unimas was set up 23 years ago. By far the largest provider of higher learning in Sarawak, the university’s student population today stands at 17,000 with over 500 international students from 52 countries. Unimas also boast having about 1,600 Master and PhD students.