June 6, 2016, by Emma Lowry
Company Growth Through Research Collaboration
Professor Christine Ennew, during her presentation in introducing the research capabilities of UNMC
On 5 April 2016, a joint reception was held at the headquaters of the Malaysia Development and Investment Authority (MIDA). During the event, the Chief Executive Offier of MIDA, Dato’ Azman Mahmud siad, “R&D and innovation is important to Malaysia’s well-being and future sustainability.
R&D is a key factor in developing and applying new technologies that is crucial to the competitiveness of many industries. In the face of the tremendously changing industrial landscape, it is more crucial now than ever for companies to reassess and realign their business strategies to adapt to the current challenges of doing business. Undertaking as well as intensifying R&D activities is without a doubt, one of the key components that will enable companies to remain competitive and sustainable,”
Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA is delivering his welcoming speech during opening of the evening reception.
“Nottingham MyResearch is a tax efficient way to invest in R&D, allowing industry partners to access University expertise, not just from our Malaysia campus but also from our other campuses in the UK and Ningbo, China. We have expertise in aerospace, automotive and rail, energy, pharmaceutical research, food and drinks, and tropical and halal related research. We welcome companies to talk to our representatives and discuss on your research needs,” said Professor Christine Ennew, the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and Director of Nottingham MyResearch. Meanwhile, Mr. Leigh Howard, the Chairman of MABC in his closing speech noted his appreciation of the participants and partners for their support and looked forward to more collaboration with Nottingham MyResearch.
In conjunction with the event, Nottingham MyResearch signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) i.e. with Chulia Facilities Management and Gaharu Technologies. This is to showcasing successful collaborations between the academia and industry. The MoU signed with Chulia Facilities Management is related to development of a medical device while Gaharu Technologies’ project involves tea products and the research will be undertaken by The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).
Professor Christine Ennew, and Mr Nicklaus Ho Chu Wei, CEO of Gaharu Technologies Sdn Bhd
Professor Christine Ennew, Director of Nottingham MyResearch and Mr Shahfie Ahmad, Managing Director of Chulia Facilities Management Sdn Bhd
The networking reception was a joint collaboration between MIDA, Nottingham MyResearch and Malaysia Australia Business Council. The event was supported by UNMC, SME International Trade Association of Malaysia, Malaysia Canada Business Council and Malaysian Dutch Business Council.
More than 150 participants from 40 international and local companies as well as business chambers and government agencies participated in the event. It featured presentations by Ms Noor Aieda Ahmad, Director of MIDA’s R&D and Business Services Division; Ms Biruntha L. Mooruthi, Vice President – Commercialisation Specialist of PlaTCOM Ventures; and Professor Christine Ennew, Provost and CEO of UNMC and Director of Nottingham MyResearch.