November 29, 2013, by Graham Kendall
Nottingham MyResearch is launched
On the 28th November 2013 MyResearch was officially launched.
We are very grateful to MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority) for affording us this honour.
MyResearch having MIDA R&D status is very important as it enables Malaysian comapnies to invest in R&D in a very tax efficient way.
The event was attended by members of the board (see picture below), and invited guests who may like to invest in R&D by tapping into our expertise.
The launch was marked by a number of keynote talks by Professor Christine Ennew (Board member and CEO & Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Pro-vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham), Ms Manjit Kaur (Senior Deputy Director, R&D Design Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority) and Professor Graham Kendall (Chief Executive Officer of Nottingham MyResearch and Nottingham MyRIAD and Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus).
We were also delighted to be able to sign the first MyResearch contract with Havys Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd (see pictures below). We will blog separately on this, as it is such an important event for us.
The formal part of the launch was followed by the most important part of the evening, the networking event that enabled the University and interested companies to talk, and to discover a little about the what capabilitites we have. We get the impression that there were lots of opportunities for projects being discussed and the MyResearch team will be following up in the coming days/weeks to further engage with the business community.
As CEO, I’d like to thank everybody for taking part in this event. This is an important landmark in the development of our campus as it marks a significant change in which we can interact with the business community.
Events like this do not just happen and thanks are also due to Fion Fah and Angelina Yee, who were instrumental in organising this event. They were ably supported by a team of helpers, and we have already expressed our sincere thanks to them.
We will be issuing press releases to mark this event. I know that part of it will include the following quotes, which I think sums up our gratitude to MIDA, as well as what we hope that the company is able to offer.
Professor Kendall, the CEO of MyResearch, said “This is the first time that a company owned by a private university has been granted MIDA R&D status. We are very grateful to MIDA for affording us this exciting opportunity. But this is only the start. We are now looking forward to working with a wide range of companies, who wish to access university expertise. It appears to me to be a win-win situation. The companies have access to world leading researchers and they are able to benefit from the double taxation benefits that a MIDA company provides. The University is able to work on an exciting variety of real world problems that can inform both their research and teaching.”
He added, “Of course, one of the benefits of working with the University of Nottingham is that we have campuses in the UK and China, as well as Malaysia. This provides us with greater access to expertise, if it is not available in Malaysia.”
We have put several pictures below from the launch event, but there are many more at this gallery. We’d like to express our thanks to Yvonne Teoh Kah Hooi, for being our photographer for the evening.