June 10, 2014, by Graham Kendall
Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Awards 2014
Monday 2 June 2014
East Midlands Conference Center,
Nottingham, United Kingdom
“Celebrating excellence in knowledge exchange and innovation” marked the beginning of inaugural Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Awards by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway in the late evening of the day.
The awards were presented in two categories, which were the “Knowledge Exchange Awards” and “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards”. In the former category, Business Engagement Award and Societal Impact Award were given to academic entries from each of the five faculties across UK, Malaysia and China campuses while International Award was given each to Malaysia and China campuses. There were 12 awards given away in total under this category.
Many of our colleagues from the Faculty of Science (FOS) and Faculty of Engineering (FOE) of Malaysia Campus had made it into the finalists. Dr. Kang Nee, Ting from FOS impressed the panel with her project on “Development of a new BSc Hons in Biomedical Sciences at UNMC”. FOE has done incredibly well with 3 finalists out of 6 in total. They are Professor Mei Fong, Chong, Dr Wee Kang, Choong and Mr Edwin Goh Boon Hoe on their projects related to biogas production from palm oil mill effluent, built environment and quality assurance of Survey Field Courses respectively.
With the similar project, Professor Mei Fong, Chong won the first prize for International Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Award (Malaysia Campus) and received her award from the Vice-Chancellor. Dr Denny KS, Ng and Dr Jitkai Chin were the first and second runner-up respectively for the award.
Our student Lim Jaan Cherng from FOE has made us proud by winning the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards under Student Enterprise category with his winning project on “Amputees deserve a second chance!”. Other awards given out on the same day included Spin-out Company of the Year, Academic Enterprise and Alumni Enterprise.
The award ceremony was lively and entertaining with interesting quotes about “Innovation”. The winning quote was celebrated with a bottle of sparkling champagne! The event was ended with closing remarks from Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Note: The finalists and award winners are project leaders. Colleagues, researchers and students worked under these projects are equally recognised.
I am sure that you will all want to join me in congratulating all the winners, particularly those from UNMC.
You might also want to read a previous post about these awards.
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