Knowl­edge-shar­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion in the works

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

UNIVER­SITI

Te­naga Na­sional (UNITEN), a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Te­naga Na­sional Bhd (TNB), has en­tered into a knowl­edge-shar­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity Malaysia (HWUM), a branch cam­pus of He­riot-Watt Univer­sity United King­dom.

They have agreed on a frame­work to op­er­a­tionalise ac­tiv­i­ties such as in­vited lec­tures series, joint re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and joint su­per­vi­sion of stu­dents, cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment projects, tech­nol­ogy-trans­fer pro­grammes and on-line de­liv­ery pi­lot cour­ses by both uni­ver­si­ties.

UNITEN vice chan­cel­lor Datuk Pro­fes­sor Dr Ka­mal Nasharud­din Mustapha said the spirit of the part­ner­ship gels well with UNITEN’s Build­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties, Liv­ing Dreams 2025 strate­gic goals which are Teach­ing and Learn­ing Ex­cel­lence, Re­search Ex­cel­lence and Fi­nan­cial Sus­tain­abil­ity.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year, UNITEN is de­ter­mined to be­come a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive en­ergy-fo­cused univer­sity by 2025. Ka­mal Nasharud­din said: “Our em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate for last year is 95 per cent. Our stu­dents are em­ployed within six months upon com­ple­tion of stud­ies. The bal­ance of five per cent be­come job cre­ators.”

UNITEN not only pre­pares its grad­u­ates to be­come knowl­edge­able and com­pe­tent pro­fes­sion­als, but also de­vel­ops them as well-rounded in­di­vid­u­als with broad in­tel­lec­tual out­look.

HWUM provost Pro­fes­sor Robert Craig said that given the dis­tance be­tween UNITEN and HWUM, it is high time that the two uni­ver­si­ties work to­gether in achiev­ing a com­mon goal. HWUM is lo­cated in Putrajaya while UNITEN is in Ka­jang, Se­lan­gor.

UNITEN pro­vides both aca­demic pro- grammes and en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy skills train­ing within the same cam­pus. The univer­sity’s pro­grammes are fo­cused on en­gi­neer­ing, com­puter science, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness man­age­ment and re­lated ar­eas.

He­riot-Watt Univer­sity UK, with a his­tory dat­ing back to 1821, is one of the top UK uni­ver­si­ties for busi­ness and in­dus­try, and has an estab­lished rep­u­ta­tion for world­class teach­ing and prac­ti­cal, lead­ing-edge re­search. Ka­mal Nasharud­din ob­tained his Mas­ter’s in Struc­tural En­gi­neer­ing from He­riot-Watt Univer­sity, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, UK in 1987.

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