De­vel­op­ing tal­ent

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

TAL­ENT de­vel­op­ment is a na­tion build­ing is­sue. The tal­ent base and work­force of high-in­come na­tions have a num­ber of key char­ac­ter­is­tics, no­tably th­ese in­clude higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions to pro­mote knowl­edge gen­er­a­tion and in­no­va­tion, high skill-lev­els and strong lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The role of uni­ver­si­ties is to de­velop firstworld grad­u­ates. A high-in­come econ­omy is one that is knowl­edge- and in­no­va­tion-based, which re­quires a crit­i­cal mass of knowl­edge work­ers such as sci­en­tists, engi­neers, patent agents and “techno­preneurs”.

As such, uni­ver­si­ties have an im­por­tant role to play in pro­duc­ing skilled peo­ple, who are able to cre­ate, in­no­vate and ex­ploit new ideas as well as ap­ply and de­velop tech­nolo­gies.

“I’m glad to say that UTAR has been con­tribut­ing to na­tional tal­ent de­vel­op­ment agenda,” says Univer­siti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man (UTAR) In­sti­tute of Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies and Re­search di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Dr Faidz Ab­dul Rah­man.

“Un­like most pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, UTAR has greater em­pha­sis in R&D and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion. Since 2005, we’ve al­lo­cated over RM20mil of in­ter­nal fund­ing that has been sup­port­ing the start­ing up of more than 630 projects of which 74% of them have been com­pleted.”

To strengthen per­for­mance cul­ture in UTAR, the univer­sity has set spe­cific goals for ev­ery fac­ulty and staff mem­bers. Ev­ery staff needs to set goals and achieve them and the re­ward and re­mu­ner­a­tion sys­tem is per­for­mance-based.

The univer­sity is pro­gress­ing well ac­cord­ing to the UTAR R&D Roadmap which is a com­pre­hen­sive plan with clearly de­fined de­liv­er­able ob­jec­tives to mon­i­tor the progress of re­search, de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion in the univer­sity.

The univer­sity has set up the UTAR Global Re­search Net­work where UTAR fac­ulty mem­bers net­work with 31 in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners and nine pro­fes­so­rial chairs in the ar­eas of agri­cul­tural sci­ence, bank­ing and fi­nance, chem­istry, cre­ative in­dus­tries, con­struc­tion man­age­ment, eco­nom­ics, engineering, green tech­nol­ogy and medicine.

Through the ef­forts of its ded­i­cated fac­ulty and staff mem­bers, UTAR has made sig­nif­i­cant head­ways in R&D on di­verse ar­eas of con­tem­po­rary and emerg­ing im­por­tance. Th­ese ar­eas in­clude stem cells, can­cer, tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine, build­ing con­struc­tion, waste wa­ter treat­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal health, mo­bile and satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions, so­lar and re­new­able en­ergy, IT se­cu­rity, In­ter­net TV, cloud com­put­ing, mul­ti­me­dia ed­u­ca­tion and more.

UTAR col­lab­o­rates with Malaysian In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sec­re­taries and Ad­min­is­tra­tors (MAICSA) to en­able grad­u­ates from the pro­gramme to be awarded the grad­u­ate sta­tus of MAICSA.

UTAR also col­lab­o­rates with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants, Board of Engi­neers Malaysia, Board of Quan­tity Sur­vey­ors Malaysia (BQSM), Char­tered In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Ac­coun­tants (CIMA), Char­tered In­sti­tute of Build­ing, UK (CIOB), In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sec­re­taries and Ad­min­is­tra­tors, UK (ICSA), Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors, Bri­tain, Royal So­ci­ety of Chem­istry, Bri­tain and So­ci­ety of Ac­tu­ar­ies, United States.

UTAR of­fers 12 PhD and 28 Mas­ter’s pro­grammes in Ap­plied Ac­count­ing, Build­ing Man­age­ment, Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Bank­ing and Fi­nance, Chi­nese Stud­ies, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Com­puter Sci­ence, Engineering, Green Tech­nol­ogy, In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences, Med­i­cal Sciences, Project Man­age­ment, Sci­ence and So­cial Sci­ence.

As its pro­grammes are in­dus­try-rel­e­vant and its grad­u­ates are equipped with the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal and soft skills, UTAR’s grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity has been as high as more than 97% for many years.

UTAR is invit­ing school-leavers to come to its open day to know more about its pro­grammes. De­tails are as fol­lows:

> Dec 21-22, 9.30am to 5.30pm at UTAR Perak Cam­pus in Kam­par and UTAR Sun­gai Long Cam­pus in Sun­gai Long

> Dec 28-29, 9.30am to 5.30pm at UTAR Kuala Lumpur in Se­ta­pak

UTAR is hav­ing ex­tended coun­selling hours from now un­til Jan­uary 2014 at the Pe­tal­ing Jaya and Perak cam­puses (Mon­day to Sun­day, ex­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days), from 9am to 5pm. Call 03-7958 2628 (PJ), 05-468 8888 (Perak) or 016-223 3559, e-mail en­quiry@utar.edu. my or visit www.utar.edu.my/.

UTAR places great em­pha­sis on R&D and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion.

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