MONASH Malaysia recently hosted a week-long event to facilitate industry engagement, as well as entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for its students. The event, called “Engage Monash 2016”, featured a Telemedicine Conference, a Career and Internship Fair and the inaugural South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) Science Forum, which comprised talks and panel discussions giving insights on the successes, pitfalls and challenges of collaborative public health research.
POOLING TOGETHER The highlight of “Engage Monash 2016” was the Innovation and Collaboration Day, a platform for students to display their inventions and research projects. This initiative is part of a wider engagement strategy, which aims to: 1. work with the community; 2. identify potential partnerships;
and 3. explore ways to work together to solve key issues and problems. According to Monash Malaysia president and pro-vice chancellor Prof Helen Bartlett, while the university already has 1,000 different industry engagements, the “Innovation and Collaboration Day” also aims to “deepen many of these relationships as well as forge new partnerships for greater strategic and long-term impact”.
Known for its research strengths, Monash Malaysia researches have made important breakthroughs and discoveries in various fields over the past 17 years. These include areas of advanced engineering, public health, tropical medicine and biology, halal ecosystems and economic policy modelling.
COLLABORATING FOR CHANGE The event featured 19 inventions and 44 research projects by academics and students. Notable projects on display included four programmes which have been submitted for patenting. These include the UV LED mask aligner system by the School of Engineering, aquatic animal growth enhancement by the Brain
Research Institute Monash Sunway (BRIMS) and two projects by the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, namely the world’s first pH-sensitive inorganic nano-crystals and a novel high-tech collaborative learning ecosystem to engage next generation medical students in active learning.
Engage Monash 2016 was attended by the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau and Monash University Malaysia chairman of the board Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah. Both were given a tour and short demonstration of each invention. The minister also spoke to students on “Uncovering the Hidden Gems of Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Innovation and STEM”, where he addressed the opportunities in connecting entrepreneurship and the evolution of science for youths. For more information, visit the university’s official website.
One of many student groups explain about their invention.