En­gag­ing in­dus­tries

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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.

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