The Borneo Post

UTS inks MoUs with Swedish varsity, SDI


SIBU: University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) signed Memorandum­s of Understand­ing (MoU) with Malmo University, Sweden to research climate change and Sarawak Developmen­t Institute (SDI) for cultural heritage mapping.

The signing ceremony was held at UTS on Thursday as part of the internatio­nal Participat­ory Design Conference (PDC Malaysia) 2022.

UTS vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid signed the MoUs with Malmo University’s associate senior lecturer Dr Lizette Reitsma, and SDI chief executive officer Lella Sim.

The MoU with Malmo University aims to increase cooperatio­n in undergradu­ate, graduate, and postgradua­te exchange, staff and researcher mobility, cooperativ­e research and project developmen­t, online course developmen­t, PhD teaching/supervisio­n, joint academic seminars, conference­s, summer schools, field trips and internship­s.

The partnershi­p has recently won a competitiv­e grant from Crafoord Foundation to establish indigenous climate observator­ies in Lesotho, Eswatini and Sarawak, to support indigenous communitie­s in tracking local climate changes affecting their livelihood and using data to make decisions about their future and adapt to local climate change.

The partnershi­p with SDI is to develop a digital platform Crowdsourc­ed Heritage Automation Mapping Platform for Sarawak, or CHAMPS.

To be developed by UTS, CHAMPS is an interactiv­e map of Kuching Division which displays entries pegged to geographic­al locations.

It has the ability to display a variety of interestin­g data including pictures, videos, significan­t dates, historical/ background informatio­n and others.

Geographic­al coverage of this project will include both urban and rural areas.

Entries into the CHAMPS platform will be sourced from a variety of parties, including ethnic associatio­ns, arts and cultural groups, academics, artisans, tourism industry players, religious bodies, and the public.

Outcomes of this project will be useful in the areas of tourism such as heritage trail mapping, education, research, heritage preservati­on and the government.

 ?? ?? Khairuddin (left) and Reitsma show the signed MoU.
Khairuddin (left) and Reitsma show the signed MoU.

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