PENANG MALAYSIA - May 2019 - An agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was signed between two organizations- ViTrox Corporation Berhad (ViTrox) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) at UTAR Kampar Campus on 8th May 2019. This represents a significant conjoint of academic and industry to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Mr. Chu Jenn Weng, the President and CEO of ViTrox, and Professor IR Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, UTAR’s President signed the memorandum during a brief ceremony, while representative from each party- Jessica Tan Siew Ping, ViTrox People Development Manager, and Professor Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, UTAR’s Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development- witnessed the signing process concurrently.
“Seeing the similarities between ViTrox’s core values (IACTG- Integrity, Accountability, Courage, Trust and Respect, and Gratitude and Care) and UTAR’s educational philosophy (Virtue and Morality, Knowledge and Intellect, Physical and Mental Health, Sociality and Humanitarianism, Aesthetics and Harmony, and Creativity and Innovation), it is no doubt that these values would bring us closer and take us to the steadfast growth simultaneously,” Professor Chuah said.
As a result of this agreement, both parties will kick-start the R&D project where ViTrox works closely with UTAR’s Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) and Faculty of Information Communication And Technology (FICT) for student development activities in Northern region. Apart from that, ViTrox will provide industrial training and professional development courses for UTAR’s graduands to keep their skills sharp in a fast-paced industry. Furthermore, other significant projects will also be elevated one after another through this MoU.
With an aim to acquire the benefits from Industry 4.0, ViTrox sees UTAR as a potential hub to incubate more young talents in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that will bring vast contribution to a strong ecosystem ceaselessly. UTAR, on the other hand, strives to grow a sustainable ecosystem along with ViTrox by educating the importance of science and engineering studies to the younger generation. This is to streamline all local talents into the homegrown company and advocate the spirit of technopreneur. That said, they believe this attempt would rise more SMEs in Malaysia.
Mr Chu Jenn Weng proclaimed, “We believe such university-industry collaboration will help us to aspire the advantages of Industry 4.0 as it creates a local talent pipeline to the industry for an unwavering ecosystem.”