LIMA ’23: UMT expands cooperation with six industry players

LIMA ’23: UMT expands cooperation with six industry players

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) on Thursday expanded cooperation in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2023 (LIMA’23) by increasing the network through a memorandum of agreement (MoA) and memorandum of understanding (MoU) with six industry players.

All of the collaborations involved the Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd (PKT), Holistics Lab Sdn Bhd (HLSB), the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) and MSET Inflatable Composite Corporation (MSET).

The memorandum was signed by UMT Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mazlan Abd Ghaffar with the Head of the Human Capital Management Division of Tanjung Pelepas Port Jaizal Kamar Jalaludin and Group Chief Executive and PKT Group Managing Director Datuk Seri Michael Tio.

In addition, HLSB Chief Executive Officer Ts Dr Mohd Iskandar Iliyas, MIGHT Co-Chairman Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abd Hamid, MYSA Deputy Director General (Technical and Operational Services) Nik Mazlina Nik Mustapha and MSET Group Managing Director Aminudin Mat Yusof.

All the memorandums were signed simultaneously at the Pre-Function Room, Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC), Langkawi witnessed by Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister of Transport Anthony Loke and Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup.

“In addition, the collaboration involves the transfer of knowledge, the sharing of experiences and ideas, the organization of conferences and also publications,” he said in a statement issued by UMT.

He said UMT’s MoU with PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd involved sharing knowledge, training, facilities and sponsorship that would benefit about 100 students of UMT’s Faculty of Maritime Studies.

“These people will be involved in the ‘Smart Logistician’ 2023 National Economic Revitalization Plan (PENJANA) program which uses training modules related to the logistics industry as well as the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in warehousing operations and successful students will be offered work at PKT Logistics Group Sdn. Bhd.

“The collaboration also opens up the opportunity for UMT researchers to conduct studies and research to realize Malaysia as the main logistics hub in ASEAN. This study will also involve Malaysian industry players supported by the Malaysian Productivity Corporation,” he said.

He explained that with the expertise possessed by UMT in the field of shipping and logistics operations, UMT researchers are able to carry out studies related to efforts to improve the level of governance efficiency and also the operations of logistics companies in Malaysia.

In the meantime, Mazlan said the signing of a partnership between UMT and HLSB is a strategic step considering that the company is one of the main leaders in halal training and development in Malaysia.

“Indirectly, this collaboration will have a positive impact on the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors in Malaysia,” he said.

He also said the strategic collaboration with MIGHT and MYSA is to produce a modern catamaran boat with the help of MSET who will build the prototype of the boat.

“UMT took a step forward in the effort to produce a new fishing boat design that has modern features as well as the latest fishing equipment that is capable of doubling the catch and further increasing the income of the group.

“The success of the production of modern catamaran boats is seen to be able to attract young people to venture into the field of fishing and further contribute to guaranteeing the adequacy of the country’s food supply,” according to the statement.

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