UTAR Receives RM1.25 million from Brunsfield to Boost R&D in Civil Engineering

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is establishing an endowed chair in civil engineering with an annual contribution of RM250,000 for five years from Brunsfield Engineering Sdn Bhd. The agreement between the two parties to set up the endowed chair was sealed at a signing ceremony held on 18 March 2010 at the University's Petaling Jaya Campus.

The agreement was signed by UTAR President Ir. Professor Dato' Dr. Chuah Hean Teik and BRUNSFIELD Director En. Mohamad Hassan Zakaria Witnesses for the agreement were UTAR Registrar Dr. Tan Kee Kong and another BRUNSFIELD Director Mr. Goh Siew Chin.

Also present at this momentous event were UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Tan Sri Dato' Lau Yin Pin, BRUNSFIELD Group Managing Director Dato' Dr. Ir. Gan Thian Leong, members of UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees and representatives from Brunsfield Group.

The Chair, named "Brunsfield Professor of Civil Engineering" would be set up at the Faculty of Engineering and Science in UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus in Setapak, involves the appointment of a Professor to hold the Chair to conduct research and development activities in civil engineering.

The establishment of the Chair serves the primary objective of developing and achieving excellence in research, development, education and training in the field of civil engineering.

In addition, the Chair aims to establish and complement a stronger pool of expertise consisting of both academia and industrial representatives in the field of civil engineering to provide consultancy.

On Brunsfield's collaboration with UTAR, Prof. Chuah said, "It shows that the industry has the confidence in UTAR and it also shows that UTAR is collaborating with the industry to ensure that our degree programmes and our syllabus will be in line with what the industry needs."

In his speech, UTAR President also conveyed the University's appreciation of the support given by Brunsfield for the establishment of the endowed chair.

BRUNSFIELD Group Managing Director Dato' Dr. Ir. Gan Thian Leong, in his speech at the ceremony, said, "Brunsfield is indeed proud to be a partner with UTAR to be part of the team for advancing engineering education and research excellence."

At the end of his speech, Dato' Dr. Ir. Gan said, "Let us work together to build Malaysia 's competitiveness and productivity to achieve a developed nation".

Brunsfield Engineering Sdn. Bhd. is part of the Brunsfield Group, a well established, dynamic enterprise with core activities in property development and construction, information and communication technology, trading and manufacturing and international strategic business.

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