UTAR and NI ink MoU

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and National Instruments (NI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UTAR Perak Campus on 24 October 2012.  

Signing the MoU on behalf of the parties were UTAR President Ir. Professor Academician Dato' Dr. Chuah Hean Teik and NI Southeast Asia Managing Director Chandran Nair, while UTAR Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) Deputy Dean (Research and Development (R&D) and Postgraduate Programmes) Dr. Lee Sheng Chyan and NI District Sales Manager Kaw Kiam Leong signed as witnesses.

As a precursor to the highly anticipated ceremony, Prof. Chuah said, "UTAR and NI shall be signing a MoU for, among a host of collaborative items, the establishment of a NI LabVIEW Academy and future NI Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) at Perak campus and Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES) at Kuala Lumpur campus."

He added, "I am delighted to announce that the NI's LabVIEW Academy at UTAR is the first one to be established in a university in Malaysia.  UTAR and NI have co-invested a total of RM812,000 to set up the facility and certification programmes.  UTAR will provide the NI hardware, while NI will provide the NI software and services in the LabVIEW Academy in UTAR.  NI will provide services which include the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification voucher for UTAR students, LabVIEW training Core I and Core II with CLAD certification for 10 lecturers, NI online resources, NI technical support, participation in NI Graphical System Design Award contest and application for NI Academic Research Grant."

Prof. Chuah's sentiments were ricocheted by the Managing Director of National Instruments in Southeast Asia Chandran Nair. "Partnering with UTAR exemplifies our commitment to the research and academic community in Malaysia," said Nair. He added, "With the construction of our R&D and operations facility in Penang nearing completion, it is set to spur economic activity in the high-technology sector and create jobs for at least 1,500 people over the next 10 years." 

Under the MoU, a LabVIEW Academy will be set up in UTAR Perak Campus to generate more LabVIEW-trained and LabVIEW-certified developers and engineers from UTAR under- and postgraduate students to better serve the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) industry in Malaysia.  The future UTAR-NI CoE for Green Technology in Perak Campus shall be a champion of R&D activities and academia-industry collaboration in the field of Green Technology.  Research collaboration between NI Penang R&D Centre and UTAR FEGT will be intensified.  Industrial attachment programmes for UTAR faculty members and students to NI Penang for industry exposure and internship will also be intensified.  In return, UTAR cooperate by allowing NI to use the NI-equipped academy and CoE facilities in Perak Campus for the purposes of training, talent development, showcase and corporate social responsibility (CSR) events such as competitions of national and international levels.

Headquartered in the United States of America (USA), National Instruments Corporation or NI is a multinational company that focuses on the production of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software.


Hands Adjoined: Prof. Chuah (second from left) exchanging the MoU with Chandran Nair while Dr. Lee (first from left) and Kaw look on.

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