MoU with GIEF

UTAR and Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation (GIEF) officially inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 30 April 2018 at Sungai Long Campus.

Signing on behalf of UTAR was its President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik while GIEF was represented by its Chairman Dato’ Ghazi Sheikh Ramli. Also present were GIEF Board of Director Bazlin Abdul Aziz, UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Registrar Yim Lin Heng, Division of Community and International Networking Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min, LKC FES Student Development and Industrial Training  Deputy Dean Dr Lim Jee Hock, Faculty of Creative Industries R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Deputy Dean Dr Loo Hong Chuang, LKC FES Centre for Sustainable Architecture Chairperson Dr Lim Poh Im, and LKC FES Head of Architecture & Sustainable Design Department Tan Kok Hong.

The MoU aimed to establish a basis where both UTAR and GIEF can work together on research, activities and programmes to promote the use of bamboo as a sustainable building material and the importance of bamboo in the construction industry, both locally and internationally. The MoU also enables both parties to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge and facilities, which include mutual visits by staff and students, seminars, conference and workshops.

Dato’ Ghazi giving his speech

Dato’ Ghazi mentioned that the challenge of GIEF is currently on making the bamboo fabric to be more economical and affordable for all consumers to purchase. With the code name “GREENOVATION”, GIEF is focused on promoting and fostering a green lifestyle through innovation, education, creativity and entrepreneurship. “The goal of GIEF is to showcase the world what we can do with bamboo. I believe we share the same dream, which is to make the world a better place. Together, we can turn dreams into reality.”

Prof Chuah delivering his speech

In his remarks, Prof Chuah said that microfiber made from bamboo is an eco-friendly option compared to cotton when it comes to the apparel industry. Prof Chuah expressed his personal interest towards bamboo and said, “The Chinese believe that bamboo is a symbol of profession and virtue due to its straight and tall appearance. I hope this collaboration with GIEF will inspire the students to shape a “greener” future.”

The MoU signing ceremony ended with the exchange of souvenirs.

From left: Prof Chuah and Dato’ Ghazi

Prof Chuah (second from left) and Dato’ Ghazi exchanging the MoU

Prof Chuah (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Dato’ Ghazi

Dato’ Ghazi (right) presenting a token of appreciation to Prof Chuah


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