UTAR signs MoU with Greatech and launches new Greatech laboratory

UTAR and Greatech Integration (M) Sdn Bhd (Greatech) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 22 August 2022 at UTAR Multipurpose Hall of Sungai Long Campus.

The objective of the MoU was to initiate various projects between the two parties including industrial visits, joint seminars and talks, industry advisory activities, and many more. The occasion also witnessed the launching of Greatech Laboratory; a laboratory that would serve as a place where students can learn the practical applications of technologies, expand their knowledge and skills, and prepare for real-life scenarios.

The signing ceremony was graced by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong. The MoU was signed by UTAR President Ir Prof Dato’ Dr Ewe Hong Tat and Greatech Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Dato’ Tan Eng Kee. Meanwhile, witnessing the signing were UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Goi Bok Min and Greatech HR & Admin Manager Ms Jenise Loo Khai Tien.

YB Datuk Lim commending UTAR and Greatech for the collaboration

YB Datuk Lim spoke about the partnership between UTAR and Greatech. He said, “The MoU signing and lab opening is a testament to the outcome that arises from the partnership between an institution of higher learning and the industry. Such collaborative efforts by UTAR should be welcomed and lauded as the way forward for all educational institutions for the future of education. I would also like to credit Greatech Integration (M) Sdn Bhd, a leader in itself in the machinery and equipment industry, for taking the initiative to establish a partnership with one of the foremost institutions of higher learning in our country.”

Prof Ewe delivering his speech

In his speech, Prof Ewe said, “UTAR believes in the collaboration between industry and academics as it is important for technological innovation and growth. These types of collaboration can accelerate the frequency of breakthroughs when developing new knowledge through research and education, and at the same time, provide solutions to meet society’s needs. By signing this MoU, both parties will be able to exchange ideas and facilities, staff attachment and mutual visits by staff members to pursue research, and curriculum development, besides facilitating participation in industry-related seminars, workshops and conferences.”

The ceremony reached its climax with the signing of the MoU documents by Prof Ewe and Dato’ Tan, followed by the presentation of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) video by Greatech Integration (M) Sdn Bhd, which displayed the types of CSR projects conducted by the company, such as the Launching of the STEM Empowering Programme. The ceremony ended with the presentation of a mock cheque worth RM500,000 which will be donated to UTAR Hospital. The ceremony then witnessed a souvenir exchange between both parties.

From left: Prof Goi, Prof Ewe, YB Datuk Lim, Dato’ Tan and Ms Jenise Loo

Prof Ewe (left) and Prof Goi (right)

Dato’ Tan (left) and Ms Jenise Loo (right)

From left: Prof Goi, Prof Ewe, YB Datuk Lim, Dato’ Tan and Ms Jenise Loo

Dato’ Tan (second from right) presenting the mock cheque to Prof Ewe (second from left)

Prof Ewe (second from left) handing a token of appreciation to YB Datuk Lim (middle)

Front row; from left: Ms Jenise Loo, Dato’ Tan, YB Datuk Lim, Prof Ewe and Prof Goi

After the ceremony, YB Datuk Lim and the Greatech representatives were taken for a tour around the robotics showcase set up by the students from UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES). The launch of the Greatech laboratory took place on the sixth floor of UTAR KB Block where the ribbon-cutting and plaque unveiling ceremony ensued. The launch ended with another group photo session and a tour around the lab.

YB Datuk Lim with UTAR and Greatech representatives during the tour around the robotics showcase

From left: Ms Jenise Loo, Dato’ Tan, YB Datuk Lim, Prof Ewe and Prof Goi

YB Datuk Lim, Prof Ewe, Dato’ Tan and Prof Goi being shown around the lab

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