INTCO Malaysia and UTAR sign MoU for industrial collaboration

Prof Ewe (left) and Andy Zhang (right) displaying the MoU

UTAR and INTCO Malaysia Sdn Bhd (INTCO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 12 July 2022 at Sungai Long Campus to jointly implement projects and share expertise and joint development of research.

Signing the MoU were UTAR President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat and INTCO Malaysia Director Andy Zhang Yanhong, while witnessing the signing were UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Goi Bok Min and INTCO Malaysia HR Assistant Supervisor Chan Ying Juin.

Prof Ewe (left) and Andy Zhang (right) hoping both parties could share positive results and benefits

Prof Ewe said, “Collaborations between industry experts and academics are crucial for expanding knowledge and research as well as for developing a trained workforce for the economy. For technology to innovate and expand, industry and academic cooperation are essential.”

“We hope to further our collaboration with INTCO Malaysia through the exchange of ideas and facilities, attachment and mutual visits by staff members to pursue research and curriculum development, and participation in seminars, conferences and workshops that are relevant to the industry,” he added.

Andy Zhang gave a brief introduction about INTCO Malaysia and said, “Polystyrene waste can be seen everywhere in our daily life. Originally, these white foam plastics were difficult to degrade and recycle. Commonly, they were thrown into the curbside garbage cans and then sent to landfills or burned. However, INTCO recycles the polystyrene waste and makes it into a new product like photo frames.”

He emphasised, “We are grateful and honoured to be here today. We feel privileged to be able to work closely with UTAR and hope the partnership between UTAR and INTCO Malaysia could support each other to generate new ideas and collaborative projects where both parties could share the positive results and benefits. We look forward to unlocking synergies through this collaboration opportunity to develop homegrown talents together with UTAR.”

Prof Ewe (left) and Andy Zhang (right) during the MoU signing ceremony

With the signing of this MoU, UTAR undergraduate and postgraduate students will be given the opportunity to gain more exposure from the industrial study visits to enhance their learning experience and professional development. Moreover, UTAR students who will undergo the industrial attachment at INTCO Malaysia will be able to develop a global network, extend their horizons and develop cross-disciplinary abilities.

The signing ceremony ended with a souvenir presentation and a group photography session.

Prof Ewe (left) and Andy Zhang (right) exchanging souvenirs

Also present at the ceremony were INTCO Malaysia Finance Supervisor Tho Tsuey Sy, INTCO Malaysia Production Executive Leong Wei Rong, INTCO Malaysia HR and Admin Executive Gok Shi Yee, UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Ts Dr Yap Wun She, UTAR LKC FES Deputy Dean Ts Dr Lee Kim Yee, UTAR LKC FES Department of Chemical Engineering Head Ts Dr Mah Shee Keat, UTAR Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn, LKC FES academic Dr Shuit Siew Hong and staff.

A memorable group photo to mark the beginning of the collaboration

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