Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Universiti Malaya (UM) Master degree students emerged as joint-winners of the 2nd Outstanding Technopreneur Competition 2013 under the Young Intellectual Category.
The winning team of UTAR are Chua Kein Huat, Alvey Hau Lee Cheun, Chok Eu-Tjin and Nicoline Saw Ying Jie, while those of UM are Ahmad Fazlizan Bin Abdullah and Wan Khairul Muzammil Abd Rahim.
The Competition which was organized by Malaysian Scientific Association and WENCOM Career Consultancy and began in 2012 is one which provides career development for Science and Technology students with entrepreneurial potential. In the Inaugural Outstanding Technopreneur Competition held in 2012, the top winner was offered an opportunity for further research and internship at HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands while another team under the Student Category was offered study grant worth S$50,000 in total for a Master in Technopreneurship & Innovation Program at Nanyang Technopreneurship Center of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
In addition, winners also gained international exposure via the various publicity and business networking efforts by the organizers such as via the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MGCC) magazine –the MGCC Perspective and also its business networking session, the Sundowner.
The program was organized with the support of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, EU -Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a number of Scientific, technological and innovation- based organizations.
Meanwhile, the winner for the Student Category of the above competition went to Norsyahiera Bt Alias and Siti Zubaidah Mat Yusuf from Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology (MITEC). Muhammad Faris B Md Yusoff and Siti Sakinah also from MITEC won a Certificate of Commendation in the same category.
The prize-giving ceremony was held in conjunction with the 5th Technopreneurship & Innovation Symposium & Exhibition (TISE) at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College early this month. The event was officiated by the Honorable Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation. His speech was read by Dato’ Dr Rosli Mohamed, the Secretary-General of the Ministry.
The Minster pointed out that as a national strategy, entrepreneurship is recognized as a force that can create huge impacts on growth, recovery and societal progress by fuelling innovation, social empowerment, economic empowerment, job creation and productivity. “Entrepreneurship has never been more important as it is today with the world confronting the immense challenges that extend well beyond the global economy”, he reiterated.
He said that 2014 would be the year of commercialization of R & D to generate wealth from the R & D products of the nation. He viewed platform such as TISE where both the academia and industries converge as a useful platform for R & D commercialization.
Earlier, Academician Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. C. P. Ramachandran, President of Malaysian Scientific Association pointed out that every year local universities produce thousands of Science graduates whose career path are not very clear. Technopreneurship can be a career choice for them in the interest of the students and the nation. It is imperative that these students be given career guidance in such a direction.
Meanwhile, Ms Wee Hui Bieh, the Chairperson of the Technopreneurship & Innovation Committee of Malaysian Scientific Association said that scientists need to work with business community and others to enable science and technology to contribute effectively to the advancement of society and the nation. She also said that the EU has been at the forth front of technology development and could add value to Malaysian economic development to ensure Malaysia’s competitiveness edge in the global market.
Other VIP’s present included Mr Rick Tay Wee Hwa, Deputy Director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Mr Alexander Stedtfeld, Executive Director of Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.
The Exhibition which was held in conjunction with the 5th Technopreneurship & Innovation Symposium 2013 showcased innovative products from the local universities as well as those from the polytechnics.
This press release was provided by WENCOM.