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UUM’s Senior Lecturer, Dr. Risyawati Mohamed Ismail from the School of Technology Management & Logistic (STML) was rewarded with the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, which included a 2 weeks fully sponsored residential stay in London from 4th of December until the 16st of December 2017.

The Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) Programme is designed to build the capacity of researcher for entrepreneurship and commercialisation of their research.

The wider benefit of the LIF Programme will be the creation of international networks of innovators and technology entrepreneurs centred on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub.

In addition to the training programmes, the LIF fellows are given the opportunity to receive up to 6 months of structured follow up support with their associated coach in the form of scheduled phone, video and/or email correspondence from RaEng(Royal Academy of Engineering) and MIGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology).

During this stint, Dr.Risyawati who is also the Director of Asian Halal Laboratory (AHAL) Institute was exposed to various aspects of innovation, commercialization and business.

In London she was mentored by Dr Alex Smeets ,an innovation expert from Cambridge Enterprise. Cambridge Enterprise was formed by the University of Cambridge to help  staff and students commercialise their expertise and ideas for the benefit of the global community.

Formed in 2006, Cambridge Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge. So far Dr. Risyawati has innovated 7 products and is a holder of several IPs. Professor Dr.Shahimi Mohtar, Dean of STML expressed his delight and support for the awarded fellowship and strongly emphasized on the importance of conducting high impact researches that will further promote UUM standing in the global ranking.

The Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) programme is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and funded by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Newton Fund programme, aiming to brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors to advance and promote excellence in engineering and innovation both in the UK and globally.

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