Shah Alam - Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd (PKT) to initiate collaboration between the university and industry, thus creating a link between graduands of logistics and the industry.
This collaboration will focus on the sharing of technical knowledge between the two organisations, including academic staffing, consultation, research and development, seminars and conferences.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said that a university cannot move alone to tackle future challenges.
"In this era of globalisation and interdependence, collaboration with industry is no longer an option, but a necessity. The MoU between UUM and PKT is symbolic of the cooperation that we believe will lead to joint research initiatives that generate new synergy and added academic value to both PKT and UUM in the foreseeable future," he said at the MoU signing ceremony between UUM and PKT.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of PKT Logistics Sdn Bhd, Dato' Michael Tio said that he noticed many areas where improvements can be done and that the best way to move up in the logistics value chain would be through collaboration with institutions that produce graduates with skills and experience.
"I would also like to announce that the first research and development (R & D) centre at 12 Waves situated in Batu Kawan, Penang will be set up. The R & D centre will be a shared facility where both academics and industry professionals meet for the purpose of research and data collection," he said.
He added that Malaysia has great potential to become a logistics hub in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and that the most critical aspect for this purpose is for Malaysia to possess knowledgeable, skilled and experienced experts in logistics.
"Public universities would be able to produce more experts in logistics required for this purpose, not only in Malaysia but in ASEAN as a whole," he said.
The MoU was signed by the Vice-Chancellor who represented UUM while Dato' Michael Tio represented PKT.
Also present at the signing ceremony were President of Mazda Logistics Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MLM), Mr. Shinji Sakatani and Dean of the School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahimi Mokhtar.
At the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor also graciously presented Dato' Michael Tio with a letter of appointment as Adjunct Professor.
PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd is a leading logistics service provider in Malaysia which has successfully established itself in South Korea, Taiwan as well as in most of the ASEAN countries. PKT has also ventured into the field of education with the goal of producing talented graduates with global work standards.