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Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) continues to strengthen the international ties with Japan when it inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Japanese world-renowned company, Soy & World Inc. at EDC-UUM, yesterday.

At the MoU Signing Ceremony, UUM was represented by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, while the Soy & World Inc. was represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Daisaku Misaka.

Prof Mohamed Mustafa was very delighted to enter into this MoU with the Soy & World Inc., as it became the first ever Japanese industry to cooperate with UUM.

The MoU covers joint collaboration in industrial knowledge and sharing of resources between the university and the industry. It includes research, consultation, industry training and exchange of idea purposes.

"UUM have been collaborating with Soy & World Inc. for the last one year, in which the latest progress of this collaborative effort saw the UUM School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML) received a research grant to conduct a study on health benefits of a product, called 'MotherSoya', produced by the Soy & World Inc.

"I am confident that with the cooperation and the expertise amongst our academics, we will be able to conduct researches, for which I am deeply grateful for STML to receive its first research grant from abroad, especially from Japan," he said.

Additionally, the CEO of the Soy & World Inc., Daisaku Misaka hoped that the MoU signing will benefit both UUM and the industry, particularly in research and product innovation, and operation improvements.

In view of that, the Soy & World Inc. agreed to provide a research funds amounting to RM30, 000 for that purpose.

The signing ceremony was also attended by UUM Bursar, Amron Man; Assistant Vice-Chancellor of UUM College of Business (UUM COB), Prof. Dr. Rushami Zien Yusoff; Dean of STML, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahimi Mohtar and UUM officials.

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