The project is being delivered by the British Council and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), and assisted by the Innovation and Technology Managers Association Malaysia (ITMA) in providing local context.

This two-year project (2019-2021) builds on the Newton Fund project “Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) accredited technology transfer workshops” in 2017-2019 by bringing in the network of technology transfer managers and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) network of industries to support and collaborate with state players in the strengthening of governance and regulatory on knowledge exchange including technology transfer. 

The project also drew on the study and outcomes of the Higher Education Partnerships project on technology transfer funded by the British Council in 2018/2019, which aims to enhance UK-Malaysia Higher Education Institutions Partnerships in knowledge exchange/technology transfer area.

The project started with a scoping exercise in November 2019 and a workshop entitled ‘Governance, Regulatory and Policy Support for Knowledge Exchange and Technology Transfer in Malaysia’ on 14 – 15 Jan 2020 to build Malaysia key players’ understanding on the two key challenges and produce recommendations to improve the challenges. The recommendations from the first year of the project is now being considered by Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and facilitated by MIGHT.

The Year 2 project (2020-2021) will be a follow-up on the capacity building recommendation from Year 1 by providing training to targeted groups who are directly and indirectly involved in managing and dealing with the legal framework, issues and implications on technology transfer in Malaysia using UK expertise and skills in this specialised area of technology transfer.