U-U-I Partnership Workshop on 14-15 Feb 2019 at Pulse Grande Hotel, Putrajaya  ©

British Council 

The landscape of higher education in East Asia is rapidly changing.  The UK-EA Higher Education Partnership Programme (HEP) is aims to create university level collaboration between UK and EA countries to strengthen the UK’s position as a significant partner in the ambitious education reform in East Asia countries, driving the move towards a knowledge economy.  The overall Programme aims to provide UK greater access to the higher education market in East Asia, position the UK as preferred education and research partner and strengthen its reputation as world leader in higher education.

The Programme will create a framework for the development of UK-EA higher education partnerships, based on themes such as collaborative teaching programmes, transnational education; research and innovation, student and academic mobility and collaborative commercial consultancy.

The British Council in Malaysia is focusing on the sustainability of Technology Transfer and Research Management in Higher Education Institutions through strategic UK-Malaysia University Partnerships.  This project will facilitate partnerships between UK and Malaysian HEIs as well as their industry partners, for the sustainability of Technology Transfer and R&D management.   

Programme Activities 

1) Sustainability in Technology Transfer : Stakeholders Engagement Workshops

Many technology transfer (TT) offices in universities, research institutes and other public research organisations, as well as a significant number of newly established initiatives that support TT, lack staff with appropriate practical training and enough professional experience to make a success of the TT process in bringing promising R&D results to market. Encouraging and where appropriate incentivising partnerships between the UK universities’ with Malaysian universities’ TT offices (TTOs) to share their expertise and best practices will help boost Malaysia’s ability to turn scientific knowledge into new, commercialised products and services. In addition, bringing the UK universities into contact will help foster more cross-border research collaborations and increase international research and industry networks.

The objectives of this workshop :-

  • Define the scope of the policy recommendations, the ownership and decision-making process and the governance process;
  • Identify barriers, challenges and drivers in technology transfer and R&D within Malaysian HEIs;and
  • Develop a capacity-building strategy and consequent sustainable implementation plan that makes use of techniques such as (but not necessarily limited to) secondments, coaching, mentoring, workshops, courses, training materials, social media and other forms of exchanging and transferring best practices.

2) Sustainability in Technology Transfer : Strategic UK-Malaysia Partnerships Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of partnerships between UK and Malaysian universities that can contribute to the development of technology transfer practice and outcomes. It follows the issuing of a Call by the British Council, and responses from UK universities, as well as the selection of local Higher Education Institutions and relevant agencies by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

3) Sustainability in Technology Transfer : Call for Expressions of Interest from UK Universities

The British Council opens calls to both UK and Malaysian HEIs and relevant bodies to develop UK-Malaysia Higher Education Partnership to support the sustainability of Technology Transfer and Research Management in HEIs. Among opportunities expected from this partnership :

  • Increased knowledge on the sustainability of technology transfer and R&D management among universities and other stakeholders (ministry, industry etc.);
  • Increased UK-Malaysia partnerships in Higher Education;
  •  Increased opportunities for mobility/exchanges for students and faculty of UK and Malaysian universities; and
  •  Increased opportunities for international placement of UK students in Malaysian industries.

4) Sustainability in Technology Transfer: Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop: UK-Malaysia Higher Education Partnerships

The aim of this workshop is to monitor and evaluate the overall development and progress of the nine Higher Education Partnerships Programme (HEP). This workshop has given the opportunities for all nine partnerships project lead to briefly updated their programme, and receive some feedback and comments from the partners as well as other project leads for improvement and future development of their activities.

UK-Malaysia University Higher Education Partnerships Projects 

Title of the Project Higher Education Institution (HEI)
Towards Best Practice in Commercialisation of Bioprocessing and Biorefining Research Outputs in Collaboration with Industry UK HEI: Aberystwyth University
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Building capacity to catalyse industry relationships - sharing good practice models for sustainable innovation UK HEI: Coventry University
Malaysia HEI: University of Malaya (UM)
Technology transfer collaboration in integrated solid waste management and  resource efficiency UK HEI: Cranfield University
Malaysia HEI: University of Malaya (UM)
UNITEN-Newcastle University Tech Transfer Partnership UK HEI: Newcastle University
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Improving Competitiveness and Sustainability of the Poultry Industry in Malaysia through Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange UK HEI: The Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Sustainable Capacity Development in Technology Transfer and Research Management UK HEI: University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and University of Nottingham Malaysia
International University-Industry Partnership: promoting world-class healthcare through technology transfer UK HEI: University of Portsmouth and University of Strathclyde
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and University of Malaya (UM)
Technology Transfer and Precision Agriculture for UK and Malaysia UK HEI: University of Strathclyde 
Malaysia HEI: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Knowledge Exchange on the Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing UK-based Smart City Governance Initiatives in Malaysia UK HEI: University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE)
Malaysia HEI: Taylor's University (TU)

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