Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) through its Kedah based-institute, UniKL Malaysian Spanish Institute (UniKL MSI) is forming a strategic partnership with Kulim Technology Park Corporation Sdn Bhd (KTPC) to further strengthen the academia and industry relationship in various areas.
The collaboration is commemorated through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signing between UniKL and KTPC in Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), Kulim, Kedah.
The MoC was signed by President and Chief Executive Officer of UniKL, Y.Bhg Datuk Dr Roziah Omar and Group Chief Executive Officer of KTPC, Tuan Haji Mohd Sahil Zabidi, in the presence of Senior State Executive Council Member, Hons. Dato’ Wira Dr. Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail and KTPC Head, Sales and Strategic Planning, Puan Nurliza Ahmad.
Also in attendance, Kulim District Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) Officer, Mohammad Hassnan Hafiz Abdul Rahman; UniKL Chief Marketing and Planning Officer (CMPO), Dato’ Amir Azhar Ibrahim; Director of UniKL Centre for Industrial Linkages (CIL), Ts. Dr. Zulhafiz Tajudin; General Manager of Centre for Advancement & Continuing Education (ACE) and UniKL Resources Sdn. Bhd. (URSB), Encik Anuar Berahim; UniKL MSI Dean, Prof. Dr. Sazali Yaacob; and UniKL MSI Deputy Dean (International Indusrial & Institutional Partnership), Ts. Dr. Mohd Shahrizan Yusoff.
Speaking after the MoC signing, YBHG Datuk Dr Roziah said that the academia-industry relationship will further improve UniKL graduates employability with UniKL MSI becoming the focal point to succeed the initiative. This also commensurate with the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in accelerating the human capital development, especially in Kedah by establishing the cooperation between KTPC and UniKL MSI as well as other UniKL institutes.
Fully owned by MARA, UniKL is committed to provide world-class educational programmes and technical learning with the aim of producing global enterprising professionals who shall explore and develop technology for the benefit of the nation and mankind. KTPC, meanwhile, is a developer and manager of KHTP, a premier and fully integrated high technology park neighbouring the state of Penang within the Northern Economic Corridor.
Under the MoC, UniKL will set up a blueprint that outlines not only a short-term strategy, but beyond the goals set forth in 12MP, highlighting strategic coordination between UniKL and Kedah for nation-building, as a whole. With this milestone partnership, both parties will reinforce three key objectives of the MoC namely promotion and establishment of training programmes, talent pool as well as curriculum and syllabus.
To date, KHTP has seen a steady growth of inward investments from only one factory operating since its inception to 35 factories with a total number of local employees over 30,000 in various sectors of high-tech industry such as electrical and electronics (E&E), semiconductors and fabrication wafer.
As emphasised by Tuan Haji Mohd Sahil, the technology transfer landscape at KHTP has also showcased positive development as there is growing confidence among investors in local talents to carry out activities such as Design and R&D, compared to the needs of local manpower which was previously only geared towards production (operators) as well as test and assembly activities.
With the increasing demand of the world market especially in the semiconductor, medical equipment and green technology sectors, KHTP is expected to see growing appetite of new and existing investors in building their factories and facilities in the long run.
At the same time, the manpower requirement to support new investor operations at KHTP is projected to exceed 15,000 employees in the period between the end of 2021 to 2023. For subsequent years, as KHTP is expanding the industrial land area, Tuan Haji Mohd Sahil believes the total workforce will continue increase covering skilled and semi-skilled workforce.
It is worth noting that KHTP received eight new investors with an investment value of more than RM50 billion in the last two years (2020 and 2021), when the pandemic situation has not yet subsided.