Malaysia on track to have more talent in engineering industry

These talents will be acquired through more industry-university collaboration

by ANIS HAZIM / pic TMR

WESTERN Digital Tech and Regional Center (M) Sdn Bhd is anticipating collaborations with more local universities to give valuable industry exposure to students.

Its VP and MD Raghu Bathamenadan saw room for opportunities through the industry-university collaboration. 

In fact, he said, Malaysia is on the right track to developing more talent in engineering fields.

“This will be mutually beneficial for both sides. Firstly, students get the insights of what the industry needs, and we will also know how to tap into the talent coming into the industry,” Raghu told The Malaysian Reserve at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Western Digital and Universiti Malaya (UM) today.

He believed that strategic industry-university collaboration is a critical component of the innovation process, providing a myriad of benefits to both parties. 

“For academics, we help them with their research to achieve tangible impacts and gain access to new skills, data or equipment. 

“We can also benefit from improved business performance through collaboration with the students in developing new techniques or technologies, gain access to new graduate talent and utilise the university’s cutting-edge resources,” he said.

Hence, Western Digital signed an MoU with UM to invest in the university to gain access to expertise and research opportunities through knowledge exchange over the next five years.

UM deputy VC for academic and international Prof Dr Yatimah Alias said the partnership is an opportunity for UM to be involved and expand mutually beneficial collaborations in research projects that can create value to the society through innovative solutions.

“Western Digital has a long history in the electronics industry as a storage and data infrastructure company, and UM continues to lead on multiple fronts and capitalise on its many talents and strength to forge new collaborations, partnerships and engagements with local and global industries to ensure that we remain at the leading edge,” she said.