The joint-venture between Universiti Kuala Lumpur with Naval Empire Ventures Sdn Bhd (ENV) to build 120 boats for Japanese fisherman who were affected by tsunami last year would allow UniKL students to engage in boat designing and construction as well as to expose them with the real shipping industry. UniKL Chairman Datuk Dr. Adham Baba said, the joint-venture will provide effective technology-transfer to UniKL students especially UniKL MIMET's students. "This will be a good platform for the students to get first-hand experience in the shipping industry. Even, we at UniKL, we are really emphasize on production based education", he said at a press conference after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between UniKL and ENV in Bandar Seri Alam, Pasir Gudang on January 16, 2012. Datuk Dr. Adham signed on behalf of UniKL while ENV was represented by its CEO, Azmel Helmi Hamzah.
Also present were ENV Chief Operation Officer Masaru Murata, ENV Director, Engku Ghaz Adli Ku Abdul Halim, Dean of UniKL MIMET, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Mansor Salleh, Dean of UniKL MITEC, Prof. Dr. Khairanum Subari and General Manager, UniKL Resources/Director, UniKL Technopreneur Development and Innovation Division, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud. Under the collaboration a UniKL subsidiary namely UniKL Resources Sdn Bhd would build the six meter fiberglass boats at the UniKL MIMET, Lumut, Perak. Hence, the agreement also will allow UniKL MIMET's final year students to participate in the project as their final year project activity. The fiber boats are aimed to penetrate the Japan market through Kowa Kisen Pte. Ltd, Japan which has agreed to place order for 1, 000 units of the fibre boats which subject to quality and workmanship of the initial five fibre boats to be delivered in February 2012.
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