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News : UniKL Engineering Technologist now Recognised by Board of Engineers Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 12 October 2016 - Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) today formed a strategic partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Board of Engineers Malaysia to become the first Private Institute of Higher Education to register engineering technology students as Engineering Technologist with BEM.
 
 
 
Signing the MOU on behalf of Board of Engineers Malaysa was Ir. Hizamul-Din Bin Ab Rahman, Registrar of BEM and YBhg Datuk Ir. Adanan Mohamad Hussain, President of Board of Engineers Malaysia while UniKL was represented by YBhg Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud President and CEO and Prof. Dato' Dr. Azanam Shah Hashim, Deputy President (Academic and Technology). The historic moment was witnessed by (from far left) Ybhg. Datuk Wira Ir. Md Sidek Ahmad, Board Director of BEM, Ybhg. Datuk Haji Sarani Dollah, Deputy Chief Secretary, Minister of Works, Prof. Emeritus Dato' Dr. Abu Azam Md Yassin, MARA Council member and YB Datuk Dr. Adham Baba, Chairman of UniKL.
 
BEM has taken steps to provide a pathway for professional recognition of engineers and engineering technologist. The need to regulate the engineering group; Engineers, Engineering Technologists and Engineering Technicians has led the Board of Engineers Malaysia to amend the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 to incorporate two new categories: Technology Engineer and Inspector of Works (also known as Engineering Technician). The amended Act was passed by Parliament on December 17, 2014 and was effective since 31 July 2015.
 
 
Datuk Dr Adham Baba in his welcoming address said, "This MOU will allow professional recognition of UniKL students who are registered with BEM. This will increase the value of the programmes offered by UniKL and increase the marketability of UniKL graduates globally. I believe this strategic partnership will enhance the technical and engineering education and profession in support of social and economic development of Malaysia."
 
Meanwhile, Datuk Ir. Adanan  Mohamed Hussain in his speech said, "The need to provide adequate number of engineers and engineering technologists, and similarly engineering technicians  has become crucial. A ratio of 1:100 engineers to population is a common standard for developed countries. Countries like Germany and Japan even have better ratios. Presently, Malaysia has a ratio of 1:300, and as such there is a dire need to bridge the gap, and has become an important task for the Malaysian higher education institutions."
 
Reported by
Mohamed Zamir Anuar Bashah
CBSCD

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