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Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) became the first local university to establish ties with the Department of Standards Malaysia or Standards Malaysia (JSM) when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today to solemnise the collaboration between the two institutions.

The MoU signing ceremony was officiated by UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Wira Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak and his counterpart,the Director General of Standards Malaysia, Dato' Fadilah Baharin. Present to witness the MoU signing were the Dean of UUM School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahimi Mohtar and Mr. Hussalmizar Hussain, the Strategic Management Director of JSM at the Mersawa Room, EDC-UUM Hotel this morning.

According to the Vice-Chancellor the efforts to establish ties and cooperation with JSM which began in 2013 have indeed created history for UUM, as the collaboration has resulted in making UUM the first local university to successfully establish cooperation with JSM.

He said the MoU would especially help UUM lecturers at STML increase the marketability of UUM students upon graduation with the introduction of the two elective subjects related to standardization for both undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels in the related field.

"Through this MoU, JSM will organise training workshops and work with UUM lecturers at STML to come up with suitable content or topics related to the subject.

"In fact, I believe the existing expertise of the academic personnel at STML would also be useful for both sides," he said.

At the event, UUM Vice-Chancellor also invited JSM to collaborate with UUM to realise the 'matching grant' agenda totalling MYR10,000 for a start in order to jointly produce research and publication.

Meanwhile, the Director General of JSM, Dato' Fadilah Baharin said, the aim of the MoU among others are to raise awareness about standardization and its importance, produce more young professionals in the field of standardization and increase the number of experts available in the field of standardization as well as provide skilled labour force in the future, hence developing a culture that will ensure improvement on credibility and reliability of products and services of institutions.

Moreover, the objective of Standards Malaysia is in tune with the five Strategies outlined in the National Standards and Strategy Action Plan (NSSAP) which was approved by the Cabinet in October 2004 highlighting the need to organise awareness programmes to inculcate better understanding of standardization and its usefulness in organisations.

"This memorandum is seen as a strategic cooperation that would help cultivate the awareness to strive for quality in everyday life, indirectly supporting the Strategic Plan for Higher Education in its process to engender first class human capital.

"JSM and UUM will foster cooperation primarily in producing academic courses in UUM, research and development (R & D) activities in related field and improve graduate marketability in the labour market," he said.

He also reiterated that with the signing of the MoU, both parties would be able to carry out quality continuous learning and training process and produce knowledgeable human capital who are skilled, creative, innovative as well as competitive.

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