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Strengthen Academia-Industry Collaboration

Serdang, Selangor – INTROP Innovation Open Day (IO Day 2019) 2019 was successfully organized by the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) on 13 March 2019 with the presence of a total of 70 people comprising government agencies, industries and communities. The ceremony was officiated by En. Shahril Nizam Idris, Principal Assistant Director of Center for Excellence (CoE), IPT Excellence Planning Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia. Also present at the ceremony were Prof. Dr Zulkifli Idrus, UPM's Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation and YBhg. Brig. Gen Dato 'Hj. M. Nazri Bin Dashah RMAF, President of Malaysia UAV Drones Activist Society (MUDAS) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between UPM and MUDAS. In the officiation speech, Prof. Dr Zulkifli Idrus, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) UPM emphasizes the effort to intensify collaboration between academia at universities and industry to achieve innovation goals in research. The main objective of this program is to foster collaboration with external agencies and industries and sharing experience in the research niche area of tropical wood and fibre and to provide a platform to disseminate the latest updates on research activities on fibre and wood-based innovations in INTROP. It is hoped that such efforts will continue in the future to further enhance the collaboration networks with industries and communities in upholding research and innovation in Universiti Putra Malaysia.