PUTRAJAYA, 19 April 2013 –The UK Regional Director for Southeast Asia Science and Innovation, Mr. Matt Crossman, this morning briefed YBhg. Dato’ Dr.Madinah Mohamad, Secretary General of MOSTIon the latest progress of the UK-Malaysia Joint Statementon Science, Engineering and Technology. The Joint Statement was issued in Kuala Lumpur on 7 October 2011 by Professor Sir John Beddington, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor Emeritus Datuk Seri Zakri Abdul Hamid, the Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
He reported that to date, a total of thirteen (13) workshops, reciprocal visits, public lectures and travel grants had beensupported and funded by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. They include:
- Seminar on ‘Civilian Nuclear’ in partnership with Malaysian Nuclear Agency and MOSTI (held on 13-14 February 2012);
- Symposium on ‘Innovation and Commercialisation of Science Ideas in partnership with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and MOSTI (held on 28th February 2012);
- Workshop on ‘Developing Opportunities at the Interface of Fish-Plant Research’ in partnership with World Fish Centre and Crops for the Future Research Centre (held on 8-9 March 2012);
- Public Lecture by Professor MartynPoliakoff, Foreign Secretary of Royal Society, entitled ‘Test tube to YouTube’ in partnership with National Science Centre and MOSTI (held on 18 October 2012);
- ravel to Wilton Park by the Deputy Director-General of Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Mr. Mohd Noor Mohd Yunus to present on ‘Regional Approaches to Nuclear Fuel Cycle’ (on 2 November 2012); and
- Networking lunch reception for Workshop on ‘Rice Security for Malaysia’ in partnership with MIGHT (held on 18-19 December 2012).
During the discussion, Mr. Crossman also agreed to consider collaboration with AkademiSains Malaysia (ASM) in conducting a workshop on innovation during the WIFKL 2013. Both sides also agreed topursue new collaboration on science communication and aquaculture.
Mr. Crossman also revealed that this year’s UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships Programme is able to offer additional 14 scholarships, specifically to meet UK’s science and innovation priorities in Malaysia and the current focus of Malaysia on technology and innovation.
Also attending the discussion was Miss Lee ChingHeong, Science & Innovation Officer for the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Azhar Hj. Yahaya, Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Mr. Kamel Mohamed, Senior Undersecretary (Planning), Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim, ASM and Mr. Ho Koon Seng, Undersecretary of International Division.