Graduates in the Bachelor in Biotechnology (Honours) from the School of Biosciences at Taylor’s University will be certified Technologists when they leave the Lakeside Campus. The arrangement, through a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between the institution and the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), is to promote the development of Biotechnology in Malaysia.
The initiative is the first of its kind in Malaysia, and its certification provides a platform for professional career advancement in the field of Biotechnology – where graduates may then apply to be a Professional Technologists after obtaining practical working experience. Professional Technologists are entitled to approve and certify the manner or conduct of technical services to be carried out, and they hold themselves using the abbreviated title “Ts.” before their name.
“We are extremely pleased with this collaboration, and see it as a necessary step to enhance the ever increasing need for biotechnology graduates in Malaysia,” said Associate Professor Dr Phelim Yong, Head of School at the School of Biosciences in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University.
“Biotechnology is an emerging field which encompasses the use of living systems to develop processes or products in key areas including healthcare, agriculture and industrial sectors. The partnership with MBOT lends precedence, as we prepare to meet society’s most difficult challenges and identify new ways of producing and bettering existing solutions, untapping the field’s true potential,” he said.
According to Tan Sri Dato’ Academician Dr. Ts. Ahmad Zaidee bin Laidin, President at MBOT, “With the recognition through membership registration with MBOT, technologists now have a clearer path towards gaining recognition. The recognition is one of the important elements that will help weather the Industrial Revolution 4.0.”
The first batch of Biotechnology graduates were all smiles upon receiving their graduate technologist certificate alongside their degree transcript during the Convocation ceremony. “The collaboration between MBOT and Taylor’s promote sharing and exchange of knowledge and expertise which stimulates the development Biotechnology,” said Ts. Dr Yap Wei Hsum, programme director for Bachelor of Biotechnology, who is also a certified Professional Technologist.
For the next five years of the collaboration, the MoU will look at the appointment of Taylor’s Biotechnology academic staffs to be members of MBOT technology expert panel (TEP); and preparation of events like workshops, seminars, conferences on the trends in Biotechnology.
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