In a world gearing for Industry 4.0, the rate of technological advancements, especially in the world of science, allows the development and assimilation of new human skills and capabilities, eventually useful for technology. As part of its efforts in producing industry-ready graduates, Taylor’s University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Bio-Diagnostics Sdn. Bhd. exposing students to the latest technology in the field of Biosciences, as well as design thinking in their business pursuits.
“I am very pleased to welcome this development,” said Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice Chancellor & President of Taylor’s University. “Recently, we have broken the silos in subject areas and launched a new curriculum framework, encouraging a combination of topics students need before embarking their careers.”
“It is important for universities to collaborate with industry partners as it intensifies experience and value of graduates, giving them the cutting edge. Universities are assets to the community and the world, producing the wealth to the nation. Employers also have access to the brightest and best of students – and I hope to see more partnerships, as it will build the synergy between academics and practitioners,” he concluded.
A group photo with representatives from Taylor’s University, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Bio-Diagnostics Sdn. Bhd. after the signing ceremony recently
The benefactors of the MOU with Bio-Diagnostics are undergraduate students in their second year enrolled pursuing their Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and Bachelor in Biotechnology (Honours) in the School of Biosciences, where they will be trained in genome editing – a basis for innovative applications in cell engineering. The skill is typically offered to post-graduate students and upon completing the three-day workshop, participants will be certified in advanced genetic manipulation.
Additionally, with MaGIC in the mix, students will benefit from workshops conducted to inspire new thinking by discovering the general public’s real needs, explore breakthrough ideas, build prototypes and learn to refine business ideas.