Mustafa Prize: The Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in Islamic Countries
SERDANG, 19 Disember 2016 – Universiti Putra Malaysia has collaborated with Mustafa Prize Secretariate in the organization of the Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in Islamic Countries themed Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA) have participated in the program as a participant and exhibitor at the 2016 STEP program which was conducted at the Chancellory Building Universiti Putra Malaysia. The purpose of this program is to promote science and technology and fostering cooperation among great scientists of the Islamic State, which has participated as a foreign delegation at STEP 2016.
This program has been running for two days beginning December 19, 2016 until 20 December 2016. STEP 2016 was inaugurated by Professor Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice Chancellor of UPM. Among the discussion topics at the forum held on the next day was “How to Produce Environment For Discovery and Creativity at the University and the Research Institute”.
"Any research which even has patented but has no commercial value is no value," said Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation).
At the session of the forum also discussed how to encourage researchers not to only focus on patenting their research or only produce high-impact publications but should be more focus on producing products or machines that can be used by the industry.
"In Egypt, less than 1% of the industry that want to collaborate with the university because they are more focused on generating revenue. Therefore the researchers and students need to know how to stay committed in transforming the results of research to the prototype that will be attract the interest of the industry, "said Prof. Wael Mamdouh from American University in Cairo.
Hopefully through this program will benefit not only to researchers from the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology but will also improve the scientific synergy in Islamic countries.
Updated:: 03/04/2017 [marzieana]