Inaugural certification programme in technology transfer to drive the innovation landscape in MalaysiaCYBERJAYA, Dec 5 (Bernama) --
Malaysia’s first certification programme for technology transfer professionals, the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), kicked off with a 3-day workshop on 21st
November 2017 at MIGHT Partnership Hub. Funded by the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, the national initiative was introduced by PlaTCOM Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) with the British Council and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) as delivery partners to pave the path in establishing technology transfer as a recognised profession in Malaysia. The programme is also supported by the Innovation and Technology Managers Association (ITMA) of Malaysia.
The RTTP certification programme is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia that focuses on the establishment of technology transfer as a recognised profession. Participants are being trained on the entire breadth of technology transfer and commercialisation process that will result in Malaysian technology transfer professionals being recognised as Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP) – a globally recognised qualification. This designation acknowledges the accomplishments, roles, skills, knowledge, and expertise of technology transfer professionals worldwide. The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) – under which the RTTP qualification is awarded – is a global network that sets quality standards for the technology transfer profession and promotes a common core skillset. The alliance represents more than 10,000 professionals.
For the first cohort of the RTTP certification programme, 30 participants from the private and public sectors were selected upon application to join the programme. Participants are expected to complete two 3-day workshops and a conference on technology transfer recognised by ATTP to attain full credits for the certification. As such the technology transfer and innovation commercialisation conference will be held in Malaysia in Q3 of 2018 with an expected participation of more than 100 technology transfer professionals from the local and international innovation landscapes.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first workshop in the programme, Dr. Viraj Perera, Chief Executive Officer of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd. said, “the programme is a tremendous boost to the Malaysian research institutes especially to those personnel who are tasked with the transfer of intellectual property rights within the technology transfer and commercialisation units. It adds credence to their professional qualifications as technology transfer professionals and it certainly uplifts the value of their knowledge and skills on a global platform together with formal professional recognition”.
Clare Walker, Director of Education and Society, British Council, Malaysia said “this initiative marks another milestone in our work with Malaysian and UK partners under the Newton-Ungku Omar programme. It is well recognised that the ability to translate research into products and services contributes significantly to socio-economic development and we hope that the professional skills developed support the Malaysian governments’ aspirations.”
The programme is fully funded by the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund via the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund People Pillar – a professional development and engagement programme, with British Council, MIGHT and PlaTCOM Ventures as delivery partners. The certification programme for technology transfer professionals is conducted by consultants from Oxentia Ltd - Oxford’s global innovation consultancy.About PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd
PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd (PlaTCOM) is the national technology commercialisation platform of Malaysia. PlaTCOM is the wholly owned subsidiary of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia formed in collaboration with SME Corporation Malaysia as part of the High Impact Programmes (HIPs) in SME Master Plan 2012-2020 to help Malaysian SMEs and research organisations in commercialising their innovations to create wealth, impact society, preserve our environment and improve the quality of human life.
For more information, please visit www.platcomventures.com About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grand from the UK government.
For more information, please visit www.britishcouncil.org About Newton-Ungku Omar Fund
The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund is a joint initiative established to develop and support the research and innovation collaboration between UK and Malaysia, with a UK Government investment of £35 million up until 2021 and matched resources from the Malaysian government. There are currently 18 UK & Malaysian organisations working together to offer a series of funding opportunities for researchers, and approximately 130 funding grants having been awarded to successful recipients between 2015 to early 2017. About MIGHT
The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) is a government implementation agency under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department. MIGHT plays a key role in developing Malaysia’s high technology for business through its role as a think-tank, privatepublic consensus building and business nurturing platforms. It is an organisation built on the strength of public-private partnership with more than 100 members, both local and international, from industry, government and academia.SOURCE : PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd.
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