Four researchers from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) School of Mechatronic Engineering were recently selected to follow a training programme at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. The programme is part of strategic collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under Malaysia’s Economic Partnership Program (EPP). The researchers, Ir. Dr. Ahmad Faizal Salleh, Dr. Muhammad Juhairi Aziz Safar, Dr. Zulkarnay Zakaria and Dr. Muhamad Khairul Ali Hassan, will undergo training for three weeks, aimed towards growing the nation’s own biomedical devices and implant industry.
UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. R Badlishah Ahmad said that the group is the third that follows the programme, as part of the nation’s effort to train experts who would be able to develop locally produced devices, following a hike in the price of imported ones. “Currently, we need to import devices and medical implant as we lack the expertise and industry to produce devices and implants that are of international-standard. We are certainly very proud that our academic staff have been selected for the programme”.
According to R Badlishah, UniMAP has been involved in similar training in October 2017, and February of this year, involving eight lecturers, including one from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He further added that UniMAP is committed to collaborate in the development of science and the latest technologies, in sync with the rapidly increasing demand for orthopedic implants. With the twelve-strong team now, UniMAP is set to establish a research team on locally produced medical devices based in the north of Malaysia.
The UniMAP/USM team will play a key role in establishing and advancing research and development hub in orthopedic implant, while at the same time ensuring that it will also benefit teaching and learning processes. According to R Badlishah, “The programme is a big plus point for the university in our bid to strengthen our researchers’ expertise in design technology and implant production, in addition to being afforded the opportunity to collaborate with Tohoku University. Japan’s technological advancement needs no introduction, and to have been selected for the programme is indeed a great honour for UniMAP. We will work towards ensuring that the programme is impactful and serves as a key enabler for the country to grow further”.