Speaking at the PPRN Seminar and Workshop Launching Ceremony held in UMK Kampus Kota on 29th March 2016, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang said the programme utilizes innovation approach to help the country achieve high-income status. Also in attendance was MOHE’s Chief of Enterpreneurship & PPRN Unit, Datin Dr. Syahira Hamidon, UMK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mortaza Mohamed, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Dr. Mohd. Hassan Osman, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Prof. Abd. Aziz Ab. Latif and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Che Omar. The event was participated by over 670 guests comprised of representatives from IPTA and IPTS, entrepreneurship agencies and local entrepreneurs in Kelantan.
Participants were educated on the essential facts of PPRN by Datin Dr. Syahira Hamidon during the workshop that followed the launching ceremony. In her talk, she encouraged SMEs to grab the opportunity for productivity and income gains available from the Demand-Driven Innovation Project. She further added that PPRN’s initiative to create a knowledge-friendly ecosystem involving the industries, IPTs and research institutes will enable knowledge to be generated and spread from those equipped with knowledge and expertise to those in need.
The event also included an exhibition of all five PPRN projects carried out by UMK researchers involving the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FPV) and Faculty of Earth Science (FSB).