The signing of an MoU between Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) and the Everly Group, a hotel management/profit improvement specialist and investment consultant, paves the way for more joint research and development projects between the two parties.
The agreement will also mean that HWUM students are offered internship and employment opportunities at The Everly and its subsidiaries, as well as visits to and usage of Everly Group's laboratories and hotel facilities. Representatives of Everly Group will also provide industry-focused advice on the development of the University's programmes and curricula, while HWUM will provide personnel training and education for Everly Group staff members.
Professor Bob Craik, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of HWUM, said, “At Heriot-Watt University Malaysia we have always been committed to enabling our students to be industry-ready and future-proof. As such, this collaboration with Everly Group is another step in the right direction for us.
“It's a win-win situation for everybody involved, really. Students are provided with the necessary industry insights and practical experience, industries are assured of graduates who are ready for the challenges of the real world and, ultimately, the nation will benefit from having a capable talent pool to facilitate its development.”
Educating industry leaders
Dennis Tan, Managing Director of Everly Group, said, “At Everly Group, we are very passionate about people development. We believe that, with the proper foundation, support and nurture, anybody can become leaders in the industry. We are, therefore, thrilled to do our part in contributing to the education of our upcoming leaders.”
A significant milestone in interdisciplinary collaboration among academia and industry, the MoU is in accordance with Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that calls for 'Building an Advanced Engineering, Science and Innovation Discipline Cluster'.