UUM ONLINE: 3 July - Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) received MYR100,000 from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to develop the Makerspace Lab at the university, yesterday.
The check was presented by MCMC Head of Technology and Society Division, Mr. Aisharuddin Nuruddin to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak at the Seri Delima Room yesterday evening.
The fund will be distributed in stages and UUM will receive the first payment of MYR50,000.
The Vice-Chancellor said the MCMC contribution to the School of Computing was deemed to be more beneficial to the relationship between UUM and MCMC.
According to him, with the setting up of Makerspace Laboratory, university students, especially UUM students, will not only be able to learn theoretical integration of software and hardware, but also to build actual prototype model of ideas that were thought of.
"Now UUM through SOC, is working with the Physiotherapy Unit, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital to build the Smart Physiotherapy Mat prototype.
"With this laboratory, prototype development can be developed better and faster in the future," he said.
He further added that SOC also had had initial discussion with the Kubang Pasu District Education Office to organize courses to train and improve the teachers’ knowledge in order to enable them to teach and expose their students to the latest technology.
Meanwhile, Mr. Aisharuddin said with the allocation given to UUM it was hoped that viable and competitive human capital can be developed in order to face the world of Internet of Things (IOT).
He said, to develop internet capabilities amongst the people, they first need to be convinced.
"Hence, MCMC’s collaboration with public universities involved including UUM is expected to help with implement of IOT amongst the people and this will greatly help facilitate information retrieval and data compilation in a positive way," he said.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir