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University of Nottingham Malaysia signs RM 2.5 million agreement with MES Asia to enhance industry-academic partnership

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) signed a Memorandum of Agreement worth RM 2.5 million with MES Asia on 25 April. MES Asia a subsidiary company of MES Services Limited, provides digital transformational services with building information modelling, training courses, seminars, events and technical platforms to meet the needs of talents, knowledge and building information modelling technology in order to assist industry elites to achieve international standards.

The MOA was signed by the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) Professor Deborah Hall and MES Asia Managing Director Sr Miranda Lui. The MOA will assist in raising the level of knowledge and facilitate the transfer of knowledge between MES Asia and UNM on digital construction and building information modelling using ShareBIM software.

In addition, the application and usage of the ShareBIM software will enhance the industry-academic partnership through improvements in teaching, research and in the students’ experience.

The ShareBIM software is a cloud-based floating platform that does not require specific locations, computers or physical setup and installations. Through this partnership, MES Asia will sponsor 50 ShareBIM licences, amounting to RM 2.5 million to UNM over a period of five years.

“With the signing of this MOA, we hope to achieve greater heights in digital transformation of the learning experience offered to our students. By working together with MES Asia, we are one step closer in providing our students with a more holistic real-world approach to learning which equips them with the skills and talents that employers need,” Professor Deborah Hall said.

In 2017, UNM signed a partnership with MES Asia aims to deliver Continuous Professional Development training courses in the area of building information modelling, a 3D-model-based process of building which helps engineers and architects in the design and construction of the building.

(Article image caption: (from left to right): UNM Assistant Professor Dr Wong Jing Ying, Professor Deborah Hall, UNM Associate Professor Ir Dr Lau Teck Leong, UNM Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Andy Chan, Sr Miranda Lui)

(Thumbnail image caption: Professor Deborah Hall and Sr Miranda Lui at the signing ceremony)


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Posted on 26th April 2019

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