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York’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products strengthens international research links in Malaysia

Posted on 12 October 2020

This past week, CNAP, led by Professor Neil Bruce, formalised ties with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with a Faculty of Sciences Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will pave the way for increased collaboration between the two institutions and is based on an extensive existing collaboration in the field of developing sustainable sources of animal feed.

Professor Dr Abdull Rahim Mohd Yusoff, Dean, Faculty of Science and Dr Chong Chun Shiong (UTM) sign the MoU

Signed by York’s Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Brian Fulton and CNAP Director, Professor Neil Bruce, the signing ceremony took place virtually.

Professor Bruce said, "This MoU has been built on our successful Newton Fund project with UTM on biorefining of oil palm residues for the production of chemicals and biofuels, and Dr Chong Chun Shiong was a PhD student here at York in 2011. Our two institutions share a common goal of research for the public good and this agreement recognises our shared contribution to research excellence, and also formalises an understanding of York and UTM as strategic partners for the future."

The York team (l-r): Professor Neil Bruce, Professor Brian Fulton, Professor Sarah Thompson, Professor James Moir

During the signing ceremony, Associate Dean for Research, Professor Sarah Thompson and Head of Department of Biology, Prof James Moir were able to hear about the existing collaboration that was funded by successful Newton grants between York and UTM. Going forward, York will explore ways of further engaging with UTM to open up opportunities for students and staff alike.

If you would like any further information about the partnership with UTM or other Malaysian universities, please get in touch with colleagues in the Global Partnerships team.