What our partners are saying about us
Supporting the IHL-Industry Relationship
...CREST need to be complimented for all the activities you are currently organising for the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). These activities are very much in support of the IHL-Industry relationship and exposure to Engineering practice that are being emphasised by the EAC.
Collaborate and Create Platforms for Collaboration
...I hope that we can get more industries sectors to follow the sterling example given by CREST in collaborating with academia. Like what we concluded from the Complex Problem Solving seminar two days ago, we need to collaborate and create platforms for collaboration. I'm starting efforts to initiate a similar model used by CREST to have university-industry collaboration with the Oil and Gas industries, will definitely need your help on this.
Recently my colleague Dr Mihai Rotaru attended the CREST IAF on 25th Mar and he was very impressed with the level of engagement between industry and academia. He has since encouraged the rest of us at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) to participate in the cluster focus groups.
Replicating the CREST Model
One of the reasons industry has a low appetite for investing in R&D is its poor understanding of R&D capabilities in academia, as well as the lack of a "matchmaking" scheme to bridge industry demand and academia expertise. To close the gap, the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) programme was launched in 2012...The Ministry will replicate the CREST model in other sectors where there is strong industry participation and commitment, and academia strength.
Initiate Collaboration with Industry
For years we have always hoped for an organisation like CREST to be here in Malaysia. It makes my work of initiating for collaboration with industry partners much easier.
Finding the Right Partners
There are many projects which we can collaborate with universities but the issues is finding the right partners. With CREST we have a good start.
Speeding Things Up
Academia now has to go according to the pace of the industries. There is no time for 12 months of just reading literature papers and only do research after that. We are now getting ready for 6 months delivery timeframe as set by industry.