PENANG, 30 August 2012 - Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) today hosted the International Symposium on Science and Technology with the theme ‘Strengthening Research for the Advancement of Science and Technology'.
The symposium aims to bring together researchers and academics from countries in the Asia region in particular to share their research findings and expertise for the global interest. There were a total of 180 participants from various disciplines such as biological sciences, chemistry, materials engineering, civil and environmental, and informatics sciences and engineering.
Prof. Ahmad Shukri Mustapa Kamal, USM Academic and International Affairs Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said that he was impressed by the number of foreign researchers participating in this symposium, indicating that the symposium has achieved its reputation as a platform to further strengthen partnerships in science and technology.
"I sincerely hope and wish to see that the efforts of this research partnership will be expanded to include academic partnerships in the future," said Shukri when opening the symposium.
Besides USM hosting the symposium, 7th symposium was jointly organised with the involvement of Kansai University, Japan, which sent a total of 78 participants; Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan; and the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
Also present in the ceremony were Prof. Chan Lai Keng, chairperson of the symposium: Prof. Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Office Director of sains@usm cum plenary speaker; Prof. Abu Hassan Ahmad, the School of Biological Sciences Dean, USM; Prof. Cheng Shuenn-Ren, Cheng Shiu University Vice-President, Prof. Yutaka Maeda, Institute of Graduate Studies Dean, Kansai University, and Prof. Hiroshi Tamura, the Faculty of Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering Dean, Kansai University.- Teks: Tan Ewe Hoe / Photo: Mohd. Fairus Md. Isa / Translation: Yong Check Yoon