KUCHING: The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has identified the innovation ecosystem as one of the major drivers of the nation’s growth.
“We recognise that efforts from academia alone is insufficient nor effective, henceforth the need for involvement from the quadruple helix – academia, industry, government and community. It is necessary for the four stakeholders to collaborate and join forces in targeting our goals,” said Senator Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad, Deputy Higher Education Minister today.
“The experiences of some countries suggest that the innovation ecosystem plays a key role in driving economic growth and creating value and enables academic and research institutions, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large corporations, and investors to pool resources and collaborate on incubating, developing, and marketing new ideas to fuel growth in areas of national priority.
“I am looking forward to higher learning institutions, in particular, to intensify their roles as a solution provider for other stakeholders.
“The ministry shall maintain in supporting a full range of research, from fundamental to applied research as we aspire to enable knowledge creation, talent development and academic excellence.”
Ahmad also encouraged universities to exploit the potential opportunities through platforms such as InTEX22.
“A platform such as InTEX22 would provide the impetus for the incubation, development, commercialisation of ideas through and partnership with the quadruple helix.”