Participants: Prof Ts. Dr. Ruzairi Abdull Rahim (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation of UTHM), Dato’ Ir. Rohaizi Mohd Jusoh (Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Construction Research of Institute Malaysia (CREAM)), Mr. Mahadhir Aziz (Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Futurise Sdn Bhd)
KANZU Research, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) in collaboration with Construction Research of Institute Malaysia (CREAM), Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) and Futurise Sdn. Bhd has agreed to collaborate on a research project involving a project called A Collaborative Multi-Agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities (MOBILISE).
To realize this cooperation, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was held on 5 August 2019 in Level 5, Tunku Tun Aminah Library, UTHM. UTHM was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Ts. Dr. Ruzairi Abdul Rahim while CREAM was represented by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CREAM, Dato Ir. Rohaizi Mohd Jusoh and Futurise Sdn. Bhd was represented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Mahadhir Aziz.
In 2017, the research group, KANZU Research: Resilient Built Environment received a research grant form Engineering Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), United Kingdom (UK). With this MOBILISE research grant, a researcher from CREAM has been sponsored by the University of Salford, UK to pursue a Ph.D. in the university in the field of Critical Infrastructure & Disaster Resilient for three years.
The collaboration agreement also stated that KANZU Research, UTHM donated RM 280,000 to CREAM while CREAM donated RM 60,000 to UTHM to cover the expenses of the research. Both of these donations will be used to sponsor a student selected by CREAM and UTHM to further their Ph.D. level studies. At the ceremony, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Ts Dr. Ruzairi Abdul Rahim stated that this sponsored researcher was able to create and devise an idea of an innovation that would make this MOBILISE project a success.
He added that the two-party collaboration would provide better results for the MOBILISE project, especially in developing an integrated digital infrastructure for various national disaster management agencies to reduce the impact of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on Malaysian communities. At the same time, the UTHM-Futurise collaboration will also see a joint venture in promoting MOBILISE Malaysia nationwide.
Also presented at the event were Sr. Dr. Mohd Lizam Mohd Diah (Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Business Management), Associate Professor Dr. Nor Hazana Abdullah (Deputy Dean Research Development & Publication) and Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Sulaiman (Head Researcher of KANZU Research: Resilient Built Environment.