UNIMAS, Tallinn University of Technology ink MOU to collaborate on digital economy

A group photo taken after the MOU signing ceremony. Abang Johari is at third left.

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TALLINN, Estonia: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) here that will pave the way for a strategic collaboration between UNIMAS and TUT to support Sarawak’s transformation programme for a digital economy.

According to a statement from UNIMAS issued after the ceremony yesterday, the MOU covered three technical areas of interest for immediate collaboration between UNIMAS and TUT.

The three research areas are related to e-government (including using requirement engineering to model and evaluate the effectiveness of the digital economy imitative for Sarawak);  cybersecurity and blockchain technology; and big data and analytics.

Present to witness the signing of the MOU were Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, the Ambassador of Malaysia to Finland, Latvia and Estonia, Puan Sri Blanche Olbery, the Consul of Estonia in Malaysia Col. Dato’ Harbans Singh, and various heads of departments and agencies accompanying the chief minister during the study visit to Europe.

The statement said the MOU also formalised the co-operation between the two universities in areas of collaborative research activities, student projects and internships, talk sessions for students and faculty members, and development of curriculum and syllabus.

The co-operation was also extended to the exchange of academic staff or faculty members for research and teaching, participation in seminars and academic meetings by academic staff and faculty members, and short term academic programmes.

The MoU was signed by UNIMAS vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and TUT rector Jaak Aavikso.

In addition, Professor Kuldar Taveter of TUT has also been offered a visiting Professor post at UNIMAS as part of the collaboration between the two institutions.

“It is hoped that the MOU between UNIMAS and TUT will further strengthen the relationship between both institutions of higher learning in areas of interest to both parties, and provide support to the state’s digital economy initiative,” the statement said.

Earlier, Abang Johari and members of his delegation met with Urve Palo, the Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information and later in the afternoon, with key officials of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Awang Tengah (fifth left) together with other members of the Sarawak delegation and AS Estonian Cell personnel in a group photo taken during the visit to the paper mill in Kunda, Estonia.

Meanwhile, another team led by Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan visited a papermill called AS Estonian Cell located at Kunda about 110 km from the Estonian capital.