Aug. 15, 2012
PHOTO - Motorola Solutions engineers show USM students some of research and development behind two way radios.
Motorola Solutions Foundation has continued as main sponsor of the annual Novel Research and Innovation Competition (NRIC), organised by Penang-based Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The foundation, the charitable arm of communications solutions provider Motorola Solutions, has contributed US$20,000 to encourage excellence in research and innovation, it said.
USM vice chancellor, Professor Dato' Omar Osman, said: "Th3 NRIC event offers an opportunity for new talents to be discovered in the various disciplines of research. We appreciate the support provided by Motorola Solutions Foundation to USM over the years to promote the importance of research and innovation and provide talents an opportunity to present their creativity."
"NRIC is an established platform for quality projects and ideas submitted by final-year undergraduates from local and international universities," said Omar. "Winners from USM are also entitled to represent the university to participate in various international competitions, for example the yearly British Invention Show (BIS) to fame the good name of the university and the nation."
In addition to medals awarded to winners, he said that USM has announced titles to be won in the competition. "The Motorola Solutions Foundation will be presenting the NRIC Best Award and the Moto-Invention Award for this year's competition to further encourage young talents towards a research and innovating mindset."
Malaysian undergraduates would also have the opportunity to view research and development industry practitioners, including senior Motorola engineers, during a three-day exhibition held in conjunction with the competition.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation has been collaborating with USM since the inception of NRIC in 2008 (formerly known as National Research and Innovation Competition).
Education a strong tenet in talent development
"At Motorola Solutions, we strongly believe in innovation and have spent 80 years growing our company by building upon our constant pursuit of innovation," said Motorola Solutions Malaysia country president, Mohd Rauf Nasir. "We are pleased to support USM and government's aspirations to nurture the next generation of talented homegrown innovators and to drive national development through an emphasis on research and innovation in science and technology."
Motorola Solutions Foundation director, Matt Blakely, said: "USM has successfully organised National Research and Innovation Competitions (NRIC) for the last four years, and developed this competition into a platform designed to spur talented young innovators. Motorola Solutions Foundation is pleased to have contributed to this significant initiative since its inception, and we are looking forward to the NRIC 2012 competition."
Motorola Solutions Foundation believed that education remained a strong tenet in talent development, he said. "Apart from supporting the NRIC event, Motorola Solutions Malaysia have been collaborating with local universities, Penang Skills Development Centre, Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST) and Talent Corp to support initiatives that will develop and groom young talent that best matches industry needs to support the nations' transformation plans."