Plenary Speaker

Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Manan

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) of Academic and International

SDG 17: Sustainable Partnership for Prospering Lives

There has been much emphasis on the need for academia-industry partnership; in particular, on how to enhance co-operation between the two entities.  I have yet to come across a first hand account on how stakeholders (beyond industry) could comprehensively benefit from a sustainable partnership with academia. 

I feel privileged to have been part of three exemplary university-industry consortiums (UIC) from among world-leading universities in Europe.  Our experiences with Centre for Process Integration (CPI) at University of Manchester, Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE) at Imperial College of London, and Computer-Aided Product and Process Engineering Centre (CAPEC) at Denmark Technical Universities have inspired our passion and success in attracting more than 1200 collaborators from among universities, industry, policy makers and community to work with UTM in prospering lives via research and education.  We attribute this achievement to our relentless efforts of driving values in our collaboration with industry, government, society/non-governmental organisations and with other universities. Above all, sustainable partnership begins by building a compelling case and unique offerrings on how collaborators could benefit from academia in areas of talent development, research and innovation, global network and community outreach. Here are my top ten list of benefits that we could offer to our aspiring collaborators.

About Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Manan

For more than 25 years, Professor Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Manan has contributed across his multiple roles as an academic leader committed to advancing the chemical engineering and engineering education; a renown researcher in process integration and systems engineering with emphasis on resource conservation; a practitioner and professional coach dedicated to promoting professional engineering best practices and policies.

Prof Manan is currently the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) of Academic and International. Prior to his appointment as UTM-DVCAI, he devoted over two decades of his career to advancing chemical engineering (ChE) in Malaysia and abroad during his tenure as the chair of UTM ChE department (2000-2007) and the the Founding Dean of UTM Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (June 2010-Jan 2017). Prof Manan led UTM ChE leap from the position of 250-300 in the QS World University Subject Ranking in 2012, to among the top 51-100 (top 1%) globally from 2015 to 2017.

Upon his appointment as the UTM DVCAI in February 2017, Prof Manan instantly engineered the massive UTM Synergy 4.0 (UTM-S4.0) transformation program that synergised 18 UTM Faculties into only 7 Faculties from July 1st, 2018. UTM-S4.0 crafted the UTM Blue Ocean Shift on Widening Access to Engineering Education and Research for Sustainable Development. The UTM-S4.0 mission includes driving synergistic collaboration across UTM academic eco-system and stakeholders; preparing future-ready 21st century educators, graduates and curriculum that embedded the 4th industrial revolution as a prominent feature, and involves democratising UTM academic programs via Trans-National Education (TNE).

As a researcher and professional practitioner, Prof Manan has completed over 100 R & D & consultancy projects, has numerous patents and more than 450 publications that include 15 books/chapters, 200 refereed journals and 250 conference papers on sustainable engineering of resources (energy, power, water, emissions & materials). He was the winner of Saudi’s Prince Sultan International Prize for Water (2008) and was awarded as a Top Research Scientist of Malaysia by the Academy of Science of Malaysia (2013). In 2014, he received the award as UTM Top Researcher, UTM Top Academician and the Pannonia Honorary Award from Hungary. Prof Manan is a professional engineer, a chartered engineer, a certified energy manager, a registered electrical energy manager and the certified lead trainer for Malaysia energy managers. He has delivered over 400 invited talks in professional courses, conferences and seminars across the world, including the 2014 Imperial College Distinguished Chemical Engineering Lecture. He has coached professionals from more than 500 national and multi-national companies. He was the vice-chairman of the Board of Judges for the ASEAN Energy Awards program for the commercial and industrial sectors, and the chair of the thermal energy drafting committee for Malaysia Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act. Prof Manan spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management initiative that led UTM to achieve more than USD 6 million energy savings between 2011 and 2017, and to win the ASEAN Energy Award in 2012.

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