NEW YORK, May 19 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Industry- Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will open an office in New York City, aimed at bringing together thought-leadership from a variety of international scientific research, technology and innovation policy communities from around the world.
To be known as MIGHT International, the office which will be based at The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) here will start operations next month.
MIGHT and NYAS played an important role in the creation and organization of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC).
MIGHT President and Chief Executive Officer, Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman said, the network foreign office will pool global resources to expand access to new areas of research and exchange and foster practical arrangements for collaboration in international centres of excellence.
He said, MIGHT International will go beyond in opening an access to published research findings to facilitate more effective and extensive global sharing of not only data and information, but also science and technology policies to develop and leverage technology for business.
“What is currently emerging is a global science system in which there will no longer be one primary lead country but many. This trend is demonstrated not least of all by the phenomenal growth of research conducted in emerging markets in recent years,” he told Bernama after the GSAIC’s inaugural meeting on Tuesday.
The GSIAC’s first council meeting earlier this week, chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his official visit to New York, was a significant step in Malaysia’s continuing efforts to meeting its aim of achieving a high income economy under the Economic Transformation Programme.
The three-hour meeting was attended by more than 35 members including 25 international experts in various fields from all over the world.
Mohd Yusoff said, MIGHT International will also help to lower barriers to international knowledge sharing, increase Malaysian visibility on the world stage and bring Malaysian talent directly to the hub of international centres of excellence, thereby greatly expanding the country’s access to leading edge technology and innovation practices.
“In the past two decades, rapid advances in technology, networks and interlinkages have significantly altered and improved the way that science and innovation take place in the global context,” he said.
He said, the ongoing global shift can be seen as a mix of sharing and exchange in the international community, along with public support and private appropriation as an incentive for translating research results into new commercial applications.
Mohd Yusoff said, new developments are creating unprecedented opportunities for the progress of global science and technology and that these advances have further accelerated and heightened the way science and technology knowledge is disseminated, managed and used across various fields of focus.
“What is currently emerging is a global science system in which there will no longer be one primary lead country but many. This trend is demonstrated not least of all by the phenomenal growth of research conducted in emerging markets in recent years,” he said.
Against such a backdrop, it is imperative that Malaysia, in its pursuit of a knowledge-based economy, participates in this global watershed moment for shared research and innovation.
“In the future, Malaysia’s research and technology development will be driven to rely on a more efficient knowledge-sharing strategy by tapping experts from other countries which have developed market-leading skills, knowledge and expertise in cutting-edge fields.”
Other nations will, in turn, have access to Malaysian scientists to conduct research in fields where they are most proficient such as palm oil, rubber and increasing biotechnology, advanced materials and nanotechnology,” he said.
Source : Bernama