BALI, March 2 – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) won the Bernd Rode 2016 award held in conjunction with the 15th ASEA-UNINET plenary meeting at Universiti Udayana, Bali, Indonesia, recently, bringing home with it an award certificate and cash of €5000.
A project by UPM Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty, Prof. Dato' Dr. Abdul Jalil, entitled "ASEA-UNINET supports International Cooperation for Knowledge Transfer Programs in Subspeciality Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Neurology ", was named the best project out of 11 others contested.
“This victory is due to high impact results achieved in the field of medicine, particularly in the area of molecular imaging using PETCT method and the exchange of subspeciality in critical neurological areas in Malaysia.
“This project was vetted by a selection committee chaired by ASEA UNINET president, his deputy and Asia University. The main criteria given the emphasis in the selection is high-impact research and academic projects carried out in niche area of the ASEA-UNINET network after the year 2011,” he said.
ASEA-Europe University Academic Network is an international set-up, involving the participation of more than 70 universities from 19 European nations and South East Asia, with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Membership in the network is by invitation, nomination and voting.
UPM has been leading other public universities in Malaysia to be part of the network since 2008. Besides UPM, other local universities who are network members are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Melaka and Universiti Utara Malaysia .
Commenting on the victory, UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris said UPM’s efforts in upholding the direction of Higher Education Ministry in empowering the value of academic in the field of medicine had been recognized at the international level, thus giving it such a positive impact under the Ninth and Tenth Malaysia Plan through the purchase of PETCT Diagnostic equipment.
“This project has benefited the people through standard health services which are offered and at par with developed nations via the transfer of knowledge and technology. UPM’s expertise has the potential to be the platform to bring Malaysia to greater heights through UPM Hospital which will be ready by 2018.
“Through this international cooperation, UPM is set to gain recognition in its niche area and is ready to provide prestigious facilities with potential to draw foreign students to its academic programmes such as Medicine and Health Sciences,” the UPM Vice-Chancellor said.
Among member universities in South East Asia are Mahidol University, University of Chulalangkorn , University of Kasertsart and Chiengmai University from Thailand. Its members from Indonesia include Universiti Gadjahmada, Universiti Udayana, Universiti Indonesia , Universiti Diponegoro and Universiti Airlangga.
Vietnam National University , University of Hanoi , University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hanoi from Vietnam and the Philippines University are also members of ASEA-Uninet.
Its members in Europe include the Medical University Innsbruck , Medical University Vienna , Medical University Graz from Austria, University of Trento, University of Brescia from Italy, University of Murcia from Spain, University of Groningen from the Netherlands, and several others from Poland, Germany, Russia as well as Portugal. University of Sharif in Tehran plays an important role in the network by carrying out various knowledge-based and technological activities in four main fields which have been identified, including medicine.
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