Following on from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority’s trade delegation to Dublin in June last, IT Tallaght staff accepted the kind invitation to visit the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) in Kota Kinabalu.  The SEDIA President and CEO, Dakut Dr. Mohd Yaakub HJ. Johari hosted the visit. The Tallaght delegation viewed the recent SAIP (Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct) Industrial Development Campus.  This facility falls within the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and promotes the commercialisation of the region’s many and varied natural resources.  A small example of the vegetative biodiversity to be found in the surrounding ecosystem is represented here.  The primary purpose of the visit the SEDIA was to open discussions on Academia-Academia collaborations, opportunities in the Academia-Industrial domain and in the area of Human Capital Development.

To these ends the President of SEDIA facilitated meetings with Mr. Wan Mohd Azeelan B. HJ. Adnan, the Chief operating Officer of the University of Malaysia (UMS) Link Holdings – which is the professional development and industrial liaison wing of UMS- and with the Universiti Technologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah’s Rector, Datuk Dr. HJ. Abdul Kadir HJ. Rosline to discuss possible academic collaborations and industry-academia initiatives.

IT Tallaght are pleased to announce that there will be a follow up visit to Ireland from January 15-17, 2014 by a Sabah delegation which will include representatives from SEDIA, UMS Link, SAIP, and the Institute for Development Studies