Strategic Collaborative Success Factors and Sustainability Indicators of Academia Industry Collaboration: Case Studies of Two Universities in Malaysia

By Seow Voon Yee, Aik Lee Chong and Zakaria Abas.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Collaboration is more than a hand-shake and photo taking or signing of memorandums. University and industry collaborations have become critical in bridging the expectation between the industry and academia, bringing the nation to another greater height and to maintain the national competitiveness in a globalize environment. Datuk Dr Zulkifli, the Secretary General of Ministry of Higher Education further emphasizes the importance of smart partnership and tighter collaboration with industry and professional bodies in curriculum development in the National Higher Education Action Plan for 2007-2010. Successful partnership between academia and industry requires the chemistry of getting the right people and right institution together in the right timing and situation. There is also a need to manage the cultural, institutional, operational and personal aspects and issues wisely. This paper is mainly to share on the factors that contribute to successful and sustainable strategic university-industry collaboration based on two cases in Malaysia.

Keywords: University-Industry Collaborations, Factors, Models, Malaysia

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.39-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.296MB).

Seow Voon Yee

Lecturer, Faculty of Accountancy and Management, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Bandar Sg Long, Kajang, Malaysia

Angelina Yee Seow Voon is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accountancy from University of Technology, Sydney and Master of Commerce Degree in Information Technology and Information System from Macquarie University, Sydney. She was awarded the Information System Prize by Macquarie University. She is currently a lecturer in UTAR and the author of the book entitled “Auditing Principles and Assurance Services, Malaysia” published by CCH Malaysia. Prior to joining the academic profession, she had gained wide international exposure in the area of accounting and auditing work while she was working in Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Malaysia as an auditor and an accountant. She was the Vice President of the Academia Industry Collaboration conference and forum organised by UTAR in 2006. She is currently a grant holder of both Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education.

Aik Lee Chong

Director, JL Ong and Associates, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chong Aik Lee is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia and an Associate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Taxation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accountancy from Deakin University, Melbourne and Master of Commerce Degree in Accountancy from Macquarie University, Sydney. He is currently the Director of an auditing firm in Malaysia. He also conducts courses on MIA (Malaysia Institute of Accountants) Qualifying Examination programme. Mr Chong is a Council Member and the Chairman of Technical Committee of CPA Australia (Malaysia Division). He has more than 10 years of auditing, taxation, corporate restructuring and accounting consultancy experiences in various capacity. He has previously worked in one of the big four accounting firms and was assigned to various countries in Asia besides lecturing in one of the universities in Malaysia. He is also the author of the book entitled “ Auditing Principles and Assurance Services, Malaysia” published by CCH Malaysia.

Zakaria Abas

Professor of Management Accounting, Division of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Zakaria Abas is a Professor of Management Accounting and currently with the Universiti Utara Malaysia. He holds a Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of Wollongong, NSW and PhD in Accountancy from the University of Memphis/UUM. He has been actively involved in teaching and research in the area of strategic management, quality management, management accounting studies and ISO TC 176. He had hold various positions in administration and lecturing in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) for the past 20 years inclusive of Dean of Academic Development,Dean of Faculty, Dean of Research & Postgraduate Studies and many others. He has carried out various consultancy work for the local government and industry namely Department of Town and Rural Planning Northern Region, Ministry of Higher Education, MODENAS, Air Utara Indah Sdn Bhd and International Islamic University Malaysia.

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