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UTP Opens New R&D Building in conjunction with its 20th Anniversary Celebration

(10 January 2017)

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) today celebrated the opening of its new research and development (R&D) building at its campus. 

The two new buildings mark UTP's foray into world-class leading-edge research and the beginning of the exploration of UTP R&D enclave or "Research Park".

The building was officially opened by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

UTP Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim said as an institution of higher learning, UTP remains committed to its vision in becoming a leader in technology education and a centre for creativity and innovation.

"The new R&D building is the university's testament and commitment to spur quality research and new innovations.  It demonstrates our determination towards consolidating and strengthening our R&D efforts. This will help us propel further in academic and research excellence and our journey towards becoming an internationally prominent and valued research institution," he said.

Designed to be in compliance with the Green Building Index Certification, this building is located within the Oil and Gas Cluster of UTP's new R&D Park and will be occupied by two UTP Mission Oriented Research, namely Carbon Dioxide Management and Enhanced Oil Recovery.

The building is home to 65 laboratories and offices and can accommodate up to 550 researchers and staff at any one time.

The R&D building is a four-storey high with a total floor area of 21,225 square metres.

With the investment of almost RM100 million, the two-block R&D building is intended to further catalyse and encourage interactions between UTP and the industries. 

It will also encourage UTP's researchers to conduct world-class research and churn out findings that will be integral to the nation's research and innovation agenda.

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) has also established an office here as a move to expand its footprint in major regions in the nation to drive its vision of creating an innovation-led economy.

An important feature of this new building is that the whole roof-top area is a designated research laboratory space, ready to be used for research in renewable energy where solar panels will be installed for research purposes and at the same time generating electricity for the building's consumption.

The area in between the two buildings that is covered by an overhanging roof is also a designated research space which has been designed to accept large research facilities such as pilot plants and flow loops to provide opportunity for pilot-scale testing and large-scale prototyping for the industries. 

This is in-line with the objective of establishing the UTP R&D Park, which is to encourage intense industrial collaborations and strategic partnerships with various industries and organisations. 

Located adjacent to the UTP academic core, the R&D park is well positioned to expand UTP's presence as a leading-edge research facility for the region and Malaysia as a whole.
Also present at the event were, among others, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan Pro Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Dato' Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman Chairman, UTP Board of Directors and Dato' Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid Perak State Committee Chairman for Industries, Investment and Corridor Development.  

The opening of the R&D building is in conjunction with UTP's 20th anniversary celebration.

This year-long celebration will highlight the university's impressive list of achievements and milestones in the areas of teaching and learning as well as research, both locally and internationally, for the past two decades since its establishment.

"UTP is proud of our contribution to strengthening Malaysia's position on the global arena. But most importantly, the spectacular growth that UTP has experienced within this short period of time is an aspiration for us to continue achieving global prominence with drive and determination," Abdul Rahim said.