Chief Executive of TWI, Christoph Wiesner, and staff from TWI South East Asia have given the Malaysian Government Minister of Works Datuk Fadillah Yusof and the Chief Executive of the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Dato' Sri Judin Karim a warm reception at the company's Cambridge headquarters. The Minister visited the UK for a series of tours to leading research and technology organisations - affirming existing associations and conducting discussions on a new phase of co-operation.
Building on a successful collaboration formed in the early 2000s between TWI South East Asia and the government-run Malaysian Construction Academy (Akademi Binaan Malaysia), this new series of discussions focused on advanced skills to further develop Malaysian human capital.
Following presentations by Christoph Wiesner and Tat-Hean Gan, Technology Director of the new National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the Malaysian Minister of Works led a discussion on his government's strategy for advanced skills progression, focusing on integrity and assuring the quality of testing and inspection.
The Minister spoke about the opportunity to develop an enhanced programme of work for training and certification and academic excellence with equal co-operation between the Construction Industry Development Board, the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEQ), TWI and NSIRC. He noted that such an initiative would hold 'definite potential' for his country.
During the day, the delegation visited TWI's materials joining and engineering laboratories, and viewed the construction progress of the new facilities at TWI, which have at its core the new NSIRC laboratories and amenities.
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