Polytech urged to continue creating innovative products

KOTA KINABALU: Minister of Education and Innovation Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob  (pic) called on students and lecturers at Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu to continue creating innovative products and thus pioneering the field of innovation in order to gain competitive edge.

“Polytechnic, as one of the nation’s TVET institutions play an important role in fostering a culture of innovation and creativity among students in teaching and learning activities.

“Innovation today has become a new global benchmark and is definitely demanding creative capabilities that are not only new, unique and useful but also serve as a catalyst for community well-being.

“According to the Global Innovation Index Report 2018 and 2019, Malaysia is ranked 35 out of 126 countries. This is a proud achievement because it is not easy to maintain that position for two consecutive years due to tough competition against other countries.

He said this when officiating at the Students’ Innovation Projects Exhibition and Competition (Projek-19) at Rafflesia Hall, Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu here, Tuesday.

His speech was read by Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation Jenifer Lasimbang.

Dr Yusof said such programme is able to inculcate the creative and innovative culture among the students.

“Projex is a platform to encourage everyone in Polytechnic to give and share creative ideas as well as to make their day-to-day tasks more efficient and effective.

“It is also for recognition and appreciation for students who are constantly thinking and designing new products, especially in technical field, which will surely promote Polytechnic’s name at the next international level,” he said.

Projex is a bi-annual programme involving the participation of final semester diploma students from Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Commerce, and Tourism and Hospital.

There were 225 participants’ altogether, involving 60 supervisors from all five academic departments.

Meanwhile, Eksa Smart Recycle Bin was judged the winner with its innovation of garbage bin that were designed to address the problem of irregular waste disposal.

The bin was made of discarded boat fibre. It has two function, to determine the weight and price of the waste.

By: Ottey Peter.

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