Ministry, University of Malta and Chamber of Commerce sign research and innovation agreement
The Department of Equality, Research and Innovation, the University of Malta and the Chamber of Commerce, Business and Industry are committed to strengthening and encouraging research at university level post-doctoral research in collaboration with various economic operators.
The programs aim to harness the same basic research in sectors such as science and engineering, while promoting quality research in the country’s main economic sectors, according to a government statement.
The deal, which was signed on Friday, will lead to a stronger research and innovation sector and entered into force after a number of meetings with relevant entities, during which existing problems and gaps were raised. were discussed and suggestions for dealing with them as best as possible were welcomed.
This collaboration will lead to the creation of three major research schemes:
- A mechanism in collaboration with economic operators;
- A mechanism allowing individuals to choose the research field themselves in collaboration with the University and / or a private entity;
- Other programs of individual actors in key economic areas, even in collaboration with foreign universities.
This agreement further strengthens collaboration between universities and the private sector for knowledge dissemination, while creating greater research opportunities for students wishing to continue their studies in our own country and creating more employment opportunities through to the same research conducted.
The Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation, Owen Bonnici, who presided over the signing of this agreement, said: “With this agreement, we are taking an important step in the right direction to strengthen the collaboration between academia and the private sector and so let’s pave the way for a robust ecosystem of research and innovation, which is the way forward for our country.
Pro-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Malta Prof. Ing. Simon Fabri said that, “This agreement between the University, the Ministry and the Chamber of Commerce establishes a solid basis to further strengthen the research efforts of the University at advanced postdoctoral levels in collaboration with economic operators. We look forward to launching such scholarship programs, aimed at creating value for society and the economy. “
The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Marisa Xuereb, said that “The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has for several years advocated for closer research collaboration between industry and academia. We are therefore very happy to see that finally a program to support this type of collaboration is set up at the post-doctoral level, and we hope that the initiative will grow and grow in the years to come. Research and innovation are the key to the progression of our companies in the value chain. The number of local researchers has increased dramatically in recent years and there is great untapped potential. It is high time to engage these promising minds in the research that can truly give our businesses a competitive advantage and provide these researchers with opportunities to make a tangible difference.