In 2019, 707 applications were approved with an estimated value of RM 2,619,374.14 as shown in Figure 1. This involved 517 UTAR staff as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 1: Total Estimated Value of Approved Consultancy/Outside Work For the Period 2008-2019

Figure 2: Number of UTAR Staff Involved in Consultancy/Outside Work For the Period 2008-2019

From the total of RM 2,619,374.14, 56% is under the category of Personal Consultancy while 44% is under the category University Consultancy as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 4 shows the approved value by unit. Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) has the largest share at 25.9% of the total approved amount. This is followed by Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) at 19.9% and Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) at 11.8%.

Figure 3: Approved Value by Consultancy Type for the Year 2019

Figure 4: Approved Value and Number of Staff by Unit for Year 2019

Figure 5 shows the percentage value of approved projects by categories. Training constitutes 48% of all approved projects. This is followed by Consultancy at 25% and R&D at 24%.

Figure 5: Percentage Share of Approved Consultancy/Outside Work by Category for Year 2019

Commercialisation Activities

In 2019, UTAR spin-off IoT Energy Sdn Bhd (formerly Ecotricity Sdn Bhd) is in active negotiation with two major utility companies from Malaysia for projects worth RM10 million.

In 2019 UTAR has submitted 3 patent applications. The details of the invention are:

  • Tear-shaped Pin Fin Heat Sink (PI 2019001553)
    • Dr Bernard Saw Lip Huat, Assistant Professor, LKC FES
    • Dr Yew Ming Chian, Assistant Professor, LKC FES
    • Dr Yew Ming Kun, Assistant Professor, LKC FES
  • Minimal Forecasting Reliant Controller for Energy Storage Device to Mitigate Peak Demands (PI 2019002134)
    • Ir Prof Dr Lim Yun Seng, Professor, LKC FES
    • Dr Chua Kein Huat, Assistant Professor, LKC FES
    • Mr Hau Lee Cheun, Student, LKC FES
  • Passive Fluid Mixing Device (PI 2019002508)
    • Dr Bernard Saw Lip Huat, Assistant Professor, LKC FES
    • Mr King Yeong Jin, Lecturer, LKC FES
    • Dr Yew Ming Chian, Assistant Professor, LKC FES

Figure 8 shows the number of patents filed for the period 2008 to 2019. The current status for the 26 inventions is given in Table 1.

Figure 8: Number of Inventions Disclosed, Filed and Granted for the Period 2008-2019 at MyIPO

Table 1: Patent Application Status at MyIPO

Besides Malaysia, UTAR has also filed for foreign patent application. The status is given in Table 2.

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Table 2: Foreign Country Patent Applications

Prospect for the Year 2020

DCC is continuously working with business and industry associations such as Federation of Manufacturers Malaysia (FMM) and Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor (KLSCCCI). In October 2020, DCC will be working with other departments in UTAR to organise an Industry Linkage Forum to enhance UTAR’s collaboration with the SME/SMI. This will promote and encourage consultancy and commercialisation works amongst the academia as well as to align its efforts in elevating UTAR’s status.