Monash University Malaysia has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) to develop a business entrepreneurship training programme concentrated on women in rural communities.
This collaboration aims to elevate women micro-entrepreneurs and their participation in e-commerce through identifying major challenges in adopting digital technology.
That includes training for AIM team members involved in the project and to promote joint project and activities in additional fields of interest to AIM and Monash Malaysia.
Monash University Malaysia’s Associate Professor Grace Lee Hooi Yean stated that entrepreneurship is a crucial mechanism to address the inequality faced by women, as well as the associated impediments to an inclusive and sustainable development.
Meanwhile, Mohd Najib bin Mohd Noor, Deputy Chairman of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia said the university’s efforts to align its work with the challenges and needs of the communities and the nation is commendable.
“Monash University Malaysia has proven to be a leader in education and research excellence in the region. I am confident that this collaboration will contribute to the economy by lifting more people out of poverty and improving Malaysia’s quality of life,” he shared.
The teams involved will measure the programme’s effectiveness as they believe that the findings will have help for better development and coordination to address the gender specific role and creating the enabling environment for them.
“Giving people access to entrepreneurial skills will lift people out of poverty and promote social, economic communities and political development,” President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, Professor Andrew Walker said.
“This collaboration enables us to undertake research that significantly impacts the communities in Malaysia and other countries in the region. We want to do research that will improve people’s conditions. Working with organisations like AIM will ensure our researchers make a difference in the world,” Professor Walker stated.
The MoU signing process took place virtually and was signed by AIM Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mohamed Shamir Bin Abdul Aziz and Professor Andrew Walker.
Witnessing the event was Izwandy bin Che Jan, AIM Chief Legal Officer, Efendi Omar, AIM Director of Entrepreneurship Development Division, Norsharizal Mashahrin, AIM Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Professor Grace and Monash University Malaysia Head of School (School of Business), Professor Pervaiz K Ahmed.