JOHOR BARU: One of the country's leading institutions of higher learning, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, here, recently merged two of its main research faculties in an effort to better focus their scope as well as to save cost.
The two faculties being combined by this month are the bio-science and bio-medicine faculty (FBB) with the bio-medicine engineering and health science faculty (FKBSK).
The new combined faculty will be known as the faculty for bio-science and medical engineering (FBME) and will focus on the specialities of both the previous faculties.
UTM vice-chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr Zaini Ujang, said that the combined faculty can strengthen both the education and learning experiences due to the similarities of both previous faculties in the field of bio-chemistry, bio-sensors and biology.
"The step can also save on UTM's emolument costs of up to RM200,000 per year, not including the administrative and management costs," he said.
"The new combined faculty's premises is located at the former FBB faculty in the Education Cluster within the campus, where FBME will have its administrative office as well as human resources, management and academic offices."
Dr Zaini said the building will house the laboratories and equipment for undergraduates and also education and learning facilities for more than 700 students.