UUM was represented by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak while KSU was represented by its President, Prof. Terumasa Oshiro. The signing ceremony was witnessed by senior officials of both institutions.
The LoI covers joint collaboration in the fields of research, student practicum placements, exchange of expertise, student mobility and cultural programmes as well as publications.
According to the UUM Vice-Chancellor the signing of the LoI would help both universities move forward on a more sustainable collaboration platform.
"This consolidation of the international collaboration will elevate UUM’s position in world rankings and create an opportunity for our students to experience Japanese culture, which is full of ethics and discipline," he said.
Meanwhile, the KSU President expressed his hope to ink more dynamic cooperation with UUM in the future.
Besides, the Vice-Chancellor also attended the Board of Directors meeting of the World Conference on Cooperative Education (WACE) as the existing member of the organisation. WACE is the only international professional organisation dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programmes within industry and educational institutions.
Amongst the proposals put forward in the meeting were to form an accreditation body by WACE and to set up an independent body as the Go-between University and industry such as in Australia and Canada. The proposed independent body would be composed of all public universities (UA) as the advisor to the Ministry of Education (MoE) in an effort to address the most pressing needs of the industry.
The proposed programme would be implemented through the UUM Centre for University-Industry Collaboration (CUIC) with the Student Development and Alumni (PPA) of the College of Business (UUM COB).
Meanwhile, the CUIC also functions as the secretariat of WACE housed in UUM, and has been entrusted to promote Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated (CWIE) to all academics in UUM and other universities.
CWIE is a term created by WACE to acknowledge and embrace all forms of experiential learning utilised by industry and educational institutions to prepare the next generation of global professionals. CWIE is an encompassing term that includes cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, research, clinical rotations, service learning and community service.
CWIE pilots UUM towards international collaborations and realises the aspirations of becoming the Eminent Management University, in addition to sharing experience in leading the UUM Industry Centre of Excellence (ICoE) and as the Chief Executive of ICoE, CWIE.
Besides, the UUM Vice-Chancellor and his entourage also visited Hiroshima City University to discuss on potential collaboration including student mobility programme, postgraduate studies and joint research.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied on his visit by the Director of the CUIC cum the Chief Executive of the ICoE, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hartini Ahmad; the Dean of the PPA of the UUM COB, Dr. Mohamad Farizal Rajemi; the Deputy Dean of the PPA of the College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS), Dr. Nurhaizal Azam Arif and the CUIC officials.
Translated by Nurul Nazifah Mat Noh
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