RU is a private institution of higher learning that is comprehensive and well-renown for its academic excellence and international standards. It has since been rated as “very good” by the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) Thailand.
The visit to RU proved to be a smart move when a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UUM and RU was signed. RU was represented by its President, Dr. Arthit Ourairat.
According to UUM Vice-Chancellor the signing of the MoU would help both universities move forward on a more sustainable collaboration platform.
While in discussions, RU also presented a sponsorship totalled MYR20,000 for the joint organization of the International Conference on Computing and Informatics (ICOCI) 2015 in Istanbul in August.
The collaboration between UUM and RU for the past two years, has managed to realise a number of programmes set in the internationalisation agenda of both universities. Among them are the student mobility programme, Knowledge Management International Conference (KMICE), staff development programme and MoU with the School of Computing (SoC) UUM.
Later in the afternoon, UUM Vice-Chancellor and his entourage visited the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), an institution of higher education in Thailand that only offers courses at the postgraduate level. A MoU signing session with NIDA took place soon afterwards with NIDA represented by its President, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pradit Wanarat.
In his speech UUM Vice- Chancellor expressed his gratitude and appreciation for being given the opportunity to collaborate with NIDA through the UUM internationalisation agenda hence making UUM the first Malaysian university to establish MoU ties with NIDA which incidentally is a higher education institution that has received accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
In the meeting, NIDA and UUM discussed plans to secure the 'matching grant' agenda which amounts to at least MYR10,000 in fact, the President of NIDA had even shown keen interest to collaborate with UUM through research and publication, production of case studies in Asean countries as well as in other related programmes.
NIDA and UUM will also cooperate in organising the Advanced Executive Programme with Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)]. This is because NIDA is in partnerships with the Wharton Business School in the United States just as the cooperation shared between UUM and the Kellogg School of Management, Chicago as well as with the Judge Business School Cambridge University.
In addition, discussions were also held in areas identified to have potential for cooperation namely in Islamic Banking in Thailand. And UUM was chosen as a partner for collaboration as it houses the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) award-winner, Islamic Business School (IBS) UUM.
UUM Vice-Chancellor and President of NIDA also discussed proposals for post-graduate student mobility programme involving both universities.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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