The Vice-Chancellor said UUM is committed to strengthen ties between Malaysia and Japan through possible collaborative efforts with KUIS particularly involving technology transfer in disaster management as UUM is planning to build a premier institute of natural disaster of its own.
"There is an opportunity to collaborate with KUIS in disaster management and it is an advantage to UUM to develop this courageous field," he said.
The Vice-Chancellor and his delegation were taken to visit the northern part of Japan, the Awaji Island in Kobe to witness devastating effects of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the Richter scale occurred in 1995.
He was impressed by the Japan’s recovery and their persistent efforts to rebuild the affected areas after the devastating catastrophic.
In addition, UUM and KUIS also talked over several issues such as a disaster management programme, staff expertise transfer fellowship, student practicum placement and credit mobility programme.
KUIS also enlightened Japanese people on emergency and disaster management and conducted sessions to give early exposure about public emergencies and catastrophes to primary and high school pupils.
Meanwhile, the President of KUIS, Prof. Atsushi Hamana said he was also impressed with UUM numerous achievements to date including the campus panoramic view of lush greenery as portrayed in UUM postcard.
He expressed his desire to considering a good time to make a reciprocal visit to UUM and experience the green campus initiatives as well as to witness the varsity’s various attainments.
The Vice-Chancellor and his delegation also visited the JICA Kansai International Centre in Chuo-Ku, Kobe and they were welcomed by the International Recovery Platform (IRP) Secretariat, Shingo Kouchi.
The key role of the IRP is to identify gaps and constraints experienced in post disaster recovery and to serve as a catalyst for the development of tools, resources, and capacity for resilient recovery. The IRP also aims to be an international source of knowledge on good recovery practice.
Also accompanied the Vice-Chancellor in his visit were Director of Centre for University-Industry Collaboration (CUIC), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hartini Ahmad; Dean of Student Development and Alumni, College of Business (UUM COB), Dr. Farizal Rajemi; Deputy Dean of Student Development and Alumni, College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS), Dr. Norhaizal Azam and CUIC officials.
Translated by Nurul Nazifah Mat Noh
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