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Kuala Lumpur, 2nd February 2016 – A meeting between Tsukuba University and Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) was held in UTM Kuala Lumpur. The objective of the meeting was to discuss opportunities to foster collaboration in promoting student mobility and student exchange programs between Tsukuba University and UTM. Tsukuba University is very interested in conducting a double / dual degree program with MJIIT. This program is particularly beneficial to highly motivated students who want to pursue a serious interest in a second field. Through this program, students are also able to develop diversity of thinking, foster international management competencies and promote a truly global mindset. The discussion also touched on the issues of credit transfer, where it should not be too rigid in ensuring that the dual degree program can be achieved between the two institutions. Collaboration opportunities in English language learning was also touched upon. Tsukuba University intends to send their students to experience studying abroad, with UTM becoming a possible destination, as the university believes that studying abroad can strengthen their students' English language communication skills. Other issues discussed include English Language Proficiency Requirements, student logistics, university facilities and the availability of financial support. Tsukuba University also welcomes UTM students to the University. They also expressed their wish to consolidate and sustain the Asian Universities Collaboration among the Asian Countries, achieved through UTM MJIIT in collaboration with the Government of Japan.
Johor Bahru, 2 February 2016 - Cordial ties between UTM and Tsukuba University (TU) Japan saw two TU staff, namely, Ms Yuko Yuhara and Mr. Kei Tanaka from Tsukuba Global Commons making a reciprocal visit to UTM International for two days from 31st January to 2nd February 2016. During the visit, the TU team shared with UTM International, Tsukuba University's initiatives in promoting student mobility, implemented through the Top Global University Project and the Campus-in-Campus Program. TU also highlighted its software program named “Tsukuba Integrated International Network Navigation System” (TIINNS) which is a database monitoring the international mobility of TU students in order to overcome risk management. All TU students are required to submit an online form before going abroad whether the trip is for an official program or otherwise. During discussions between UTM International and its TU visitors, it was highlighted that the University of Tsukuba would very much like to welcome students from UTM for an exchange program in Japan. Additionally, the Vice President of TU, Professor Dr. Caroline Benton is also very keen to develop a double degree program with UTM through UTM MJIIT. While on campus, the TU team was also taken on a short tour to UTM Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD) and Raja Zarith Sofiah (PRZS) library. They were also taken on a short trip to Iskandar Puteri. Ms Yuko Yuhara and Mr. Kei Tanaka were also treated to typical Malay delicacies such as Chicken Beriyani, ‘Mee Rebus’, ‘Rojak Asma’, ‘Satay’, ‘Cendol’ and ‘Kuih Bahulu’, at the home of Pn. Siti Noraziah Satapah, the Assistant Registrar at UTM International. Pn. Siti Noraziah went to the University of Tsukuba last year for a short an attachment program from November 16th to 27th, 2015. It is hoped that such visits between the two institutions would strengthen existing ties.
Kuala Lumpur, 26 January 2016 – UTM Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (UTM Razak School) is hosting a delegation of 16 senior managers from Khartoum State Ministries who are attending a 2-week intensive Training of Trainers (TOT) program on Strategic Planning from 25th January to 5th February 2016. The Khartoum State senior managers come from the Ministry of Finance (3 representatives), Ministry of Agriculture (3 representatives), Ministry of Health (4 representatives), Ministry of Human Development (3 representatives), and Ministry of Society Development (3 representatives). These senior managers are responsible for developing strategic planning for their respective ministries. The TOT program offered by the UTM Razak School is a practical, hands-on workshop that highlights best practices, enabling participants to learn how to build and implement strategic planning using a balanced scorecard which can be applied in any commercial organisations or government bodies. The use of case studies in the program enable participants to be exposed to real-life examples, allowing better understanding, which in turn can affect and even enhance current practices. Apart form participating in workshops, participants will also been given the opportunity to visit various agencies like the Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as well as other relevant agencies and bodies. The TOT program run by the UTM Razak School is led by Datuk Prof Dr Mohd Zainai, who is the principal facilitator, and assisted by Prof Dr Awaluddin, Assoc. Prof. Dr Shafry of UTMSPACE, Assoc. Prof. Dr Ariffin from SRAD, Dr Bambang of IBS. These core group of facilitators are supported by the short course organiser and logistics committee comprising Assoc. Prof. Dr Roslizar, Dr Abdel Gader, Dr Raihana, Dr Saardin and Mr Norazmein. UTM Razak School is privileged to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with Khrtoum State. It is believed that this TOT program can lead to more future impactful collaboration between UTM and the State of Khartoum, Sudan.