Kuala Lumpur, 27 April 2016 – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) today welcomed over 60 senior officers and representatives of regional organisations across Southeast Asia to Kuala Lumpur for a workshop on ASEAN higher education. The workshop, held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, was jointly organised by UTM and MOHE. Participants of the workshop discussed on implementation of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Higher Education. Malaysia proposed the declaration in conjunction with its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015. The declaration was adopted by the Heads of States or Governments of ASEAN member states during the 27th ASEAN Summit on 21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. Datin Paduka Siti Hamisah Tapsir, the MOHE Deputy Director General (Public Higher Education Institutes), who spoke on behalf of Dato’ Prof. Dr. Asma Ismail, the MOHE Director General of Higher Education during the opening plenary said that higher education holds the key for ASEAN’s economic development. ASEAN should work collectively in empowering all of its 6,000-over institutions of higher learning to achieve excellence. This can be done through a harmonised quality assurance structure, credit transfer mechanisms, support systems for students and academics in learning, teaching and research, as well as a strengthened provision of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for ASEAN’s growing economic needs. Malaysia is ready to drive regional initiatives in student and staff mobility and TVET, as well as supporting the region in capacity building initiatives on quality assurance. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz, the UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) who is also the project leader representing UTM, said that the declaration reflects Malaysia’s leadership in ASEAN higher education, and commitment in sharing best practices with other ASEAN member states. Commenting on the declaration, he explained that declaration is a cross – institutional effort involving experts and practitioners from various organisations. He would like to thank two key enablers, Prof. Dr. Azirah Hashim, Executive Director of Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Universiti Malaya (UM) and Prof. Dr. Wahid Razzaly, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) for their support and commitment throughout the project. During the workshop, representatives from the Education, Youth and Sports Division (EYSD) of the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the EU-Support to Higher Education in ASEAN (EU-SHARE), the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation – Regional Centre on Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) and the Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Training of TVET Personnel (RECOTVET) were also present to share their experience, current initiatives and vision on ASEAN higher education. A welcoming dinner was also held for the participants, hosted by Berjaya University College of Hospitality. Among the guests of honour include Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, the MOHE Minister, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, MOHE Deputy Minister, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Asma Ismail, MOHE Director General for Department of Higher Education and Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr Wahid Omar, the UTM Vice Chancellor.
UTM has been invited to work extensively with the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan in the development on areas such as Modernising Higher Education [Outcome-Based Education (OBE), Student-Centred Learning (SCL), and application of modern technologies in higher education], Quality Assurance, E-Elearning, and Scholarships for Masters and PhD programmes for teachers from public universities in Afghanistan. UTM’s engagement comes as part of a 5-year education plan from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education, with financial support of the World Bank. Subsequent to the OBE-SCL training conducted by UTM in November 2015, the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education has invited three experts from UTM , Prof. Dr. Shahrin Bin Mohammad; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd. Yusof; and Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi Bin Syed Hassan, and from UiTM Prof. Dr. Siti Hawa Binti Hamzah to conduct advanced level OBE-SCL training, helping the ministry in designing OBE-SCL implementation strategies for the public universities in Afghanistan, and exploring collaboration opportunities of mutual interest between the ministry and UTM. The training is being conducted from 24th April to 3rd May in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the participants of the training being teachers from various faculties of Afghan public universities.
[ Professor Wahid and Sir Robert Alan exchanging documents at Main Meeting Hall.[/caption] JOHOR BAHRU, 21 April - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the University of Leeds agreed to strengthen collaboration in the areas of student and staff exchange, joint research and publication, and education. The discussion to strengthen the existing relationship between the two universities ended with the signing of the Letter of Cooperation UTM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar and his counterpart Sir Robert Alan Langlands. The meeting was attended by Prof Dr. Andy Gouldson (Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor) and Ms. Jacqui Brown (Head of International Office) from the University of Leeds. Meanwhile UTM was represented by Prof Dr Nordin Yahaya (Senior Director- UTM International), Assoc Prof Dr Hamdan Said (Deputy Director – UTM International), Hj Zainul Abdul Rashid (Manager - UTM International), Prof Dr Mohamad Nazri Mohd Jaafar (Institute For Vehicle Systems And Engineering), Prof Dr Ir Farid Nasir Hj Ani (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering). After the meeting, Prof Dr Mohamad Nazri Mohd Jaafar brought the delegation for a short tour to the UTM Institute For Vehicle Systems And Engineering. At present, there are 15 alumni of the University of Leeds working at UTM. Due to work commitments, only eight of them attended the meeting. The meeting proposed that the alumni of the University of Leeds is to initiate high impact programmes particularly in research collaboration to consolidate the bridge between the two universities. The University of Leeds was established in 1904, and is currently one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. The university has more than 31,000 students including 1,277 students coming from EU countries and 5,697 from other international countries. International students come from 147 countries. The University of Leeds is considered the 8th largest university in the UK (out of 165). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 universities (alongside Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham University and Edinburgh University) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. The university had a total income of £639.6 million in 2014/15, of which £152.1 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £66.7 million (2014–15) and is ranked as one of the top 10 British universities by financial endowment. For 2015-16, the University of Leeds is ranked nationally between 14th (Times and Sunday Times) and 23rd (The Guardian). Internationally, the university is ranked as the 32nd best in Europe and globally ranked 87th in the 2015 QS World University Rankings and 101–150 (2015 ARWU). The University of Leeds was ranked 10th in the UK for research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the best result in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and between 2014–15, was ranked as the 10th most targeted British university by the UK's top graduate employers.