UniMAP col­lab­o­rates with Univer­sity of Sindh

New Straits Times - - News - Rozana Sani

Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has en­tered into a strate­gic agree­ment with Pak­istan’s Univer­sity of Sindh (SU) in a move to boost in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion ef­forts in Malaysia’s higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to SU vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Dr Fateh Muham­mad Bur­fat, the agree­ment com­prises the ex­change of aca­demi­cians be­tween the two uni­ver­si­ties as well as col­lab­o­ra­tion in the ar­eas of re­search and pub­li­ca­tion of jour­nals, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of so­cial sci­ence and hu­man­i­ties which are the main thrust ar­eas of SU.

He said re­search is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in up­lift­ing the image of a univer­sity es­pe­cially in the han­dling and un­der­stand­ing of global chal­lenges to­day.

“UniMAP is strong in the field of en­gi­neer­ing while SU has ex­per­tise in hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ence. Hence, if th­ese two fields are joined and in­ter­twined, surely many global and eco­nomic is­sues can be solved.

“From a work per­spec­tive, en­gi­neer­ing is re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment of com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions and the pro­vi­sion of tech­no­log­i­cal re­quire­ments ac­cepted by so­ci­ety, while the hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sciences are the core ar­eas that should be nur­tured within en­gi­neers them­selves,” he re­marked.

Other than that, en­gi­neer­ing in­ven­tions are also cre­ated for the ben­e­fit and use of mankind as a whole, Bur­fat added in his speech at the 4th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on the Roles of the Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences in En­gi­neer­ing 2017 (ICoHSE4) held in Penang, recently.

The con­fer­ence, at­tended by more than 150 par­tic­i­pants from within and out­side the coun­try, was or­gan­ised jointly by UniMAP’s School of Hu­man De­vel­op­ment and Tech­no­com­mu­ni­ca­tion (IKOM), SU and Ecole Na­tionale Supèrieure d’Ingènieurs de Caen (Na­tional Grad­u­ate School of En­gi­neer­ing & Re­search Cen­tre) in Caen, France. UniMAP deputy vicechan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Dr Rezuwan Ka­marud­din of­fi­ci­ated the open­ing of the con­fer­ence.

Be­fore the agree­ment, SU had in­vited and ap­pointed two UniMAP pro­fes­sors as vis­it­ing pro­fes­sors for two weeks recently.

UniMAP vice-chan­cel­lor Datuk Pro­fes­sor Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the ap­point­ment proved that the univer­sity’s ex­perts are in­creas­ingly be­ing ac­knowl­edged at the in­ter­na­tional level as con­sul­tants to uni­ver­si­ties abroad.

The two pro­fes­sors — deputy chair­man of the Coun­cil Pro­fes­sor UniMAP Datin Pro­fes­sor Dr Zu­raidah Md Zain and IKOM dean As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Huzili Hussin — pro­vided ad­vice on aca­demic pro­grammes at the univer­sity in­volved and shared their ex­per­tise in aca­demic man­age­ment, higher ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and the­sis writ­ing.

“UniMAP will con­tinue to en­cour­age its staff and stu­dents to ex­pand their aca­demic port­fo­lio through in­ter­na­tional mo­bil­ity pro­grammes even when fac­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints. New meth­ods and ap­proach will be drafted to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of mo­bil­ity pro­grammes which is the best plat­form to ex­tend our net­work with uni­ver­si­ties in other coun­tries,” he said.

Re­search is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in up­lift­ing the image of a univer­sity es­pe­cially in the han­dling and un­der­stand­ing of global chal­lenges to­day.”

Pro­fes­sor Dr Rezuwan Ka­marud­din (right) hand­ing over a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Pro­fes­sor Dr Fateh Muham­mad Bur­fat.

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