UTAR forges close ties with Tai­wan uni­ver­si­ties

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TWO months af­ter the visit by the Tai­wan del­e­ga­tion of 12 uni­ver­si­ties led by its Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Chi­ang Wei-ling to UTAR (Univer­siti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man) on July 27, the univer­sity re­cip­ro­cated with a sim­i­lar visit to Tai­wan from Oct 13 to 17.

The UTAR del­e­ga­tion to Tai­wan was led by coun­cil chair­man Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and UTAR pres­i­dent Ir Prof Aca­demi­cian Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik.

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded UTAR vice-pres­i­dent (R&D and Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion) Ir Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, Fac­ulty of Sci­ence dean As­soc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng and Fac­ulty of Engineering and Green Tech­nol­ogy dean Dr Yap Vooi Voon.

In­cluded in the itin­er­ary were vis­its to sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties, namely Tamkang Univer­sity, Na­tional Yang-Ming Univer­sity, Na­tional Chiao Tung Univer­sity, Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity and Na­tional Taipei Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Dur­ing the five-day visit, UTAR signed a joint MoU with Na­tional Yang-Ming Univer­sity and Univer­sity Sys­tem of Tai­wan, fo­cus­ing on col­lab­o­ra­tive aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties on med­i­cal and health sciences and on col­lab­o­ra­tions that in­clude wel­com­ing ad­junct pro­fes­sors to UTAR.

The MoA ex­change be­tween UTAR and Na­tional Chiao Tung Univer­sity in­cluded col­lab­o­ra­tions on stu­dent ex­changes for post­grad­u­ate stud­ies. Post­grad­u­ate stu­dents of both uni­ver­si­ties are al­lowed to utilise the re­search fa­cil­i­ties at ei­ther uni­ver­si­ties for re­search and de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.

The univer­sity also signed an MoU with Na­tional Taipei Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rat­ing staff and stu­dent ex­changes as well as re­search and de­vel­op­ment col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Go­ing global is part of the univer­sity’s 10-year strate­gic plan. To date, UTAR has been hav­ing good rap­port with other in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing from as far as Ger­many, Poland, South Korea, Ja­pan, Kenya, Tan­za­nia and other economies.

Its pru­dent move to aug­ment staff and stu­dents’ in­ter­na­tional net­work­ing via var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions has been noth­ing but re­ward­ing.

In fact, UTAR had forged for­mal col­lab­o­ra­tions with more than 25 uni­ver­si­ties in Tai­wan pre­vi­ously, in­clud­ing Na­tional Ts­ing Hua Univer­sity and I-Shou Univer­sity.

The ben­e­fits UTAR stu­dents have reaped from the in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions are aplenty. Cur­rently, four post­grad­u­ate stu­dents have been se­lected for in­tern­ship in ar­eas such as Psy­chol­ogy, Chi­nese Stud­ies, Com­puter Sci­ence and Engineering un­der the Na­tional Chiao Tung Univer­sity Elite In­tern­ship Pro­gramme.

UTAR lec­turer Tian Kian Wee, who was ac­cepted by Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity, will have his PhD the­sis co-su­per­vised by both Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity and UTAR. Upon com­ple­tion, he will be con­ferred Doc­tor Phi­los­o­phy in Life Sci­ence by Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity and the Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy in Sci­ence by UTAR.

Na­tional Ts­ing Hua Univer­sity has also been work­ing with UTAR In­sti­tute of Chi­nese Stud­ies since 2011 through the In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teer Pro­gramme to as­sist in col­lect­ing and pre­serv­ing his­tor­i­cal records and text at Gopeng Mu­seum.

Be­sides that, there is also a grow­ing num­ber of stu­dents from UTAR re­ceiv­ing schol­ar­ships to pur­sue post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties at Tai­wan.

The visit by the UTAR del­e­ga­tion was aimed at strength­en­ing the re­la­tion­ships that had al­ready been es­tab­lished with some of the ma­jor Tai­wan uni­ver­si­ties be­sides seek­ing to ex­plore new ones.

The visit was also at the in­vi­ta­tion of Dr Chi­ang Wei-ling dur­ing his visit to UTAR in July for UTAR to ex­plore fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tions with other in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in Tai­wan, which has a to­tal of 162 uni­ver­si­ties.

For de­tails, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Prof Chuah exchanging the MoA with Na­tional Chiao Tung Univer­sity se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Dr Shieh Han-Ping while Dr Ling (cen­tre) looks on.

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