Col­lab­o­ra­tion the key to suc­cess

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

tHE new in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus of Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia (UoRM) is bring­ing its best and bright­est to Malaysia’s higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Re­cent con­fer­ences in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science as well as Sus­tain­able Con­struc­tion are show­ing off Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia’s best re­searchers work­ing with top Malaysian ex­perts to ad­dress some of the govern­ment’s key eco­nomic pri­or­i­ties for the next decade.

Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia vice-chan­cel­lor Sir David Bell says that it’s just the ba­sic ap­proach to es­tab­lish­ing the Malaysia cam­pus. “We are es­tab­lish­ing our­selves as a fully par­tic­i­pat­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing mem­ber of the Malaysian higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and so­ci­ety.”

Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science and Mul­ti­lin­gual­ism

A first in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science was co-hosted by Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Univer­siti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in con­junc­tion with Univer­sity of Read­ing from Feb 10 to 13. Ex­perts across the field came to­gether to ex­change ideas and ex­pe­ri­ence in be­havioural and neu­ro­sci­en­tific re­search. Their spe­cific area of con­cern was lit­er­acy, mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and cog­ni­tion.

Malaysia’s spe­cial sta­tus as a mul­ti­lin­gual coun­try is prov­ing a per­fect foun­da­tion for the launch of many re­search projects ex­plor­ing how people learn sec­ond, third and fourth lan­guages and how they speak and un­der­stand oth­ers. Malaysia can pro­vide unique re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties for schol­ars from a range of dis­ci­plines linked to the topic of mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and Univer­sity of Read­ing re­searchers hope to help jump-start indige­nous re­search agen­das here with their widerang­ing ex­per­tise.

A Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing has been signed be­tween both UKM and UPM with Univer­sity of Read­ing. The next steps in­clude a bid to es­tab­lish a ma­jor global re­search cen­tre on mul­ti­lin­gual­ism in Malaysia that will pro­duce world-ranked re­search for the coun­try and be­yond.

Sus­tain­able con­struc­tion

On Feb 19 and 20, Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia (UTM) and Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM) joined forces with Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia to co-host an in­dus­try and re­search-wide col­lo­quium on con­struc­tion is­sues for to­day and to­mor­row.

The world of con­struc­tion is chang­ing – build­ing off-site is chang­ing pro­duc­tion, BIM (Build­ing In­for­ma­tion Modelling) is chang­ing de­sign and the digi­ti­sa­tion of in­for­ma­tion is im­pact­ing the speed of in­for­ma­tion de­liv­ery. There is an in­creas­ing need to share ideas and vi­sions of the fu­ture.

Speak­ers for the first day were in­dus­try lead­ers from the Asean re­gion. They shared their vi­sion of the fu­ture and the chal­lenges to be faced. This was fol­lowed by a Re­search Day with an im­pres­sive list of speak­ers who stim­u­lated de­bate about the re­search is­sues for the re­gion and vi­sions for the fu­ture. As be­fits a meet­ing of minds across both ed­u­ca­tion and in­dus­try, the top con­struc­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions were big sup­port­ers of the event.

Univer­sity of Read­ing is a World Top 200 univer­sity and in the top 1% of all uni­ver­si­ties world­wide – it has achieved its sta­tus by en­sur­ing that its re­search is top-ranked and global in im­pact and its teach­ing is in­formed by this re­search to make it the best it can be. Univer­sity of Read­ing is one of the world’s leading uni­ver­si­ties, re­spected for its aca­demic ex­cel­lence and com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing the high­est qual­ity all-round ed­u­ca­tion.

Univer­sity of Read­ing at­tracts and se­lects the best stu­dents and prides it­self on pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates who are highly sought af­ter by em­ploy­ers across the globe.

Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia at EduCity in Iskan­dar Malaysia will be the first over­seas cam­pus for the univer­sity. It will ac­com­mo­date 2,500 stu­dents and of­fer cour­ses in law, built en­vi­ron­ment, fi­nance and busi­ness, with its Hen­ley Busi­ness School be­ing recog­nised as one of the world’s leading busi­ness ed­u­ca­tors.

Classes in Foun­da­tion in Busi­ness be­gan in Septem­ber 2013 and Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia will launch its BSc in Fi­nance and Busi­ness Man­age­ment in Septem­ber 2014 be­fore rolling out cour­ses across all sub­ject ar­eas the fol­low­ing year.

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

UTM and USM joined forces with Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia to co-host an in­dus­try and re­search-wide col­lo­quium on con­struc­tion is­sues for to­day and to­mor­row.

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