A world of op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - Prof Gra­ham Ken­dall is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, provost and pro-vice-chan­cel­lor of Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham Malaysia Cam­pus. Twit­ter: @Gra­ham_Ken­dall

FROM May 2 to 4, Malaysia will be wel­com­ing del­e­gates to the an­nual Go­ing Global con­fer­ence. Themed “Global Con­nec­tions, Lo­cal Im­pact”, the con­fer­ence will wel­come ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers from around the world.

In prepa­ra­tion for this pres­ti­gious event, the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in Malaysia has ral­lied to en­sure that this con­fer­ence re­in­forces the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion as an ed­u­ca­tional hub.

It has been al­most 20 years since the Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham be­came the first Bri­tish uni­ver­sity to es­tab­lish an over­seas cam­pus. We de­liver a world-class Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion to 5,000 stu­dents ev­ery year and re­cently cel­e­brated our 10,000th grad­u­ate.

Recog­nised glob­ally for our pi­o­neer­ing spirit and ex­cel­lent stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, we are push­ing the bound­aries of global higher ed­u­ca­tion with new ini­tia­tives and part­ner­ships that al­low us to ex­tend our reach to South-East Asia and be­yond.

We try and demon­strate how our global ac­tiv­i­ties ben­e­fit the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties we en­gage with, as many other uni­ver­si­ties do. As such, we have planned a few events in Lon­don and Not­ting­ham in the run-up to Go­ing Global that will cel­e­brate our con­tri­bu­tions in Malaysia and our con­nec­tion to South-East Asia.

We will be host­ing sev­eral events in Lon­don on April 24 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Asia House, The Bri­tish Malaysian So­ci­ety, UK-ASEAN Busi­ness Coun­cil, Bri­tish Coun­cil, the United King­dom gov­ern­ment and UK-based em­bassies and high com­mis­sions of Asean coun­tries. These events will ex­plore the role of ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and peo­ple in build­ing re­la­tions be­tween the UK, Malaysia and other na­tions.

If you are an alum­nus and will be in Lon­don on that day, e-mail vc-events@ not­ting­ham.ac.uk.

April 25 is Not­ting­ham and Malaysia Day, which cel­e­brates the con­nec­tion be­tween Not­ting­ham and Malaysia with sev­eral events for our staff (many of which have worked in Malaysia), cur­rent stu­dents (44,000 in to­tal) and alumni (270,000 world­wide). We hope to pro­vide them with more in­for­ma­tion about study­ing and work­ing in the UK, Malaysia and at our other cam­pus in Ningbo, China.

Af­ter the UK events, our team will be back in Kuala Lumpur for Go­ing Global. The Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham will be a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence at the con­fer­ence.

Co­in­cid­ing with the con­fer­ence is the launch of “Dis­cover our world” on May 3 – a cam­paign that aims to raise our pro­file. It will show­case the unique ex­pe­ri­ence we pro­vide, from the world-class Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion to the re­search work that trans­forms lives and strives to find so­lu­tions to to­day’s so­ci­etal chal­lenges.

In­vited guests, col­leagues, friends and key­note speak­ers will join our pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Shearer West in wit­ness­ing a live Malaysia-themed ex­per­i­ment by Prof Sir Mar­tyn Po­li­akoff as part of his Pe­ri­odic Ta­ble of Videos se­ries, which has at­tracted over 175 mil­lion hits on YouTube.

Prof Po­li­akoff will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in guest lec­tures at Pet­ro­sains for school­child­ren and sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tors from across Malaysia.

Our evening event dur­ing Go­ing Global will fea­ture in­spi­ra­tional pre­sen­ta­tions from some of our lead­ing re­searchers on ele­phant con­ser­va­tion, math­e­mat­ics, can­cer re­search and the fu­ture of food, which all have the po­ten­tial to im­pact and trans­form the lives of many Malaysians.

Host­ing Go­ing Global presents an op­por­tu­nity to show­case Malaysian ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mote the coun­try. The Bri­tish Coun­cil team, led by its di­rec­tor Sarah Dev­er­all, should be con­grat­u­lated on bring­ing this con­fer­ence to Malaysia.

As the event draws closer, I wish them ev­ery suc­cess. The Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry also de­serves spe­cial men­tion for its sup­port in re­al­is­ing the event.

As provost of the Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham Malaysia, I think this ac­tiv­ity af­fords us an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther de­velop our global con­nec­tions, show­case that we of­fer the very best of Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion and demon­strate the im­pact of our re­search on the so­ci­eties and economies of Malaysia.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­fer­ence, visit www.british­coun­cil.org/go­ing-global.

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