Kuwait NBAQ Delegation Visits UTAR

UTAR welcomed the delegation from the Kuwait National Bureau for Academic Accreditation and Education Quality Assurance (NBAQ) at Sungai Long Campus on 16 June 2014.

From left: Lee, Dr Adnan, Prof Husain, Dr Ammar, Dr Muthana, Prof Ewe, Prof Faidz, Prof Yow, Tay

The delegates headed by NBAQ Deputy Director General Dr Muthana Alrifai consisted of Kuwait University College of Engineering and Petroleum Dean Prof Husain Alkhiat, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training College of Business Studies Dean Dr Adnan Alali, and Kuwait Cultural Office (Australia) Director Dr Ammar Alhusaini.

On hand to receive the delegates were UTAR Vice President Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research Director Prof Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman, and Faculty of Engineering and Science Dean Prof Ir Dr Yow Ho Kwang. Among other UTAR staff present were Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) Deputy Dean (Academic Development & Undergraduate Programmes) Ng Kean Kok, FAM International Business Head of Department Alexander Tay Guan Meng. Division of Strategy Planning, Performance Monitoring and Audit Director Yim Lin Heng, Division of Exams, Awards and Scholarships Director Puan Nik Zaitun, Division of Quality Assurance Director Loh Siaw Yien, Division of Programme Promotion Director Lee Choy Fong, Division of Corporate Communication and Public Relations Director Ong Soo Weon, Student Affairs Head Loh Nyuk Leong and programme promotion staff Edwin Teh and Tan Yew Way.

The visit started with a welcome introduction to the University by Prof Ewe followed by an introduction of the delegates by Dr Muthana Alrifai and subsequently the corporate video presentation. This was followed by presentations from Alex Lee, Prof Faidz and Ms Loh Nyuk Leong. The visitors were briefed on the key information of the university’s research and post graduate programmes, student services and facilities, quality assurance and recognition of programmes offered.

The briefings led to further discussions on UTAR postgraduate programmes and the various fields of studies. The delegates posed several questions, among which were questions on the set-up of the University, its management, staff qualifications and experience and composition of students. The visitors were brought on a tour of the Sungai Long Campus before leaving. Overall it was a fruitful fact-finding mission for the delegates.

Two-way discussion on UTAR postgraduates programmes

Prof Ewe presenting souvenir to Dr Muthana

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