MoU exchange with QAU for greater collaboration

From left: Dr Loo, Dr Lim, Prof Goi, Dr Lai, Prof Ewe, Prof Chuah, Liu, Zheng, Xiong, Tian and Dr David Tneh

UTAR cordially welcomed delegates from Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU) to Sungai Long Campus on 22 April 2019. The purpose of the visit was to exchange memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was already signed in advance to promote mutual understanding between both institutions.

Representing UTAR at the MoU exchange ceremony were its President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, while QAU was represented by its Vice President Liu Chunxia. Also present at the ceremony were QAU Director of International Office Zheng Dan, Director of Teaching Affairs Office Tian Yike, Section Chief of International Office Xiong Liu; UTAR Division of Community and International Networking Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min, Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) Dean Dr David Tneh Cheng Eng, LKC FES Student Development and Industrial Training Deputy Dean Ir Dr Lim Jee Hock, and FCI R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Deputy Dean Dr Loo Hong Chuang.

Prof Chuah and Liu (right) exchanging the MoU documents

Giving his speech, Prof Chuah expressed his gratitude to the delegates and gave a brief introduction on the development of the University and student activities. According to him, the University has actively involved in international exchanges and collaborations though it has only been 17 years since its establishment. He mentioned that this year was the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia and he hoped that the historical bond between the two countries could be further strengthened. He also hoped that the MoU could facilitate students from both sides in exchange programmes, enabling them to establish international networks and broaden their global perspectives.

Liu, on the other hand, expressed their willingness to have a greater international academic collaboration with UTAR. She mentioned that there were a number of similarities between the two universities and therefore many potential collaborative aspects, particularly agriculture researches, could be explored to benefit more students.

The MoU exchange ceremony wrapped up with an exchange of souvenirs, followed by a group photo session.

Prior to the exchange ceremony, a meeting between both parties was held in the morning to discuss some possible collaborations such as staff and student exchanges, internships and technological cooperation in the area of agricultural science, engineering and multimedia.

Prof Chuah (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Liu

Prof Chuah (left) receiving a token of appreciation from Liu (right)

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