Partnering with MMU Korea for mutual interest

Reinforcing its internationalisation efforts, UTAR inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mokpo National Maritime University (MMU), a South Korean maritime university on 28 January 2019 at UTAR Sungai Long Campus.

From left: Prof Ewe, Prof Chuah, Prof Park and Prof Pyo during the MoU exchange

Signing on behalf of UTAR were its President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, witnessed by Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat; while MMU was represented by its President Prof Dr Park, Sung-Hyeon, witnessed by Director of Korean Language and Cultural Centre Prof Dr Pyo, Hyun-Young.

Also present at the signing ceremony were MMU Dean of International Exchange Division Prof Dr Ahn, Byeong-Won and Dean of College of Engineering Prof Dr Choi, Ik-Chang; UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min, Student Development and Industrial Training Deputy Dean Ir Dr Lim Jee Hock, Department of Civil Engineering Head Dr Ling Lloyd, Ts Dr Tan Ooi Kuan, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Dr Cheah Phaik Kin, Faculty of Accountancy and Management Senior Lecturer Er Pek Hoon and Centre for Foundation Studies of Kampar Campus Lee Chee Heong. 

Prof Chuah and Prof Park (right) giving their speech at the ceremony

In his speech, Prof Chuah pointed out the importance of cultural intelligence in today’s globalised world. He said, “Teaching and learning must extend beyond the shores of the country and look into the exchange of knowledge, expertise and resources so that the best worlds can be incorporated into the learning experience for staff and students.” He believed that students need to widen their international exposure and acquire a different set of perspectives and skills in order to succeed. He hoped that both universities could learn from each other and thus produce more graduates that could fit into an increasingly global world.

Prof Park, on the other hand, thanked UTAR for the warm welcome. He said, “Our University was established in 1950 and we take pride in being one of the key contributors in Korea shipping industry. We came here to establish a partnership with UTAR because we want to share our 70 years’ experiences with Malaysia’s shipping industry. ” He also highlighted the importance of human capital and said that it was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with UTAR as the University has a strong base in engineering.

The event ended with a group photography session and a souvenir presentation session, followed by a campus tour.

From left: Dr Tan, Dr Ling, Dr Lim, Dr Lai, Prof Ewe, Prof Chuah, Prof Park, Prof Pyo, Prof Choi, Prof Ahn, Prof Goi, Er,  Dr Cheah and Lee 

Souvenir exchange between Prof Chuah (left) and Prof Park

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