Visit by CCU to promote mutual understanding

From left: Prof Goi, Dr Chiang, Prof Ewe, Prof Lie, Dr Lai, Dr Lin, Prof Allen Wu and Dr Chen

Delegates from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan (CCU) visited UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 25 January 2019. During the visit, a discussion was held between both parties to consider areas of collaboration.

The delegates from CCU were its College of Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering Vice Dean Lie Wen-Nung, Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Allen Wu, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Assist Prof Chiang Chen-Kuo, Department of Mechanical Engineering Assist Prof Lin Rong-Shine, Department of Chemical Engineering Assist Prof Chen Jung-Yao and staff Chien Wang.

Welcoming the delegates on behalf of UTAR were its Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn,Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min, LKC FES Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Ts Dr Yap Wun She. Also joining from Kampar Campus via video conference were Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT) Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Liew Soung Yue, FICT Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Ts Dr Lee Wai Kong, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Lo Po Kim, FEGT Head of Master of Engineering (Electronic Systems) Programme Assoc Prof Dr Humaira Nisar and FICT Centre for Information Systems and Software Technologies Chairperson Dr Ng Hui Fuang.

The visit aimed to further explore the structures and programmes that both universities offer to the students through video and PowerPoint presentations. It also aimed to discuss possible cooperation in the future in terms of staff and student exchange, study tour and internship programme. Also, it aimed to build rapport and promote mutual understanding between UTAR and CCU.

In the midst of meeting with delegates from CCU

During the meeting, Prof Lie proposed some suggestions on the collaboration area and said, “We would like to have collaboration with an overseas university for students’ short-term research visit which takes about three to six months. We welcome the students who are pursuing Master or PhD, and students who are doing their Final Year Projects (FYP) to apply. For those FYP students who wish to participate in this research visiting, they have to be recommended by their Professor, most preferably, by Prof Ewe. On top of it, we would like to recruit summer internship students once we get approval from the Ministry of Education. This summer internship programme will start from March to August 2019 and it will complete within two to three months. With this, I believe it could benefit both parties in terms of further collaboration. ” Meanwhile, he also hoped that in the future, both parties could organise a lab visit to have further detail on the university’s research areas.

Prof Ewe, on the other hand, agreed with Prof Lie and said, “Our University allows ‘Dual-Guidance’. With the participation of lecturers from both universities, it could help to further enhance Inter-school cooperation. Every year, we will organise a Taiwan Fellowship programme. In that programme, we will have a short-term lecturer exchange. Hence, it would be good if we could have both parties’ lecturers to visit each other to enhance research collaborations. I believe our lecturers and students are interested to pay a visit to Taiwan and perhaps form a collaboration with Taiwan’s scholars as well. We also welcome CCU’s students to visit UTAR as well. This could eventually enhance our collaborations in different aspects.”

A souvenir exchange session between Prof Ewe and Prof Lie took place. It was followed by a group photography session before the meeting ended.

Prof Ewe (Left) presenting a token of appreciation to Prof Lie

Prof Lie (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Prof Ewe

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