uOttawa visits UTAR to explore collaboration

From left: Chai, Prof Goi, Anne McIlroy, Olga Golovachova, Prof Jacques Beauvais, Prof Ewe, Prof Jacques Frémont, Dr Ng, Dr Yap, Dr Leong Kah Hon, Dr Ling, Dr Leong Pooi Pooi and Dr Lai

A group of delegates from the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) paid a visit to Sungai Long Campus on 23 May 2022. The delegates included uOttawa President and Vice-Chancellor Prof Jacques Frémont, Faculty of Engineering Dean Prof Jacques Beauvais, Strategic Engagement Executive Director Anne McIlroy, Faculty of Engineering Manager of International Relations Olga Golovachova, and Bransfield International Ltd Director of Corporate Strategy & Investment Chai Ee Lin.

Welcoming the delegates on behalf of UTAR were its President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Goi Bok Min, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FIGT) Dean Ir Prof Dr Ng Choon Aun, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Yap Wun She, Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Ling Lloyd, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) Deputy Dean for Academic Development and Undergraduate Programmes Assoc Prof Ir Ts Dr Leong Kah Hon, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training Assoc Prof Dr Leong Pooi Pooi, and Division of Community and International Networking Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn. Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT) Department of Computer Science Head Ts Dr Ooi Boon Yaik also joined the meeting via video conferencing.

From left: Prof Ewe and Prof Jacques Frémont delivering their speech

In the mid of the meeting

In his remarks, Prof Ewe first expressed a warm welcome to the delegates and gave a brief introduction to the University’s background and its development in recent years. He mentioned that UTAR is a university by the people for the people and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He also shared the uniqueness of UTAR and gave some fruitful examples of collaboration with other universities and industry partners. Moreover, he gave a short presentation on possible areas of collaboration to build an understanding of the shared goals of collaboration between both parties.

Prof Jacques Frémont, on the other hand, said that uOttawa is a bilingual university which provides its students with the opportunity to study in French and English as well as to live in a bilingual environment. He shared some achievements of the University and highlighted the importance of getting international exposure for staff and students. “We want our students to have more international experience. They used to go to U.S., U.K. or Germany. But we want them to go out,” he said, adding that they would provide scholarships for their students to come to UTAR to discover the University and the world. 

Moreover, the meeting also featured presentations by UTAR faculties’ deans and deputy deans who shared information about the faculties’ development to enhance mutual understanding. 

Dr Yap elucidating possible collaboration areas with LKC FES

Dr Ng providing an introduction to FEGT to further discuss possible collaboration

Dr Leong presenting some possible collaborations for FMHS

Prof Jacques Beauvais (right) and Olga Golovachova presenting some ideas on how uOttawa and UTAR can collaborate

Besides joint student programmes and cultural exchange, both parties also discussed offering international experiences that are valuable for students and staff, such as dual programmes collaboration and joint research. A workshop for researchers was also proposed to enable academics and researchers from both universities to collaborate with each other, making the exchange of research ideas much simpler.

Moreover, an online meeting in the future was suggested for both parties to further discuss and interact with each other more efficiently. The meeting then ended with a souvenir exchange and a group photography session, followed by a campus and lab tour.

Prof Ewe presenting a token of appreciation to Prof Jacques Frémont (right)

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