MoU signing between UTAR and SDUST

Prof Dato’ Ewe (left) and Prof Luo showing the signed document

UTAR and Shandong University of Science and Technology (SDUST) signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) at UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 17 October 2023. The signatories were UTAR President Ir Prof Dato’ Dr Ewe Hong Tat and SDUST Secretary of the Party Committee Prof Luo Gongli. Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia (Embassy of China to Malaysia) Counsellor for Science Dr Zhao Xiangdong also attended and witnessed this MoU signing ceremony.

This MoU will pave the way for a wide array of transformative ventures between the two universities. These ventures will encompass international collaborative research projects, programmes dedicated to nurturing talent, substantial exchanges of both staff and students, seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Prof Dato’ Ewe said, “I have every confidence that UTAR and SDUST will enjoy a seamless and delightful collaboration in the times ahead. I eagerly anticipate increased exchanges between our two universities following today's signing ceremony. Through our mutual collaboration, we aspire to generate greater value for the academic community, and make meaningful contributions to the bond between our two nations and their societies.”

Prof Dato’ Ewe expressing his confidence towards the collaboration between two universities

Prof Luo said, “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to UTAR on their remarkable achievements. While UTAR may be a relatively young university, it has left a lasting impression on us in terms of its commitment to student development, innovative technology, exchange programmes, and collaborative efforts. We believe that our visit for learning and exchange will lay a strong foundation for deeper collaboration between UTAR and SDUST in the future. With the signing of this MoU today, we are confident that it will establish a solid groundwork for the success of our future collaborations and exchanges. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr Zhao (Xiangdong) for his instrumental role in bringing us together and contributing to our higher education endeavours.”

Prof Luo delivering a speech

Prof Dato’ Ewe (left) and Prof Luo signing the documents

The signing ceremony concluded with an exchange of souvenirs and a group photo. During the discussions, both universities expressed their strong commitment to cultivating partnerships encompassing a wide array of initiatives, including academic exchanges, student exchanges, study tours, internships, and scholarships. Prof Luo made a special mention of their renowned and highly-ranked Department of Safety Engineering in China and extended a warm invitation to UTAR students to come to their university for learning and exchange. The visit concluded with an informative campus tour.

Prof Luo (right) presenting a souvenir to Prof Dato’ Ewe

Prof Dato’ Ewe (left) present a souvenir to Prof Luo (middle), accompany by Dr Zhao (right)

Also present at the signing ceremony were SDUST Graduate School Dean Prof Dr Han Zuozhen, Department of Academic Affairs Director Prof Dr Fan Jiancong, International Office Director Prof Dr Gao Sheng and International Division Chief Liu Jie. Representatives from UTAR were Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Yap Wun She, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) Dean Assoc Prof Dr Chong Siou Wei, Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research (IPSR) Director Assoc Prof Dr Yong Thian Khok, Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) Deputy Dean for Academic Development and Undergraduate Programmes Dr Ng Kar Yee, Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn and DCInterNet staff Liu Dan. Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) Dean Ir Prof Dr Ng Choon Aun and FEGT Department of Environmental Engineering Head Prof Dr Mohammed J. K. Bashir joined the meeting via Microsoft Team.

From left: Dr Ng, Dr Chong, Dr Yong, Dr Yap, Dr Lai, Prof Dato’ Ewe, Prof Luo, Dr Zhao, Prof Han, Prof Gao, Prof Fan and Liu

Campus tour for esteemed guest

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