KAZAKHSTAN AN IMPORTANT PARTNER FOR MALAYSIA IN THE INTERNALISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AGENDA

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KAZAKHSTAN AN IMPORTANT PARTNER FOR MALAYSIA IN THE INTERNALISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AGENDA

Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Launches Education Week at
Astana EXPO 2017

14 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia, represented by the Deputy Secretary General (Development), Nik Ali Mat Yunus officiated the Education Week at Astana EXPO-2017, which showcases the higher education landscape in Malaysia, its reputable institutions and research and innovation related to green energy.

“Kazakhstan is an important partner to us in the internationalisation of the higher education agenda, with potential collaboration between ministries, universities and institutions in both countries and between industries in Kazakhstan with institutions of higher learning in Malaysia”, said Deputy Secretary General (Development) of Higher Education, Nik Ali Mat Yunus.

“The education system in Malaysia is established and recognised for its quality. Five (5) Malaysian universities rank in the Top 8 in ASEAN. The fact that 9 leading universities from Australia, the UK and China have established branch campuses in Malaysia is a testimony to the quality and standards of our higher education ecosystem. We lead in subjects like chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, agricultural science, environmental science, design and built, and linguistics – all ranked in the Top 50 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subjects. These subjects are of significant relevance to key industries which contribute to the GDP of Kazakhstan, namely oil and gas, mining and agriculture. Malaysia, thus, makes a strong partner for the Government of Kazakhstan and industries in Kazakhstan for human capital training and development”, continued Nik Ali Mat Yunus.

“In the past 9 weeks, we have showcased innovations related to green energy from 7 of our institutions, 10 of which are end-stage commercialise-ready products. 10 researchers and 16 students had the privilege of attending Astana Expo in seeking global collaborations for their innovations and research,” said Nik Ali Mat Yunus at the opening ceremony of the Education Week at the Malaysia Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017, themed “Future Energy”.

Malaysia’s participation in the expo is co-organised by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, an agency under the purview of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia. The Education Week held from 14 August to 18 August 2017 sees the participation of eight (8) higher education institutions from Malaysia, with talks on education opportunities in Malaysia related to green technology and sustainability. The institutions welcomes collaboration with institutions and industries in Kazakhstan towards building a skilled and competent human capital which will drive future energy for the world.

"Malaysia is ranked 1st in the world for internationalisation of higher education. The Ministry of Higher Education remains committed to global partnerships which will broaden learning and knowledge sharing opportunities through student, research and academic mobility programmes. At the crux of it, internationalisation efforts provide a broader and richer student experience for citizens of the world who choose to learn and grow in Malaysia. Malaysia is ranked 9th Most Preferred Education Destination in the World (UNESCO, 2016). We have over 130,000 students from more than 120 countries; we are proud of the diversity these students add to Malaysia’s potpourri of cultures. We have a small community of Khazakh students and we open our arms to welcome more", Nik Ali Mat Yunus added.

Nik Ali Mat Yunus thanked Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia (KeTTHA), Malaysia Electricity Supply Industries Trust Account (MESITA), and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) for giving MoHE an opportunity to be part of their momentous event.

The eight (8) participating universities in the Education Week are University of Malaya (UM), University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University Teknologi Mara, Monash University, Sunway University, Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development from Sunway University, and LimKokWing University.

The selected students and lecturers have the opportunity to visit the various country pavilions at Astana EXPO-2017 to get up close and personal with technological breakthroughs from around the globe as well as participate in a variety of talks, forums and dialogues with their international counterparts on an array of industry specific topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase the academic and mobility programmes offered by their institutions and conduct business matching with instituitions and education consultants from Kazakhstan.

On Wednesday , 16th August 2017, there will be a Signing Of Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) Addendum Document Between Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) And International Information Technology University (IITU) witnessed by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia on collaboration & co-operation in areas of research, staff and student exchange. UNITEN also will sign a MoU on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation with Almaty University of Power Engineering & Telecommunications (AUPET) at a later date in Almaty. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also be signed between LimKokWing University of Creative Technology Malaysia and Nazarbayev University Kazakhstan on providing internship to its students.

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