UNITEN MALAYSIA AND IITU KAZAKHSTAN RENEW ACADEMIC COLLABORATION FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS

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UNITEN MALAYSIA AND IITU KAZAKHSTAN RENEW ACADEMIC COLLABORATION FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS

UNITEN Also Launches Kazakhstan Alumni Chapter During
Education Week in Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan

16 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s leading power utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, and Kazakhstan’s International Information Technology University (IITU) today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) addendum to expand their existing academic cooperation for another five years.

The signing ceremony, which was held during Education Week in the Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan, was witnessed by HE Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abd Rahman, Ambassador of Malaysia to Republic of Kazakhstan; and Datuk Nik Ali bin Mat Yunus, Deputy Secretary-General (Development), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

In 2010, both parties had entered into a five-year MoU to collaborate on several mutually beneficial areas, including the exchange of students and academic staff. This new cooperation also extended to joint research and teaching activities, exchange of publications and academic materials, as well as academic programme development.

The intent to extend the cooperation was arrived at by the top management of both universities in January this year, with a commitment to commence the five-year extension from 2017 to 2021.

Speaking at the signing ceremony here, Datuk Nik Ali bin Mat Yunus expressed hope that the MoU will forge a stronger relationship between both institutions of higher learning.

“We are confident this will pave the path towards further academic excellence for both universities,” he added.

He lauded UNITEN’s participation in the Malaysia Pavilion’s business programe for Climate Change and Sustainability Week, Green Financing Week and Sustainable Cities Week to display the university’s research & development products with the aim of enticing investors and universities for collaboration.

“UNITEN’s participation at EXPO 2017 is in line with its vision to be a leading global energy university that shapes a sustainable future,” Nik Ali said.

UNITEN has registered an enrolment of over 11,000 students and 27,729 graduates and alumni. It has also been placed at number 371 in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2017 in the field of Engineering & Technology, at 201 to 250 Ranking for Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 351 to 400 for Mechanical Engineering, and 451 to 500 for Computer Science and Information Technology.

Nik Ali added that the employability rate of UNITEN graduates was at 95% for 2016, compared with the average rate of 77.3% for private higher education institutions.

At the MoU signing ceremony, UNITEN also launched the UNITEN Kazakhstan Alumni Chapter. This is the fourth international Alumni Chapter for UNITEN, after establishing alumni chapters in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

There are currently 21 UNITEN alumni members from Kazakhstan. Some of the notable members are Askar Alimkhanov, who is the President of the Malaysia Alumni Council of Kazakhstan (MyACK) that was launched in September 2016, and MyACK committee member Sabraliyev Alibek.

Education Week, held from August 14 to 18, is part of the Malaysia Pavilion's weekly-themed Business Programme organised throughout the thirteen weeks of EXPO 2017.

Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by its agency Malaysian Green Technology Corporation. Tenaga Nasional Berhad is title sponsor. For more information on Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia

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