This comment is a little late in coming. But this arrangement with Unisim is, in my view, the wrong kind of partnership for University Malaya. With respect to the staff and students at Unisim, the fact is that Unisim is not a research university like NUS, NTU and SMU. It is not a very strategic move for UM, the premier research university in Malaysia, to be collaborating with Unisim. Perhaps, in future University of Malaya will try to form meaningful research collaborations with NUS, NTU or SMU.
Sunday February 8, 2009
Dr Ghauth (third from left) exchanging documents with Prof Cheong. Also present are (from left) UM’s Dr Mohamad Mokhtar Abu Hassan, Deputy Director, Academy of Malay Studies, Prof Dr Azirah Hashim, Dean, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, and UniSim’s Provost Prof Tsu Kai Chong and Registrar Assoc Prof Yip Woon Kong.
UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) has agreed to collaborate in advisory and training services with the Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM) for the latter’s Bachelor degree in Malay Language and Literature.
UM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Gauth Jasmon and UniSIM president Prof Cheong Hee Kiat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable students from both institutions to exchange knowledge through forums and discussions, apart from student-exchange activities and study tours.
During the signing ceremony, Prof Cheong said: “We are proud to enter into an agreement with the oldest, well-established university in Malaysia.”
Being the youngest university in Singapore, UniSIM is a private set-up which provides tertiary-level education for adults in a principally self-learning mode.
Prof Cheong added that the MoU will strengthen the understanding and interest Singaporean teachers have in the Malay language and its people.
“Singapore and Malaysia are very close neighbours, so there is much scope for us to collaborate,” he said.
Prof Dr Gauth said: “This collaboration should not be limited to only the Malay Language and Literature programme. Rather, it is a great start to many other possibilities.”
He added that UM should collaborate more with UniSIM in the fields of science and technology, as well as humanities. — By ALYCIA LIM