UNIVERSITI Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has entered into a strategic agreement with Pakistan’s University of Sindh (SU) in a move to boost internationalisation efforts in Malaysia’s higher education sector.
According to SU vice-chancellor Professor Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat, the agreement comprises the exchange of academicians between the two universities as well as collaboration in the areas of research and publication of journals, particularly in the fields of social science and humanities which are the main thrust areas of SU.
He said research is an important element in uplifting the image of a university especially in the handling and understanding of global challenges today.
“UniMAP is strong in the field of engineering while SU has expertise in humanities and social science. Hence, if these two fields are joined and intertwined, surely many global and economic issues can be solved.
“From a work perspective, engineering is related to the development of commercial applications and the provision of technological requirements accepted by society, while the humanities and social sciences are the core areas that should be nurtured within engineers themselves,” he remarked.
Other than that, engineering inventions are also created for the benefit and use of mankind as a whole, Burfat added in his speech at the 4th International Conference on the Roles of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Engineering 2017 (ICoHSE4) held in Penang, recently.
The conference, attended by more than 150 participants from within and outside the country, was organised jointly by UniMAP’s School of Human Development and Technocommunication (IKOM), SU and Ecole Nationale Supèrieure d’Ingènieurs de Caen (National Graduate School of Engineering & Research Centre) in Caen, France. UniMAP deputy vice-chancellor Professor Dr Rezuwan Kamaruddin officiated the opening of the conference.
Before the agreement, SU had invited and appointed two UniMAP professors as visiting professors for two weeks recently.
UniMAP vice-chancellor Datuk Professor Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the appointment proved that the university’s experts are increasingly being acknowledged at the international level as consultants to universities abroad.
The two professors — deputy chairman of the Council Professor UniMAP Datin Professor Dr Zuraidah Md Zain and IKOM dean Associate Professor Dr Huzili Hussin — provided advice on academic programmes at the university involved and shared their expertise in academic management, higher education, research and thesis writing.
“UniMAP will continue to encourage its staff and students to expand their academic portfolio through international mobility programmes even when facing financial constraints. New methods and approach will be drafted to ensure the continuity of mobility programmes which is the best platform to extend our network with universities in other countries,” he said.