23 Mar 2010 00:00:00.000
A new initiative to bring Malaysia and the European Union closer together will be co-ordinated by The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), it has been announced.
MYEULINK, a new three-year project based in Malaysia, aims to increase awareness and understanding of the EU and its key policies among universities, government officials, the private sector, the media and other interest groups in Malaysia.
Funded through a grant of €575,000 by the EU, and with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, the project will encourage co-operation and dialogue in higher education, and keep decision-makers in Malaysia informed on a range of EU policy initiatives.
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It is the first major EU-funded activity to be co-ordinated at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
The official launch of the project takes place at the Prince Hotel and Residence, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday March 30 2010, with H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the EU in Malaysia and YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the Malaysian Minister of Higher Education, in attendance as guests of honour.
Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Vice-President (Research) at UNMC, and Project Co-ordinator, said: “This initiative is a very positive step because it brings together two key sectors, higher education and business, to identify common priorities between the EU and Malaysia. Linkages developed through MYEULINK will be ideally placed to apply for research funding through the EU Framework and other programmes.”
MYEULINK will also contribute to the Government of Malaysia’s vision of making the country a tertiary education hub for the region, and to the internationalisation of its higher education sector.
The project has a number of integrated objectives:
• To support higher education, through an online repository of materials, briefing documents and expertise.
• To develop an alliance of Malaysian public and private sector organisations, agencies and individuals through an online repository of briefing materials and expertise that will link directly with relevant centres of knowledge in the EU.
• To establish a Sustainable Community of Practice for Malaysian and EU institutions using a repository of expertise and best practice on key EU/Malaysia education and policy issues.
• To utilise this Community of Practice as a blueprint for an EU Centre in Malaysia.
• To raise awareness and understanding of EU issues across the Malaysian public and private sectors.
The MYEULINK project brings together a number of institutions, as well as UNMC: the University of Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, University Malaysia Sabah, The University of Nottingham in the UK and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Among other activities, participating institutions will deliver and develop an on-line repository of EU-related teaching in Business, Economics, History, Politics, Law and Media. A Europe/Malaysia Higher Education Fair, linking HE institutions in Malaysia with counterparts in Europe, is planned for early 2011.
Three Malaysian Associate organisations — the Institute for Strategic and International Studies, the National Higher Education Research Institute and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) — will host high-level seminars and contribute to the online repository of policy briefings.
The University of Nottingham has a long history of working closely with Malaysia — two former Kings and the current Prime Minister are Nottingham graduates. Nottingham was also the first British university to establish a campus in the country, at Semenyih south of Kuala Lumpur.
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