Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate with nine renowned Institute of National Colleges of Technology (KOSEN), Japan In Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Japan, namely the Kurume National College of Technology, Ariake National College of Technology, Kitakyushu National College of Technology, Sasebo National College of Technology, Kumamoto National College of Technology, Oita National College of Technology, Miyakonojo National College of Technology, Kagoshima National College of Technology and Okinawa National College of Technology.
The collaboration will focus on various academic activities including staff and student exchange; exchange of academic materials and publications; joint research activities; organising joint lectures, symposia and conferences; and other activities such as student internship, cultural and study trips.
The signing of this MOU is a historic event for UTP as it is the first university in Malaysia to collaborate with KOSEN. The significant alliance will augur well towards the holistic development of the university and KOSEN, and further help UTP to remain competitive and relevant to the industry and nation at large. It is also another important milestone for UTP’s journey towards becoming an internationally recognised higher learning institution of distinctive reputation.
The agreement was signed by YBhg. Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hj. Hashim, Vice Chancellor of UTP; Dr. Hiroshi Akasaka, President of Kagoshima National College of Technology, Supervisor for the Project, The Council on Inter-College Education Project; Dr. Hirofumi Kuwabara, President of Miyakonojo National College of Technology, The Council on Inter-College Education Project and Dr. Shigeru Itoh, President of Okinawa National College of Technology, The Council on Inter-College Education Project.
“This MoU with KOSEN is a step towards establishing a livelier climate that offers new opportunities for UTP students and staff to be exposed to an internationalised educational experience. Through this collaboration, UTP’s networking activity will be enhanced, and this will be advantageous to the staff and students especially in the current challenging global scenario,” said Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim.
UTP has also collaborated with other universities in Japan including Meiji, Sojo, Osaka, Hiroshima and recently Tokyo, as well as other top Japanese multinational corporations such as Mitsubishi and Hitachi. With these partnerships, UTP not only experience the exchange of students and academic staff but also academic materials and publications. In addition, there were also cooperation for joint lectures, research, symposia and conferences and other activities such as student internship, cultural and study trips. In August and September 2012, 14 students from University of Tokyo (UT), Japan underwent the UTP-UT Summer Programme at UTP. During the students’ stay in UTP, they enrolled in short courses and were involved in various programmes such as educational trips, cultural and recreational activities within and outside the university compound.
Also present at the ceremony were delegates from KOSEN, UTP Management Committee and Senate members.