Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) jointly co-hosted the 14th Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Conference & Exhibition 2019 (APAIE) held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 25 to 29 March 2019.
The conference consists of two components - academic conference and exhibition. It is an annual major event in Asia Pacific and the biggest conference for international education in the region.
Other universities who also co-hosted the conference were Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Management and Science University (MSU) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN).
This year, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) was selected as the lead host.
APAIE 2019 was officiated by Education Deputy Minister, YB Teo Nie Ching on 26 March.
Afterward, The Permaisuri of Johor and Chancellor of UTM, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah delivered a keynote speech to call for all parties to do more in improving diversity and inclusivity in higher education.
Education Minister, YB Dr Maszlee Malik made his time to attend the APAIE 2019 gala dinner on 27 March where UTP students were part of the performers.
With the theme 'Diversity and Inclusivity of Higher Education in the Asia Pacific', the conference brings together about 2,500 international education policy-makers, practitioners and experts from across the globe to the Asia-Pacific region to discuss a myriad of topics regarding global issues in education.
It also aims to encourage greater cooperation between institutions, enrich and support international programmes, activities and exchanges, and promote the value of international education across the region and beyond.
Participating institutions included University of Calgary Canada, Samara University Russia, ENSCL National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille France, Columbia University School of Professional Studies USA, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya Barcelona (UIC) Spain, Konkuk University Korea and Murdoch University Australia.
UTP Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said that APAIE 2019 provides the platform and opportunity for UTP to network and discuss on potential collaboration with other institutions in the areas of academic, research and student mobility programmes.
This will increase UTP's visibility as the leading and preferred higher education provider in the region and around the world.
Dr Mohamed Ibrahim took part in the APAIE 2019 Presidents' Roundtable with the theme of "Enhancing Diversity and Inclusivity of International Education" on 27 March at UTM Kuala Lumpur.
This exclusive event is for Presidents of universities and invited guests.
The Presidents' Roundtable included keynote addresses and panel discussion to deliberate on the role of higher education in nation building from a wide range of standpoints, including but not limited to the effects on higher education traditions, practices and policies, short and long-term impacts to the ASEAN region and strategies that make partnerships work.
UTP also hosted the APAIE Board Meeting chaired by APAIE's President, Professor Sarah Todd. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim later met her to discuss on education matters.
The university also organised other activities such as a two-day morning session and paper presentations where APAIE delegates were briefed on the opportunities to collaborate with UTP in the areas of academic and student mobility.
On the last day of the conference and exhibition, international guests were given the opportunity to visit UTP to know and discover more of UTP in terms of its academic, research and students' activities.