First City UC forging new partnerships with Taiwan universities

First City UC vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ho Chee Cheong (left) with ISU consultant in internationalisation Dr Warangkana Anna Lin.

First City UC vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ho Chee Cheong (left) with KSU vice-president Dr Lee Tien-Shang.

KUCHING: First City University College (First City UC) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with two Taiwan universities, namely I-Shou University (ISU) and Kun Shan University (KSU) during the Malaysia-Taiwan Higher Education Forum hosted by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) at its Perak campus in Kampar on Oct 15 last year.

The Malaysia-Taiwan Higher Education Forum is a biennial event organised with a view to strengthen education ties between Malaysian and Taiwanese institutions of higher learning.

The event, themed ‘International Collaboration for Human Capital Development’, brought together over 130 participants from 24 Taiwanese universities and 23 Malaysian institutions of higher learning including First City UC.

The forum served as a strategic platform for participants to share experiences and insights in areas of academia-industry collaboration, university-university collaboration, and collaboration on technical vocational education and training (TVET).

Since its elevation to University College status in October 2015, First City UC has embarked on a rigorous programme to establish meaningful collaborations with local industries and other institutions of higher learning. Such collaborations may cover areas such as joint research and development, joint publications, organising of conferences and seminars, training for staff and industrial training placements for students amongst others. These efforts are aimed at enriching its academic programmes as well as enhancing learning and teaching experiences for students and staff respectively.

The signing of the MoUs with ISU and KSU is yet another effort towards achieving these objectives. Both these universities offer programmes similar to First City UC in areas such as Electrical and Information Engineering, Science and Engineering, Business and Management, Communication and Design, Tourism and Hospitality, Creative Media, Information Technology and others.

Collaborations under the MoUs will include student exchanges, research collaboration in areas of mutual interest, information exchange such as sharing of library materials and research publications, faculty exchange for the purpose of delivering lectures and engaging in research, mutual participation of faculty in conferences, congresses, and symposia sponsored by each institution, and other agreed joint development activities.

(BorneoPost Online)


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