Twenty local universities have agreed to collaborate with the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to boost student exchange between Malaysia and India.
Among the universities involved are Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universiti Teknikal Melaka Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman said USM as the collaboration secretariat hoped that the programme would result in the long-term exchange of research experts and teaching staff.
“This is the first time such a big group of institutions of higher learning are involved in such a collaboration. We hope to come up with a strategic planning to enhance the flow of student exchange between the two nations,” he said after opening a strategic planning seminar here today.
He said the two-day seminar which ends tomorrow, among others would discuss the direction of higher education to strengthen national development between the two countries.
The outcome of the seminar discussions would be presented to the Education Ministry.
Omar said the seminar would also focus on vocational studies as an initiative to generate more skilled workforce in Malaysia, as India has vast experience in the field.
Last year, 1,000 USM students were involved in short and long term student exchange programmes with universities throughout Europe and Asia, including India.
Meanwhile, UGC vice chairman Prof H. Devraj said he hoped the effort will help to increase productivity in the related fields and encourage new ideas in the sphere of higher education. (BERNAMA)