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Date [ 2014-02-20, 10:15 ]

Two premier universities come together for an educational agreement

Sealed by by Prof Jalaludin, & Prof Ennew.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) RamaniRathir =University of Malaya (UM) held a signing ceremony of dual PhD programme agreement between itself and University of Nottingham on January 24, 2014. This will enable candidates pursuing PhD under this programme to be awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from UM and University of Nottingham each upon graduation.

The agreement was signed by Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, Vice-Chancellor of UM and Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham and witnessed by Professor Datin Dr. Norhanom Abdul Wahab, Dean of the Institute of Graduate Studies (IPS) and Professor Graham Kendall Vice-Provost (Research & Knowledge Transfer), The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Talks to initiate this dual PhD programme began in 2011 when Prof. Christine Ennew visited UM and subsequent to several meetings with representatives from Nottingham, the Faculty of Medicine, UM took up the proposal and identified potential candidates.

Under the programme, candidates will register at both institutions and spend at least 18 months at University of Nottingham and at least one year at UM.

“I am delighted that we are able to offer a dual PhD with Universiti Malaya; this important initiative provides individual students with the opportunity to study in a genuinely international environment and for our institutions it provides an opportunity to extend existing research collaborations and develop new ones,” Prof Ennew asserted.

The candidates will pay pro-rate tuition fees for the time spent at each Institution and supervised by co-supervisors appointed by each Institution. The Dual PhD Programme Agreement with the University of Nottingham was presented and approved at the UM Senate on October 24, 2013.

Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin then affirmed that programmes such as the dual PhD indirectly benefited both institutions as they result better cooperation in terms of transfer of knowledge and joint publications. He emphasized, “The student and supervisors from both institutions act as the conduit for collaborative projects that go beyond the duration of the programme.

In essence, the collaborative project is a win-win situation because both universities will have a long-term collaborative relationship that keeps growing even after the students graduated.”

The doctor declared, “UM is also very pleased to have this agreement with University of Nottingham that is a world-renowned institution and ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. I hope the candidates selected from this programme can reap the full benefit of studying under both UM and University of Nottingham.”

According to Professor Dr. Norhanom, UM has been engaging with internationally renowned institutions for dual PhD programmes since 2009. starting with the University of Sydney and followed by the Liverpool John Moores University. As of 2014, five candidates have successfully completed the programme, with two candidates graduating last year with the other three expected to graduate later this year.

She added that programmes are tailor-made according to the requirements of each institution and therefore benefited not only the institutions but also the candidates.

For Malaysians, the candidates spend less money through this programme as compared with studying full-time at the partner institution. To assist the candidates further on financial matters, IPS initiated the Dual PhD Fund that can support candidates who are qualified for the assistance.

“I was involved in a previous version of this scheme, where I was fortunate enough to supervise a number of PhD students from Malaysia. It was that programme that enabled me to visit Malaysia and eventually work here.

This revised scheme offers even more opportunities and working with the University of Malaya provides students with the opportunity to work with two world class institutions, which should lead to a broad variety of exciting research programs,” expounded Professor Kendall.


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