Minister of Higher Education for Malaysia visits UCL
9 January 2008
Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic and International) welcomed the Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia, His Excellency Dato' Mustapha Mohamed, on 9 January 2008.
Discussions centred on areas of potential future research collaboration, notably in the fields of global health and engineering. Other areas where collaborations would be desirable, in the minister's view, are the humanities and the social sciences.
UCL currently nearly has 200 students from Malaysia studying here, 75 per cent of whom are studying at undergraduate level, and Malaysia is keen to increase the number of students coming to study at UCL, especially at the graduate research level.
Other areas discussed included world university league tables, and His Excellency congratulated UCL on its entry into the top 10 in the THES League Table, and the minister's desire to facilitate collaboration with Malaysian universities and to encourage further discussions about technology transfer.
UCL is supportive of the Malaysian government's aim to provide doctoral training programmes for selected members of staff from Malaysian universities and will be exploring this further with the Ministry of Education.
His Excellency the Minister was accompanied by: Mr Ahmad Nazri Sulaiman, Director of Malaysian Students Department (MSD) United Kingdom & Ireland, Mr Mohd Zaki Zakaria, Education Attache at the MSD and Ms Suzanna Modh Ali, Education Attaché at the MSD.