The objectives of this signing ceremony are that the two universities could start visioning the knowledge, technological advancement, and viable resources sharing, focusing on integrated and smart solutions to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) in every aspect. This strategic partnership would be beneficial to reaffirm, strengthen, and leverage their comparative advantages to support high-quality and impactful research, education, and culture through effective and accountable governance, digitalization, resilience to energy and environmental challenges, women’s empowerment and good infrastructures.
The Rector of UiTM Pahang Branch expressed his gratitude for the commitment of both universities in taking a step further for the collaboration.
“The collaboration will have positive repercussions on promoting a knowledge-based economy, increasing the nation’s employment rate, improving innovation excellence, and attaining global recognition. This effort is also in line with UiTM Strategic Planning’s agenda towards becoming a globally renowned university of Science, Technologies, Humanities, and Entrepreneurship by 2025. These aspirations can be accomplished through conveying knowledge and instilling moral values in graduates who are capable of producing content and knowledge for the benefit of the society, industry, and nation.”, he added.
Moreover, Tokyo NODAI agrees that this collaboration could bring enormous benefits for both universities through the active involvement of students and staff in research and innovations as well as academics and cultural perspectives.
UiTM and Tokyo NODAI embarked on the collaborative journey earlier this year with the organization of two exciting events, namely “Continually striving to advance agriculture: Return student to the farm, a hope for the world” on January 26th, 2021, and “Virtual colloquium for education and research collaboration” on September 29th, 2021. The MoU signing event further solidifies the relationship, which is hoped to mutually benefit and enhance the exchange of knowledge and research collaborations for both institutions.
The signatories were UiTM Pahang Branch’s Rector, Professor Ts Dr Mohd Ilham Adenan and Professor Dr Hiroya Ohbayashi as the Dean of Faculty of Regional Environment Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture. The ceremony was witnessed by UiTM Pahang Branch’s Deputy Rector, Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Nazri Wan Abdul Rahman (Research & Industrial Linkages), Associate Professor Dr Nazirah Ramli (Academic Affairs), Dr Mohd Kamal Azman Jusoh (Student Affairs), and Nor Yusnita Mohamed Yusoff (Bursary). Also present in the virtual ceremony was the Head of Faculty of Globalization from Tokyo University of Agriculture, Professor Dr Iwao Uehara.
This initiative is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No.17, which focuses on strengthening and revitalizing the global partnership.