On 9th September 2022, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Cawangan Negeri Sembilan (UiTMCNS) held virtual appreciation ceremony to celebrate the success of securing 15 Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements (MoU/MoA) with respected institutions and industry players throughout 2021. Of all the 15 MoU/MoA signed, 10 of them were from international indurstries while the other 5 were from national institutions and industries. The international institutions involved were Yamanashi Gakuin University (Japan), Global University Lebanon, Universitas Pahlawan Tuanku Tambusai Indonesia, Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palangka Raya Indonesia, Universitas Maritim Raja Ali Haji Indonesia, Universitas Brawijaya Indonesia, Universitas Padjadjaran Indonesia, Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz Iran.
On the other hand, the national institutions and industry players who signed the agreements were Multimedia University Malaysia (MMU), National Audit Department, Nanyang Dreams International Trading Sdn. Bhd., Genting Malaysia Berhad, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre Berhad (MaGIC) and South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP). The objectives of these agreements are multifaceted which include elevating excellence in teaching and learning, producing globally recognized graduates, flourish research, innovations and publications activities, stimulates consultation and commercialization, encouraging students’ mobility programs (inbound and outbound), hold mutually beneficial activities together such as international seminars and knowledge sharing, advancing fields such as forestry, agriculture, sports science, food technology, big data analytics and developing human capital among staff and students.
Among activities that have been conducted with the strategic partners were big data analytic course with National Audit Department Malaysia, consultation for MMU athletes, joint international conferences and research activities, students’ mobility program between UiTMCNS and few institutions, food product development competitions with Nanyang Dreams, collaborative teaching, supervising students, joint examination, industrial talk, recruiting graduate students, acceptance of students for research, organization of short courses and meetings with SEARCA, exchange of information on student development and teaching and research innovations. Professor Datuk Ts. Dr. Hajah Roziah Mohd Janor, UiTM Vice Chancellor also congratulated UiTMCNS for securing these new national and international partnerships for UiTM. She asserted in her speech during the ceremony, “I truly hope these MoUs and MoAs will encourage better mobility programs, industrial training and academic visits. We also need to produce a more robust ecosystem that stimulates new research and innovations.” All these efforts are geared to fulfilling UiTM goals of becoming Globally Renowned University (GRU) by 2025 by anchoring on three strategic thrusts which are quality education, global excellence and value-driven performance.
Professor Dr. Yamin Yasin, Rector of UiTMCNS in his speech during the ceremony added, “I am certain that the collaboration with strategic partners have significant contribution in transforming UiTM into GRU. Hence, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the strategic partners and to congratulate the Faculty of Sports Science & Recreation, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Academy of Language Studies, School of Biology, School of Industrial Technology, Faculty of Communication & Media Studies and Faculty of Business & Management of UiTMCNS. They have given solid commitments in initiating these collaborations” Overall, most of the strategic partners mutually agreed that the signed MoUs and MoAs are not only beneficial to UiTM but to their institutions as well. Dr. Dadang Rahmat Hidayat, Dean of Faculty of Communication Science from University of Padjadjaran regarded this partnership with UiTM as an outstanding opportunity to extend the outreach of their university in improving international recognition to their institution.