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    UiTM’S Academy of Language Studies invests in culture of togetherness

    Taking the challenge of making Universiti Teknologi MARA into a globally renowned university, the Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Perlis Branch invests in the culture of togetherness towards excellence by launching several initiatives. Capitalising on its house talent, banking on its collective wisdom and strengthening its visibility to a global audience have been its priority agenda.

    Academy of Language Studies has collaborated with local and international partners in teaching, learning, research and community under the helm of Ms Noorazalia and Mr Adi. It has secured a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with higher education institutions, communities and professional associations such as Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis (KUIPs), University of Finance and Economics, Mongolia, Cangzhou Normal University, Xinyang Normal University, French Lebanese University, Darul Aman English Language Learning and Teaching Association and Little Hiccup which were spearheaded by Dr Latisha, Mr Chan Swee Kai, Dr Ummi, Dr Hafizah and Ms Noorazalia. Thus, collaborative activities can be conducted with these institutions. For example, two students from the Department of Foreign Languages, Normal University, conducted their teaching practicum being supervised by Ms Fazmawati and Mr Badrul Hisham.

    In 2020, the Academy organised International Scholarly Talk Webinar with Yangon Technological University (Myanmar) and the University of Mandalay (Myanmar). The practice was continued in 2021 with the Foreign Language Institute, University of Finance and Economics, Mongolia.

    In April 2021, The 1st International Conference on Language Education (iCOLE 2021) was successfully co-organised with the Foreign Language Institute, University of Finance and Economics, Mongolia under Dr Nadhilah. Arau International Poetry Festival made its international appearance on 6th November 2021 with participants from Indonesia and China headed by Ms Nor Azira.

    In 2022, the Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Perlis Branch launched International Innovation Competition on Languages, Education and Societies (IINNCOME2022) with Humanising Learning, Teaching and Societies in Digitalised Contexts as its theme under Dr Razlina and Dr Hafizah. The inaugural event showcases innovative practices of students, lecturers, professionals and communities. Its closing ceremony will be conducted during ICoLE 22.

    Meanwhile, The 2nd International Conference On Language & Education 2022 (ICoLE 2022) will be conducted on 7-8 July 2022. The theme is Redesigning & Rehumanising Learning, Teaching and Research towards Education 5.0. Its program directors; Dr Razlina and Dr Lew, the conference is expected to highlight local and international research in teaching and learning, languages and education. In November 2022, Arau International Poetry Festival 2022 will continue to gather and inspire the audience with the poets’ creative wisdom under its competent director, Ms Nor Azira.

    Moving towards research by securing local and international grants enables the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Perlis Branch to be innovative and competitive. Activities to encourage journal writing and grant writing such as Online Writing Marathon, Publishing in Indexed Journals for Novice Writers, Writing Workshop Series and Scholar Talk Series: Learn from Excellent Journal Articles were conducted to encourage lecturers to publish in high-index journals.

    Future-proofing the team of today by investing in the culture of togetherness towards excellence has been fruitful to the Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Perlis Branch. Daring to dream and acting on the dreams propel the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Perlis Branch to make Universiti Teknologi MARA a globally renowned university.