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Sunday April 27, 2008

Two for the price of one

UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) and the University of Sydney (UoS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Cotutelle Agreement to pave the way for PhD students to earn joint doctorates from both universities.

This was the first time such a programme between two universities was being undertaken, said UM vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim.

Under the agreement, students need only pay their fees to the home institution and are exempted from paying to the host institution.

RAFIAH: The students will receive two PhDs instead of just one.

Rafiah said the students would spend a year at UM, and another at UoS, and the rest at a university of their choice.

“By the end of their programme, these students will be receiving two PhDs – one from each university – instead of just one.

“This is in line with our vision and mission of turning UM into a world-renowned centre of academic excellence and research,” Rafiah told reporters, after launching the “Enhancing Human Performance” research symposium at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

At the signing ceremony, UM was represented by Medical Faculty dean, Prof Dr Ikram Shah, and Sports Centre director, Dr Ashril Yusof, while UoS was represented by Health Sciences Faculty pro-dean Assoc Prof Martin Thompson.

“This is the first time we are doing something like this.

“We look forward to expanding our horizons with other universities, as well as other faculties,” added Rafiah. – Bernama

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