UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia (USM) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaborations with several renowned universities in the Czech Republic.
Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman (pic) said USM had become the first institution from Malaysia to collaborate with the Technology University of Liberec (TUL) in the republic.
“TUL focuses primarily ontechnology and is renowned in the field of nanotechnology.
“The advanced laboratories at the university are well-equipped with facilities to assist students and academicians in their research,” said Dr Omar, who was on an official working visit to a number of universities in Czech Republic.
He said the MoU signed was meant to achieve three main items, beginning with student exchange in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic session.
He said this would be followed by research collaborationsinvolving academicians identified by both institutions, andprogramme collaborations in areas to be agreed upon at the university-level within the next three to five years.
He added that in order torealise the effort, the Malaysian Embassy in the Czech Republic was expected to coordinate and monitor the exercise.
Dr Omar was accompanied by Nurmiza Zakaria, the First Secretary of the Malaysian Embassy, during his visit there.
USM also signed an understanding with Charles University, the oldest university in the Czech Republic with a student population of 51,000.
There are 120 Malaysianstudents pursuing their studies at the university.
Dr Omar said USM planned to send more students to undergo their studies at the university,especially at PhD level, as well as more academicians for collaboration based on mutual interests and capabilities.
He said USM had also signed an understanding to collaborate with the Czech Academy of Sciences established in 1785.
It is an umbrella organisation that has gathered more than50 research institutions in the country.
The USM delegation helddiscussions with the Council of International Affairs president Dr Hana Sychrova.
Dr Omar said the academywas prepared to welcomepostgraduate candidates from USM for research work, befitting its position in offering studiesat the degree and non-degreelevels.
He was accompanied by USM deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Muhamad Jantan and USM International Collaborations Office director Prof Dr Lee Keat Teong.