JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UK’s Salford University that would enable them to conduct joint research and development.
UTM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Ninggal said the co-operation would be in information technology, communication, science and architecture.
“The signing of the MOU will also enable UTM to send students and staff to Salford University on a one-year exchange programme, and vice-versa.
“We will send about 10 people, whom we have identified, to the university for next semester,” he said, adding that the programme would provide UTM students and staff with valuable experience as Salford University is well known for its research and development programmes.
Prof Mohd Tajuddin said that both universities shared a focus on architecture, whereby UTM had established Iskandar Malaysia Research Centre (IMrec) that is parallel to the Salford Research and Innovation Centre.
“The first move towards co-operation between our two universities was the appointment of Prof Ghassan Aouad as a visiting professor at the Architecture Faculty for a year from May 2008,” he said.
Salford University vice-chancellor Prof Martin Hall, who witnessed the MOU-signing, said UTM and Salford had actually been co-operating in various areas the past 20 years.
“There are UTM lecturers and professors who are Salford University alumni and we are very proud of that.
“The MOU will certainly extend the relations between both universities,” he said, adding that the MOU would not only allow exchange of staff and students but also development of new academic programmes.
Since 2000, UTM has signed MOUs with leading universities in Europe, among which are Cardiff University, London Imperial College, Denmark Technical University and Bologna University in Italy.