A MEMORANDUM of Agreement (MoA) was signed last week between Inti College and the University of Otago, New Zealand, to promote the development of more institutional linkages, collaborative projects and student exchange programmes between the two institutions.
Inti College president Tan Yew Sing and Prof Colin Campbell-Hunt, associate dean of research at Business School, University of Otago, signed the agreement at the college's main campus in Bandar Baru Nilai.
The occasion was witnessed by New Zealand Education Minister Trevor Mallard, who was here with an education delegation to raise the profile of New Zealand education and to meet with the education ministers and related organisations.
In his speech, Tan said: “We are glad to be associated with the University of Otago which is renowned for its leading-edge research in many fields. Since 1994, we have sent about 800 students to New Zealand under the advance standing arrangement and more than 50% of these students have transferred to the university.”
Inti College has enjoyed a strong partnership with the university since 1992 but now, both institutions have taken their collaboration a step further by inking the MoA to offer twinning degree programmes in science and commerce.
Under the new arrangement, students will be able to do a 2+2 Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biotechnology; a 1+2 Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology; and a 1+2 Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Drugs and Human Health, Functional Human Biology, Human Reproduction and Development, Infection and Immunity, Molecular Basis of Health and Disease, and Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health.
The Bachelor of Commerce programmes will be offered on a 1.5+1.5 basis in the areas of Accounting, Economics and Management, and on a 1.5+2 basis in Finance, International Business and Marketing as well as a 1.5+1.5 Bachelor of Tourism.
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