THE country’s first e-learning university, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar), has reached a new milestone with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Northwood University (NU) in the United States.
The collaboration is a step for-ward for Unitar whose degrees are already recognised by the Austra-lian government for the purpose of employment or further education in Australia.
Unitar's president and chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Syed Othman Alhabshi, said: “The collaboration with NU will attract more foreign students to Unitar.”
NU currently has students from 70 countries in its three main campuses across the US. The university's chancellor, Dr David Long, who was one of the signato-ries at the signing ceremony, said that the collaboration is in line with its goal of building strategic partnerships worldwide.
“We don’t take this collaboration lightly. We have always been highly selective of our partners and the decision to partner with Unitar is because we are impressed with its standards,” he said.
“This is a win-win collaboration and we look forward to an exciting future,” he added.
The collaboration will allow Unitar's graduates to continue their education at NU in courses such as the Bachelor of Business Adminis-tration in Management, Marke-ting/Management, International Business/Manage-ment, Computer Information Management and Masters in Business Administration.
Also present at the signing ceremony were Unitar and KUB Malaysia Bhd's chairman, Datuk Hassan Harun, KUB's managing director and chief executive officer Izham Yusoff, Unitar's senior vice-president (academic), Prof Dr Syed Abdul Hamid Aljunid, and NU's associate dean of International Programmes Dr Lance Lewis.
Unitar is the pioneer for online learning in Malaysia and combines face-to-face teaching methodologies with online courseware and tutorials.
The university offers 20 academic programmes, from certificate to PhD level, in business administration, information technology, humanities and the social sciences. It has about 8,000 students registered in 11 study centres throughout Malaysia.
Unitar students are eligible for educational grants or loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), Mara, various state foundations and other participating agencies.
NU, a private university established in 1959, specialises in business and management studies.
In a separate development, Unitar's undergraduates recently initiated a community recycling project in the Kelana Jaya area. This project, which runs till Aug 8, aims to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation and needy Unitar students.
Newspapers, bottles, cans, old clothes and plastics are collected every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm in SS3, SS5, PKNS, Tabung Haji and the Kelana Jaya residential area, and on Wednesdays, from 6pm to 8pm, in Kelana Puteri and Kelana Putera.
Paper-based material is collected at Unitar and the Giant mall and hypermarket everyday.
A fashion show on recycled products will be held today from 10am to 11am, and 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For more information, contact Leo Naveen at 013-644 0444 or Leo Thiru at 019-343 0921, or e-mail email@example.com