UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the University of Tsukuba University, Japan, to join its Campus-in-Campus (CIC) programme - The Jukebox Concept.
The Jukebox Concept is an element of the CIC initiative undertaken by the University of Tsukuba which enables the partner universities to interchangeably provide courses to each other’s students by numbering courses like on a jukebox.
Currently, there are six universities in the network - UTM, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Université de Bordeaux, France, University of São Paulo, Brazil, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and University of California, the United States.
UTM will send its first batch of 120 students under the CIC in April. It is not limited to just students as the staff of all the participating universities can also be part of the programme, says MJIIT UTM dean Prof Datin Dr Rubiyah Yusof.
“For example, our staff can be sent to Japan for six months to learn how the Japanese perform their administration work,” she adds.
She also says that those involved in the programme must be physically present at the other campus as they want to expose them to a foreign culture and understand how things are done there.
The CIC allows everyone within the network of partner universities access to each other’s campus facilities and courses.
All at no extra cost to the student besides the travelling and living expenses, adds Prof Rubiyah.
“Students can also take up subjects or courses that match those in MJIIT without needing to do a credit transfer,” she says, adding that this smoothens the whole process of doing courses abroad.
During the launch, UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said the varsity has set its sights on developing and maintaining strategic alliances with renowned institutions and universities around the world.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this MoA is in line with the ministry’s aim to redesign education in Malaysia.
“We need to enhance our students’ and lecturers’ mobility, and research collaboration internationally,” he told reporters after the launch.
“This is the way forward for education in the future because technology advancements allows us to do so,” he said.
This, he added, is a significant event that marks the way forward for the higher education landscape.
Through this programme, he hopes to create a future generation that better understands cultural differences and diversity.