UMS was represented by its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin and Shukutoku University by its president Prof Tetsuya Isooka.
UMS Centre for Strategic Management and Corporate Communication in a statement said the MoU signing was witnessed by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
UMS started collaborating with the university from 2017.
UMS Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPE) hosted the Borneo International Social Work Symposium in 2017 and the keynote speaker was Shukutoku University Asian Research Institute for International Social Work (ARIISW) director Prof Dr Tatsuru Akimoto.
Set up in 1965, Shukutoku University was composed of the Social Welfare Department in the Faculty of Social Welfare, as a single-department university.
Shukutoku University conferred an honorary doctorate on Maszlee for his contributions in expanding the cooperation between the two countries in education.
Isooka presented the award to Maszlee after the MoU signing ceremony.
Also present were chancellor Rev Dr Masatoshi Hasegawa and Itabashi City mayor Takeshi Sakamoto.
Maszlee said that Shukutoku University and Malaysia share the same objectives in implementing social welfare under the education for all concept and inclusive education.
“There are similarities in Japan’s vision and Malaysia’s through its Society 5.0,” he said.
Maszlee said the strategic partnership between Malaysia and Japan is an important platform that can prepare policy directions, suggestions and achievements in the Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education).
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