US-M’sia research, innovation opportunities

RECENTLY, members of Malaysia’s higher education institutions came together for a virtual talk held by the Fulbright Alumni Association of Malaysia (FAAM).

Entitled the “United States-Malaysia Higher Education Institution Research and Innovation Opportunities”, the talk comprised two sessions.

The first session on research and innovation collaborations between the two countries saw a discussion involving three panel speakers.

They were Prof Dr Susan Buck Sutton, a distinguished fellow of the Institute of International Education (IIE) for academic partnerships and emerita associate vice president of international affairs at Indiana University; Prof Dr Frederick L. Altice, director of the HIV in Prisons programme at Yale University and professor of medicine at the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) in Universiti Malaya (UM); and Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, UM professor of medicine and infectious diseases who also serves as advisor to several World Health Organisation committees.

The second session was on pursuing higher education in the US.

Panellists in this session were Luke Yim, EducationUSA’s regional advising coordinator (Maritime, South-East Asia, Hong Kong and Macau); and Katherine Diop, cultural affairs officer at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was co-organised by the Higher Education Ministry (MoHE), the US Embassy, and the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE).

Also present at the event were FAAM president Dr Fakhrul Hazman Yusoff, US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian McFeeters, and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.

The online talk is accessible on MoHE’s official Facebook page (

Those interested to find out more about studying in the US canbook a consultation session on MACEE’s website at

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