BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The branch campus of a Japanese university may soon be built in Langkawi on land belonging to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), says UUM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani.
"An invitation for a renowned Japanese university to establish a branch campus on Langkawi will soon be realised.
"The proposal involves the joint development of a strategically located plot of land owned by UUM and the offer of joint academic programmes," Prof Ahmad Bashawir said in his speech at the 32nd Convocation of the university here on Saturday (Oct 19).
He did not name the Japanese university but said that it was an example of UUM's quest for stronger international academic presence.
The opening day of the convocation was graced by the Ruler of Kedah, Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah, who is UUM Chancellor.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir was also present.
A total of 5,757 graduates will earn their scrolls during the convocation ceremony that will last until Wednesday (Oct 23), comprising 4,467 bachelor's degree holders and 1,290 post-graduate students.
Some 556 of the graduates come from 28 countries, with those from China being the most numerous (122), Indonesia coming in next (112), followed by Pakistan (five).
KPJ Healthcare Bhd director Tan Sri Siti Sa'diah Sheikh Bakir was conferred an honorary doctor of philosophy in corporate management.
Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Khor Swee Wah, better known as Rosie Tan, was also honoured with an honorary doctor of philosophy in international business.