TO become the best, you must learn from the best.
Most people have an idea of a field or interest they would like to pursue. It’s often inspired by a situation or specific individual at the top of their game, either fictional or in real life.
The bottom line is that we aspire to emulate those who are masters and experts in their domain.
So, consider this critical factor when deciding on your university of choice as an undergraduate or postgraduate – the university’s partnerships.
Who are the top partners associated with the university and, most importantly, how could you benefit from it as a student and future job seeker?
University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) head of partnerships and engagement Beebee Gan believes that partnerships and collaborations play a pivotal role in the education offered at the institution.
“UNM’s new strategic plan puts people and partnerships at the heart of everything we do. We have an excellent reputation of engaging effectively with external stakeholders at a local, regional, and international level,” says Gan.
“This is either through our portfolio of industry-funded research or the opportunities for student mobility made possible by our International Student Support team and academics.”
University partnerships encompass collaborations with other universities, industries, the government, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
UNM’s partnership sets them apart as they empower the university and its students in five key areas.
The first of which is education, specifically curriculum revitalisation to improve graduate outcomes. Secondly, student experience through internships, mobility and volunteer project opportunities. Next, research and knowledge exchange through research grants as well as consulting or training.
The other two key areas include environmental sustainability initiatives involving awareness and action around reducing energy usage and waste on campus, as well as people and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), which involves increasing staff capabilities and skills.
For example, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNM has driven partnerships with communities and top industries.
These include collaborations with The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong (Barwo) and the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong (COA) to promote traditional arts and teach young minds to think more globally and creatively.
In line with the convergence of technology and booming digital analytics job vacancies in recent years, UNM has also engaged top notch partners like PIKOM and data analytics giant, SAS Malaysia.
The institution has amplified the integration of digital-based learning in classrooms to prepare today’s students for the ever changing and competitive job market.
The embedding of SAS skills in the university’s curriculum and access to certification opportunities enables UNM to develop highly sought after talent. Furthermore, combining it with business skills, UNM and SAS address a current gap in the job market.
The CNN Academy Hub is another key partner of UNM that has been pivotal in empowering a new age of journalists and storytellers towards a more diversified and resilient media landscape.
The partnership is a unique offering catered to masters students in Media, Communications and Culture at UNM.
On the science front, the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UNM has garnered an equally stellar track record of partnerships with the community, industry and alumni.
These include supporting the national agenda of promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through STEM carnivals and workshops in primary and secondary schools, including in rural Sabah and Sarawak.
UNM is deeply entrenched in the advocacy of sustainability and has integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in its operations and education.
Hence, partnerships in relation to sustainability include regular engagements with its alumni to recognise professional excellence and immerse present students in potential pathways to pursue upon graduating.
For example, the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences organised a knowledge sharing session about navigating the environmental career landscape, a relevant topic among aspiring environmentalists and eco-warriors seeking guidance.
Get ahead with a UK degree at the University of Nottingham Malaysia and leverage on its top-notch industry partners.
For more information, visit nottingham.edu.my.