SERDANG, Mei 31 - A delegation from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) led by the Vice-Chancellor of UPM, Prof. Dato 'Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan had visited seven universities during his official visit to Turkey which took place on the 26th – 30th May 2015. The visit is to form an academic, research and student and staff exchange collaboration with universities in Turkey.
The delegation visited Yildiz Technological University, Sakarya University, Fatih University, Suleyman Sah University, Ataturk University, Suleymen Demierel University and Middle East Technical University.
UPM has had a close relationship with universities in Turkey, especially through Mevlana Exchange programme, an exchange programme for students and staff which is sponsored by the Turkish government. Since its inception in 2013, a total of 12 UPM’s students/staff have been to Turkey under the programme. On the other hand a total of 28 Turkish’s students/staff have visited UPM in the last 2 years.
The delegates also discussed other potential collaboration including dual degree programme, strategy to strengthen the partnership in research about halal issues, and opportunity to collaborate in Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020, a new initiates by the European Commission
The Vice-Chancellor of UPM which also the President ASAIHL has encouraged the 7 universities in Turkey to involved in academic, student and staff exchanges, and to participate in strategic research and development activities organized by the ASAIHL.
Members of the UPM delegate include the Deputy Vice-ChancellorDeputy Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community Relations) and the Dean of the Graduate School has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or a Letter of Intent with the 7 universities.
Naib Canselor selaku Presiden ASAIHL juga mencadangkan universiti berkenaan terlibat dalam program perkongsian hal ehwal akademik, pertukaran staf dan pelajar, penglibatan dalam bidang strategik dan penyelidikan dan pembangunan anjuran ASAIHL.
Usaha itu lanjutan daripada kejayaan program Mevlana Exchange tajaan kerajaan Turki di mana sehingga bulan ini, mobiliti staf/pelajar Turki ke UPM ialah 28 orang dan mobiliti staf/pelajar UPM ke university di Turki ialah 12 orang. UPM mengantar pegawai dan pelajar UPM menyertai program Mevlana sejak beberapa tahun lalu.