has inked Memorandum of Agreements (MoA) with two top Thai universities - Kasetsart University and Maejo University - during the visit of Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd. Fauzi Ramlan to several universities in Thailand on 2-5 February 2015 recently.
Those memorandum of agreements will enable UPM and both universities to collaborate in offering dual-degree programmes at the graduate level.
At the ceremony, Kasetsart University (Sriracha Campus) was represented by its Vice President, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bordin Rassameethes, while Maejo University was represented by its President, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chamnian Yosraj.
Kasetsart University, which is currently the 5th best university in Thailand has agreed to collaborate with UPM by offering a dual degree programme at Master and PhD levels in various fields of study, particularly in the areas related to agriculture, food science, forestry, agro-industry and economy.
On the other hand, the collaboration with Maejo University is to offer dual PhD programme in the areas related to agriculture, food science and technology and food engineering.
According to UPM Vice-Chancellor, the programmes will enable the involved students to receive two graduate certificates upon their completion, one from UPM and the other from its university partners.
It will also provide an opportunity for the students to gain experience and expand their working network through research collaboration conducted by the two universities, as well as advancing them in their future career.
For Malaysian and Thai students, the programmes will provide them with extra benefits as both universities have agreed to impose fees based on the local rate during their candidature.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bordin hoped such programmes would be a success and each faculty would collaborate with one another.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chamnian also affirmed that the agreement has further strengthened the tie between UPM and Maejo University, and hoped more potential collaborations would be established in the future.
With the signing of the agreements, the present number of UPM International Cooperation Programme (UPM-ICP) has increased to 14 program involving 11 leading universities in the world such as the University of Sheffield, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, Ajou University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, University of Newcastle Australia, University of Southern Queensland, Naresuan University and South Kazakhstan State University.
In addition to the visit to Kasetsart University and Maejo University, the UPM delegates had also paid a visit to Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University to explore other opportunities of collaboration such as staff exchange, student mobility (inbound and outbound) and collaboration offering a dual degree programme.
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