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Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd. Fauzi Hj. Ramlan has been appointed as the new President of Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) Board of Trustees, during its conference at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on December 4.
The appointment was made in the 140th ASAIHL board of directors meeting, effective from January 2015 until December 2016, replacing the current president, Prof. Dr. Idrus A. Paturusi from Indonesia.
The conference with the theme ‘Education Innovation for the Knowledge-based Economy: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Technology’ was held from December 3 to 5 and attended by nearly 300 participants from 23 countries.
Prof. Dato' Fauzi when commenting on his appointment, said that he would give his full commitment to bring ASAIHL to a higher level and improve the quality of education at the ASEAN as well as international levels. This appointment would enable the country to pave the way to more opportunities in strengthening the existing collaborations among ASAIHL members, in line with Malaysia's role as the ASEAN Chair in 2015.
"I will work with all ASAIHL members to collectively bring about improvement in the quality of education," he said.
Meanwhile, the current ASAIHL President, Prof. Dr. Idrus A. Paturusi, said Prof. Dato’ Fauzi is seen as the best candidate to lead ASAIHL members to a greater equality in the field of education.
"I think he will be able to bring together ASAIHL members to a greater equality in the field of education," he said.
The establishment of ASAIHL was aimed to be the pathway for its members institutions to collectively shape regional identity, reach international equality in teaching, promote research and public service as well as enable the members institutions to contribute to the strength of their countries and regions.
The organisation also provides opportunities for academic and public universities development, assistance to members institutions in the recruitment, faculty and staff placement, exchange of professors and students, development of specific collaborative projects, consultancy services, consolidation among regional and international bodies, assurance to development information and recognition among fellow members.
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