TSU will collaborate with a major university in Malaysia

Tomsk State University and MARA University of Technology (UiTM), a leading higher education institution in Malaysia, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation. The ceremony took place online on March 14.

The universities presented their achievements and discussed possible areas of collaboration. In particular, Malaysian colleagues aim to develop joint projects in genetics, chemistry, applied mathematics, humanities and social sciences and educational technologies. Academic exchanges and joint educational programs are also planned.

The Memorandum on Friendship and Cooperation, Promoting Mutual Understanding, Academic, Cultural and Scientific Thought and Personnel Exchange was signed by TSU Rector Edward Galazhinskiy and Vice Rector for International Affairs Artyom Rykun on behalf of TSU. On behalf of UiTM, the memorandum was signed by Vice-Chancellor Roziah Mohd Janor and Acting Rector of UiTM Campus Pahang Mohd Ilham Adenan.

“Our colleagues in Malaysia offer to cooperate not only in research and education, but also in joint publications and membership in the editorial boards of each other’s scientific journals. They propose to start student exchange this semester. We now need to determine the program framework for this,” Artyom Rykun said.

The parties will exchange information on potential areas of cooperation in the near future. Representatives of the MARA University of Technology have already described them. They are interested in joint projects with TSU scientists in biodiversity, genetics, forestry, chemistry, petrochemistry, applied mathematics, educational technologies, new knowledge and technologies in the social sciences and humanities, and political and international studies.

The cooperation between TSU and UiTM also involves joint educational programs, symposia, conferences and short courses, the exchange of information on developments in education, student development and scientific research, and many Moreover.

As noted by Artyom Rykun, MARA University of Technology was founded in 1956 to promote vocational training among people in rural areas. Since then, it aims to solve the relevant problems of the country and the national economy, and that is why it has become the largest university in Malaysia. The university has a distributed system of over 30 satellite campuses, with the main campus located in Shah Alam, not the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

UiTM teaches over 160,000 students and offers over 500 diverse educational programs.

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Evgeny Lukov, Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Alexander Vorozhtsov and Director of the Russian Cultural Center in Kuala Lumpur Svetlana Kovaleva also participated in the meeting.

“Given the reputation of the two universities and the practical results of their activities, including the successful experience of cooperation with foreign partners, there is every reason to believe that the signed memorandum will become a solid basis for practical cooperation between Tomsk State University and MARA University of Technology,” summarizes Svetlana Kovaleva.

The signing of the memorandum between TSU and UiTM took place in the same year as the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Russia.