Malaysian connections (Issue 22, 2009)

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UPM Associate Professor Datin Paduka and Dr Aini Ideris with La Trobe's Professor John Rosenberg and Chancellor Sylvia Walton

La Trobe University and the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formally acknowledge and advance their collaboration on 11 November.


The two institutions are determined to establish a strong cooperation relation which will provide exposure to students of both universities into the culture and community of the other through an exchange program. The MoU will also strengthen, promote and develop the teaching, learning, research and professional services co-operation between the two institutions.

In the first instance, a short-term cultural student exchange program will give ten students from each institution the opportunity to go on a two-week exchange program at the other. A semester length exchange program is expected to be operational in 2010 along with cooperative programs for researchers and higher degree candidates, especially in the biological sciences.

The La Trobe delegation was led by Chancellor Sylvia Walton AO and Professor John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International and Future Students) who signed the MoU for La Trobe University. Vice Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Nik Mustapha Abdullah signed the MoU for UPM.

Professor Rosenberg generously agreed to offer a scholarship for a UPM student to pursue higher degree studies at La Trobe University and as a result of that offer a matching scholarship was secured through the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The occasion was further celebrated during an alumni and friends gathering that evening hosted by the Chancellor. During the evening both universities were praised for their cooperation by the Malaysian Deputy Secretary General (Science), Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff.

'The MoU and the demonstration of cooperation follows work by staff and alumni of both universities. It’s also an important development for Australia – Malaysia relations,' says La Trobe International Relations Manager, Leon Lyell.

To find more about student exchange opportunities, check out our student exchange page.