Malaysian delegation outcome (Issue 41, 20100


Dr Ongkili, Professor Paul Johnson and Dr Khatijah

A delegation from the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) visited La Trobe University at the beginning of August. The delegation aimed to strengthen the relationship between the University and MOSTI and discuss reciprocal exchanges of research fellows and scholarships.

The  delegation was led by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili. The visitors were hosted by La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Future Students), Professor John Rosenberg. The official welcome in the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception area was followed by a meeting where discussions focused on research and scholarship arrangements between the two institutions.

Discussions on a research scholarship were finalised and both parties agreed on one reciprocal scholarship per year with more possible depending on the quality of the applicants. A draft information flyer for the programs will be released shortly.

Dr Ongkili indicated support for developing a Memorandum of Understanding with La Trobe University to encompass collaboration in some La Trobe areas of strength which are of interest to the Ministry: biotechnology, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, climate change/water management and new drug development.

‘This most recent visit of Dr Ongkili and his delegation is a significant milestone in the developing relationship between Australia and Malaysia in the field of science and technology. On a personal level, the involvement of Dr Ongkili was particularly welcome, since he is an alumni of La Trobe and a recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumni award,’ said Leon Lyell, Executive Manager, International Relations.

The visit concluded with Dr Ongkili meeting with a group of ten sponsored Malaysian students, who then accompanied him on a tour of the Agora and the library.