Taylor’s University Participates in the Malaysia-UK Higher Education Forum Held in London

Taylor’s University was one of six universities invited by the Malaysian High Commission in London to participate in the Malaysian-UK Education Networking Forum that saw 30 British universities participating.

(L-R) Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE at Taylor’s University) with Assoc Prof Dr Zainal Abidin Sanusi, Director, Education Malaysia (UK) in London
Following on from the British Council’s successful Going Global 2017 international education conference in London, Education Malaysia invited Taylor’s University to participate in the Malaysian-UK Education Networking Forum at the High Commission of Malaysia. The other five participating universities included the University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNiMASS), University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Universti Pendidikan Sultan Idris and Asia-Pacific University (APU).  The event was opened by His Excellency Dato’ Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK, and the Hon Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). Over 30 UK-universities came to the event, covering the full spectrum of UK higher education institutions – ranging not only from Aston University to the University of Warwick, but also including research intensive universities such as Cambridge University to highly industry-focused institutions such as Ravensbourne. Several of our partners, such as the University of Kent, University of Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and the University of Sheffield also attended. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement represented Taylor’s University in the panel discussion led by Education Malaysia. As he remarked, “The main focus of the event was on discussing the changing education landscape in Malaysia and identifying areas of potential mutual co-operation on research and student mobility” adding that “It was great to have such an open dialogue, notwithstanding the many unresolved issues surrounding the UK’s Brexit from the EU and the impact this will have Erasmus+ funding”. In terms of follow-up from the event, Aberystwyth University from Wales have since visited Taylor’s University to open up discussions about opportunities for exchange. Going Global 2018 will be held May 2-4th at KLCC  in Kuala Lumpur, and TU will look forward to hosting several UK universities after that event – (Global Matters 2017)