University of Birmingham and Taylor’s University Take the Next Step on their Global Journey By Signing an Exchange Agreement

University of Birmingham and Taylor’s University Take the Next Step on their Global Journey By Signing an Exchange Agreement
 
Taylor’s University and the University of Birmingham have been working together since 2005. Given the evolution of the relationship, a new agreement will see students from Birmingham also come to study on exchange at the Lakeside campus.
 


(L-R) Back Row Dr Allan McKinley, Dr Richard Greenwood, Dr Ian Kenny (UoB): Front Row: Jayvien Lau, Prof Perry Hobson (TU) at the Lakeside Campus
 
The University of Birmingham (UoB) and Taylor’s first forged an institutional relationship back in 2005. The partnership initially provided an international opportunity for Taylor’s students to successfully complete their degree at the University of Birmingham. To date over 400+ students have studied at the UoB via this agreement. Essentially, it provided the opportunity for Taylor’s students to articulate into the second year, or (for MEng) the third year of one of their undergraduate Engineering or Physical Sciences programmes.

Initially the student movement was all one-way, from Malaysia to the UK. But in 2013, the relationship was re-engineered into a bilateral agreement when the University of Birmingham and Taylor's University signed the “Global Challenge Alliance” This was to develop educational, research and business development activities in the context of collaborating to address the 14 societal grand challenges, as identified by the US National Academy of Engineering . In 2014, to further enhance the link, Professor Mushtak al-Tabi (then the Dean of the School of Engineering at Taylor’s University)  became a Visiting Professor at the UoB. Meanwhile, the first group of UoB students came to Malaysia on a short-term mobility programme. During their time in Malaysia, they completed a project which included building a house in an Orang Asli community .

Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, said “since the initial link with UoB was established in 2005, Taylors University has gone through a metamorphosis – from a College, to a University College, onto achieving full University status. We have gone from having no ranking, to now being ranked by QS in the Top 150 in Asia. The University of Birmingham has been a partner with us throughout that journey”. The next step in that journey is the signing of an MoU agreement for student exchange. Prof Hobson added, “When I visited the University Birmingham back in 2013, I begged the Taylor’s students we met at UoB to please ‘Bring a Brit’ back to Malaysia to that they could experience what Taylor’s has to offer. I am finally looking forward to welcoming some UoB students to our Lakeside campus”. For more information on Global Mobility at Taylor’s University click here - (Global Matters 2018).