I accompanied the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang paid a courtesy visit to Minister of Education of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nuh. We had a pleasant conversation about higher education in Indonesia and Malaysia, underscoring the strong and increasingly vibrant ties between UTM with universities in Indonesia. Dato’ Zaini Ujang informed Prof. Mohammad Nuh about some of many ongoing projects between UTM and Universities’ in Indonesia.
Dato’ Zaini Ujang and Minister Mohammad Nuh discussed the importance of seizing the opportunities that come with our similarities and common interests in higher education; the two countries must continue their ongoing cooperation, and simultaneously encourage new, innovative ways to take our Malaysia-Indonesia relationship even further. With such a strong Indonesian Scholars presence in Malaysia, the potential is great. The two also talked about the idea of the establishment of “Malaysia – Indonesia Scholars’ Forum”. This forum has several objectives: to develop collegial relationships among scholars from both countries; to strengthen expertise in both Indonesia and Malaysia; and to implement the program of cooperation and synergies, such as research collaborations and student exchange programs.
Dato’ Zaini Ujang presented Minister Mohammad Nuh, a book about cultural innovation, and an invitation to visit UTM in the next convocation, which he positively received.