Malaysia, as the only country in the region to have a Deputy Vice Chancellor for Industry and Community Partnerships in its public universities, is in a unique position to advance the field of university-community-industry engagement in ASEAN and Asia. AsiaEngage recognizes this, and as part of its mission to institutionalize university-community-industry engagement in higher education across the region, worked in tandem with its host, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and its main supporter, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to hold this historic meeting on the 9th - 10th January 2013.
The meeting, held at Subang, Selangor, Malaysia, saw eight Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVCs) from eight public universities and their management officers, sharing their experiences, learning from one another and discussing the theme of the meeting - The roles, functions, governance & rewards systems and funding support for University-Industry-Community Engagement in Malaysian Public Universities.
The DVCs in attendance were Prof Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia -UKM), Prof Dr. Norsaadah Ismail (Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM), Prof Dr. Renuganth Varatharajoo (Universiti Putra Malaysia – UPM), Prof Dato’ Dr See Ching Mey (Universiti Sains Malaysia – USM), Dato’ Jesbil Singh (Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia), Prof. Dr. Abdelaziz Berghout, (International Islamic University Malaysia), Prof. Dr. Awg Bulgiba Bin Awg Mahmud, (Universiti Malaysa) and Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar, (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia).
The highlight of the meeting was the presence of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, Datuk Abd Rahim Md Noor on the 10th January evening to engage and dialogue with all participants.
A copy of the report arising from the meeting is available for download to all interested parties across ASEAN and Asia. It is hoped that with that with the report, our members, and other stakeholders across the region who are in the process of institutionalizing university-community-industry engagement are able to take lessons from it, and move towards a more engaged ASEAN and Asia.
Download the report here.