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Collaboration with Malaysian University Taking Shape

During his recent trip to Malaysia, Dr. Gary Smith met with various UUM administrators, including Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, vice chancellor of the university.

A year after the start of preliminary talks and six months after the schools signed  a memorandum of understanding, a collaboration between Keuka College and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) is taking shape.

After a recent visit to Malaysia, Vice President for the Center of Professional Studies Dr. Gary Smith confirmed that three marketing students from UUM will enroll at Keuka College for the 2012 spring semester.

“We also discussed possible collaborations in political science and social work,” said Smith, who met with the Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, vice chancellor of the university, and academic deans.

According to Smith, representatives from UUM and Keuka expect to get together again in April at the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) conference in the Philippines.

“UUM is one of the top business universities in Malaysia, so we are pleased to continue developing our relationship,” said Smith, who indicated UUM is interested in partnering with Keuka at the undergraduate and graduate level.

UUM is located in Sintok—in northern Malaysia—and enrolls some 25,000 students, according to Smith. It was founded in 1990 and comprises 15 residential colleges that can accommodate 20,000 students. It also operates a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

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