AIT President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin to visit partner universities in Malaysia

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of AIT is visiting partner universities in Malaysia from 7 to 13 January 2018. During the meeting at Management & Science University, Professor Ó Catháin commented, “Over the course of recent years, the ties between Athlone Institute of Technology and partner colleges in Malaysia have been growing and strengthening. Education bonds between our two countries, particularly in the space of medical tuition, have existed for quite some time.

From AIT’s perspective, we are minded to collaborate with the best international teachers and researchers, to share ideas on curriculum development and delivery that will deliver for our community. In pursuing this ideal, we have found equally committed partners amongst the Malaysian higher education community. I am delighted to say that MSU is one of those partner institutions. There are currently sixty Malaysian students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at AIT and we hope to welcome more Malaysian students to the AIT campus in the new academic year”.

Professor Shukri is a Distinguished Fellow of AIT since October 2016 and Professor Ó Catháin was awarded an honorary doctorate from MSU. This visit to MSU further strengthens the deep bonds between our two institutions.

AIT and MSU signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014. Internationalisation is a key objective in the development of both higher education institutions. Professor Shukri and his management team feel passionate about the benefits of an international experience for MSU students and AIT has hosted more than 12 exchange students since first signing the MOU. Professor Ó Catháin commented, “AIT students are encouraged to complete a study or placement in Malaysia. When I meet students on their return from a study or placement abroad, I notice a new maturity and confidence in these students. They have overcome challenges of living in a new country, gained invaluable experience for their future careers and formed friendships for life”.

This drive to promote student and staff exchanges in Malaysia very much chimes with AIT’s strategic plan. One of the overarching themes of the plan is for AIT to be internationally focused in teaching, research and knowledge exchange; an objective directly supported by visits to partner institutes in Malaysia.

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin will attend meetings with existing partner universities, such as UniMap Perlis and Universiti Technology Petronas (UTP) as well as signing a Memorandum of Understanding with a new partner university, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Selangor. Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin is accompanied by Mr. Jack Meng, AIT Asia Director. Mr. Karl Turley from the International Office will represent AIT at the Star Education Fairs and attend seminars and events organised by Education Ireland in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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