South East Asia Education Mission Proves a Success for AIT

Athlone Institute of Technology President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, met with top Indonesian and Malaysian universities this week to discuss collaboration at undergraduate and postgraduate level and the development of new academic and research partnerships. The meetings, which took place during a five-day Enterprise Ireland Education Mission led by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, resulted in the signing of bilateral agreements with Binus University, University of Malaya (UM), Asia Metropolitan University (AMU), KDU Glenmarie (KDU) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).

Accompanied by Jack Meng, Director for Asia, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin began his Education Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia where he signed an agreement of cooperation with Binus University. The aim of the agreement is to facilitate the flow of students and staff by growing links between the two colleges. On the next leg of the Education Mission, Professor Ó Catháin met with the Vice Chancellor of the UM, Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim, to discuss cross-institute collaboration in the areas of mechanical engineering, polymer technology, software engineering, cooperation on postgraduate programmes like Nursing and Data Analytics, and hosting postdoctoral researchers. The bilateral agreement that was successfully reached between the two colleges will enable UM postgraduate students to study at Athlone Institute of Technology in the new academic year.

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin commented: “The signing of this agreement will establish opportunities for bilateral staff and student mobility programmes. Kuala Lumpur would be a wonderful destination for AIT students considering international placements. This relationship will also present opportunities to explore funding for bilateral student and staff exchanges between AIT and UM. The selection of excellent postgraduate students to complete research programmes at AIT has already commenced and we look forward to welcoming postdoctoral researchers from UM to AIT in the coming months.”

AMU, which is a private university known for its Medical and Health Sciences, Business and Accounting programmes, has signed an articulation agreement facilitating the transfer of students from AMU’s Physiotherapy diploma programme to the second year of AIT’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy. Students who complete AMU’s Business diploma may transfer to the third year of AIT’s Bachelor of Business in International Business Management or Bachelor of Business. It is expected that 10-15 AMU students will avail of this pathway next September.

Professor Ó Catháin also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with KDU Glenmarie Campus facilitating the transfer of students from Foundation level programme to first year of undergraduate programmes at the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics at AIT. Once again, 10-15 students will likely take advantage of this in the new academic year.

Finally, Professor Ó Catháin met with the UniKL to discuss the development of student and staff exchange programmes in Software Engineering, Mechanical and Polymer Engineering, Business, Multimedia and Design. UniKL is a full-fledged university and is owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) or the “Council of Trust for the People,” a government agency under the “Ministry of Rural & Regional Development,” Malaysia.

The university presently has over 27,000 local and international students studying at twelve campuses throughout the country that offer high-quality, accredited educational programmes at certificate, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. UniKL is actively promoting Exchange Mobility Programmes with international partner universities. This initiative has been supported by funds made available by MARA under a programme called ISEM (International Student Exchange Mobility) and through involvement in “ERASMUS+” mobility and capacity building projects.

AIT has actively developed cooperation agreements with Malaysian higher education institutes since 2012. Indonesia is a new market for AIT with four Indonesian students choosing to study at AIT in September 2018.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a modern and dynamic HEI distinguished by outstanding learner experience, international focus and applied research and innovation. Awarded Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year, AIT is ranked 8th nationally of all HEIs in the league table comprising of Irish Universities and IoT’s. Athlone Institute of Technology boasts a wide array of courses in the Faculties of Engineering and Informatics, Business and Hospitality, and Science and Health. For the full list of courses on offer at Athlone Institute of Technology click here.

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