KDU signed Memorandum of Understanding with Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)

 
KDU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang (seated left) and Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of Athlone Institute of Technology (seated right) signing a Memorandum of Understanding as a kick starter for their five years’ collaboration with each other. Witnessing this momentous occasion were Irish’s Minister of Education and Skill Richard Bruton (standing, center), Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Eamon Hickey (standing, left) and Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland. Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Eamon Hickey thanking all the higher learning institution representatives for their presence at the Irish Education and Business Breakfast Malaysia 2018 held at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Sept 20.


 
 
Irish’s Minister of Education and Skill Richard Bruton sharing his insight on how far he sees the education level in his home country and Malaysia will be thanks to the many Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier between Irish’s higher learning institutions and Malaysia’s higher learning institutions.
 
 (Left to right) KDU’s School of Engineering Head of School Dr Sivajothi Paramasivam, KDU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang, Athlone Institute of Technology President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, KDU Associate Professor Dr. Hon Wei Min and Athlone Institute of Technology Director of Asia Jack Meng sharing a light moment together during the Irish Education and Business Breakfast Malaysia 2018 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
KDU have inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) to kick start a five years’ collaboration between the two higher learning institutions.
 
Making the collaboration official, the MoU was signed by KDU’s Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) president Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin, witnessed by Irish’s Minister of Education and Skill Richard Bruton, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Eamon Hickey and Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland.
 
Located at the heart of Ireland, AIT offer a wide variety of undergraduates and postgraduates programmes, all delivered on a full-time and part-time basis. Programmes at AIT have been introduced and developed in line with changing regional, national and international needs.
 
According to Prof Hiew, while the signed MoU would strongly strengthen KDU’s internationalisation agenda, it also provides a good opportunity for KDU’s Foundation in Engineering (FIE) graduates.
 
“This MoU allows them to be transfer to a first year undergraduates programmes at the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics at AIT, which in turn provides a broader option of study for our students in other related field within AIT’s Engineering and Informatics Faculty.
 
“As a result, the graduates will get to achieved a higher academic standard upon the completion of their study at AIT,” he said after the signing ceremony.
 
Asked if the MoU allows for other Foundation programme students to be transfer to first year undergraduates programmes at AIT, Prof Hiew said that currently the MoU is only applicable for the FIE students but as the School of Engineering would like to explore the arrangement with AIT in a progressive manner.
 
“Probably in the later stage of the MoU, we would explore a suitable pathway or credit transfer for the students doing degree in Mechanical into AIT’s Mechanical degree programme.
 
“At the same time, we will also explore the option for Diploma in Mechanical Engineering students to be transfer into related Mechanical degree programme in AIT,” he added.
 
Prof Hiew explained that great emphasize was placed on Mechanical programme because currently AIT do not offer any programmes related to Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
 
He added that the collaboration with AIT also outlines the potential for KDU to explore on a lecturer exchange programme as KDU strive to provide quality education.