Melaka, Malaysia: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 ― AIMST University, Kedah-based University dedicated to high-quality value-based education, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Multimedia University (MMU) in Bukit Beruang, Melaka to promote cooperation between both educational institutions.
Under the accord of the MoU, the two universities will engage in joint research activities, organizing training programs and workshops, exchange visits by academic staff, researchers and students, exchange relevant information, and developing and implementing R&D projects of mutual interest. The research activities plan and their implementation will be mutually developed on a 'project by project' basis. AIMST University Chief Executive & Vice-Chancellor Prof Frederick Charles Smales and MMU President Prof. Dr. Zaharin b. Yusoff signed the MoU on December 1, 2010.
In northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, AIMST University is playing an important role in training students in the field of Biotechnology, in addition to Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Engineering and information technology and Business. Currently, AIMST University has about 3,000 students. Postgraduate program such as M. Sc Biotechnology is becoming popular among students, and Ph. D (Biotechnology) program is approved in last year by the Ministry of Higher Education. “The AIMST University has been instrumental in developing and promoting university education in northern corridor of the Malaysia through its various educational, research and development activities and exceptional academic programs. The recent survey of the graduated students in Biotechnology program from AIMST University indicates that placement rate is 99 %. This partnership between AIMST University and MMU will enable us to consolidate our strengths and maintain our distinctive status as leading institutions in our respective areas and our fields of specialization. We are also planning more cooperative agreements
similar to this MoU with other institutions to strengthen our capabilities by smart partnership to contribute for the overall development of the society," said Prof Frederick Charles Smales, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of the AIMST University.
In Malaysia, MMU is the first private university; MMU developed the pioneer model for the successful establishment of private universities in the nation. As the university at the heart of the Multimedia Super Coridor (MSC), MMU also serves as a catalyst in the development of the high tech ICT industry of the nation, parallel to the Silicon Valley-Stanford model in the United States. Currently, MMU have altogether approximately 20,000 students in Melaka and Cyberjaya campus. MMU is known for wonderful achievements in a relatively short period of time. The university runs in two campuses, its original campus in the historical city of Melaka, and the campus in Cyberjaya that was opened by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed. A recent survey indicates that 93% students of the MMU secure employment within 6 months of the completion of their studies. MMU have more than 4,200 international students from 75 countries. In short time MMU has established itself as a major player in research and development, and maintaining excellent ties with the strategic partners through smart collaborations and research partnerships.
The AIMST University commenced operations in year 2001 as the first private university in northern part of peninsular Malaysia and has emerged as one of the top private educational institutions. Currently, the AIMST University offers four (4) diploma courses, nine (9) degree programs, and six (6) postgraduate programs under 7 faculties namely, Applied Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry,