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OHIO to host Graduate Colloquium on Malaysian Studies

Ohio University will host a three-day Graduate Colloquium on Malaysian Studies on Sept. 14-17.

Coordinated by OHIO’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Professor Jayum Jawan, the colloquium will bring together 26 graduate students from around the world who are completing research in various fields with a Malaysian focus.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Dr. Md. Amin Md. Taff of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. He is currently the director of the Division of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education, based in Washington, D.C.

The colloquium participants will include master’s and doctoral degree candidates from universities in Malaysia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The students from the U.S. will include two doctoral candidates from the OHIO College of Health Sciences and Profession.

The main purpose of the graduate colloquium is to provide graduate students working on Malaysian topics the opportunity to come together, exchange views and share in their research activities. 

Participants will benefit greatly from the experience of presenting and receiving feedback from OHIO faculty. For the students, this provides good exposure as well as an opportunity to benchmark against others and international best practice in research, writing and publishing. 

Organizers are still looking for a few more faculty members to take part in the colloquium. Faculty members do not need to have an expertise in Malaysian Studies, just an interest in assisting the colloquium students from around the globe by providing feedback on their presentations.

The students will also benefit from the experience of traveling to OHIO and talking with students and faculty from around the world.

In addition, presented papers at the colloquium will be vetted for publication in the Tun Abdul Razak Occasional Paper series.

Professor Jayum Anak Jawan, the 15th Tun Abdul Razak Chair and a visiting professor of political science, is a senior professor in politics and government from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He holds a dual appointment in the Center for International Studies and the Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio University. He holds the Razak chair from 2015 to 2017.

For more information on the colloquium, or for faculty members interested in assisting with the event, please call 740-593-1840 or send an email to jawan@ohio.edu or cahilld@ohio.edu.

A complete schedule for the colloquium will be announced at a later date.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.