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Graduate Colloquium on Malaysian Studies kicks off Sept. 14


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 17 graduate students from around the world who are completing research in various fields with a Malaysian focus.

The official opening of the Graduate Colloquium will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Friends of the Library Room in Alden Library. The keynote address will then begin at 8:40 a.m. and will be presented by Joe Shields, vice president for research and the director of the Graduate College.

After the opening and keynote speech, the Graduate Colloquium participants will give their presentations in several public sessions on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The times are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 15

  • 9:20-11:15 a.m. in the Friends of the Library Room and in Alden Library Room 301U.
  • 2:45-4:40 p.m. in Alden Library Room 301U and in the Walter International Education Center Room 106.

Friday, Sept. 16

  • 8:30-9:40 a.m. in the Walter International Education Center Room 106.

In addition, a lunch open to all OHIO graduate students will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 12:40 to 2:30 p.m. at the Yamada International House. The lunch, which will be held in Room 009 and the backyard area of the building, will allow OHIO graduate students to network with students at the Graduate Colloquium and discuss their educational programs and research work. All OHIO graduate students are invited.

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

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 practices in research, writing and publishing. 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 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 and how to get involved as a faculty member or student, please call 740-593-1840 or send an email to jawan@ohio.edu or cahilld@ohio.edu.

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