Tuesday, November 12 • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Baker 240/242
VVIP and Guest of Honor: YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia AND Dr Roderick J. McDavis, President of Ohio University
The Malaysia@Ohio University Outreach: Celebrating Five Decades of Strategic Partnership celebrates the long-standing relationship between Ohio University and Malaysia which began in the mid-sixties. Initiated at a an embassy function in Lagos, Nigeria, the cocktail chatter transformed into a mutually-enhancing international partnership between a university in southeastern Ohio and a newly-independent nation in Southeast Asia. The relationship brought new programs to Malaysia as well as American-style teaching and curriculum to the Institut Teknologi MARA (ITM). The programs produced hundreds of BBA, Communication, and Management graduates who in turn participated in Malaysia's nation-building efforts. To date, this important relationship has produced more than 2400 OU alumni in Malaysia, making it the largest concentration of alumni outside the state of Ohio.
Furthermore, the relationship established the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies housed at the university's Center for International Studies. This endowed chair is unique and made history as the first of its kind to be established at a North American university by a foreign government. Since its establishment in 1981, OHIO has hosted fourteen senior professors from Malaysia to teach, do research, and organize outreach programs to enhance mutual understanding between the US and Malaysia.
Another important outcome of this partnership is the establishment of the Malaysian Resource Center at the Vernon R. Alden Library. Designated in 1987 as the sole repository of Malaysian materials in North America by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the center houses the finest collection of Malaysian publications and works closely with the National Library of Malaysia to continually expand its acquisitions.
As an education ambassador to the United States, the current Tun Abdul Razak Chair-holder, Prof. Habibah Ashari, has initiated many conferences, forums and lectures as a way of promoting Malaysia to students and faculty at OHIO. This current program will showcase Malaysian graduate students' research work, and OHIO professors' work and collaboration with universities and organizations in Malaysia. Via a booth managed by Education Malaysia offices from Washington DC and Chicago, this program will showcase Malaysian universities and colleges and, offer information on research, sabbatical, and internships opportunities, and will reach out to Ohio University students in a way that will engage them directly, rather than just leaving them passive audience members. Tourism Malaysia New York and MIDA Chicago will also open booths to introduce Malaysia as a tourist and investment destinations respectively.
The showcase will be open and free to all Ohio University students and faculty and the Athens community.
Activities during the Outreach
Keynote speech by the Deputy Prime Minister
Investment seminar by MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority) Chicago
Petronas and ICMT Collaboration talk
OU professors’ and graduate students’ research presentations in, on and about Malaysia
- Exhibition booth by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education through the offices of Education Malaysia Washington DC and Chicago, Tourism Malaysia New York, and MIDA Chicago
Sponsor: Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Center for International Studies
Contact: Habibah Ashari, email@example.com