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UMS and China's Wuyi U sign LOI
Published on: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Wuyi University in China, dubbed the cradle of talented people, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to form collaboration in staff and student mobility, as well as on research projects.

Located in Jiangmen City in Guangdong Province, the university is the only comprehensive higher learning institution that offers mostly engineering courses in the west bank of the Pearl River Delta.

"Now that the two institutions have come together and intend to strengthen exchanges between teachers and students, and explore collaborations in scientific and education projects, I believe it will promote complementary advantages for both and cultivate more understanding and talented people who understand the culture of both countries," said His Excellency Liang Caide, the Consult General of the People's Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu. He said the signing of the LOI also demonstrates a concrete manifestation of the friendly exchanges between Jiangmen and Kota Kinabalu as both had signed a memorandum of understanding as Sister Cities in 2002.

He noted that this new development is in line with China's readiness to adhere to the fundamental national policy of opening up and actively promote international cooperation through The Belt and Road Initiative as affirmed by the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, last week.

The initiative, he said, makes an effort to realise the connectivity of policies, infrastructure, trade, finance and peoples.

"As an important stop on the Maritime Silk Road, Sabah has plenty of natural resources, with multi-ethnic groups and different religions and cultures, all living in harmony," he said.

Meanwhile, UMS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr D. Kamarudin Mudin described the signing as historic as it will create pathways for mutual cooperation and collaboration in various academic expertise with the aim of encouraging and nurturing the long-term development of both institutions.

He said it will be a mutually beneficial networking between both sides as they seek to expand globally and create platforms and opportunities for international engagement and relevance.

"I look forward to more mutually beneficial China-UMS collaborations in the education of our young minds and talents. Indeed, the China 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) or 'Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI) philosophy of nurturing connectivity, cooperation and global engagement would be very much welcomed in UMS given our close geographical locations, similar cultural values and education aspirations," he said.

He also said that the beginning of the collaboration also serves to reaffirm UMS' ties with the Chinese community in Sabah. The Wuyi University-UMS networking will incorporate collaborations in two aspects: staff and student mobility, and joint research projects in areas such as education, engineering, science and technology, economics and management, and medicine.

The LOI that was signed Monday will also provide opportunities for student development in both institutions through joint activities such as conferences, lectures, special short training courses, seminars, symposiums, among others.

Also present was President of the Sabah Sze Yip Associations Datuk Susan Wong who noted that among Wuyi University's famous faculties is the College of Rail Transit.

"I'd like to suggest that UMS students learn the advanced technology of high speed train maintenance from Wuyi to make this collaboration fruitful.

"This is because the Malaysian Government has appointed China construction firm to build high speed railroads in the peninsula which in the future will create job opportunities for those with the skills," she said.

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