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USM PENANG, 26 June 2024 – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), through its School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (SoLLaT), recently entered into a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chulalongkorn University's Language Institute (CULI).

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This collaboration marks a pivotal step in strengthening academic and educational ties between Malaysia and Thailand, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation.

The virtual signing ceremony was held on 21 June 2024 in a hybrid manner via Zoom, bringing together esteemed representatives from both institutions.

As a symbolic new era of collaborative endeavours, signing on behalf of USM was the SoLLaT USM Acting Dean, Azril Ali representing the Vice-Chancellor, while on behalf of Chulalongkorn University was the Acting Vice President, Associate Professor Dr. Siridej Sujiva.

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According to Azril, the MoU outlines several key areas of cooperation, including the exchange of researchers and administrative staff, collaborative projects, and joint student activities.

“This partnership will facilitate the exchange of faculty members for teaching and special lectures, as well as researchers for data collection through classroom observations and interviews.

“Additionally, both institutions will engage in the development of educational materials and collaborative research projects, including a special issue on CEFR policies and practices in ASEAN countries,” he said.  

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He added, “These initiatives will surely enhance the academic experience and provide valuable opportunities for students and faculty members alike.”

The collaboration between USM and Chulalongkorn University underscores the importance of international partnerships in higher education.

Siridej who also acknowledged the importance of leveraging each institution’s strengths, said, this MoU will not only promote academic excellence but also foster a deeper intercultural understanding.

“The joint efforts in organising study abroad programmes and online activities will provide students with invaluable cross-cultural experiences, preparing them to thrive in a globalised world.

“This agreement stands as a testament to the commitment of both universities to advancing education and fostering strong international relationships,” Siridej said further.

Text: Dr. Alla Baksh Mohamed Ayub Khan (SoLLaT)/Editing: Nur Farrah Ezlin Mohd Suhaimi/Photo: SoLLaT & Courtesy from CULI Facebook

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