Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will be opening a campus overseas and is the first public university to do so.
According to Berita Harian, the Higher Education Ministry said the UKM’s first overseas campus will be in Doha, Qatar and its first intake of students would be in October this year.
On Friday (20 May), the ministry said UKM signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in Doha between UKM and The Regional Group of Qatar to expand its campus overseas.
The Regional Group of Qatar is a company that manages property development, asset management, agriculture, stock investment and engineering consulting services in Qatar.
Meanwhile, the signing of the MOA was witnessed by minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad and she said this is a new chapter for Malaysian institutions of higher learning to achieve higher levels in terms of research and innovation, teaching and learning, and consulting and community development despite facing challenges brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak.
“I am happy that UKM has contributed to this achievement and has taken the next step to expand its internationalisation involvement by expanding its wings to Qatar,” she said.
Meanwhile, UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ekhwan Toriman said the opening of UKM’s campus will encourage cooperation and research, apart from offering courses and strengthening UKM’s brand in gulf countries.
“We are very proud of this recognition,” he said, adding that they will continue to provide the best education across world borders.
Dr Mohd Ekhwan said the university will offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the campus in Doha.
“The Regional Group is responsible for program management, marketing and providing facilities and infrastructure for teaching and learning sessions.”
“UKM is responsible for providing academic input involving curriculum, teaching and learning, quality assurance and graduation,” he said.