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The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Princess of Naradhiwas University (PNU), Thailand, will further strengthen the international collaboration between both universities.

The MoU signing ceremony was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, representing UUM, and the President of PNU, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rossukon Sangmanee, representing the PNU. The ceremony was held at the Visitors’ Lounge, Chancellery, recently.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Dato' Seri expressed his sincere thanks to PNU for initiating this synergistic academic effort in collaboration with UUM. The signing of the MoU signifies a convergence of the intentions of both universities to potentially engage in collaborative efforts in academic, research and also training activities.

This collaboration also sets in motion the opportunity for UUM and PNU to further explore the possibilities and potentials of collaborative activities in other areas as well.

This smart partnership will bring benefits to both universities as this allows both parties to tap into the expertise of their scholars and also harness the strengths of the academia at both universities, particularly in initiating joint research projects.

"This collaboration also presents the chance for UUM and PNU to explore endless possibilities in other areas that would bring benefits to both parties.

"At UUM, we also offer training programmes for the staff of various external organizations, not only for Malaysian students and the local community, but also for the international community in Indonesia, Bangladesh, and India.

“Furthermore, with support from their respective governments, UUM and PNU can work together to tap into the growing demand in the Halal industry.

“In addition to the alluded efforts in research and innovation, both universities can institute several other strategic programmes, for example, the staff exchange and student mobility programmes, as well as the promotion of the bilateral exchange of research materials, publications, information and academic support”, said the Vice-Chancellor.

Meanwhile, the President of PNU, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rossukon Sangmanee, expressed his delight at working with UUM, a university well-known for its numerous achievements and accolades.

He said that PNU was still a young university and that they were grateful for the opportunity to learn from UUM, which had been around for more than 30 years in the higher education industry.

“In light of the ongoing internationalization efforts, I hope that this collaborative effort will help to promote and enhance the image of both universities worldwide,” said the President of PNU.

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