Abertay University has signed a student and staff exchange agreement with SEGi University strengthening the oldest higher education relationship between the UK and Malaysia.
Since the late 1980s, Dundee-based Abertay University has forged close links with SEGi University in Kota Damansara, with the relationship evolving and expanding over the decades.
Through a Double Award scheme, Abertay already runs degree courses in Business, Accounting, and Computing at SEGi and now a Civil Engineering course is being added to that portfolio.
It is also intended that the extended Erasmus+ agreement will lead to increased staff and student exchange between the institutions.
As part of the relationship, SEGi students will be able to complete the final year of any Business and Computing degree at Abertay and of the Civil Engineering degree from 2019.
In addition, a new Masters in Business Administration from Abertay is due to begin at SEGi in September this year.
SEGi Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Kee said: “My message to my students at SEGi – I think you should definitely make Scotland your first choice and come to experience this country, widen your horizon and opportunities.
“To my faculty staff – there will be opportunities to visit here so please come. It’s a great place where research and teaching go hand-in-hand.
“We continue to put our focus onto teaching and learning and this is also one of the major strengths of Abertay.
“We started the exchange programmes for both students and staff and we are beginning to see that is this gaining a lot of interest, not just among our students, but also our staff, who are now asking me when is the next opportunity for them to come to Abertay.
“We are very thankful Abertay and SEGi are able to utilise Erasmus funding for these visits, in fact the last visit has resulted in joint paper publications and this is very promising indeed.
“We will continue to strengthen and we are very pleased with this engagement.
“In the future there will be more and more engagement particularly among our faculty staff.”
Abertay Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Olivier said: “Our relationship with SEGi has been a long and fruitful one and I’m delighted this is continuing to evolve.
“Many of our staff have already made the trip to Malaysia to share their knowledge and expertise, and I know there is plenty of interest from others in taking up the opportunity.”
As a private education provider, SEGi has been a holding company listed on the main Malaysian stock market since 1995 and delivers educational services at diploma, degree and postgraduate degree levels.
The first partnership agreement was formalised in the 1991/1992 academic year, when SEGi's Systematic Advanced Diploma in Accounting (SADA) was validated by Abertay.
In 2008/09 the Malaysian Qualifications Agency awarded Abertay the highest commendation that can be achieved within the national system for its programme delivery at SEGi.
The development of a Double Award partnership was established in 2011 with a revised Memorandum of Agreement, including a further developed award arrangement, signed in September 2014.