UMS delegation took photos of momentous after the MoU signing ceremony. Also seen in the picture were Tun Haji Juhar (fourth left), Dr. Kasim (third left), and Dr. Şeref Ateş (fourth right).
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), and Yunus Emre Institute (YEI), Türkiye, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Bosphorus, Istanbul, recently.
The MoU was signed by UMS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr. Kasim Hj. Mansor and the President of YEI, Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Head of State for Sabah, who is also The Chancellor of UMS, Tun Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin.
According to Dr. Kasim, the MoU will benefit both parties, especially in areas involving education and research.
“More importantly, we sincerely look forward to a meaningful and long-term collaboration between YEI and UMS.
“We believe that through a close collaboration with our international partners, such as YEI, we can further enhance our commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and innovation,” he said in his speech.
Dr. Kasim informed that the main areas of the MoU, includes the exchange of student and staff to broaden academic, professional, and cultural cooperation between the two institutions.
“Besides that, UMS and YEI will collaborate in research and development activities, including the sharing of resources where possible.
“The MoU also covers any other areas of prospective collaboration or cooperation which are deemed necessary by either party that shall be mutually agreed upon by both parties.
“Hopefully, through this MoU, it will bring mutual benefit and cooperation to the two countries, Malaysia and Türkiye, and most importantly, improve our close cooperation in the field of culture and language,” Dr. Kasim added.
The signing of this MoU also marks the possibility of introducing the Turkish language as one of the language components under the Foreign Language Cluster for undergraduate students in UMS.
Also present during the event were Toh Puan Hajah Norlidah R.M Jasni; Consul General Consulate of Malaysia, Istanbul, Tengku Mohd Dzaraif Raja Abdul Kadir; Chairman Board of Directors (BOD) UMS, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Member UMS BOD, Samasuddin Haji Yusop; and UMS Registrar, Luqman Ridha Anwar.
YEI is an established Turkish Cultural Centre that strives to promote Türkiye, its cultural heritage, Turkish language, culture, art, science, and academic research, in order to improve the friendship and cultural exchange between Türkiye and other countries.