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Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) visits HsKA
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Bin Zainuddin is a member of the Senior Management of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), a long-standing cooperation partner of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA). UMP is one of only four Malaysian universities focusing solely on the teaching of engineering. The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education tasked Dato’ Yuserrie – „Dato’“ being an honorific Malaysian state title, comparable to the British „Sir“ – with investigating engineering education at UMP’s partner institution as a typical representative of German universities of applied sciences. Hence, from Jan 22nd – Feb 1st Dato’ Yuserrie paid a visit to HsKA in order to ascertain, by way of benchmarking, how the German partner university works and to exchange views and experiences with HsKA’s senior management, professors, technical and administrative staff about their specific approach to applied teaching and research, but also about general issues of university organisation and administration.
In order to facilitate this, and taking into account Dato’ Yuserrie’s remit from his Ministry as well as his responsibilities as UMP Deputy Vice-Chancellor, HsKA’s International Office (AAA) had arranged a two-week program of visits. After a first meeting with the AAA Director, who gave an introductory presentation of HsKA and its international activities as well as some general cultural background, Dato’ Yuserrie was welcomed by HsKA’s President, Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger, and his Senior Management team. Over the course of the following two weeks, the guest from Malaysia met with the Vice-Presidents for Research and for Academic and International Affairs, the Head of the Department of Academic Affairs, staff of the Student Registry, the Service Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center of Competence, the Center of Applied Research, and the School Liaison Officer in the Public Relations & Marketing Office. An entire day was dedicated to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, which cooperates most closely with UMP through their two joint Bachelor’s programs in Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering. Finally, Dato’ Yuserrie, a Professor of Management Accounting at UMP’s Faculty of Industrial Management, met with representatives of HsKA’s Faculty of Management Science and Engineering, where he was particularly interested in the Business Administration and Engineering programs.
Asked about his conclusions after two weeks of meetings with a wide range of HsKA representatives, Dato’ Yuserrie felt that he had gained some real insight into how applied teaching and research work at HsKA and, by extension, at universities of applied sciences in Germany. He was impressed by how all university bodies and institutions and all their staff members worked hand in hand and in close cooperation with industry to achieve what in his view should be the main remit of a university of applied sciences – to produce qualified graduates with a high degree of employability. He is now looking forward to reporting back to his Ministry what he saw and learned at HsKA, thus making his very own contribution to further improving engineering education in Malaysia.