The plight of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict zones has propelled Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to play a more important role in addressing humanitarian issues affecting the community.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) recently, UiTM believed the collaboration would bring benefits to both institutions.
Under the MoU, the students and staff would get ‘hands-on real life experience’ of humanitarian issues at institutional and practical level.
The underlying purpose of the MoU was also to keep abreast with the changing market demand and to ensure that UiTM graduates were well-rounded and competitive for domestic and international job markets.
UiTM’s Vice Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan Said said UiTM was also committed to pursuing the internationalisation of education and this partnership would help them work more closely towards that goal.
“It is important for academic institutions to network with practitioners at international organisations like UNHCR to provide graduates with exposure to the changes in the international environment,” he said.
The partnership also added value to post-graduate level programmes like Master in International Relations and Diplomacy offered by the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies as there will be opportunities for visits, talks, joint-conferences and seminars, research and post-graduate work for students with UNHCR.
There have already been few projects and discussions taking place between the faculty and UNHCR.
The MoU, which was organised by Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, was signed by Dr Hassan and UNHCR representative, Richard Towle.