February 4th, 2019: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined forces with the leading digital-tech institution Multimedia University (MMU) to establish a new platform for collaboration in higher education between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia.
The partnership was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two universities. CUD was represented by its President and Vice Chancellor Professor Karim Chelli, and MMU by Professor Datuk Dr. Ts. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq, its President and Chief Executive Officer. Witnessing the signing was Professor Dr. Ho Chin Kuan, MMU’s Vice President (Academic & Internationalization), and Professor David Santandreu Calonge, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences at CUD.
The new agreement represents a step up in advancing CUD’s vision to become an international, world-class institution by developing mutually-beneficial relationships with leading universities around the globe, and in particular, across the Asia-Pacific region. The collaboration will create opportunities for CUD and MMU academics to work together on strategic intercontinental projects, as well as offering articulation pathways to students of the two universities.
Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rafi was very positive on the agreement. Being a university which is recognized in Malaysia as a trendsetter, MMU, he said, is enthusiastic on developing strong ties with other ranked international institutions, particularly those with strong inclinations towards entrepreneurship.
"We at MMU believe that CUD has chosen the right university in its effort to nurture a new generation of knowledge workers, considering that MMU has extensive experience, which we can share, in producing graduates that are sought after by the industry,” he said. "We recognize that CUD has an outstanding reputation of its own, so we are very excited about the possibilities of growth for both sides.”
Also commenting on the new partnership, Prof. Chelli said, “As we are gradually embedding entrepreneurial skills into all our programs at CUD, Malaysia as the ‘entrepreneurial nation’ and MMU as the university of choice for students in Business, Engineering, Communication and Computer Science are the perfect fit for us. MMU has a stellar reputation in Malaysia among leading tech employers such as Dell, Cisco, Microsoft and Intel. The University has been ranked in the Top 3 most entrepreneurial private universities in Malaysia, and was given the status of ‘Premier Digital Tech University’ in 2017. The strengths of both institutions are complementary, and I believe this is the start of a very fruitful relationship.”
MMU is the first private university in Malaysia and is credited with establishing the successful model for private tertiary education in the country. It is now host to over 15,000 students across three campuses and 10 faculties, and has served the development of the high-tech ICT industry of the nation, parallel to the Silicon Valley-Stanford model in the United States.
CUD’s partnership with MMU will bring forward short-term academic projects such as the forthcoming International Summer School in Dubai, collaborative symposia and conferences, as well as longer-term initiatives. These include joint degree programs, reciprocal articulations, and the exchange of students and researchers.