THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID (UWTSD) is delighted to announce its new student exchange agreement with the University of Malaya (UM).
The agreement is part of the University’s international strategy and was signed recently by Professor Medwin Hughes, DL Vice Chancellor of UWTSD and Professor Tan Sri, Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, Vice- Chancellor of UM.
UM attracts the country’s best students and is listed by the Ministry of Higher Education as the top University in Malaysia. It is also ranked among the top 30 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) – QS World University Rankings.
The University’s international student population represents more than 80 different countries around the world.
University of Malaya is Malaysia’s oldest university and is situated in the southwest of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It was founded as the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore on September 28 1905. In October 1949, it became the University of Malaya following the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College, which was founded in 1928.
The University of Malaya’s name is derived from the term ‘Malaya’ – the name the country was then known. The Carr-Saunders Commission on University Education in Malaya, which recommended the setting up of the University, noted in its Report in 1948: “The University of Malaya would provide for the first time a common centre where varieties of race, religion and economic interest could mingle in joint endeavour … For a University of Malaya must inevitably realise that it is a university for Malaya.”
The growth of the University was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of two autonomous divisions in 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, the government of the two territories indicated their desire to change the status of the two into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 and the University of Malaya was established on January 1, 1962.
On June 16, 1962, University of Malaya celebrated the installation of its first Chancellor, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the country’s first prime minister. The first Vice-Chancellor was Professor Oppenheim, a world-renowned Mathematician.
Currently, His Royal Highness, The Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is the Chancellor of the University of Malaya.
Professor Jalaludin was appointed the eleventh Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya on November 8, 2013.
Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said : “The University’s partnership with the University of Malaya has taken an important step forward which will lead to a range of exciting curriculum developments as well as opportunities for further collaboration
“This is another significant step on the journey to create a partnership that will allow us celebrate even greater opportunities for students, for staff and for knowledge transfer between our two institutions by giving students from Malaysia the opportunity to study in Wales.”