The International Office seeks to build, expand and improve relations with the international counterparts of the University with the hope of exploring collaborative pursuits in research, academia and cultural exchange. The Office has also built strong ties with international corporations, which have led to improvements in research collaborations and consultations, internships and knowledge, expertise, and technology transfer.
Thus far, UTeM has linked up and signed Memorandums of Understanding with several renowned universities in the world, including the Coventry University and the University of Sheffield (UK), the Technical University of Berlin (Germany), RIMT University and the University of South Australia (Australia), Osaka Prefecture University and Kyoto University (Japan) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). The focus of collaborations is mainly in the following areas:
- Exchange of staff and students for academic development to address problems of scientific progress.
- Exchange of scientific materials made available by both parties.
- Collaborate in the teaching and research areas (may include students) which are of mutual interest.
- Sponsor seminars, workshops and other scientific meetings, which are of mutual interest and benefit.
- Develop training programmes, including degree and non-degree programmes.
The University is very concerned about developing the skills and global knowledge of the students and staff to enhance their employability. Thus, UTeM has signed Memorandums of Understanding with several companies at the forefront of the engineering and technology industry, in order to form strategic smart partnerships that will provide staff and students with practical training opportunities.
Some of the international companies that have signed up with UTeM are Imai-Aero Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd (IAC) Japan, the leading aerospace and manufacturing company in South-East Asia, and Feinmechanik Michael Deckel GMBH, a Germany based automotive company.
These MoUs have opened up avenues of knowledge and information sharing between the University and Industries in the following areas :
- Exchange of academic research information, specifically to the manufacturing related fields as well as in other related fields.
- Conduct joint R & D programmes.
- Organise joint seminars, conferences, workshops or courses, which are mutually beneficial.
- Exchange of personnel for the purpose of education as well as research and development.
- Provide, upon mutual written agreement, appropriate facilities to accommodate the educational needs of both parties.
In line with the government’s policy of internationalisation, UTeM currently has 21 international students in various fields of study. Eight students are pursuing a bachelor’s programme in ICT and thirteen in postgraduate programmes, and they come from countries such as Indonesia, India, Iran and Pakistan.