PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was joined by British Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. This formed part of an official two-day trip by the British prime minister to Malaysia underlining long-standing links between Malaysia and the UK.
The prime ministers attended a meeting of the Global Movement of Moderates held on campus, followed by a Q&A session on global politics, which included 100 University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus students.
In his speech Cameron said that University of Nottingham is the best of Malaysia and the best of the UK referring to the university as an excellent bilateral partnership. He expressed his gratitude to Najib who was instrumental in developing the UNMC campus in his previous capacity as the Education Minister of Malaysia.
“I am proud to be here, the first British overseas campus and it is strange to mention University of Nottingham in this heat,” Cameron said.
Cameron toured the 50-hectare parkland campus and heard about the pioneering role played by UNMC – a powerful symbol of successful educational collaboration between the two nations.
This visit also saw the signing of a Malaysia- UK Joint Statement on Higher Education and Skills at UNMC by Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia and David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Science.
Both parties decided to continue to support emerging partnerships in the context of the MOU, and to consider additional areas of collaboration in Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Announcement of new Scholarship Scheme; Policy and Reform Challenges; Leadership; Further Education and Skills Development and Monitoring Partners in Education.
The signing was followed by a roundtable meeting between key heads of universities in the UK and Malaysia. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus was represented by Provost and Chief Executive Officer at UNMC Professor Ian Pashby and Professor Graham Kendall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer).
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is a genuine UK-Malaysia partnership. To have the prime ministers from both countries at the campus is a great honour, but also symbolically very powerful.“
Cameron’s visit to UNMC was part of the first official visit to Malaysia by a British prime minister in almost 20 years. It follows a visit by Najib to the UK in July last year.
Professor Ian Pashby said: “Today is a milestone, as we host two prime ministers on our campus who will be addressing a significant global agenda. Bilateral relations between the UK and Malaysia are of great significance to the continued growth of UNMC, as it is a UK university in a Malaysian environment. In addition, this is the perfect location for the signing of an MOU relating to higher education.”