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Asian libraries to have digital info-sharing network


LANGKAWI: Libraries in Asian countries will soon set up an Asian Universities Library Network (Aulink) to boost digital academic information-sharing between the countries.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap) chief librarian Mazmin Mat Akhir said the network was mooted to create better access to research materials in various languages at higher learning institutions.

He said Aulink, the brainchild of Unimap vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin, would focus on strategy and initiatives to strengthen the collaboration between libraries in Asia.

"The project was also aimed at setting up a one-stop centre that would store thesis and information generated by the researchers and academicians throughout the continent."

Mazmin said this at the closing of the First Forum on Library Consortia, Resource Sharing and Future Networks yesterday.

The event was attended by 50 librarians from higher learning institutions from Asian countries, such as Korea, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Indonesia.

The forum was organised by the university in conjunction with the 12th Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF) in collaboration with the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT).

This was the first time Malaysia was chosen to host AUPF, after it was introduced 11 years ago at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in China.

The four-day forum, themed "Leadership in the transformation of Asia: Opportunities and challenges" had attracted top academics from renowned universities in Asia to discuss various issues, particularly education.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to deliver his keynote address at the opening ceremony today.

One of the speakers for the event is Ben Sowter, the head of division at university ranking authority QS World University Rankings' Intelligence Unit.

He is expected to to enlighten delegates on the standing of Asian universities and share with them the quantitative criteria used to rank the institutions.

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