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KANGAR: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will host the Asian University President Forum (AUPF) 2013 in October.
The forum which is being held in Malaysia for the first time since being introduced 11 years ago in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies ( GDUFS ) in China, will see top academics from universities in Asia gathering in Malaysia.
UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin said the forum, themed "Leadership In The Transformation of Asia: Opportunities and Challenges", is scheduled to start on Oct 6 and will last four days.
The event will be held in two locations -- Langkawi in Kedah, and Perlis.
Kamarudin said UniMAP is confident of hosting the best and the largest forum which would indirectly showcase the university on the world stage.
He said it was a huge honour for UniMAP to have been given the opportunity to organise the forum. It proved the confidence Asian universities had in UniMAP.
The forum will be conducted in collaboration with the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT).
AKEPT is our strategic partner. In addition to providing funds, a number of professors from AKEPT will also present their papers.
"We are proud to know that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to be the keynote speaker," he said.
Kamarudin added that Dr Mahathir was the best person to be the main speaker as he was the man who introduced the Look East policy during his time in office.
"UniMAP is sure that all participants will gain useful knowledge and develop networks at the forum," he added.
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