New RAU Co-operation with Malaysia
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is currently hosting a group of officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MoA) in Malaysia under the auspices of the National Agriculture Training Council (NATC), taking part in a professional development programme on advancing agricultural education and training.
The course, organised by Steve Finch with Paul Davies and managed by Elizabeth Badger, forms part of a new 5-year collaboration agreement with the Government of Malaysia which includes opportunities for various activities in both countries - including joint conferences, consultancy, training, curriculum development and related research. It will focus, in particular, on further development of the National Colleges of Agriculture and Fisheries and associated MoA Institutes of Agriculture, towards improving course relevance and student employment. It is also hoped that some of the students, as well as some Ministry staff, will progress in due course to the RAU for further studies.
‘We are very pleased to have agreed this new co-operation with the Government of Malaysia‘ comments Paul ‘which represents further development, in many ways, of our early education collaborations with MoA which began in 1987. We were asked to become involved again more recently, and to now work with the NATC, and I was very pleased to be able to sign a supporting new MoU with the Ministry in September 2014. A number of colleagues have generously given time to contribute to our current training programme over the last couple of weeks at RAU, and I very much hope some will have future opportunities to also work in Malaysia. RAC and RAU have developed a very good working relationships with Malaysia over the years, based on the sharing of mutual agricultural education interests, which I very much hope can continue.’