Discussions could lead to Keuka and Malaysia collaboration

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Keuka College President Dr. Joseph Burke and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak sign a memorandum of understanding.

Keuka College boasts the largest enrollment of any American college or university operating in China and also offers its Bachelor of Science degree in management sciences at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi.

Could Malaysia be next?

It could after Keuka President Dr. Joseph G. Burke and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, vice chancellor of  Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), today signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in discussions that could lead to a collaboration between the two schools.

“This is yet another example of our strategic initiative to internationalize the Keuka campus and expand educational opportunities worldwide,” said Burke.

“UUM is interested in the undergraduate program we offer at our four partner universities in China and at VNU,” said Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for the Center for Professional Studies.

According to Smith, UUM officials have also expressed interest in partnering with Keuka at the graduate level.

“That could involve UUM students and faculty coming to Keuka Park to pursue our Master of Science degree in management-international business,” explained Smith.

The two schools initiated talks last fall when Smith traveled to Malaysia and a UUM representative visited Keuka Park.

UUM is the “most prestigious business institution in Malaysia” and enrolls some 25,000 students, according to Smith. He said UUM is “a rising star” in business education and is working hard to become a top university in Malaysia under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Mustafa.

UUM is located in Sintok—in northern Malaysia—and enrolls some 25,000 students, according to Smith. It was founded in 1990 and comprises 15 residential colleges that can accommodate 20,000 students. It also operates a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.