MAI develops cooperation with Malaysia
At the end of June, representatives of Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) made an official visit to Malaysia aimed both at strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones. Southeast Asia is a strategic region for MAI, as joint programs have been developed with the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT UniKL) since 2005 and more than 130 Malaysian students are currently enrolled at MAI.
The University delegation, led by Andrey Sorokin, Head of the Administration and Human Resources Department, visited several key institutions and attended a number of working meetings. The delegation also included Alexey Zarechenskiy, Deputy Head of the International Department, Ilya Konstantinov, Manager of International Educational Programs, and Dilara Surkhayeva, Deputy Head of the International Projects Department.
As part of the trip, the delegation paid a visit to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia, where a meeting was held with Naiyl Latypov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Malaysia. The parties discussed topical issues of cooperation in the field of aerospace-related education, as well as set out to strengthen the ties between the University and the Malaysian partners. Mr. Ambassador assured the University, represented by Andrey Sorokin, of his full support in matters of interaction with Malaysian counterparts.
A highlight of the trip was the visit of the MAI delegation to Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL). A meeting with Dr. Azman bin Senin, Deputy President of UniKL, involved the possibilities of further developing the cooperation, including the area of joint educational programs, which are slated to be implemented in a new format starting this year. Special attention was paid to the continuing support of the Foundation program taught by Russian professors sent by Moscow Aviation Institute to UniKL MIAT. The parties agreed that despite the format of the joint educational program changing, it is necessary to maintain the presence of our teachers in Malaysia. The meeting was also attended by Alexei Dobrinskii, counselor of the Russian Embassy, and En. Nor Azmi bin Hashaim, representative of the Sponsorship Division of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).
The delegation also met with colleagues from prospective partner institutions – Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Multimedia University (MMU). The parties discussed the expediency of signing a memorandum of understanding and developing joint projects in the areas of academic exchange and joint educational programs. Representatives of UTHM also plan to make a return visit to Moscow in August 2023.
Another important event was the visit of the delegation to the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The meeting was held at the level of Director General, Tuan Haji Azlikamil Napiah, who has repeatedly noted Malaysia's demand for personnel in the aerospace industry. Among the topics discussed was the possibility of working together on the implementation of the MYSA space program by 2030 in conjunction with Roscosmos. Both sides expressed their desire to cooperate and hope for a prolific partnership.