SERDANG, 8 March (UPM) – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and
Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) of Japan (Kyutech) have inked a pact
for the Japanese institute to set up a satellite campus in UPM.
The Malaysia Super Satellite Campus (MSSM) in UPM is the first Japanese
campus in Malaysia and Southeast Asia that is also a symbol of the close ties
between the two nations in the field of education and research.
Kyutech president, Dr. Morio Matsunaga said the satellite campus was not only
a symbol of the friendship between the two nations but was also the symbol of
confidence of Malaysia in Japanese technology and work culture.
The selection of UPM for the campus was the most apt for the objective of
Kyutech to step up cooperation in research with Malaysia and the other countries
in the region.
“I hope the cooperation would produce a new generation of engineers who are
highly skilled and innovative in both countries so that they can contribute to
the advancement of their respective nations,” he said after signing the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the setting of the Kyutech satellite
campus here on 21 February.
The UPM-Kyutech MoU was signed by UPM Vice Chancellor Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi
Ramlan and Dr. Morio Matsunaga. It was witnessed by Minister of Higher Education
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and the Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr
The Dean of the Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences Faculty of UPM, Prof.
Dr Mohd Ali Hassan, said the cooperation involved the exchange of students and
staffs, collaboration in research projects, exchange of publications, reports
and academic information and professional development.
“The establishment of MSSM is a result of our cooperation in education and
research that offers twin UPM-Kyutech degrees programmes.
“The students will study in UPM and Kyutech. In the first phase, UPM students
will study here from April before continuing in Kyutech in Japan in September
“These students wil also earn two degrees, one from UPM and one from Kyutech
,” he said.
“Priority would be given to students going for engineering, computer science,
medicine and biotechnology,” said Prof. Dr. Mohd Ali.
UPM’s cooperation with Kyutech was started by the Biotechnology and
Biomolecular Sciences Faculty on 4th February 2002 when they collaborated to
develop a zero-discharge system for the oil palm mills in Sandakan and the
Sungai Kinabatangan region.
The green concept project in Sandakan was to have a better and safer oil palm
waste disposal system without toxins, while ensuring quality air that is free
from pollution. The four-phase project covered biogas for power, biodiesel for
fuel, and biocompost for fertilizer. – UPM