Bridging the Gaps of Mobility between Malaysia & Europe/North America: Challenges & Opportunities 28 Mar 2019 07:15 08:20

Bridging the Gaps of Mobility between Malaysia & Europe/North America: Challenges & Opportunities 28 Mar 2019 07:15 08:20

Bridging the Gaps of Mobility between Malaysia & Europe/North America: Challenges & Opportunities


Malaysia is exciting and exotic destination for many graduates who consider a study abroad experience. Following two decades of Bologna Process and now entering post-Bologna era to promote student mobility in and out of Europe/North America, challenges remained to intensify student and staff mobility between the European/North America and Malaysia universities. Among the challenges are funding, cultural and language barriers, and credit transfer. In this special Morning Session, hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), we have invited a few panellists from Malaysian, European and North America universities to share their views on the measures and insights to overcome this mobility barrier. Among the discussion points include the innovative enablers to realise student and staff mobility and research collaboration. Tailor-made and creative short-term programs such as the summer school guided by professors are among the sustainable initiatives to be discussed. This session anticipates active dialogue and enabler for mobility from the audience.


Prof. Dr Nor Haniza Sarmin
Associate Director Student Services & Global Education Experince UTM International Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,

Prof. Dr. Nor Haniza Sarmin is currently the Associate Director of Student Services & Global Education Experience in UTM International, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) since 2016. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Dean in the School of Graduate Studies, UTM. Until present, she has participated in a lot of international educational conferences including NAFSA, Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) and Eurasian Higher Education Summit (EURIE) as one of the speakers/panelists.

At the same time, she is also a Professor at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, UTM. Having served UTM for 28 years, she has more than 500 scientific publications, with her research interest ranges in the field of group theory, graph theory and also formal language theory with its application in DNA computations.

Prof Asta Radzevičienė
Vice-Rector for Strategic Partnership
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Currently a Vice-Rector for Strategic partnership at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania) responsible for cooperation with business and academic partners, international development strategy and university outreach.
Member of numerous committees and working groups: national  EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region monitoring  group; National EU programme committee; National Appeals Commission for the recognition of the foreign degrees and qualifications; previously governmental expert at EURAXESS Network Management WG at European Commission DG R&D, former head of Head of International Relations Committee at the Lithuanian University Rectors' Conference.

Practitioner and researcher in higher education management and internationalisation, an author of 20 scientific publications in this field. Her research interests range from strategic management and internationalisation of HEIs to human resource management, networking in business and higher education, internationalisation of SMEs.  Dr. A. Radzevičiene has a PhD in Social sciences, MSc. in Engineering Economics and Management, Diploma in Russian and German Philology.

Elina Värtö
Head of International Relations
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Elina Värtö is the Head of International Relations at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the largest university of applied sciences in Finland. She has extensive experience in internationalization of higher education. She focuses on developing and implementing strategic internationalization, including international mobility and strategic partnership cooperation, as well as internationalisation of education and international mobility development.

Assoc Prof Dr Yazrina Yahya
Director Of International Relations Centre
UKM Global
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Dr. Yazrina Yahya is an Associate Professor who specializes in the area of Information Technology and Internationalization of Higher Education. She has been with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since November 1997 and is currently based at Faculty of Economics and Management. Her multidisciplinary interest is due to her vast experience as the Director of the International Relations Centre, UKM and also because of her links to industry; via her attachment at AirAsia in 2010-2011, working with industries partners such as IBM, Coalition Services Industries of Malaysia (CSIM), Ministry of Education, locally and abroad, and as a Business Executive at Renong Solution Sdn Bhd in 1995 before she joined UKM.

Her major specializations are in the areas of Service Science, Information System Development, and Internationalization of Higher Education, in which her field of interests include management of internationalization, internationalization of higher education, and international education, value co-creation in developing information systems, values in e-Learning system, information system development using the service science approach,. She is also an Associate Fellow at ASM, and a member of the group who develops the document Science & Technology Foresight Malaysia 2015: Emerging Science, Engineering and Technology (ESET) Study, published by ASM. Her expertise on internationalization is also recognized by ASM in which she is a member of Working Group 6: Strategic International Alliance, Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

At the international level, Dr. Yazrina is recognized for her expertise in the area of Internationalization of Higher Education and Information Technology where she has been invited as a keynote speaker by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Universitas Gadjah Mada, Bulacan State University, University of Mindanao, Philippines; Universiti Andalas, Politeknik Padang, Indonesia, Commision of Higher Education (CHED) Philippines and Cebu Normal University Philippines. She was also invited as a guest speaker by the Canadian Bureau Of International Education (CBIE), EU-SHARE, ASEAN University Network (AUN), Sophia University, Japan, Universiti Andalas, Australian High Commission, Malaysia, and CAMPUS France in various international conferences held globally and locally. She was also one of the key persons to head the collaboration between the Department of Education Mexico (EDOMEX) and UKM that resulted in UKM hosting 100 Mexican students for a three-week summer program at various faculties in 2013.  Partners from the ASEAN University Network (AUN), Association of University of Asia Pacific, EU-SHARE and ERASMUS Techno II have also acknowledged her expertise in managing international forums and securing student numbers to go abroad for exchange.

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