Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) were privileged to welcome delegates from the Middle Technical University (MTU) of Iraq on 15 September 2023. The visit, led by Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of HWUM and Professor Dr. Abdulmohsin Naji Mohaisen Al-Agele, President of MTU, aimed to explore potential collaborations and strengthen educational ties between the two esteemed institutions.
The delegation consists of key representatives from various departments and faculties of MTU and Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Kuala Lumpur – Professor Dr. Adel Ahmed Obed Alkhalaf, Dean of Electrical Engineering, Technical College, Assistant Professor Dr. Hassan Abdulrssoul Abdulhadi, Secretary of Middle Technical University Council, Assistant Professor Dr. Ahlam Nhemah Lafta, Cultural Chancellor, Cultural Attaché and Dr. Salah M.Khaleel, Academic Advisor, Cultural Attaché from the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Kuala Lumpur.
The visit commenced with a warm welcome and a photo session, followed by an introduction by team HWUM, highlighting its academic excellence and modern facilities. MTU showcased insights into its own academic strengths as well thereafter.
Both institutions saw the value in sharing teaching resources, faculty expertise and research facilities.
As an academic advisor for the Cultural Attaché of the Iraqi Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, it was a great feeling once stepping onto the vibrant campus of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia in Putrajaya, alongside the esteemed delegates from the Middle Technical University of Iraq, I was deeply moved by the unwavering motivation and purpose that is leading the education landscape. It is in this commitment to purpose, not mere necessity of only education, that we find the true essence of enlightenment, growth, and the great achievements.
Towards the end of the visit, the delegates also had the opportunity to tour the HWUM campus, viewing the campus facilities and interacting with the students.
The visit between HWUM and MTU highlights the significance of global educational partnerships. It offers the potential to improve academic resources, build connections and encourage cultural exchange. It is hoped, that the collaboration between HWUM and MTU presents promising opportunities for the future.