Global Affairs Talk Series: 40th anniversary of Look East Policy: Past experiences, present status and future direction

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Look East Policy, UTAR Centre for International Studies (CIS) and UTAR Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Social and Policy Studies (TCLC) jointly organised the UTAR Global Affairs Talk Series: 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy on 22 August 2022 via Zoom.

H.E Ambassador Takahashi is happy to know that there are more than 10 Japanese students who are studying at UTAR

Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia His Excellency (H.E) Ambassador Takahashi Katsuhiko was invited to grace the online forum. During his opening speech, he said, “UTAR had been actively collaborating with the Japanese universities and companies over the years. UTAR has 21 Japanese partner universities for student exchange as well as research. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 Japanese and Malaysian students continued to have international exchange physically and virtually for the past two years.” He added, “I am happy to learn that more than 10 students from Japan are studying at UTAR. I really hope that the collaboration between UTAR and the Japanese organisations will continue to develop further, seizing the opportunities of the 40th anniversary for LEP.”

Prof Faidz expressing his heartiest gratitude to H.E Ambassador Takahashi for taking the time to give a short address to the participants of the forum

UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman welcomed His Excellency Ambassador Takahashi Katsuhiko to the online forum and said, “On behalf of the organising committee, staff and students of UTAR, I would like to express my heartiest gratitude to His Excellency Ambassador Takahashi for taking the time from his busy schedule to give a short address to the participants of this forum. It means a lot to the participants as we know that both Japan and Malaysia have mutually beneficial ties and both countries have enjoyed many meaningful socio-economic, cultural and academic exchanges over the years.”

A total of three speakers spoke at the online forum. Dean of the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (CPKLL) Universiti Malaysia Sabah Dr Lai Yew Meng presented on “Malaysia-Japan Relations under the Second Mahathir Administration”, Visiting Fellow of Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia Dr Stephen Leong Mun Yoon presented on “Look East Policy: Role of MAJECA and ISIS Malaysia” and Senior Lecturer of Universiti Malaya Dr Jamila binti Mohd presented on “The Role of Education in Look East Policy”. Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) lecturer Dr Tan Wooi Yee moderated the talk.

Finally, the forum ended with an intensive Q&A session.

H.E Ambassador Takahashi (top row, most right) with speakers, Dr Lai (top row, middle), Dr Stephen Leong (second row, middle) and Dr Jamila (bottom row, most left)