December 11, 2013, by Graham Kendall
UPM/UNMC hold first workshop for their dual PhD programme
The MOA is a development of the Malaysian Nottingham Doctoral Programme (MNDP) which enabled Malaysian academics to do their PhD at the University of Nottingham.
The requirements for Malaysia have moved on a little since the MNDP was launched and the MOA marks a new type of MNDP, with some of the restrictions of the old scheme being lifted. For example:
- The students can now register at UNMC. Previously, they had to register at the UK campus.
- The degree will be a dual degree, whereas before the students only got a degree from the University of Nottingham.
- There is some provision (if the student studies in the UK) for Malaysian supervisors to visit the UK. In the previous MNDP only the UK supervisor could travel.
- The students do not necessarily have to be UPM academic staff, the cohort could come from UPM postgraduate students as well.
On the 10th December, we held a workshop at UNMC to kick start the MOA by inviting both UPM and UNMC academics to hear about some of the joint projects that are already being done between UPM and UNMC.
More importantly we heard from four students who wish to participate in the scheme. They presented research proposals to the invited audience, with a view of finding supervisors from both UPM and UNMC.
The key task now is to convert these presentations into fully registered students on the programme.
We are also preparing flyers and planning more workshops to attract more students to this programme.
The workshop was an important milestone for this MOA, but it is really only the start of this important initiative and we very much look forward to working with UPM over the coming years.