On Tuesday, November 9, Northern (Arctic) Federal University and MARA University of Technology (UiTM, Malaysia) had a Zoom meeting to discuss the prospects of scientific cooperation, researcher exchange and joint project grants.
M.V. Lomonosov NArFU side was represented by Konstantin Zaikov, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy, Pavel Maryandshev, First Vice-Rector for Strategic Developmen,t and Research, Lyubov Zarubina, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy, Alexander Saburov, Director at Institute for Strategic Development of the Arctic, and Svetlana Popkova, leading expert on EU projects. The meeting was joined also by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Malaysia, Nail Latypov, and the representatives of MARA University of Technology (UiTM) including its Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor, Mohd Nazip Suratman.
«It was highly important for us to meet the team of MARA University of Technology (UiTM), which is one of Malaysia’s top universities with more than 160,000 students. Our team came up with the initiative for a draft Arctic research program to involve Malaysia in Arctic research. Like other countries of the Pacific region, Malaysia is looking into the issues of climate change and its consequences in terms of natural resource development. We on our part, as one of the leading centers in the Arctic zone, are prepared to start cooperation. The Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia, whose representatives we had at the meeting, have expressed optimism about our cooperation prospects. Work is currently in process to elaborate the joint Russian-Malaysian research project on the Arctic, which is going to be the first of its kind in the history of Russia-Malaysia relations. We have identified a range of research topics for a series of the scientific seminars we are planning to hold in the near future as a way for us to identify the line of research work to be included in the project and pursued jointly in the next few years,» said Konstantin Zaikov, NArFU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy.