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31. January 2008

Graz University of Technology (GUT), Austria and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak. For both GUT and UTP, this marked another important milestone in their quest to attain academic and R&D excellence.  

The formalisation of alliance between these two leading institutions of higher learning in
their respective countries has paved the way for further meaningful collaboration
between them which amongst others extends to the following areas:
i. Staff Development Programme
ii. Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme
iii. Postgraduate Student Exchange Programme
iv. Joint Research and Development Activities
v. Joint Academic and Scientific Activities
vi. Exchange of information

As Graz University of Technology Rector Prof. Dr. Hans Sünkel explained, “With the
cooperation agreement with UTP, GUT is laying a foundation stone for a close
collaboration involving the exchange of students and scientists as well as shared
research projects”. The first batch of students from GUT will be able to gather
experience abroad at UTP as early as July. Scientific staff will soon follow, as well as
cooperations in engineering science research.

UTP's Rector, Datuk Dr. Zainal Abidin Haji Kasim is very pleased to welcome the
Austrian students to UTP: "Since its inception UTP has been emphasizing on the
provision of high quality education to ensure that students will develop their potential to
the maximum. Our programmes are specially designed in collaboration and consultation
with the relevant industry authorities and professional bodies."

It is expected that this collaboration will not only benefit GUT and UTP but also to the
industries that are linked to both universities through research projects. This is because
GUT and UTP can become the conduit for the industries to explore wider spectrum in
technology and innovation and also to develop future scientists, researchers, engineers
and technical personnel for the industries.
GUT pursues top teaching and research in the fields of the engineering sciences and the
technical-natural sciences. It offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and
doctoral courses. Ultimately, the quality of the education and training at GUT is carried
by the strength of its knowledge-oriented and applied research.
UTP offers a wide range of engineering and technology programmes at undergraduate
and postgraduate levels complemented with a strong focus on Research and
Development. The programmes are designed with high industry relevance to provide a
dynamic learning environment.

The cooperation between GUT and UTP was initiated by the Malaysian oil company
PETRONAS and well known Austrian engine developer and manufacturer BRP-Rotax
GmbH & Co KG that are jointly developing engines for recreational application.