Scottish universities head to South East Asia for sector mission

Seven Scottish higher education institutions are off to South East Asia to meet with officials in the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to promote the expertise of universities in Scotland in addition to attending the British Council’s Going Global conference.

The delegation of 16 will be spending five days in Malaysia before five will travel onto Indonesia. Sector leaders will be promoting Scottish expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning reflecting the priorities of the economies of Malaysia and Indonesia.

The value of international exports from higher education in Scotland was calculated at £1.57 billion in 2015. Scotland’s higher education institutions are ambitious to help grow Scotland’s international exports through our own export activity as well as working with Scottish companies by forging global links.

In Malaysia, the Scottish delegation will be meeting with senior management from the Human Resources Development Fund in Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources; exploring the opportunities for partnership with the senior management of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation; and meeting Dr Siti Hamisah, the Director General of the Ministry of Higher Education to learn about Malaysia’s flagship collaboration programme MyRAS, which pushes for the advancement of robotics and automation technology.

In Indonesia, the delegation will meet with the Ministry of Education as well as bespoke visits for each institution to Indonesia universities.