Thursday, 06 August 2009
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education for Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Deputy Director General of Education, the Honourable Datin Asariah Mior Shaharuddin and many supporting Malaysian colleagues met with ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Professor Clive Barstow, the Head of the School of Education, Professor Greg Robson and several education experts from ECU. Also in attendance were the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia, Dato’ Salman Ahmad and Mrs Hamidah Ashari, Malaysian Consul General to Western Australia.
The Deputy Prime Minister and his delegation discussed the possibilities of ECU experts working with Malaysian experts to improve, and disseminate much more widely in Malaysia, competence with the English language. Any such programs would need to recognise that for many Malaysian students, English is a second, third, or even fourth language.
The Malaysian delgation were also interested in developing programs to up-skill teachers in Malaysia and to improve teaching in remote and rural sites. The possibility of staff exchanges were also discussed.
Professor Cox said that the expertise of ECU in these particular areas of learning dates back more than one hundred years.
“This is an excellent opportunity for staff of ECU to utilise their talents and experience to help forge closer links with an important neighbour, Malaysia.”