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Ohio University Linkages in Malaysia: A Best Practice Model

The Delegation from Ohio University with Ambassador Jones and embassy officers. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The Delegation from Ohio University with Ambassador Jones and embassy officers. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Current Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Dr. Habibah Ashari shares her experience with the ambassador. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Current Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Dr. Habibah Ashari shares her experience with the ambassador. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ambassador Paul Jones hosted a morning coffee for a visiting delegation from Ohio University (OU) which included its President, Dr. Roderick McDavis, at the ambassador’s residence on December 8.  OU has a Tun Abdul Razak Professorship Chair in Malaysian Studies at its Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  It has educational linkages with Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Malaysian institutions since the 1960’s. OU has produced 2,500 Malaysian graduates who occupy important positions in the public and private sectors.  This educational linkage was established as a result of the Peace Corps program in Malaysia, which will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2012.

The delegation also included Dr. Habibah Ashari, the 14th Tun Abdul Razak Chair holder at OU, only the second woman to be the holder in its thirty year existence and the first from UiTM.  She brings to the chair a wealth of experience in international relations and education. Prior to this current appointment, she was Director of the International Education College (INTEC) at UiTM.  Professor Datuk Dr. Zakaria Ahmad , Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at HELP University, who is a former Chair holder, also took part.