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Malaysian Delegation Visits MGIMO

Malaysian Delegation Visits MGIMO


On December 15-16, MGIMO welcomed a delegation of Malaysian business and academic community representatives. Malaysian colleagues took part in the conference dedicated to the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Malaysia and participated in several business meetings.

The delegation included Mr. Khalek Awang, CEO, Khalek Awang and Associates, President, Alumnae Foundation, International Islamic University of Malaysia, H.E. Teoh Seng Lee, Honorary Consul of Russia in Penang State, Mr. Muamar bin Mohd Mokhtar, Executive Director at 3F Resources Sdn Bhd, Mr. Mohd Khair bin Ngadiron, Director of Permanent Secretariat of National Book Council of Malaysia Ministry of Education, Ms. Adibah binti Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Book City Corporation and Mr. Rahul Mishra, Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism of the University of Malaya/

The delegation met with MGIMO Vice-Rector for Science and Research Dr. Andrey Baykov and the ASEAN Centre’s staff, where the parties discussed educational, research and cultural cooperation in various promising areas. The Malaysian side learned about a unique MA program in ASEAN and Southeast Asian Studies developed by the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO. The delegation expressed interest in promoting this MA program in Malaysia and noted its high prospects for the development of Russian-Malaysian relations.

From the Russian side the meeting was attended by Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, Director of the ASEAN Center, Dr. Viktor Sumsky the Senior Expert of the ASEAN Center as well as by the ASEAN Centre Experts Dr. Valeria Vershinina, Dr. Nikita Kuklin and Ms. Kira Tabunova.

The meeting program included a visit to the MGIMO History Museum and the MGIMO Rare Book Museum, where the Malaysian colleagues got acquainted with the history of the MGIMO formation as a leading center for preparing diplomatic personnel, including those for the countries of the Global South. The Rare Book Museum also aroused considerable interest of the delegation, especially rare copies of Islamic manuscripts.

The Malaysian colleagues toured the MGIMO campus and the territory of the university. They highly appreciated student lifestyle, the level of business culture and overall educational level of MGIMO students.

On December 16, the members of delegation participated in the conference dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Malaysia.

Russia’s Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Naiyl Latypov and Charge D’Affairs of the Embassy of Malaysia in Moscow Joahn Ariff Abdul Razak presented welcoming remarks to the conference participants. The conference sessions were focused on history, politics, economy and business, innovations and startups, translations and book industry.

On the sidelines of the conference also presented is the exhibition prepared by the ASEAN Centre in collaboration with the MFA of Russia. The exhibition features the archival documents and photos illustrating the history of Russia-Malaysia diplomatic relations development.

Program of the conference