努阿智吉·伊斯迈尔，马来西亚吉兰丹大学现任校长兼主席，拥有英国拉夫堡大学会计信息系统博士学位。曾担任马来西亚教育部高等教育司副司长，马来西亚北方大学负责科研和创新的副校长兼该校高级商学院院长。曾获得创新领导力奖（2011年）、教育领导力奖（2013年）和最近的亚洲人力资源发展“最具影响力”奖（Asia HRD Awards）。
A=吉兰丹大学校长（Dr.Noor Azizi Ismail）
Noor Azizi Ismail:
I Believe a Long-term Friendship Between China and Malaysia
Guest Introduction:Noor Azizi Ismail, Vice Chancellor & President, University Malaysia Kelantan.
During the 2nd Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) International Think Tank Forum & Changpu River Forum, Overseas Students Magazine interviewed Professor Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail, talked about education and relations between China and Malaysia. The following is our interview transcript:
Q: UMK has established a Belt & Road Business School. Is this business school an excellent result of China-Malaysia cooperation?
A: Yes, at first I want to congratulate China for its 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The second congratulation is from Malaysia to celebrate its 45th anniversary of Malaysia and China’s friendly relations.
I was recently appointed as president of University Malaysia Kelantan, or UMK. UMK is one of the public universities in Malaysia. We currently have twenty public universities thus far. UMK focuses on entrepreneurship. It’s safe to say UMK is the top university for studying entrepreneurship in Malaysia. And UMK hopes to expand its cooperation with foreign universities, especially universities in China. And this is our first hope to collaborate with China.
Q: We knew that you once worked in the Ministry of Education and you’re also an expert in business. What’s your understanding of China-Malaysia communications, especially in education and business?
A: Okay, maybe I can speak a bit about it. Before this I’ve been in the university for 25 years. Then I was borrowed to work for the ministry of High Education for almost two years, and then I was sent to be president of UMK. What I saw was that china and Malaysia signed a MoU in 2009, and then MRA, Mutual Recognition Agreement, after that many Chinese students came to Malaysia and Malaysian students went to China. Now we have roughly 4000 students studying in China and also at BFSU.
As President Xi Jinping, via the Belt and Road Initiative, or as we call it“Laluan Sutera” in Malay, China proposed this initiative so that other countries can share in prosperity and opportunity. Many are about economy, technology and most importantly education. Then what I see is that China has been advanced in science and technology and now is the world’s second largest economy, and might even be the top economy in the coming years. So Malaysia wants to join in this shared future of mankind.
UMK is located in Kelantan, a state in the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. UMK plays a significant role as the catalyst to the socio-economic development of Kelantan as well as Malaysia. I see this as a professor in business and information technology, I think it’s important that UMK as well as the state government together collaborates with China. We want to see that we have good relations. We hope businessmen form Kelantan and Malaysia go to China, and also invite Chinese businessmen and universities to invest in Malaysia to boost bilateral relations, so that we can all benefit from these relations. This is my view as president of UMK.
Q: In his speech at the opening ceremony of the“Belt and Road” International Summit Forum, President Xi Jinping pointed out that it is necessary to promote educational cooperation, expand the scale of exchange of international students, and improve the level of cooperation in running schools. So what is your long term vision for China-Malaysia educational cooperation in the future?
A:Yeah, I’ve been to many countries and some countries I have went twice or more. I came to China many times. I never get bored and I want to come again. There are always new things I can learn especially new technologies. I also have many good friends in China.
When I was Dean of business school, I have many friends from good Chinese business school and I’m always amaze with how far they works, and I can see that they have a lot of potentials and it is good to know and collaborate with them.
The Malaysia and China can work together. For example, I came here in February; we signed the MoU with China Agriculture University. And two months after that, we sent five researchers with twelve products to attend the International Modern Agriculture Exhibition in Beijing. And the products are all sold out, we will see all these crazy orders now. We don't know how we're going to produce big, very hot booth. And I’ve been talking to the state governments. I said agriculture in China is different. They have very smart agriculture. We can learn from them. And actually, CAU has agreed they'll gonna come to UMK. I’m going to bring them to talk with the state government. How can we improve productivity of our farming and that's always a win-win cooperation.
We learn certain things from China and China also learn from Malaysia, because there are certain products that you don't have in China, we have certain advantages.
I think there are so many things we can do. With ECRL (the East Coast Railway Link), I think and the technology talking about with Huawei who is the champion of 5G, the fifth generation of internet, connectivity is not a problem. Probably in a few years from now on, the students don't have to travel too much to Malaysia, and vice versa. Probably half to half, half of the time you spend in China and other half in Malaysia, we just use the video conferencing system, because it's very fast now. And Malaysia can also learn to follow the lectures of a professor in China. So there's no issue.
So I think the world is gonna change very fast in five or ten years, and distance is not going to be a big problem. So even small universities can dream big, because of the connectivity, with the connectivity we can collaborate.
I think the key to the future is collaboration. We don't have to compete. We should complement each other. So I think that's our future.