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Thursday, January 12, 2012

UTM-MIT to help government make science and mathematics more innovative and interesting.

SKUDAI, 20 September: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will provide programmes to assist the government make science and mathematics education more innovative and interesting. Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Ir Dr Zaini Ujang said, the programme, known as Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math (BLOSSOMS) will be led by Professor Richard Larson, founding Director of the Center for Engineering System Fundamentals. He is also founding Director of Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) and Principal Investigator of Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math. (BLOSSOMS) at MIT. MIT, a world renowned university and most advanced in technology has worked with UTM to develop BLOSSOMS Center in UTM. UTM and MIT will make recommendations to the government to create programmes that would attract more students in this country to choose the subjects of science and mathematics. Professor Larson is ready to offer his expertise to assist the government create programmes in order to produce more students who are interested in both fields. UTM and MIT are also in discussions to organize a summer camp at the MIT next year and UTM the following year involving students from around the world. To strengthen relations between both institutions, UTM and MIT have established research collaboration involving 10 UTM academic staff to pursue studies at PhD and post doctoral level at MIT. Professor Larson will also present action plans to establish BLOSSOMS at UTM before Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah.