Kuala Lumpur, 25 November 2011 - UCSI University was delighted to host and welcome 25 Administrative Counsel Members of the Cebu Normal University (CNU), Philippines. This visit was hosted by UCSI University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research, Professor Emeritus Dr Lim Koon Ong; together with Professor Dr Lee Chai Buan, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of International Relations and Postgraduate Studies; and Mr Shanker Sathivellu, the Registrar and Vice President of Quality Assurance & Enhancement. The group of 25 delegates was led by Dr Bibiana T. Isok, the Vice President of Administration and Colleagues from CNU. 

UCSI University is grateful to be selected by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to be part of the CNU's three-day visit to selected public and private universities in Kuala Lumpur. The main purpose of this visit was to evaluate CNU's current practices in redefining its overall strategic direction, strengthening the capacity of its human resource base, as well as to review its current systems and processes. 

The discussion started with an interesting slide presentation by Jullian U. John from the Group Corporate Affairs to briefly introduce UCSI University: its history, as well as its future plans. Dr Lim Koon Ong continued the presentation with a redefinition of the Praxis University approach that had been designed by its practitioners to expose its students to unique work-based learning modules. 

CNU also aims to develop and strengthen its institutional capacity to be the number one provider of 21st century teaching professionals in Asia and the Pacific. The visit to UCSI University is significant for benchmarking purposes as they were very interested to learn from UCSI University’s experiences to leverage the use of state-of-the-art technology and facilities in improving the programmes offered at CNU. 

Recognized as a Centre of Development in providing quality instruction, research and extension services for teacher education, CNU is also a Centre of Excellence for nursing education. During their visit to UCSI University, they were also looking forward to experience more on the teaching and learning approach practised by the UCSI University lecturers. Ms Than, a senior UCSI University lecturer, held a brief introduction on the Nursing School, together with Associate Professor Dr Irene Tan as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts who introduced the faculty to the CNU delegates. As the Director of the Centre for Learning Excellence, she also shared some of the methods used by the USCI University lecturers and students to ensure high quality education to be among the top private universities in Malaysia. 

Both of the universities subsequently engaged in further discussions on the strategic roles in creating higher education institutions of the 21st century. 

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