Visit of the Vice Governor of Phuket Province and Mayor of Phuket to KDU College Penang |

Visit of the Vice Governor of Phuket Province and Mayor of Phuket to KDU College Penang

George Town, 8 September 2015 – KDU College Penang (KDU Penang) was honoured to host Panlop Singhasenee, Vice Governor of Phuket province, Somjai Suwansupana, Mayor of Phuket City Municipality, during their visit as part of a Friendship City tour to Penang. They led a 17-member delegation of government directors and department heads.

KDU Penang was part of the Penang Centre of Education Tourism (PCET) visit to Phuket this May as the two cities signed a Friendship City agreement with a view to fostering closer ties. A “Joint Committee on Education and Culture” was also established. This engagement with Phuket officials resulted in the Vice-Governor and Mayor reciprocating the visit from 6 - 9 Sep 2015, in order to further explore educational and cultural collaboration ties. The delegation first met with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and PCET representatives at his office on 7th September; Dr Chong was also present, representing KDU Penang.

Dr Chong Beng Keok, CEO and Principal of KDU Penang, together with KDU staff members gave the Thai delegates a warm welcome, followed by a tour of the KDU campus.

“This visit is a start in fostering a strong partnership with Phuket in several areas. Students, staff and scholars from both cities could participate in exchange programmes to build understanding and appreciation, not only of cultures, but also various disciplines and educational practices in both regions,” Dr Chong said.

“Students in Penang will be encouraged to widen their horizons by studying abroad, while Thai students could benefit from short-term Holiday English programmes in Penang with its beautiful beaches and interesting tourist attractions. Another expected outcome would therefore be a marked increase in research studies in both regions; and the internationalisation of the curriculum for KDU Penang, as well as the participating tertiary institutions in Phuket.”

In her speech Dr Chong pointed out KDU Penang’s reputation for high-quality education internationally, especially with its partnerships with respected overseas universities. She briefly described the academic disciplines taught in the university college, highlighting the unconventional teaching methodology that stimulated creativity and academic excellence. She mentioned that already, many Thai students from Songkhla and other Thai cities were enrolled at KDU Penang. She concluded by saying that KDU students were also equipped with moral values, so they graduated, ready to face the complex challenges of the 21st century.

The delegates were also given a video tour of KDU Penang’s new campus in Batu Kawan, to be completed by 2019. KDU students then did a presentation of the 3rd International Students Conference on ‘Leadership’ to be held from 10 – 12 December 2015 concluding with an invitation to the delegates to send some of their students to participate in this conference. The delegates were most impressed by the two presentations; these sentiments were voiced by the Vice Governor who declared KDU Penang as being most “progressive”. In turn, he invited KDU Penang to Phuket to be part of Phuket’s Education Fair that will take place from 17 – 19 December this year.

The visit concluded with a five-course lunch prepared by culinary students of KDU, who impressed the Thai delegates with their award-winning culinary and presentation skills.

The Thai delegates were full of compliments of KDU Penang’s outstanding facilities and teaching quality as they left with framed prints of lovely art-work by students from KDU’s Design Department. There was unanimous agreement that this was a fruitful trip to Malaysia’s Pearl of the Orient.