Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn is heading to Malaysia this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a partnership with a private college that brought hundreds of students to WMU.
During his trip, he plans to sign several articulation agreements, which serve as transfer agreements with provisions about transfer credits, the number of students enrolled and the quality of learning opportunities, with other private Malaysian universities.
Shortly after opening in 1987, Sunway College near Kuala Lumpur partnered with WMU to launch a “twinning program,” where a WMU faculty member taught Malaysian students at Sunway during their first two years before students traveled to WMU to complete a bachelor's degree program. WMU officials say the program helped Malaysia emerge as a Southeast Asia regional center for education.
By 2011, Sunway College became a bachelor's degree awarding university. The twinning plan created by WMU transitioned into general articulation agreements, study abroad opportunities, faculty exchange and research initiatives. WMU faculty member Finance Professor Christopher Korth is currently completing a three-month teaching program at Sunway.