Not too long ago, Assoc Prof Sabariah Mohammad (Former Director of MITRANS) managed to secure the interest of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) with respect to postgraduate qualifications for their senior management. This was a continuation from the Executive and Corporate Diploma in Airport Management in-house training programmes which MITRANS had conducted for MAHB.
In partnership with AAGBS, especially its Director, Assoc Prof Dr Jaafar Pyeman (who was formerly the Head of Postgraduate Studies at MITRANS), UiTM managed to get MAHB to sign up for its MBA and DBA programmes, with Airport Concentration. The administration of the core modules which were common to any MBA and DBA programme was conducted by AAGBS, whilst the specialisations which related to Airport Management and Operations were carried out by MITRANS.
Today's signing of the LOU between AAGBS and MITRANS signifies that the parties have agreed to a model of cooperation between two centres of excellence in UiTM. The LOU lays out the rights and responsibilities of each parties with respect to the postgraduate programmes. Signing on behalf of AAGBS was Assoc Prof Dr Jaafar Pyeman (Director of AAGBS) and representing MITRANS was Prof Dr Saadiah Yahya (Director of MITRANS). The official witness for this document was Prof Dr Azni Zain Ahmed (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and International).
This model of cooperation lays a firm foundation for future projects between AAGBS and MITRANS. Next in the pipeline is developing postgraduate programmes for the aviation industry as a whole, not merely for airports. Once again, both AAGBS and MITRANS will be working closely with the management team at MAHB to come up with a product which is not merely marketable in Malaysia, but also one which will be recognised by civil aviation's regulators and thus be in demand around the world.