ECC signed our first international partnership agreement this week (Monday 19th October) as we welcomed 18 public sector leaders from Malaysia to a 4-day training course and UK networking event.
The agreement is with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) https://www.usm.my/index.php/ms/ the country’s second-oldest university, and will lead to future collaboration and consultancy.
We were also delighted to host a group of five senior managers from USM on a fact-finding visit to St Andrews and Abertay universities in Scotland to discover how these very different institutions prepare students for the world of work and how they tackle strategic planning.
At the same time, 18 senior executives from Malaysian public sector organisations covering areas from health to the environment, from higher education to film, took part in intensive four-day training in how to identify, measure and deploy competencies in staff recruitment and management. The programme included a study day at the University of Oxford to explore human resources practice in a ‘live’ setting.
The ECC team and Board are very pleased that the visit and training programme went so well, and are excited about the opportunities it opens up for partnership in Malaysia, one of the world’s most dynamic economies. The Malaysian higher education sector is fast developing an international profile and along with the country’s public sector more generally, is embracing the strategic imperative to recognise, cultivate and reward emerging talent.
We are very grateful to Abertay, St Andrews and Oxford for enabling us to add value to the training programme and USM visit. The USM partnership is part of our strategy to diversify income whilst not diverting resources or attention away from our core business of actively supporting UK consortium members.