IDPP Planning Mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
An IDPP delegation embarked on a Planning Mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30 June - 3 July 2014. The staff team, including the IDPP Senior Management Team and several regional staff, joined Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn, who has already began an extended mission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20 June - 18 August 2014. The Planning Mission allowed for a series of key strategic planning meetings with the University of Malaya and other IDPP collaborators, as it prepares for the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting and Fall 2014 academic semester. The mission also included an inaugural visit to the IDPP office established at UM.
The delegation began its visit on 30 June by meeting with Dr. Izlin Binti Ismail, Deputy Director of the International Institute for Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) at the University of Malaya (UM), INPUMA and UMCCed colleagues, and Ms. Farhanah Mazlan, an IDPP regional staff person based at UM and a current INPUMA Master of Public Policy student. Following this meeting, the delegation joined American University colleague Dr. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn and a group of AU students conducting a summer study abroad session in Malaysia for a briefing at the US Embassy. The briefing included meetings with the US Ambassador to Malaysia Amb. Joseph Yun and public diplomacy and cultural affairs officers.
On 1 July, the delegation met with colleagues at the UM Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCed) to detail programmatic collaboration, including English language assessment and support for IDPP Fellows. The IDPP office established at UM is also housed within UMCCed; the delegation conducted several meetings and activities out of this office - the first IDPP office on a partner university's campus - during the Planning Mission. The team also met with Dr. Rohana Binti Jani to discuss the IDPP Living and Learning Community housed within the 7th Residential College for incoming IDPP Fellows pursuing the INPUMA MPP program, as well as the UM International and Corporate Relations Office, as well as several vendors for the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting.
On 2 July, the team met with Associate Professor Dr. Aida Idris, Director of the Academic Development Center (ADeC) at UM, followed by a meeting with the Director of the UM International Student Centre, Ms. Rozitah Md Amin; the Career Development Centre; and the Counseling, Career, and Disability section of the Division of Student Affairs. The discussions focused on academic support services for incoming IDPP Fellows throughout their pursuit of the INPUMA MPP program.
On the final day of the mission, the team visited the Microsoft Corporation Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), followed by a visit to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in KLCC. Both meetings focused on solidifying details around the IDPP Multistakeholder Roundtable on Inclusive Education Policy to be held during the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting and co-sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, The Nippon Foundation, and G3ICT.