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Dr. Donna Petersen, Dr. Wilbur Milhous, & Dr. Boo Kwa formalize the relationship between the University of South Florida and UniversitiSains Malaysia (USM).

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In August, Dr. Donna Petersen, Dean, Dr. Wilbur Milhous, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Boo Kwa, Chair and Professor, Global Health, traveled to Malaysia to formalize the relationship between the University of South Florida and UniversitiSains Malaysia (USM).

Dean Petersen signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way to explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich the development of educational and research opportunities in fields that will be beneficial to both institutions.

During the group’s visit to USM’s Main Campus in Penang, Dr. Kwa gave a presentation entitled, “Global Health at the Beginning of the 21st Century” to USM faculty and administrators. From the Main Campus, the group traveled to
USM’s Medical Campus in Kelantan where Dr. Milhous spoke about current public health and biomedical research being carried out here in the College of Public Health.

Additionally, Dean Petersen, Dr. Milhous and Dr. Kwa met with representatives of USM’s Institute for Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), the Women’s Development Research Center (KANITA), the Center for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS), and the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (IPPT/AMDI) to work out details for a USF course about health modernization and sustainability that will take our students to Malaysia. They also discussed opportunities for future collaboration in research.

Dr. Kwa is currently finalizing plans for a Malaysian study abroad program with USM June/July 2012.  The program will be entitled, “Health, Modernization and Sustainability.”  As arrangements are finalized more specific information will be made available.  If you would like to be added to the USM study abroad mailing list, please contact Dr. Kwa at or Jessica Parkhurst at

The UniversitiSains Malaysia ( has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Sciences & Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education.  USM is a premier public research and teaching university working to undertake the creation, development, dissemination and application of knowledge that can contribute towards achieving the Malaysian Government’s goal of nation building.