MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Officials from Kansas State University (KSU) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) announced on Feb. 10 that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement on Nov. 15, 2010 to bring KSU’s award-winning Master of Agribusiness (MAB) to Southeast Asia. USM Vice-Chancellor and Y. Bhg. Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, USM School of Management Dean Associate Professor Datuk Ishak Ismail, Professor Datin Hasnah Haron, Dean Graduate School of Business, USM, and KSU Professor of Agricultural Economics Allen Featherstone were on hand to represent both universities at the ceremony held at USM.

“Interest in the MAB program from those outside the United States continues to grow. Many agribusiness professionals have expressed a desire to obtain a masters degree to equip them with business and economic skills and an increased understanding of the food and agribusiness system on a global scale,” said Featherstone, who is also the Director of the Master of Agribusiness program. “They understand the need for quality education and admire the reputation that Kansas State University and the Master of Agribusiness program share. However, many international students have difficulty participating in a U.S. program due to the time needed for traveling to the U.S. for on-campus sessions and to a lesser extent U.S. visa issues. The new Southeast Asia cohort will provide international agribusiness students another option for continuing their education.”

KSU said it selected USM as a partner university for the Master of Agribusiness program due to its growing reputation in the Asian business industry. The USM MBA program was ranked in the Top 25 in the Asia Pacific region by Asian Inc. in 1997 and they have been recognized as the Best School of Business Management and Accounting in Malaysia in 2003. In addition, in 2009, USM was selected for the Accelerated Program for Excellence (APEX). USM has also been selected as one of the five research universities in Malaysia.

“The APEX designation will further develop USM’s international business reputation and transform them into a world-class business school,” Featherstone said. “We believe the partnership between KSU and USM will be beneficial to both schools and the Master of Agribusiness program.”