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International visitors learn about IPF’s role at MSU

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Aug. 9, 2013

In June, a group of 14 visitors from Malaysian universities came to visit MSU, and they toured Infrastructure Planning and Facilities to learn about the functions of the unit.

The visit was set up by Professor Kiwon Kang, who is part of the Visiting International Professional Program. “This delegation represents various units in the Malaysian universities such as the Chancellery Department, Treasurer’s Office, Registrar, Corporate Strategy for Quality Assurance, Publications, Development and Maintenance, and the Department of Academic Affairs,” said Kang. 

The visit included a presentation focusing on IPF’s services and a tour of the IPF and Landscape Services buildings. One visitor remarked, “I learned about recent changes in the organizational structure, including the name change; it was so impressive that all of the facilities’ operations are now under one big umbrella.”

University Engineer Bob Nestle, Maintenance Services Manager Ken Crowell and Landscape Supervisor Coordinator Paul Swartz lead the tour.

Crowell said the visit “speaks of MSU’s global outreach.” In addition to the Malaysian visitors, IPF has given tours to other nations such as Australia and China. Not only have international countries come to visit IPF, but other universities from the United States as well.

“MSU has long been an industry leader. Other organizations come to visit us to see how we do things and it has extended to a global audience,” said Nestle.  

IPF staff looks forward to giving other tours and sharing the knowledge that they have accumulated with other facilities in the United States and across the globe.

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.