|UII Double Degree Cooperation with University of Gloucestershire|
|Monday, 17 January 2011|
Students at the International Program at the Faculty of Economics, especially in the fields of management and accounting, could soon take a double degree program in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire, in Cheltenham, England. On Friday 11th June, UII Rector Prof Dr Edy Suandi Hamid, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Acting Chief Executive of the University of Gloucestershire, Dr Paul Hartley. The signing took place at the University of Gloucestershire campus, about 160km from the city of London. The realization of this cooperation is an early part of the deal. For the next phase, the double degree program will be developed with other departments.
UII is the first Indonesian university to form a cooperation agreement with the University of Gloucestershire. Rector Hamid explained ‘To obtain a dual degree from UII and the University of Gloucestershire, students must undertake half of their study time in each university’.
The University of Gloucestershire’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor also outlined opportunities for students to obtain a partial scholarship at the University of Gloucestershire. This scholarship will be awarded upon satisfactory academic performance. ‘The University of Gloucestershire will also receive a visiting scholar from UII teaching staff’, he said.
The UII delegation also featured the former director of Marketing, Cooperation and Alumni (DPKA) for the International Program, Drs Akhsyim Afandi, MA, PhD, as well as the Secretary of the International Program UII, Ayu Laksmi Chairina, SE, MAC, MRes, Ak. Upon arrival at the University of Gloucestershire, the UII delegation greeted local college officials, including the Dean of the Business School, Dr Kevin Richardson, the Dean of International Program, Dr James F Simpson, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Paul Hartley.
The University of Gloucestershire is one of the oldest universities in the UK, and like UII, enjoys a long and proud history. The higher education institution has been around since the 1830s, starting with the Cheltenham Training College, which later evolved into St Paul and St Mary’s Colleges, and finally in 2001 became the University of Gloucestershire.
Cooperation with Two More Universities
The purpose of the visit by the UII delegation to London was not only to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Gloucestershire. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed with the University of Essex in Colchester, and the University of Bedfordshire in Luton. With regards to the cooperation agreement with the University of Essex, UII has received support from the British Council of Indonesia. UII was one of 10 Indonesian universities that received funding assistance from the agency to cooperate with universities in the UK.
With regards to the cooperation agreement with several universities, UII Rector Hamid asserted that the cooperation agenda should be followed up with real action. These collaboration efforts are a means of UII establishing itself as a world-class university, and placing itself in the top flight of international institutions. Recently, the Directorate General of Higher Assessments ranked UII first in presenting scientific work to private universities in the country, and number 12 nationally for educators, said Hamid.