Foreign partnership is one of the most vital conduits for the internationalization of higher education institution. Such partnership is pivotal to open various research collaboration opportunities, community development, as well as mobility program for students, staff and lecturers.
This statement is delivered by Deputy Rector of Networking and Entrepreneurship of Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Ir. Wiryono Raharjo, M.Arch., Ph.D., in 31st Annual Exhibition and Conference of European Association of International Education (EAIE), in Helsinki, Finland, Thursday (26/9).
In this occasion, UII participated by opening a stand in the exhibition where more than 240 participants from Europe, Asia, Africa and America represented their respective institutions, including universities, government agencies and higher education service providers.
Wiryono added that UII’s participation in EAIE Exhibition serves as an opportunity to increase higher education partnership network with EAIE members, especially for Indonesian higher education institutions.
“Such event becomes the implementation of ‘extending network.’ Through this exhibition, we are able to meet directly with leaders of reputable universities, so that policies can be directly formulated and articulated,” Wiryono stated.
During the exhibition, UII has discussed intensively with a number of new potential partner candidate, such as The University of Oulu (Finland), Beijing Jiaotong University (People’s Republic of China), Tomsk State University (Russia), Université de Lille (France), and SOAS University of London (United Kingdom). These discussions revolved around the initiation of student mobility activities including student exchange and double degree program.
In the same occasion, UII has also managed to maintain close relations with partner institutions that have already established active cooperation with UII. “We want to expand the sectors of our robust cooperation that we have developed dan realize it with our partner,” Wiryono added. These partners are The University of Western Australia (Australia), Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), dan Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University (Turkey).
“Aside from those advantages, this exhibition will eventually become a means of measuring our capacity as a university, with whom we collaborate and how we choose our partner,” as Wiryono explained at the end of the exhibition.