On Tuesday (21/3/2017) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) received delegation visit from United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). In this occassion, UNICEF brought seven representatives with Ms. Karin Hulshof as UNICEF Regional Director. Meanwhile, UNAIR were represented by Dr. Junaidi Khotib as Vice Rector IV, Prof Hery Purnobasuki as Acting Vice Rector III, Dr. Nyoman Anita as GELIAT coordinator, Dian Ekowati Ph.D as The Head of IOP Unair, the Deans from several faculties, and GELIAT volunteers.
This meeting aims to discuss the implementation of UNICEF and Republic of Indonesia cooperation to advocate the children’s rights in accordance with United Nation’s Sustainbale Development Goals. As one of UNICEF’s partner in East Java, UNAIR supports UNICEF’s programs through a movement entitled GELIAT which concerns to the health of mothers and children in Surabaya. Through GELIAT, UNAIR’s effort in reinforcing UNICEF’s mission as well as its partnership with UNICEF are expected to be sustainable.
On Thursday, March 16 2017, Universitas Airlangga held a meeting that invited Prof. Nishitani Hajime, the Vice President (International) of Hiroshima University and some representatives from Universitas Airlangga, lead by Prof. Djoko Santoso dr., Ph.D., K-GH., Finasim. This meeting was held in Management Office, Campus C Universitas Airlangga.
Universitas Airlangga is set to reach at the top 500 in the university rankings by 2020 and this meeting is a good chance fro Universitas Airlangga to learn from Hiroshima University as they are at number 297 among universities in the world. This agenda of this meeting were to discuss further collaboration in education and research between Universitas Airlangga and Hiroshima University, potentials to send lecturers for higher education in Hiroshima University.
In this opportunity, Prof. Nishitani explains that it is important that we set our focus to world ranking, but we have to bear in mind that to increase our quality of education is more important. If we have improved our quality of education, our desired rank will come to us automatically. He also gives explanation about ‘3+1 Prgram’, one of Hiroshima University’s programs. The program is for final-year undergraduate students who wish to finish his/her thesis in Hiroshima University with the assistance of its professors. This program also facilitates them to pursue their master degree in Hiroshima University. In this meeting, Hiroshima University promised to have a teleconference to discuss about some academic cooperation such as staff/student exchange, and joint research. In July, Unair’s chancellor is planned to visit Hiroshima University for follow-up visit.
On Tuesday, 28 February 2017, the International Office and Partnership of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) and Masaryk University, Czech Republic, organized an Information Session for the Student Exchange Program attended by more less 65 students from all faculties. This activity was held at Room 301, 3rd floor, Kahuripan Building, from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M.
This info session featured two speakers. Astria as the first speaker is an Administrator Staff of Outbound Mobility from the International Office and Partnership. She mentioned that there have been many benefits, and some types of exchange programs from partner and non-partner Universities which are available for UNAIR students. Furthermore, Astria outlined the roles of IOP one of which could assist the students to experience the exchange programs.
Ms. Zuzana Pelankova, as the second speaker and a training staff from Masaryk University under Erasmus+ Program, gave a presentation about the university, and study life in Brno. Zuzana believed that she had got so many experiences being an exchange student during her Bachelor and Master program. In her session, she encouraged the students to be brave in challenging themselves through any exchange program as this would become their once in a lifetime experience. Both audiences and Zuzana had made the session more attractive; the audiences got engaged with quizzes and Q-A sessions at the end. They were enthusiastic to answer her questions. This session was so much interesting that Zuzana brought lots of door prizes for the students.
The info session was very successful as more students requested to have more Info Sessions in the future, and invite the speakers from various universities. “I hope IOP could conduct more info sessions and it would have been great if it had been conducted in Campus B as well” said Hach Dini, a student from the Faculty of Law.
On March 1st, 2017, International Office and Partnership (IOP) Universitas Airlangga organized the Public Lecture by Joseph R. Donovan JR. He was just assigned as the United States of America Ambassador for Republic of Indonesia on November 4, 2016.
The topic of Public Lecture was a global challenges in education has been mentioned as the focus of American nowadays, especially for the higher education. He is grateful knowing that many Indonesian students keep coming to America for studying, attending conferences, and seminar. YSEALI for example, the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia, so Indonesia is included. YSEALI offers various programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, as well as provides chances for regional exchanges. Additionally, he stated that YSEALI program is good for the American and Indonesia Partneship. He expects that the students of Universitas Airlangga will be interested in joining YSEALI programs and visiting United States.
As the conclusion of his speech, he stated that American learn much from Indonesia, about the culture, tolerance, manner, and so on in particular. He said, the diversity teaches us a lot.