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.