Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D, received Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences, Jet Bussemaker, and Dutch Ambassador, Rob Swartbol, on Tuesday (14/2) at UGM Main Office. Both parties discussed opportunities for cooperation in the future.
“We wish to know UGM’s areas of interest and we can both increase the collaboration,” said Minister Bussemaker.
Presently, UGM has established collaborations at the faculty and university level with Dutch universities. The Minister wants this to increase in the future through strategic programmes that have been agreed. She invited UGM to send students and lecturers to study in the Netherlands for graduate and doctoral level as well as exchange and joint research.
“We want to have more international students to create an international atmosphere class there. This will also stimulate the learning curriculum at our universities,” she said.
On areas for collaboration, the Minister offered strategic research of excellence of Dutch universities, such as agriculture, medicine, public health, and technolgy. Interest is also shown in cooperation in vocational education which is one important issue for the Dutch Education Ministry. Attention to different education levels, in her views, is needed to boost the progress of the state.
“We not only need fundamental research, but also people who can apply them. So, we need vocational graduates that are highly qualified,” she said.
This was welcomed by the Rector of UGM and Dean of UGM Vocational School that later offered possible cooperation schemes, for example, double degree programme and certication for vocational graduates. The Rector added the cooperation would push the vocational education development at UGM, including building relations with the industry.
“This is an important issue. Now we’re in the process of building teaching industry that will integrate undergraduate and vocational education,” she said.
Other areas of study that were discussed in the meeting include medicine, engineering, cultural sciences and history.