Universitas Gadjah Mada has been awarded by Surindra Rajabhat University Thailand for the achievement made by the UGM Aceh Arts Performance group (SAKA) during the 11th Surin International Folklore Festival and Symposium (SIFFS) in Surin province, Thailand, recently. The award was presented specially during a visit made by Surindra Rajabhat University to UGM on Friday (26/2).
SIFFS is an annual programme hosted by Surindra Rajabhat University, joined by over 20 countries. During the competition from 14-25 January, the SAKA UGM received The Pride of Asia award for audience choice and The Liveliest Perfomance.
The visit was represented by President of the University, Dr. Achara Phanurat, department heads, and student representatives. The Surindra Rajabhat University delegates also put forth their wishes to establish cooperation with UGM in research and student exchange.
This was well received by Vice-Rector for Research and Community Service, Prof. Dr. Suratman. He said that UGM continued to expand its international networks through cooperation with universities from various countries.
“We have signed MoUs with around 300 universities, and we continue to establish cooperation with international universities in many areas. Previously, we had a cooperation with two Thai universities. This time we welcome the offer for cooperation from Surindra Rajabhat University,” he said.
He further explained UGM faculties and centres of studies as well as study programmes and research. The research of attention currently is in biotechnology, health technology, vulcanology, and others. “We have developed specific programmes that are important for society, particularly to produce innovations and support sustainable development.”