Delegations from 13 universities in the UK visited UGM Vocational College as part of the Networking & Study in the UK Expo, which took place at the Teaching Industry Learning Centre (TILC).
In this event organized by UGM Vocational College and the Indonesia-Britain Education Centre (IBEC), the delegations provided consultation services on pursuing master’s and doctor’s degrees in the UK.
Satyadhi Hendra, a senior counselor at IBEC, explained that the expo is one of the activities regularly conducted by IBEC in collaboration with universities in Indonesia. This time, it was held at UGM Vocational College to introduce higher education institutions in the UK to the college’s academic community.
“We hope that UGM Vocational College can benefit from this new collaboration for further development of future partnerships and curriculum enhancement,” he said at TILC on Wednesday (14/6).
Satyadhi stated that such activities align with the vision and mission of the Ministry of Education, which emphasizes that education, including research development, should not only be inward-focused but also outward-focused. With the visit of the UK delegations, it is expected that research activities at UGM Vocational College can thrive.
“These are some of the objectives of this event. We provide an opportunity for every attending student to understand or get an idea of what pursuing higher education in the UK would be like; how to do it, what it entails, why choose the UK, and the advantages and benefits. We want to explain those today,” he added.
The attending delegations included Dr. Peter Nuttall from the University of Bath, Ms. Audrey Kon from Durham University, Mr. Cal Vin Choong from the University of Exeter, Mr. Alfin Firdaus from the University of Glasgow, Ms. Darshiny from the University of Leeds, and Ms. Sissy Ariandi/Ms. Tracey Tee from the University of Liverpool.
Also present were Ms. Lillian Chua from the University of Sussex, Ms. Anisa Atlasi Barker from the University of Manchester, Ms. Jessika Azis from the University of Newcastle, Ms. Yurika Sunardi from Queen’s University Belfast, Ms. Edwina Goh from the University of York, Ms. Amrit Kaur from the University of Nottingham, and Mr. Kawin Siriwattanakosol from the University of Northumbria.
The delegations provided detailed explanations about the master’s and doctoral programs available in the UK. They assisted those interested in the application process and facilitated the subsequent procedures.
They also explained various scholarship schemes, including tuition fee waivers. The amount of tuition fee reduction varies among universities in the UK, ranging from £2000 to £10,000. Some institutions even offer reductions of up to £20,000. Moreover, a few universities provide full scholarships, covering the entire cost of the study.
“So, several universities in the UK offer full scholarships for master’s degrees, but not for bachelor’s or doctoral degrees,” explained Satyadhi Hendra.
Vice Dean for Cooperation and Alumni Affairs at UGM Vocational College, Dr. Endang Soelistiyowati, expressed hope that this event could help the academic community of UGM in general and the Vocational College in particular to obtain information regarding further studies at various universities in the UK. Through this collaboration, they also anticipate the continuity and exploration of other forms of cooperation.
Author: Agung Nugroho