Universitas Gadjah Mada has opened a collaboration with three major universities in Russia, namely Moscow State University, Rossiiskii University Druzhby Narodov (RUDN) and Ural Federal University. The collaboration was established during the visit made by the Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof.Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., to Russia from November 24-29.
As many as 7 documents of cooperation were signed during the visit. These include the cooperation with Moscow State University, as well as the Faculty of Cultural Sciences UGM with the Institute of Asian and African Studies (ISAA).
Panut Mulyono appreciated the signing of the cooperation, which he said supported the reputation of UGM at the international level. He said Moscow State University ranks as the first in Russia whilst RUDN is an international university that has students from over 150 countries in the world.
“Two leading universities in Moscow have received us warmly for a cooperation,” the Rector told journalists on Wednesday (Nov 29).
He further said both UGM and RUDN have also agreed to conduct student exchanges between them starting next year. “The student exchange program will start next year,” said the Rector.
According to the Rector, the cooperation was supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow and the Indonesian Ambassador to Russia who facilitated the visit.
“Fortunately, Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi, is an alumnus of the English Department at UGM,” said the rector.
Furthermore, UGM has established a cooperation with the Russian Academy of Business, that will be part of a research collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy UGM in herbal medicine.
Also making the visit to Russia was the Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Alumni, Dr. Paripurna, the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Dr. Wening Udasmoro, and a lecturer of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Drs. Usmar Salam, M.A.
Wening Udasmoro explained the Faculty of Cultural Sciences has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, which is an agreement on the establishment of Russian studies at UGM.
“As a preliminary step, the Faculty of Cultural Sciences will receive 2 students who will teach the Russian language to UGM students,” said Wening.