In collaboration with the University of Montpellier, the France Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD), Mahidol University, and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) will offer a new master’s program in Dynamic of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (DYNAMEID).
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Rector of UGM, Prof. Ova Emilia, on Thursday (6/10), witnessed by Gauthier Gacoin as the representative of the French Embassy to Indonesia.
“Today, we are witnessing the birth of a special program initiated two years ago before the pandemic. Through this program, we will train future leaders in the health sector,” said the Dean of the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata.
This program is a joint effort to deal with emerging pathogens and infectious diseases that may threaten human health and life. Although it is a distance learning program, students will also be involved in mobilization activities.
“This program doesn’t only improve competencies but also encourages diversity among students,” said the Dean.
This partnership is valid for five years and includes the exchange of students, faculty, researchers, and technical staff.
The French Embassy representative added that UGM had established close cooperation with institutions in France in various fields, including health, forestry, social sciences, and engineering. He appreciated and congratulated UGM on the establishment of this international program.
The Rector of UGM hopes the program can broaden students’ understanding and perspectives on the dynamics of emerging and infectious diseases. This program is also expected to be a pilot program for other faculties at UGM and other universities.
“We are very lucky to have this program. We hope it will stimulate the inception of other programs that involve many parties,” said the Rector.