Yogyakarta- As many as eight delegates of Australian Embassy led by Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Greg Moriarty, on Wednesday (9/2) visited UGM. Their visit was received by UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M.Eng., Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Drs. Djoko Moerdiyanto, M.A, and Deputy Head of Office of International Affairs, Rio Rini Moehkardi, M.A. at Leadership Room. The meeting was also attended by Deans, Deputy Deans and other University leaders.
The visit is to explore collaborations which can be conducted with UGM. The collaborations offered include student exchange, scholarship, and the participation of UGM in workshops in cooperation with Ministry of National Education of Australia.
Ambassador Moriarty expected that the number of students taking futher study in Australia may increase. He also thanked UGM for the collaboration and support through Acicis program in teaching Australian students. “This is a very good collaboration and I hope for other cooperations in the future,” he said.
He also had the opportunity to ask the Deans and Deputy Deans attending the meeting if they still had connection with their University in Australia. Most of the Deans and Deputy Deans said that they still keep in touch with their Universities.
Meanwhile, UGM Rector, Prof. Sudjarwadi, told the situation that happened after Merapi eruptions. After the the eruptions, UGM held Wisdom World Conference involving 30 universities in Indonesia. “The Government of Indonesia considers that UGM is able to open Master Program in Emergency Response to Disaster,” said Sudjarwadi.
Ending the meeting, UGM hoped for closer relation between Australia and Indonesia. Later the Rector and the delegation visited Acicis office at Faculty of Cultural Sciences, UGM.