JAKARTA, KalderaNews.com – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the University of Groningen (UG) signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement, enshrining mutual commitment to strengthen and expand the already long-standing and fruitful collaboration.
A concrete next step was already taken on the day with the signing of the agreement for a joint degree between the Faculties of Law of both universities that aims to allow students from both universities to study in the Netherlands and Indonesia.
“This is not our first collaboration. We had a lot of double degree design in economics business already for a long time. We had different conversations with deans of different faculties, with engineering, economics and business,” UG President Prof. Jouke De Vries said in an interview with KalderaNews on Thursday in Jakarta .
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“Some students study there for some years and then come to Groningen. That’s the double degree or joint degree programme. And that’s very important for us to have students from Indonesia in our international classrooms.”
“They can get experience with other cultures and other ideas about justice and the law. This is an example for how we work together with the university,” he added.
For successful collaboration, reciprocity is crucially important for the University of Groningen. Prof. Bayu Jayawardhana said: “This week our president signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement with the rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada to underline our joint ambition. More concretely, we also signed an agreement for a joint degree programme in law with Universitas Gadjah Mada for example and we are discussing now a similar set up in mechanical engineering.”
“In this type of collaboration we want to make sure students from both universities get the opportunity do part of their degree in either Indonesia or the Netherlands. In research, we also want to stimulate exchange of knowledge. I have for example positive experience with joint supervision of PhD candidates with Institut Teknologi Bandung. We want to further develop this modality also with other Indonesian universities, as it benefits the candidate, the quality of the research and it builds sustainable relations between the academics involved,” he added.
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