IPB University Continues to Collaborate with International Universities during Pandemic Period

In the midst of pandemic, international relations cooperation, especially in the field of education, must continue to exist in the face of globalization. This prompted Directorate of International Program IPB University to support the establishment of this collaboration by presenting three prominent speakers from three universities in a Webinar event held on 9/7. They came from IPB University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Australian National University.

In his remarks, Chancellor of IPB University, Prof. Dr. Arif Satria said that this activity could be a place to share experiences about how to deal with COVID-19 pandemic in universities. "We hope to strengthen mutual collaboration with international partners, even virtually. All can be resolved and it will become easier and more efficient where we can make efforts to further strengthen our mutual collaboration," he said.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor for Cooperation and Information Systems of IPB University, Prof. Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat on this occasion explained the influence of international policy on global agreements which currently demand internationalization from home. "The challenge we face is how to make our need to have a superior international network and to get real experience internationally can still be done even though from home," he said. Meanwhile, Prof. Matthew P Downs, Senior Advisor for International Relations, Kasetsart University Thailand said that there are two things that can be done in the continued development of cooperation in new normal conditions. Namely lecturer exchanges and student exchanges as well as co-creation and collaboration.

Prof. Hatanaka Katsumori from Tokyo University of Agriculture discussed a joint international research project between Indonesia and Japan. In his notes Prof. Hatanaka said that smart fishery can contribute to increasing production, sharing information, controlling the environment and business management. "And we know that databases are very important for sharing intellectual property, policy guidelines and realizing SDG’s," he added.

Meanwhile, Prof. Sally Wheeler from the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University in her presentation said that there were scholarships available for master programs for Indonesian institutions. "We see how necessary it is to build collaboration in research. We have strong ties with IPB University. And we chose IPB University because IPB University is very famous in science and agriculture. From this it can be our way to build networking in collaboration research," said Dale Druhan continued Prof. Sally's explanation. (IAAS/SAR)

Published Date : 10-Jul-2020

Resource Person : Prof Dr Arif Satria

Keyword : IPB International collaboration, student exchange, international research collaboration