On 26 August 2020, renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to enhance cooperation between both institutions.
The relationship in the field of education between Indonesia and Malaysia has been going on for a long time when the Republic of Indonesia’s government sent Indonesian teachers to Malaysia in the “Project Malay Culture” during the reign of President Soeharto in the 1970s. This project effectively improved the diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Malaysia, which was not good during the confrontation period in 1963-1966. The history of sending Indonesian teachers to Malaysia was conducted from 1969 to the end of the 1990s. It should be noted that cooperation is at the school and the higher education levels.
UTM’s collaboration with ITB began when UTM was still called the Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) in the early 1970s, where UTM was assisted by scholars from Indonesia, especially from ITB. At present, UTM has more than 500 students from Indonesia.
UTM is proud to have recently signed the renewal of the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ITB in our continued endeavor. On this occasion, UTM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar (UTM Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Dr. Reini Djuhraeni Wirahadikusuma (Rector of ITB), along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said (UTM Pro-Vice-Chancellor – International), Prof. Dr. Taufiq Hidayat (ITB Director of The Directorate of Partnership and International), Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur (UTM Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research), Prof. Dr. Haslenda Hashim (UTM Chair of Resource Sustainability Research Alliance), Dr. Rino Rakhmata Mukti (ITB Secretary for Research of Institute for Research and Community Services) was also present.
UTM-ITB has always endeavored to do what it takes to ensure the research and education is dedicated to helping the students build careers of their dreams. We are equal partners in their growth journeys, which will eventually reach the pinnacle of success.