UTM-UI renews MoU to enhance research and learning collaboration in science and engineering

Johor Bahru, 23 December 2020 – A ceremony to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universitas Indonesia (UI) was held online today to enhance cooperation in the field of research and learning in the field of science and engineering.

Prof. Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (third from right) after the MoU signing ceremony with the Universitas Indonesia (UI). It is a continuation of the MoU signed in 2014 to continue cooperation in research and development and teaching and learning in the field of science and engineering between the two institutions.

This memorandum was also signed to continue the cooperation that has been established between the two parties since 2014. The ceremony took place at the Main Meeting Room (BMU), Sultan Ibrahim Chancellery Building (BCSI) Johor Bahru campus.

UTM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail when commenting on this cooperation, said that the university’s collaboration with Indonesia had started when UTM was still called the Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) in the early 70s; at that time, some of the UTM teaching staff came from Indonesia. Relations in the field of education between Indonesia and Malaysia have existed since the Republic of Indonesia sent its teachers to Malaysia in the ‘Project Malay Culture’ during President Soeharto’s reign in the 70s.

This project effectively improved good relations between the two countries, which deteriorated during the confrontation in 1963-1966. History has also recorded that the sending of Indonesian teachers to Malaysia from 1969 to the 1990s involved not only the school level but also the tertiary level.

After the first phase, MoU was signed in 2014; both parties agreed to work more closely in research and development, enhance staff and student exchange programs, conduct joint research, supervise student projects, seminar collaboration programs, colloquiums, and academic discussions.

Since 2008, UTM and UI have been actively holding conferences in the field of thermofluids through the program ‘The International Meeting on Advances in Thermofluids’ or IMAT, which was first held at UTM Johor Bahru and last in Bali, Indonesia in 2018.

Discussions were also held between Ibnu Sina Institute and UI Faculty of Public Health to discuss cooperation in ‘Big Data Analytics.’ For this reason, the MoU between these two parties needs to be resumed so that this cooperation can run smoothly.

Also present was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said, Chairman of the Resource Sustainability Research Alliance, Prof. Dr. Haslenda Hashim, Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur, and Director of UTM Big Data Center, Assoc Prof. Dr. Azlan Mohd Zain.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Datuk. Ahmad Fauzi, who also serves as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, represents UTM while UI is represented by the Deputy Rector (Academic and Student Affairs), Prof. Dr. rer. Abdul Haris and witnessed by UI Secretary, Dr. Agustin Kusumayati.