UAD-Muhammadiyah Considers Cooperation with University of Canberra

Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD) Yogyakarta and Muhammadiyah held a discussion on the exploration of cooperation with University of Canberra, Australia on Monday (19/2/2018). The discussion between the two parties were very constructive. The ideas of the cooperation proposed by the Rector of UAD and the International Program Director gained positive responses.

Through this bilateral discussion, the two parties agreed on the possibility of cooperation in the fields of student exchange, joint conference, visiting professor, or joint research. In the informal talk, Prof. Roland Goecke said that he was willing to be invited to UAD as a speaker in joint seminars or joint research on digital forensics.

Before the cooperation dialogue, the group consisting of the Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, Dr. Haedar Nashir, Rector of UAD, Kasiyarno, M.Hum., Vice Rector I of UAD Dr. Muchlas, M.T., Director of UAD International Program, Dwi Santoso, Ph.D., and Atdikbud of Canberra, Imran Hanafi, had a tour at the laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

In the laboratory, the group was introduced to Dr. Reena Ghildyal, a microbiology professor. At the meeting, Reena gave explanation about various research related to the field of science. In addition, the group was also shown some mannequins used as the media for human anatomy learning.

After considering the results of the discussion on possible cooperation and resources available at UAD, a cooperation is quite likely to be implemented in the near future. The cooperation between UAD and the University of Canberra can be in the form of joint research in the fields of biology, pharmacy, and health. Meanwhile, the education field can have joint conference and student exchange. On the other hand, visiting professor can be done for the field of physics.

It must be noted that, similar with UAD, Canberra University of Australia initially was a teacher training institute. Thus, they are very concerned with education. This commonality is ne of the factors that allows cooperation between both parties, which can be realized in the form of various activities. (ard/doc)