Airlangga University (UNAIR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Surabaya (Ubaya), Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), and Brawijaya University (UB) on Friday, November 20, 2020.
The MoU signing ceremony initiated by Ubaya was called “November 20 Meeting towards Independent, Creative, and Competitive Learners”. Attending the online ceremony were UBAYA’s Rector and leadership and Ir. Benny Lianto, MMBAT, UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, Head of ITS Partnerships Sub-Directorate Dr. Ir. Arman Hakim Nasution, M.Eng as well as the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. drh. Aulanni’am, DES.
Ir. Benny in his remarks said that the cooperation between universities has actually been established for a long time. The signing ceremony can strengthen and expand the cooperation, especially related to the implementation of an independent campus curriculum: freedom of learning between campuses.
“For example, UNAIR students will have the opportunity to come to Ubaya. On the other hand, Ubaya students can go to UNAIR, and also to ITS, or to UB. Likewise, ITS and UB students can go to Ubaya, “he said.
The signing, continued Ir. Benny, is expected to be followed up by every university eventually. “So it makes our brotherhood stronger, to collaborate more broadly in terms of Tri Dharma of higher education, “he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Nasih highly appreciates Ubaya’s initiatives in strengthening the implementation of Independent Campus: Freedom of Learning. In his presentation, he considered that the MoU was a good opportunity all parties should take advantage of.
“Independent Campus requires high mobility between campuses, including industry. Of course, it will take greater roles in shaping the competencies and skills of our students, “he said.
According to Prof. Nasih, it is not enough for universities to rely solely on their own resources as every campus has its shortcomings and weaknesses. On the other hand, each campus also has its own merits.
“Covering each other’s weaknesses and giving each other advantages are good things for us to realize in an independent campus,” he said.
Prof. Nasih gave an example of cooperations that could be carried out in the future such as joint research and joint publications. Meanwhile, for students, this cooperation can be related to internship activities, community service programs, and soft skill development. Universities can also exchange different students simultaneously.
“UNAIR cannot work optimally without collaborating with alumni, networks, and other parties. We must support, help, and work together. We can create an outstanding generation and advance together, “he concluded.