April 20, 2020, by Jason Feehily
In early March 2020 Indonesian Ambassador to the UK revisited University of Nottingham to celebrate our partnership with country
On 3rd March 2020, we were honoured that the Indonesian Ambassador, HE Dr Rizal Sukma and the Education and Cultural Attaché Professor Aminudin Aziz revisited University of Nottingham to formally welcome 8 PhD students from Indonesia who jointed our international research community between late 2019 and early 2020. The Ambassador’s last visit was back in June 2019 when he and our Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West jointly opened the International Indonesian Scholars Convention in the historical Trent Building at our beautiful University Park Campus. The convention sought to build common purpose, encourage collaboration and inform how individuals working together can best support efforts and strategies in Indonesia. The Ambassador spoke highly of the University then and encouraged (in his own words) “Indonesian students to come to study at University of Nottingham”.
Through our Indonesian Doctoral Training Partnerships (IDTP) established in 2018, the 8 PhD students were sponsored through joint funding agreements with the Indonesian government agencies. Hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sam Kingman, this welcome event presented a perfect opportunity to facilitate a dialogue between our academics and the government of Indonesia through its representative in London. The Ambassador, H.E Dr Rizal Sukma, and the Education and Cultural Attaché, Professor Aminudin Aziz were firstly greeted by our Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long before attending the event joined by our colleagues who have active collaboration or would like to engage with Indonesia, including the PhD supervisors of the students.
The Ambassador informed us of various collaboration opportunities with more Indonesian stakeholders and the attaché was delighted that the University will deliver its first credit bearing Indonesian language module from September 2020 with the potential to include study trips to Indonesia. At the event we were also proud to present our two recent Newton Fund wins (Institutional Links with Indonesia): Establishing Affordable Healthcare in Indonesia by Developing and manufacturing of FDA Approved Bone Repair Materials; Improving Clinical Outcome in Indonesia with a Novel Diagnostic Test for Colorectal Cancer.
In his welcome address, Professor Sam Kingman expressed our University’s global mind-set and how much we value our high quality partnership with Indonesia and the opportunity we have to work together to change the world. Speaking at the event, the Ambassador said:” We can make the IDTP partnership, as a part a case study to showcase how Indonesia and UK collaborate as part of the wider collaboration between the two countries.
This partnership reflects and contributes to Indonesian government’s priority in human resource development at least for the next five years.”
There will be at least three more Indonesian PhD students joining our research community in 2020. Acting as agents for knowledge exchange between University of Nottingham and the Indonesian Institutions they come from, these students will bring about collaboration between University of Nottingham and their respective institutions such that impact can be sustained even after they finish their studies. Our Indonesian Doctoral Training Partnership will continue serve as an effective platform to deepen our relationship with Indonesia, a country with the largest economy in South East Asia.
Indonesia Doctoral Training Partnership