Semarang (18/5) – Carrying out its mission as an educational institution that produces superior and competitive graduates at the national and international levels, Diponegoro University (Undip) actively collaborates with various government agencies and institutions. Following up on the results of the virtual meeting in November 2021, Undip welcomed the visit of a delegation from Solent University, England in the context of discussing academic cooperation including joint curriculum (Maritime, Maritime-related Studies in Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Boat Design & Production, Computing and Health Studies) and parallel degrees through 2+2 and 3+1 partnerships schemes. The cooperation visit which was held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in the Rector’s Meeting Room, Widya Puraya Undip Building was led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Ambariyanto, M.Sc. who served as Vice Rector for Research and Innovation of Diponegoro University, and Emma Heathcote, Director of International, Solent University.

Prof. Ambariyanto conveyed that Undip has several programs that can be developed in collaboration with foreign universities, such as the IUP (International Undergraduate Program) class and the Visiting Lecturer Program. “There are several study programs at Undip which have the same curriculum as the study program at Solent University. It is hoped that this meeting can initiate steps of cooperation between universities in Semarang (Indonesia) and Southampton (England), at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels,” said Vice Rector IV of Undip.

The collaboration that is being planned is aimed at forming graduates with superior expertise in their fields, having an entrepreneurial spirit, being independent, and being competitive, equipped with real experience which will have a positive impact on themselves, their alma mater, and the industrial world in which they work.

Emma explained about Solent University’s collaboration system with partner universities, where collaboration begins with sharing information about the curriculum of each program, then the academic unit checks and ensures that the scope of study is appropriate. “Every educational institution deserves to be recognized for the quality of its education, and I think the UK education system is a great example. Collaboration is very important to us and we are happy to work with Undip. We can hold joint lectures, joint publications, and research projects,” said Emma.

Furthermore, Emma said that maritime studies is one of the superior study programs centered at Warsash Maritime School at Solent University. Teaching and learning activities, training, consulting and research focus on marine science and the off-shore oil industry. This field of study has a curriculum that is almost the same as the Undip Naval Engineering and Marine Science study programs, so it is possible that the two study programs will take part in the collaboration between Undip and Solent University.

In the discussion session, the Head of the Civil Engineering Department FT Undip, Jati Utomo Dwi Hatmoko, S.T., M.M., M.Sc., Ph.D. mentioned that Undip has run parallel degrees program with partner universities, where later when students graduate they can have degrees from two universities at once. “We have implemented a double degree program with a university in Thailand. Our study programs are very prospective and open to collaboration with other parties,” he said.

Regarding the final project and Intellectual Property, further studies and discussions are needed between the two parties. “We will discuss it further, for sure the collaboration will be very interesting and our lecturers are very welcome with the arrangement of this collaboration program,” said Prof. Ambar. (Titis – Public Relations)