Semarang (30/5) – Diponegoro University (Undip) continues to be active in collaborating with institutions at home and abroad as a concrete step in implementing the Tri Dharma of Higher Education and 8 Main Performance Indicators (IKU) for Higher Education issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. One of the cooperation agendas was a visit from a delegation from the Hochschule Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences Germany, in order to discuss the possibility of cooperation between the two universities. This cooperation visit and discussion was held in the Rector’s Meeting Room, Widya Puraya Building, Undip Tembalang, on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

Representing Undip, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ambariyanto, M.Sc., Vice Rector of Research and Innovation Undip welcomed the visit from the HNU Germany delegation and stated that there was a high possibility of cooperation between the two parties. “This cooperation can add to our international reputation. In accordance with KPI set by the Ministry of Education and Culture, we already have international standard study programs and work with world-class partners. Collaboration can be started with a visitation or public service,” said Prof. Ambar.

Representative of the International Office (IO) of HNU Germany, Verena Seitz explained the description of HNU Germany, an International Business School which has four departments, namely Business and Economics, Information Management, Health Management and the Center for Postgraduate Studies. “The main program of our IO is student exchange, students can choose a study program from various options. In the student exchange program, students will study in Germany for a minimum of 6 months, with the first 3 weeks filled with new student orientation activities. We also prepare German language courses for beginner level,” explained Verena.

This discussion also invited representatives from various faculties at Undip to participate in planning cooperation with HNU Germany. Among them are FT Undip, which has 3 IUP (International Undergraduate Program) study programs and there are two study programs whose curriculum is related to the study program at HNU Germany, namely industrial engineering and computer engineering. For FEB Undip, study programs that have the possibility of establishing collaboration are IUP study programs, including International Business, Accounting, and Economics and Finance. It is hoped that the double degree program between the two universities can be established by implementing a transfer system for credits, which can be applied to the S1 and Diploma levels because Undip and HNU Germany have a curriculum on applied science.

“Collaboration can be carried out step by step. Starting with a seminar inviting keynote speakers, guest lectures, and student exchanges by paying attention to the curriculum at the two universities,” said Verena. In addition, overseas students can also register at HNU Germany through the Erasmus+ program.

Anggun Puspitarini Siswanto, ST, PhD as the Head of Undip International Office (IO) added, “We need to discuss further about the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), whether it will regulate in general or include a policy of cooperation with faculties at Undip.”

“Undip and HNU Germany are flexible in the formation of cooperation programs, of course with the aim of preparing graduates with skills that can be directly practiced where they will work,” concluded Prof. Ambar. (Titis – Public Relations)