UNAIR NEWS – One important guest of honor present in Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) Graduation in July 2016 was Andradjati who is the current diplomat for African countries. He is the current Indonesian ambassador for Senegal, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Democratic Republic of Congo.
He was coming far from Africa to specially witness an Ivory Coast citizen who succeeds being the best graduate in Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), Dr. Moro Kadjo Daniel Bitty. Daniel was named the best graduate in doctoral program of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) and he officially finished with his study on June 13, 2016.
“I continue support to Daniel Bitty as the best graduate of UNAIR. When she told me that he was graduated but there were no families in Indonesia, I felt obliged to be present in his graduation. I was also quite close with him when I was in Senegal,” said Andra.
In the end of the proceeding, Andra spared his time for interview with UNAIR NEWS. Andra said his relationship with Daniel was started when he was assigned in Ivory Coast. Daniel was one of the citizens who actively involved in events held by the embassy.
“We are quite closed. When I was in Dakar, Senegal, he often supported the embassy’s events. At that time, we had an art event, he helped us. That’s what makes me want to maintain this close relation,” added the graduate of Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
After being graduated, implementation of the studies in the community is the challenge for the graduates. According to Andra, the society still needs innovations from the university graduates to achieve prosperity.
“Most of us still need scholars, so the graduates especially from UNAIR are expected to improve quality of life of people in Surabaya, East Java and Indonesia,” said Andra who has been Director of Africa, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2010-2012.
One way to expand education internationalization and improve UNAIR position among world class universities is by collaborating with overseas universities.
“I think collaboration with overseas universities is important. It is important for the international society to acknowledge UNAIR’s achievements. If there are no collaborations, there’ll be less information. So, there should be information available for international society,” said Andra.
Andra did not deny that Indonesian knowledge on African education is still limited. So, the mindset must be changed so Indonesian universities can collaborate more and intensively.
“There are limited especially from Indonesia and Africa. We are not well informed about Africa, so it must be changed. There should be more collaborations in Education. If possible, UNAIR should receive more students from Africa,” said Andra.
Author : Defrina Sukma S.
Editor : Binti Quryatul M.