UNAIR Rector Prof. Nasih during the grand opening of ITEC in UNAIR. (Photo: Helmy Rafsanjani)
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UNAIR NEWS – Rector of Universitas Airlangga Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih with Vice President of  Asia University Professor Huei-Chen Ko officially inaugurated Indonesian-Taiwan Education Center (ITEC). It was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the ITEC new office, Management Office Building, Tuesday, September 12.

The grand opening ceremony of ITEC was held in the hall lobby of Management Office Building UNAIR attended by the representative of Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Taipei Trade and Economic Office Indonesia and Surabaya also some officials of universities in Indonesia.

After some remarks from the officials, the guests inspected the new office of ITEC. It is on the first floor of Management Office Building UNAIR. After the front door, visitors are welcomed by some pictures illustrating the cultures of Taiwan.

ITEC in UNAIR is the one and only representative center of Taiwanese universities in Indonesia. Prof.  Huei-Chen Ko said that UNAIR was chosen as the ITEC base due to its excellent reputation as a prominent university in Indonesia.

Similar to Prof. Huei-Chen Ko, Prof. Nasih said that ITEC existence is expected to boost education internationalization. He added that Taiwan is the second country with most UNAIR students or alumni. Therefore, ITEC inauguration is an opportunity for UNAIR to improve and expand the education collaboration.

“Taiwan and Indonesia are equal in terms of education cost. It is quite inexpensive compared to Australia. I think Taiwan is our main destination, the second most UNAIR students are there. Because of its environment, culture, values and cost are relatively affordable with excellent quality,” said Prof. Nasih.

The education partnerships are in forms of teaching, research and community. UNAIR will increase the number of students participating in exchange programs in Taiwan, and Taiwan students sent to learn in UNAIR.

UNAIR students sent to learn in Taiwan will be from the field of medicine, life sciences and social sciences.

The Director of Airlangga Global Engagement Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih added that the target in 2018, UNAIR will send and receive 50 students in exchange programs. She also expected more programs for double degree collaboration with Taiwan universities.

Author : Defrina Sukma S

Editor : Nuri Hermawan

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