Dozens of New Zealand academics discuss agribusiness and economic development at UNAIR

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New Zealand academics with UNAIR FEB Dean and staffs. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – In the beginning of the year, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) continues to work and collaborate with foreign universities. UNAIR Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), this time, is collaborating with 2 well-known universities in New Zealand, Lincoln University and Massey University to hold the 2020 Agribusiness Summer School.

The participants who received scholarships from the Prime Minister of New Zealand collaborated with FEB to organize the program. The activity of the Summer School 2020 this time discussed the development of agribusiness, economics, Islamic economics in Indonesia.

As of this year, UNAIR FEB Summer School is held twice. Summer School 2020 is held for one week, from Monday to Saturday, January 11-18, 2020. The total number of participants is 17, consisting of ten students from Lincoln, five students from Massey, one lecturer from Lincoln, and the Dean of Economics at Lincoln.

On Monday, January 13, 2020, a welcoming session was held at Tirto Hall, UNAIR FEB. The arrival of the participants was warmly welcomed by the Dean of FEB, Prof. Dr. Dian Agustia, SE, M.Si., Ak., CMA., CA and faculty leaderships.

In the welcoming session, the participants were given material about Do’s and Don’ts in Indonesia. Regarding what is and is not allowed to be done in Indonesia. There was also an introduction session on Indonesian batik and Indonesian language.

On that occasion, Prof. Hugh Robert Bigsby, Representative of New Zealand Prime Minister Scholarship 2020 expressed his hope that this summer school program could strengthen relations between universities.

Head of the 2020 Summer School Program, Bayu Arie Finanto, Ph.D ,. or often called Bayu explained that participants would learn about the economy in Indonesia.

“Later we take them to one of the well-known companies in Indonesia, such as Petrokimia Gresik and PT. PHOKPHAN, last year we had it there as well, “said Bayu.

Bayu hoped that this summer school program can improve self-confidence, communication skill with foreign students, and the program partner will not only understand the economy in Indonesia, but also Indonesian culture.

“Hopefully, UNAIR and New Zealand students can collaborate and bring benefits to UNAIR and New Zealand,” he added. (*)

Author: R. Dimar Herfano Akbar

Editor: Binti Q Masruroh

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