COOPERATION research was re-conducted by University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) with foreign institutions. In this occasion, it was joint research cooperation lecturer with Taiwan International Coorporation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF). It was recorded in Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UMM and ICDF, Friday (17/11).
The signing of MoU was conducted by UMM Rector, Fauzan and ICDF Taiwan Director, Arif Misbaghul in the Senate Meeting Room of UMM. In the event entitled "MoU Signing and Seminar on Prospect of Taiwan-Indonesia Coorporation on Research Higher Education and Community Development in New South Bound Policy Era" was also presented by Director of Press Information Division of Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO), Ismail Mae .
Rector explained, the signing of this MoU was to strengthen UMM cooperation in the international arena, especially in Taiwan. During this time, continued Fauzan, UMM and Taiwan only cooperated in the field of student and lecturer exchange, but this time is in the form of joint research lecturer.
"Besides, this activity is also our follow-up form for our visit to Taiwan in November last year. At that time UMM was asked to send imam mosque to Muslim community in Taiwan. Of course, the priests who will be sent by UMM go through a rigorous selection, because in addition to becoming a priest, he also has to develop Islam there," he explained.
Meanwhile, Ismail Mae said that the cooperation between Indonesia and Taiwan has grown very well. He also said Indonesia is Taiwan's 14th best cooperative partner in trade affairs. Evidently, with 20,000 entrepreneurs from around 2000 Taiwanese companies investing in Indonesia, with a total investment of 15 million US dollars.
"But besides, all that matters is Indonesia's bilateral relationship with Taiwan and the development of Islam in Taiwan," said the Taiwanese man who has been living in Indonesia for two years.
Prior to the UMM agreement with Taiwan in the form of a joint research lecturer, UMM through the Directorate of Research and Community Service (DPPM UMM) has cooperated with Indonesian-Taiwanese descendant community to hold a Real Work Lecture (KKN) in Taiwan which will depart on 27 November. The KKN activity will be attended by 17 students from the International Relations program of UMM for two weeks.