Strengthening Internationalization, UMM-Western Sydney University Explores Collaboration

Author : Humas | Monday, February 05, 2024 10:24 WIB
Prof. Amir Mahmood visited UMM (Photo: Rizky Humas). 

The University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) continues to expand its international reach. Recently, the White Campus explored collaboration with Western Sydney University (WSU) in various fields. Representatives from WSU, including Prof. Amir Mahmood, were present on February 5. Together with the university's rector, they discussed and deliberated on potential collaboration opportunities.

Mahmood, as he is called, appreciated one of UMM's futuristic programs, namely the Center of Excellence (CoE) and the Center for Future Works (CFW). He noted that many graduates excel academically but face difficulties adapting to the needs of the industry. Moreover, if they secure jobs, many of them struggle to acquire new skills.

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“However, UMM's CoE and CFW programs offer truly intriguing solutions. They not only bridge the gap between candidates and the industry but also align the curriculum with industry needs. Consequently, graduates find it easier to obtain employment and adapt their skills,” he said. 

Following a tour of the campus, he also praised UMM for providing a conducive learning environment. The comfortable and beautiful atmosphere enhances the teaching and learning processes. He also expressed interest in UMM's micro-hydroelectric power plant (PLTMH) for successfully providing renewable energy.

Mahmood also extended an invitation to speak at conferences or discussions held at UMM. “We will also encourage our students to visit UMM when they come to Indonesia. Hopefully, joint programs can be established to foster mutual understanding and collaboration, including in research,” Mahmood stated.

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On the other hand, UMM Rector Prof. Dr. Nazaruddin Malik, M.Si., stated that the White Campus always opens its doors to expand international cooperation. Currently, they have established numerous collaborations internationally, spanning countries across Europe, Africa, America, Asia, and beyond. “Undoubtedly, this is a step towards UMM becoming a globally recognized university. Hopefully, these discussions will lead to fruitful cooperation for both parties,” Nazar concluded. (wil/fajr)



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