Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Hasanuddin University (UNHAS) in Makassar, Indonesia are set to sign a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a partnership in marine science, fisheries and biodiversity.
The partnership will also establish new collaborations in areas such as disaster management, nursing, business, and tropical health.
UNHAS is one of the most prominent universities in eastern Indonesia for its number of students and academic staff, the number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, facilities and research and publication outputs.
After the signing, the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Dr Siswo Pramono, will deliver a public lecture at Charles Darwin University (CDU) on March 29 to share his knowledge on “The Rise of Asia In The Context of Indonesia – Australia Relations.”
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman welcomed the visit by the Indonesian Ambassador and the new partnership with UNHAS.
“Indonesia is one of our most important neighbours, and CDU has always had strong ties with universities in Indonesia,” Professor Bowman said.
“The partnership with UNHAS plays an important role in strengthening collaboration between CDU and Eastern Indonesian universities in education, training and research programs, which is a priority in CDU’s global strategy.”
CDU Global Director Joanne Chrystal said signing the MoU would also provide students and staff with the opportunity for global learning and exchange.
“The MoU will serve as an overarching agreement covering student or staff mobility, research collaboration, guest lectures, dual or joint awards and research students,” Ms Chrystal said.
“We look forward to strengthening ties with our Indonesian partner university and to learning more about each other through Dr Pramono’s public lecture.”
UNHAS Rector Professor Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhuat said the university is very happy that the MoU between Charles Darwin University CDU and UNHAS will soon be signed.
“CDU is a world-class university in the Northern part of Australia. Collaboration with CDU is essential to the success of our global activities, especially staff and student mobility and international research collaboration activities," Professor Pulubuhuat said