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UP Asian Center, UMY Lay Groundwork for Cooperation

The UMY delegation led by Hamid (back row, fifth from left), pictured here with Sobritchea (in red).

Twenty-five professors and officials of the Universitas Muhammadiya Yogyakarta (UMY) met with several faculty members of the UP Asian Center to “discuss the possibility of cooperation” between UMY and the Asian Center.  The meeting was held last November 14, 2012 at the Seminar Room of the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center.

Part of a “cooperation visit” to the Philippines, the event was arranged by the Indonesian embassy in Manila. University of the Philippines President Dr. Alfredo Pascual had met with Indonesia’s Education and Culture Attaché to the Philippines and recommended that the Asian Center be the “doorway” that will help facilitate cooperation between UP and Indonesian universities.

The meeting touched upon possible institutional tie-ups, including student and faculty exchange, that would enhance academic programs in both UP and UMY, particularly in the fields of Islamic Studies and International Relations.

The UMY delegation was led by Ir. M. Dasron Hamid, M.Sc, rector of UMY; Dr. Suryo Pratolo, M.SI, Akt., Vice Dean for Finance and Human Resources; and Ir. Nafi Ananda Utama, M.S.  Among those representing UP were Dr. Antoinette Bass-Hernandez, head of the Office of Institutional Linkages; Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, dean of the Asian Center; and Professor Macrina Morados, college secretary of the Institute of Islamic Studies.—UP Asian Center