DCommRes inks partnership with Untag Surabaya

The University has recently entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) and memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Universitas 17 Agustus 1945 (Untag) Surabaya through the Department of Communication Research (DCommRes) of the UP Diliman (UPD) College of Mass Communication (CMC).

Solis signs the MOU and MOA documents as Untag Surabaya representatives look on; partly hidden (third from left) is Paragas. Photo from DCommRes

Untag Surabaya is a university in Surabaya, East Java in Indonesia. According to its website, the university’s vision is to become a “superior university based on national values and character by 2035.” Among its objectives are to produce graduates whose competencies are recognized nationally and internationally and to have an academic community with an identity that reflects the values and character of the Indonesian nation.

The MOU and MOA signing took place on Oct. 2 at the Auditorium Gedung Kantor Pusat Yayasan dan Rektorat Untag Surabaya.

Randy Jay C. Solis, PhD, chair of DCommRes, was instrumental in forging ties with Untag Surabaya and signed for DCommRes. He was joined by Julienne Thesa Baldo-Cubelo, PhD, an associate professor at DCommRes and Mariam Jayne M. Agonos, an assistant professor at DCommRes. Also present was CMC Dean Fernando dlC. Paragas.

Meanwhile, Mulyanto Nugroho, PhD, an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics of Untag Surabaya, together with the deans and heads of units of Untag Surabaya, warmly welcomed the UPD delegates to their university.

Nugroho discussed with the UPD delegates plans for joint conferences, faculty exchanges, and collaborative research. He said the signing of the MOU and MOA highlighted their university’s dedication to improving global connections by bringing the spirit of Indonesian nationalism and patriotism to their foreign partners.

UPD delegates and Untag Surabaya faculty members and students. Photo from DCommRes

For his part, Paragas took the opportunity to invite the Untag Surabaya academic staff and students to participate in CMC programs and explore UP System partnerships. The offer was well received by Dean Ayun Maduwinarti of the Untag Surabaya Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. She likewise returned the invitation to the UPD delegates, encouraging them to get involved in their academic programs.

The MOU/MOA signing ceremony was also a venue for DCommRes to present their studies to Untag Surabaya. Paragas presented his research on gender in advertising, while Solis presented his study on the mediatization of transnational parenting, and Baldo-Cubelo about her research on how parents regulate their children’s social media use.

In a related development, around 40 CMC faculty members, students, and alumni participated in the 29th Asian Media Information and Communication Annual Conference from Sept. 28 to 30 in Bandung, Indonesia. The University was recognized as having the most number of participants in the conference.—With a report from DCommRes