IO, Surabaya – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) through its Directorate of International Relations is aggressively preparing itself to face global competition in its journey to become a World Class University. This manifests through its new Engineering Colleges Partnership Forum in Asia (ECPFA) 2019 program, which involves the three institutions: ITS, Kobe University from Japan, and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) from Taiwan.
The program will run from August 5-8 and was officially opened in the ITS Rectorate Building by ITS Deputy Rector of Innovation, Cooperation, Alumni, and International Relations Bambang Pramujati ST MSc Eng PhD. In his opening speech, Bambang conveyed his appreciation for the willingness of Kobe University and NCKU to take part in the program. “The hope is that there will be a transfer of knowledge from the running program, and strengthened collaboration between educational institutions in the future,” he said, as quoted in a release received by Independent Observer.
At the same time, ITS International Relations Director Dr Maria Anityasari ST ME stated that the ECPFA program was a follow-up to cooperation and commitment from a consortium held in NCKU the previous year. There are six universities, including ITS and NCKU, acting as hosts. This year, ITS was chosen to serve as a host and succeeded in bringing in thirteen participating university students and nine professors from each university.
The current theme of ECPFA is related to urban development and renewable energy, and is titled “Clean Energy and Clean City”. The forum was also enriched by a visit from the Surabaya City Development Planning Board (Bappeko) and Benowo Landfill (TPA) who wanted to observe the integrated waste processing method alongside its use as a renewable energy source.
“Participants are expected to be able to receive new ideas about Surabaya City’s effort to become a clean and beautiful city,” said the Industrial Engineering lecturer.
Maria also stated that the program would employ several separate activities for students and professors. Students from the three related universities will take part in training for self-development, have team-building sessions, and collaborate with one another. Additionally, students will present their research results and be given feedback directly from Kobe University, NCKU, and ITS professors.
In her presentation, Maria stated that the role of professors here was to collaborate with each other and give direct feedback relating to the results of discussions from participants, based on their visits to Bappeko and Benowo. There will also be a transfer of knowledge when participants visit related departments and laboratories in ITS. “Also, it intends to strengthen ITS’ relationship with both universities, both academically and non-academically,” she added.
The program is intended to open, strengthen, and increase the relationship between ITS and participating universities in the consortium, and have a positive impact on ITS, Surabaya, and Indonesia. “Hopefully, this commitment can extend into the future,” she said. (*/est)