FP Lecturer Team Strengthen International Collaboration at Leiden University, Netherlands, and Ghent University, Belgium

The Lecturer Team from Agroecotechnology Study Program, Faculty of Agriculture, Brawijaya University (UB) Malang, consisting of Dr. Darmawan Saptadi, S.P., M.P., Dr. Kurniawan Sigit Wicaksono, S.P., M.Sc., Dr. Rina Rachmawati, S.P., M.P., M.Eng., and Dian Islami Prasetyaningrum, S.S., M.Pd. visited Leiden University in the Netherlands and Ghent University in Belgium.

This international visit is part of Brawijaya University Lecturer Works Program which not only carries an academic mission, but also carries a special mission to strengthen cooperation networks, as a follow-up to previous cooperation discussions. UB Agroecotechnology Lecturer Team is committed to expanding international cooperation in order to improve the quality of education and research in the field of agroecotechnology.

The team with Prof. Paul Kessler

During their visit to Leiden University, Netherlands, the team met with Prof. Paul Kessler, who has a special position at Botanical Gardens and Botany of South East Asia. This meeting is a platform for sharing knowledge and experience in the field of agroecotechnology, as well as opening up the potential for collaboration in research and development in the future.

Meanwhile, at Ghent University, Belgium, a team of UB Agroecotechnology lecturers met with Prof. Eduardo de La Pena from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Department of Plants and Crops. Intense discussions were held between UB team and Prof. Eduardo to explore collaboration opportunities in various aspects, including research, student exchanges, and joint curriculum development.

The two big agendas in this collaboration program are the realization of Research Fellowship and International Community Service collaboration with the theme “Ethnobotanical Use of Indigenous Medicinal Plants: Indonesian Traditional Herbal Drink ‘Wedang Uwuh'”. This reflects UB’s commitment to support and preserve Indonesia’s cultural heritage, especially in the use of traditional medicinal plants.

Dr. Darmawan Saptadi, as team leader, stated that this visit was not only about increasing the international reputation of our study program, but also building global synergy in overcoming current agroecotechnology challenges.

“We really hope that this collaboration will have a big positive impact on the development of science and society,” said Darmawan Saptadi.

This visit is a strategic step to open the door to further collaboration between Brawijaya University and leading international institutions in the field of agroecotechnology. It is hoped that this increasingly close relationship will bring great benefits to the development of science, education and the application of technology in Indonesia. (zma/OKY/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)