Vice Rector I Attends the SEA-Teacher Student Exchange Summit

Prof Imam Santoso with Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela Director, SEAMEO

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Imam Santoso attended the SEA-Teacher Student Exchange Summit Batch 9 on (21/3-22/3/2023) in Bangkok Thailand. The SEA-Teacher project aims to provide opportunities for students and prospective teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to have teaching experience (practicum) in schools in Southeast Asia.

The 2023 SEA-Teacher Student Exchange Summit was attended by 78 tertiary institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and invitees from Australia.

The culmination of this activity was the signing of an agreement (MOU) from 78 universities across Southeast Asia to conduct student exchanges which will be held in 2023.

Signing of agreement (MOU)

The important role and future collaboration between Universitas Brawijaya (UB) and SEAMEO is also one of the topics of discussion between Prof. Imam Santoso and Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela Director, SEAMEO Secretariat.

SEAMEO welcomes UB’s invitation to cooperate and explores opportunities to organize activities in the future.

Besides summit, the activity was also filled with a visit to Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University (VRU).

On this occasion, Prof. Imam had many discussions with the President of Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University (VRU). Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University is a non-profit public higher education institution in Pathum Thani, Thailand, which was founded in 1932.

VRU provides courses and programs in a variety of fields leading to higher education degrees, legally recognized and the development of curricula and teaching materials.

The activity also included a visit to the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok and was received by the Education and Culture Attorney at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, Ir. Achmad Wicaksono, M.Eng., Ph.D.

Prof. Imam Santoso and Ir. Achmad Wicaksono, M.Eng., Ph.D discussed a lot about university collaborations such as joint research, student exchange, student mobility, and joint lectures.

On this occasion also discussed International KKN/PPL for UB students from the Faculty of English Education, Indonesian Language Education in Muslim schools in Bangkok Province as the implementation of the MoU/MoA with schools or even with universities that have collaborated.

UB will also explore giving scholarships for bachelor programs, master programs, and doctoral programs.

In addition, the Education and Culture Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok Ir. Achmad Wicaksono, M.Eng., Ph.D. also invited Prof. Imam Santoso to explore collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology.

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is an international English-language postgraduate institution, with a focus on engineering, environmental and management studies.

AIT’s rigorous academic outreach, research and experience programs prepare graduates for professional success and leadership roles in Asia and beyond.

Founded in 1959, AIT offers the opportunity to study at an Asian institution with a global reputation. On a visit to AIT, Prof. Imam Santoso accompanied by Ir. Achmad Wicaksono, M.Eng., Ph.D. and Hendrix Yulis Setyawan, PhD received by Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal, Vice President for Academic Affairs with the executive and director of the international office of AIT.

During this visit, there was much discussion about the potential for collaboration and cooperation, especially joint degrees, dual degrees, research collaborations and joint seminars. (*/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).