Malang – On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Negeri Malang initiated a collaboration with Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) and the Embassy of Palestine in Indonesia through an MoU signing ceremony. The ceremony was attended by the representatives of the three parties. UM was represented by the Rector of UM, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rofiuddin, Vice Rector IV of UM, Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Bafadal, the Director of the Office of International Affairs, UM, Dr. Evi Eliyanah, and the international affairs team from the Faculty of Engineering. PPU was represented by the President of PPU, Dr. Amjad Barham and the Director Deputy for Administrative and Financial Affairs of PPU. The Embassy of Palestine in Indonesia, on the other hand, was represented by the Ambassador of Palestine for Indonesia, Zuhair Al-Shun.
The MoU signing ceremony began with an opening remark delivered by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rofiuddin. He expressed his hope in the continuation of the MoU, which could be furthered into opportunities for PPU students to pursue their study in UM. Moreover, he hoped that all parties could keep their commitment towards each other. Following this remark, the Ambassador of Palestine, Zuhair Al-Shun also welcomed this MoU, while expressing hope that this MoU could be a means for UM and PPU to strengthen their mutual understanding.
After the remarks from each representative, the next agenda was the signing of the MoU documents. The first MoU to be signed was that between UM and the Embassy of Palestine, followed by the MoU between UM and Palestine Polytechnic University. The meeting went on with an interactive discussion, led by the director of the Office of International Affairs, Universitas Negeri Malang, Dr. Evi Eliyanah, which touched on the implementation of the cooperation between UM and the Embassy of Palestine, and the Faculty of Engineering at UM and PPU. The meeting was summarized with the mutual vision that collaboration opportunities are to be explored further in the near future between UM and the Embassy of Palestine, meanwhile UM, particularly the Faculty of Engineering, and PPU are to closely seek opportunities to work together in the fields of student mobility and joint research.