UNIVERSITY OF NUEVA CACERES LINKS WITH INDONESIAN`S AHMAD DAHLAN UNIVERSITY
The University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), in pursuit of academic excellence officially linked with Ahmad Dahlan University (or Universitas Ahmad Dahlan-UAD), one of the leading schools in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for an international partnership and collaboration was made last June 9, 2010 at the University of Nueva Caceres Conference Room.
The delegation from Indonesia was led by its Rector, Dr. Kasiyarno. Other members of the delegation were the head and staff of the UAD in the International Office, Prof. Dwi Santoso, Prof. Astrid Meilasari Sigiana, and Prof. Ulaya Ahdiani, respectively. Dr. Ira Hapsary, AttachÃ© for National Education of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila, and her assistant, Mr. Gotti Situmorang, also graced the occasion. The collaboration was formalized in a meeting between the UAD team and UNC officials headed by Dr. Lourdes S. Anonas, its Execuive Vice President, which was held at the UNC Conference Room. Both universities presented their respective profiles, programs and thrusts. Possible areas of collaboration between the two universities were discussed, stressing on research and publication activities, participation in seminars and academic meetings, exchange of students and faculties and other activities such as cultural visits and industry exposures.
The team from Indonesia also granted scholarship slots for interested UNCean students and faculty. The Darmasiswa scholarship is a special program of the Ahmad Dahlan Univeristy for foreign students who want to study Bahasa, Indonesian arts and culture for a year. Scholarship grants from Indonesiaâ€™s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Religious Affairs were also offered. These were scholarships for Indonesiaâ€™s tertiary and Islamic studies. Aside from scholarships mentioned, the team also donated some books about Indonesia to the University Library. They gave a special token to the UNC which was received by Dr. Lourdes S. Anonas, Executive Vice President and Mr. Jesus J. Hernandez, Vice President for Student and External Affairs.
The UNC community takes pride in this collaboration, which is a manifestation of its commitment to quality and globally-competitive education for the Bicolanos.