Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - Andalas University (Unand) in West Sumatra is striving to deepen its academic collaboration with Japan's Ehime University as part of its internationalization endeavors.

To this end, Dean of Ehime University's United Graduate School of Agriculture Prof. Hiroki Oue visited the Unand campus on Friday (March 22), according to Unand's official website that ANTARA accessed here, Saturday.

Professor Oue was received by Unand's Deputy Rector for Planning, Research, Innovation, and Cooperation Henmaidi during which they discussed opportunities to strengthen the two universities' collaboration.

Currently, the two universities have collaborated in the Sakura Science Program, staff exchange program, and PhD program for Unand's teaching staff at Ehime University, Henmaidi revealed.

"We are committed to strengthening our collaboration in the near future," he remarked, adding that the collaboration with Ehime University would help empower Unand's internationalization endeavors.

At the meeting, Henmaidi said he spoke about a program called "Equity Unand" that aims to expand a dual degree and send its staff to Ehime University.

To follow up on their meeting, Henmaidi stated that he and Professor Oue have pledged to make preparations for the signing of a memorandum of understanding and memorandum of agreement-related documents in the near future.

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ANTARA reported earlier that as part of its internationalization efforts, Unand does not only expand its collaboration with overseas reputable universities but also achieves international recognition by seeking accreditation from international accreditation agencies, including ASIIN from Germany, for its study programs.

Unand is a public university whose main campus is located in the Limau Manis neighborhood of Padang.

According to its official website, Unand, which currently has 15 faculties and 156 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, was officially inaugurated by Indonesia's first vice president, Mohammad Hatta, on December 23, 1955.

As per official records, it is the fourth public university to be inaugurated by the Indonesian government.

Unand has been classified as a Cluster I university since 2016, and since 2021, the government has placed it in the group of Indonesia's reputable universities with legal entity (PTN-BH).

In addition to its main campus in Limau Manis, Unand, which currently has over 32 thousand students, also has campuses in the districts of Payakumbuh and Dharmasraya.

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