Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) have agreed to establish a double masters degree program in agricultural economics, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra informed.

The cooperation agreement was reached during a recent meeting between IPB delegates and UWA representatives in Perth, Western Australia, the embassy said in a press statement received here on Saturday.

During the meeting, Professor Yusman Syaukat and Professor Hermanto Siregar from the IPB's Agricultural Economics Postgraduate Program were accompanied by the embassy's education and culture attaché, Mukhamad Najib.

Meanwhile, UWA was represented by Associate Professor Amin Mugera, Associate Professor Fay Rola-Rubzen, and Associate Professor Atakelty Hailu from the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment.

One of the points the two parties agreed on was that IPB and UWA postgraduate students pursuing the dual program would study for one year at IPB and one more year at UWA, the embassy disclosed.

The IPB and UWA representatives also discussed compulsory courses and the number of credits the two universities would recognize.

They also touched upon matters related to final theses and scientific publication manuscripts that students would need to complete under the guidance of both UWA and IPB lecturers.

The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra further revealed that IPB is currently pursuing cooperation in double masters degree programs with several world-class universities, including those in Australia.

The IPB's Agricultural Economics Postgraduate Program, however, is relatively new in developing international cooperation, particularly regarding the establishment of the double masters degree program, the embassy said.

Education and culture attaché Najib was quoted as saying that the Indonesian government is continuing to push reputable universities in the country to build partnership programs with overseas universities.

Therefore, the government fully supports the IPB-UWA cooperation through which the two universities could take advantage of the availability of the Endowment Funds for Education (LPDP) scholarship program, he added.

"It is the appropriate time for IPB and UWA to commence the cooperation as the Indonesian government's support for double degree programs between universities in Indonesia and top overseas universities is strong," he said.

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