University links up with Indonesia

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Cranfield University has entered into a new higher education partnership agreement with Indonesia after the country’s president made a state visit to the UK.

The Indonesian President, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, became the first world leader to make a state visit to the UK in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. The three-day visit, the first in more than 30 years by an Indonesian leader, focused on UK-Indonesian trade and investment, which aims to reduce barriers to trade and a partnership agreement to strengthen education links.

Cranfield’s deputy vice-chancellor, professor Clifford Friend, is part of a UK Working Group which has been key in establishing and advising the shape and direction of higher degree activities between the two countries.

As a result, the University will be creating a new double degree, MSc by Research in Engineering and Technology, in co-operation with the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

Prof Friend said: “Our agreement with ITB marks a step change in our engagement with academic colleagues in Indonesia. We look forward to welcoming to Cranfield our first double degree students and to appointing their academic colleagues as visiting professors of Cranfield University.”

The Cranfield/Indonesia double degree will build engineering research capability in Indonesia, cementing long-term relationships between UK-based business, the University, ITB and knowledge-based business sectors in Indonesia.

The high calibre ITB students will come to the University to complete the second year of their MSc.

Eight UK universities have signed partnership agreements and a newly created UK-Indonesia Scholarship Programme, which will support up to 150 PhD students to come to the UK each year.

It is hoped this will help to promote student mobility and the transfer of knowledge between the two countries.