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Gadjah Mada University: A new partner for IU

The IU contingency left Singapore around 5:00 am on Friday morning and arrived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, that afternoon. “Jogja,” as the city is often called, offers an interesting contrast to the chaotic megacity Jakarta. The center of Javanese art and culture, Jogja has many artisan workshops that produce batik, puppets, and other handicrafts, as well as performance venues for plays, traditional Javanese music, and puppet shows. The city is also home to two famous temples: the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist monument Borobudur, and the 9th century Hindu compound Prambanan. Other smaller temples dot the landscape throughout the region. In Jogja today, this rich tradition continues to be celebrated even as the modern urbanity pushes the city forward.

The presence of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Jogja provides students access to one of the best educational institutions in Indonesia. Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest state university in Indonesia with more than 55,000 students.

Visit with University of Gadjah Mada

President McRobbie discusses the partnership with outgoing rector Prof. Sudjarwadi and incoming rector Prof. Dr. Pratikno

On Friday afternoon, President McRobbie met with Professor Ir. Sudjarwadi, the outgoing rector of UGM, and Professor Dr. Pratikno, the incoming rector of UGM, to sign an MOU establishing ties between our two universities. Before the signing of the agreement, Rio Rinni Diah Moehkardi, Director of the Office of International Affairs at UGM, and other faculty members engaged President McRobbie and Vice President David Zaret in a discussion about potential areas of collaboration, including the possibility of future short-term programs for students to study pluralism in Indonesia and Indonesian culture and language.

President McRobbie signs MOU

President McRobbie and Prof. Sudjarwadi sign the MOU