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IROAST Signs Department-level Academic Exchange Agreement with the State University of Malang, Indonesia

On October 13, 2023, the signing ceremony took place to conclude department-level academic exchange agreements between the Engineering Faculty (EF) and the Research Institute and Community Engagement (RICE) of State University of Malang (Universitas Negeri Malang) and the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST), Kumamoto University. The ceremony was held at the State University of Malang in Indonesia and attended by IROAST Director Kazuki Takashima, Prof. Makiko Kobayashi (IROAST International Joint Research Faculty Member / Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology), and Ms. Miyuki Miyayama (Chief Manager of IROAST Administrative Office).
The State University of Malang, located in Malang, East Java, is among the oldest and most prestigious universities in the region. It keeps a prominent position in the higher education institution ranking in Indonesia. The agreement is the result of the collaboration between Prof. Dr. Ir. A. N. Afandi, an alumnus of Kumamoto University and currently the Vice Rector of the State University of Malang, and Dr. Takashi Hiyama, former Director of IROAST, who was Prof. Afandi’s academic supervisor during his Ph.D. studies.
The ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Hariyono, Rector, and Prof. Ir. A. N. Afandi, and the agreements were signed in the presence of about 30 participants. During the ceremony, the participants shared views on specific exchanges and agreed to expand educational and research cooperation.
Prior to the ceremony, the IROAST members attended the Engineering Faculty members’ meeting and introduced their respective institutions. They then exchanged their views on how to promote exchanges, including visits by graduate students and faculty members and obtaining external funding for international joint research.
This opportunity will surely lead to further development of amicable relations in the future.
Remarks from Prof. Dr. Hariyono, Rector of the State University of Malang

(From Left) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Sendari (Vice Dean, EF), Director Takashima,
Prof. Dr. Hariyono (Rector), Prof. Ir. A. N. Afandi (Vice Rector)

Faculty members, Rr. Poppy Puspitasari (Vice Dean, EF), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Sendari, Director Takashima,
Prof. Kobayashi and Ms. Miyayama at the Engineering Faculty members’ meeting