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Indonesian university delegation in Taiwan for academic cooperation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A faculty delegation from Indonesia's Universitas Airlangga (UA) on Wednesday visited the Ministry of Education (MOE) in hopes of strengthening academic cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia.

Dr. Romziah Sidik, dean of UA's School of Veterinary Medicine, led a delegation of department administrators from UA's schools of veterinary medicine and nursing, as well as social and political science, beginning their six-day visit to enhance academic exchange and cooperation between Indonesia and Taiwan.

UA was established in East Java's Surabaya in 1948. The school once served as the Surabaya campus of Universitas Indonesia, employing 13 faculty with approximately 25,000 students. The university's main focus is centered around the colleges of Medicine and Fisheries and Marine. According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings: Asia, UA was also ranked 127th in Asia and as one of the top five universities in Indonesia.

Sidik and the delegation paid an official visit to MOE Counselor Chiu Julie (邱玉蟾) on Wednesday, where the education professionals exchanged experiences regarding higher-education development in Indonesia and Taiwan in recent years.

During the six-day visit, Sidik and her colleagues will visit National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Chengchi University , National Yang-Ming University and National Chung Hsing University, with the goal of encouraging further cooperation on student exchanges and dual-degree programs.

The trip is also reportedly funded at the delegation's own expense. Aside from observing the current development of higher education in Taiwan, the UA staff have stated that they hope to implore practical collaboration on academic exchange for students from both countries.

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