The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Syiah Kuala University recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Tropical Disease at Airlangga University (ITD UNAIR). The signing ceremony took place on December 14, 2023, at the FVM USK Hall.

During the event, the Dean of FVM, Teuku Reza Ferasyi, expressed readiness to initiate and maintain collaboration with ITD UNAIR, emphasizing that the MoA marks the beginning of mutual growth and development.

“This MoA is significant, as it allows us to adopt the advancements made at ITD UNAIR within FVM USK. Moreover, UNAIR is recognized as one of Indonesia’s top universities globally, aligning with USK’s goal of achieving World Class University status,” stated Teuku Reza.

He further highlighted UNAIR’s status as a reference university for many Indonesian institutions, particularly in veterinary studies. The collaboration will encompass various areas, with a focus on joint research and the development of veterinary and zoonotic research laboratories.

“FVM USK is actively working towards becoming a Center of Excellence for Conservation Medicine, focusing on the reproduction and preservation of animal species. We are currently in the process of establishing a Biosafety Level Laboratory, underlining the importance of collaborative research facilities,” he added.

Representing ITD UNAIR, Fedik Abdul Rantam expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and willingness to collaborate from FVM USK. He noted that UNAIR’s collaboration with USK is part of a broader initiative to engage with campuses beyond Java.

“Five Indonesian universities, including UNAIR, have been designated by the Ministry for Excellence development, with a budget of approximately IDR 200 billion, primarily for equipment procurement,” Fedik explained.

In addition, Taufiq, USK’s Deputy Chancellor for Planning, Partnerships, and Business, highlighted the university’s potential for collaboration with UNAIR and other institutions.

“For FVM, we are currently collaborating on several programs, including with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. We are proposing a 500-hectare land management plan for veterinary practice, and approximately 4900 hectares for research and conservation of Sumatran tigers, rhinos, and other endangered species,” Taufiq stated.

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