On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Rector of Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK), Prof. Dr. Ir. Marwan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The MoU signing took place at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FPV) campus of UPM in Selangor, Malaysia.

In his address, the Rector expressed that through the signing of the MoU for international cooperation, it is expected to further strengthen USK’s preparation to become a world-class university (WCU). Notably, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has been ranked 158th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2024. The Rector also highlighted several achievements of USK until 2023, including an increase in the number of professors, contributions of faculty research to society, the development of research centers, and enhanced international cooperation. Through collaboration with UPM, the Rector hopes for interactions that mutually reinforce international recognition for both universities.

UPM expressed a warm welcome and gratitude for the Rector’s visit to UPM for the MoU signing. They hoped for the prompt implementation of the activities outlined in the MoU. As a follow-up, they encouraged all relevant faculties and study programs under UPM and USK to establish specific and focused communication to reach agreements on future activities.

During the occasion, the Rector of USK was accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) USK, Drh. Teuku Reza Ferasyi, MSc., PhD. The MoU signing was followed by the signing of the Tentative Indication Workplan Year 2024 agreement between the Dean of FVM USK and the Deans of FPV UPM and FPV Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). The Dean of FVM USK mentioned that even before the MoU signing, collaborations had already commenced, including faculty visits and student exchanges between the respective faculties. It is anticipated that future collaborations between FVM USK and FPV in Malaysia will further increase and develop.

In addition to the MoU signing with UPM, the Rector of USK also had the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Rossy Verona, and the Educational and Cultural Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Firdaus, SP, MSi, at the Embassy building. Discussions during the meeting included strengthening KBRI’s support for collaborations between USK and several universities in Malaysia. Additionally, support was discussed for expanding the network for marketing USK’s science and technology products to Malaysia.

Furthermore, in a separate meeting, the Rector of USK met with Datuk Dr. Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chairman of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), an agency under the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The discussion focused on providing support to facilitate the registration process for academic staff from USK continuing their education in Malaysia, including information on the availability of scholarships for the further study of teaching staff. Both parties agreed to strengthen coordination and communication to encourage various stakeholders to support the strengthening of USK’s collaboration with various universities in Malaysia.