Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) and Jember University (Unej) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the implementation of three principles of higher education, Tuesday (25/8/2020). The signing was carried out by Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng and the Rector of the University of Jember, Dr. Ir. Iwan Taruna, M.Eng, which was conducted virtually from two different locations, namely Banda Aceh and Jember, East Java.
Prof. Samsul said the scope of this cooperation included the implementation of education, research, training, and the Independent Campus program. In addition, the development and enhancement of human resource competencies and community service.
According to Samsul, this cooperation point has actually been implemented some time ago, such as student exchanges and community service. However, for this cooperation, Prof. Samsul wants a broader collaboration, including research on coffee and cocoa. Moreover, Unej has a research center for these two commodities.
"We hope Unsyiah can be taught good coffee processing, so that it can be combined with coffee in the Gayo highlands to produce high quality coffee," said Prof. Samsul.
In addition, he also hopes that experts at the University of Jember can help cocoa farmers to deal with pests that often attack cocoa plantations in several locations in Aceh. Unsyiah is also ready to collaborate on research with Unej, especially Prof. Samsul, the campus he leads has two excellent study centers that focus on disaster and patchouli oil.
Meanwhile, Iwan Taruna appreciated the cooperation which according to him could strengthen the activities of the tridarma of higher education for the two universities. Even if conditions return to normal, he will send his students to Unsyiah to take part in the student exchange program and the Merdeka Campus. He also hopes that in the future this cooperation can be expanded in other fields.
"The advantages of each university can be shared, so that it can strengthen one another and produce maximum output and outcome," concluded Iwan. (Unsyiah Public Relations / fer)