Participating in the SDGs International Forum, Unpad Establishes Collaborations with Overseas Colleges

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Universitas Padjadjaran participated in the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) forum meeting for universities held at the National University of Kaohsiung (NUK), Taiwan, Wednesday (9/10).

Executive Director of the SDGs Center Universitas Padjadjaran Prof. Zuzy Anna, M.Si., (on the right) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of universities and international institutions in the Forum for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for universities held at the National University of Kaohsiung (NUK), Taiwan, Wednesday (9/10).*

This meeting was the first step initiated by NUK, Taiwan to support the achievement of the SDGs target through improving relations between universities and institutions at the international level.

Moreover, this forum also encouraged the exchange of views and information among universities, so it is hoped that a new model and collaborative action plan will be developed in implementing the global goal of SDGs.

NUK President Prof. Leon Shyue-Lian Wang [said that], NUK itself has adopted the SDGs pattern into the student learning system. It is intended that students get a quality education fromNUK.

“We want our students to get safe and decent work when they have graduated. Therefore we want to help to prevent and reduce natural disasters, among others by building sustainable cities and communities. For that we need to find partners to work together, “he added.

At the meeting, Unpad was represented by the Head of the International Office Dr. Ronny, M. Kes., AIFO, Ph.D., and Executive Director of the SDGs Center Prof. Zuzy Anna, M.Sc. Prof. Zuzy delivered a presentation entitled “National and Regional Readiness in Achieving SDGs in 2030”.

Through this presentation, Prof. Zuzy explained about various studies and activities that have been carried out by Unpad SDGs Centers throughout Indonesia. This activity is carried out to support the achievement of SDGs in 2030.

“Each country faces its own problems to achieve the SDGs target by 2030, as well as in Indonesia, all provinces face major challenges to achieve the SDGs target.” Said Prof. Zuzy.

Meanwhile, Ronny also explained that Unpad had implemented activities to support the achievement of the SDGs target through research and other academic activities, including through full support of Unpad to the government’s Citarum Harum program.

“Unpad has the slogan ‘From West Java, for Indonesia, to the World through SDGs’,” said Ronny.

The Promise of Cooperation

Not only Unpad, a number of universities and international institutions also participated in the meeting forum, including the University of Malaya (UM) Malaysia, Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) Thailand, American Chinese Environmental Protection Association (ACEPA), National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) Taiwan, the Environmental Protection Bureau of Kaohsiung City, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) of the Kaohsiung Capacity Center (KCC), and NUK, Taiwan

To strengthen support for the achievement of SDGs, Unpad also collaborated with a number of participating universities in the forum. The collaboration in achieving the SDGs was carried out by Unpad with NUK Taiwan, UM Malaysia, SWU Thailand, and ACEPA of the People’s Republic
of China.

Specifically with NUK, Unpad established academic cooperation which would begin with the development of a student exchange program between the two universities.

Product Launch from Indonesia

As a model of university support for achieving the SDGs target, a coffee product from Medan, Indonesia was launched. This support model carries the concept of “Coffee Rain Tree”, which is a very interesting concept and supports the SDGs achievement targets.

Through this pioneering business approach, the aim is to increase the accessibility of foreign students, especially from Indonesia who are studying at NUK by using the benefits gained from doing the Coffee Rain Tree business. *

Released: Ofiar Murwanti/am
Translated by Agnes Johana Reysca