Bandung – The Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FTMD) at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) welcomed a delegation from The University of Queensland (UQ) on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. This visit was part of an effort to strengthen international cooperation in engineering and higher education.

The UQ delegation was received by Dr. Eng. Pandji Prawisudha, S.T., M.T., Head of the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program at FTMD ITB, accompanied by Lia Amelia Tresna Wulan Asri, Ph.D. The UQ delegation included Prof. Alexander Rakic, Associate Dean (External Engagement), Nadia Sarah, Senior Principal SEA, and Fitria Arsianti, Principal Advisor SEA.

The main goal of this visit was to discuss the potential collaboration between ITB’s Mechanical Engineering Program and UQ’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and IT (EAIT). The proposed collaboration includes study abroad programs, articulation programs, and research activities. UQ is committed to strengthening partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, including Indonesia, by developing various international activities with regional partners.

One of the key topics discussed during the meeting was the plan to implement a double degree program – the Undergraduate-Master Integration Program (PISM/Fast Track) with a 3-year study period at ITB and 2 years at UQ. This program aims to provide FTMD ITB students with the opportunity to earn dual degrees from both prestigious institutions.

The meeting also covered several requirements for the 3+2 program plan with The University of Queensland, designed for international FTMD students. These requirements include different academic scoring systems between UQ and ITB, which are 1-7 at UQ and 1-4 at ITB, with a minimum GPA of 2.8 equivalent to a score of 5. Additionally, students must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and must not have any piercings.

Furthermore, the 3+2 credit transfer program also offers additional benefits such as a 2-year post-study work visa and facilitates the migration process for graduates.

With this visit, it is expected that a close collaboration between ITB and UQ, particularly in the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will be established. This collaboration is anticipated to bring significant benefits to both parties, especially in the development of high-quality international academic and research programs.