Bandung: On February 22, 2024, the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FTMD) Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) warmly welcomed a delegation from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia-Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (UTM-MJIIT) to strengthen academic collaboration and explore opportunities for joint research between the two countries. 

The visit from the UTM-MJIIT aims to introduce the institution, including the Malaysia-Japan Linkage Office (MJL) and the Asian Consortium University. The meeting also sought to expand collaborative initiatives, forge strong partnerships focusing on research, and explore the potential for cooperation between the two institutions. 

Prof. Dr. Ali Selamat, the Dean of UTM-MJIIT, provided an overview of MJIIT, which was established on May 26, 2010, as one of the faculties at UTM. He emphasized MJIIT’s commitment to providing engineering education while upholding the cultural values of Malaysia and Japan. With support from 29 universities in Japan, MJIIT aims to be a global leader in engineering education with a Malaysia-Japan orientation. 

After both institutions introduced themselves, a discussion led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Tatacipta Dirgantara, Dean of FTMD, explored various opportunities for academic collaboration. The UTM-MJIIT delegation expressed interest in student mobility opportunities, including credit transfers between institutions. Moreover, they hoped for a two-way exchange of students, both inbound from UTM-MJIIT to ITB and outbound from ITB to UTM-MJIIT. 

As one of Indonesia’s leading universities and a center of excellence in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Material Engineering, UTM-MJIIT hopes that through collaboration with FTMD ITB, significant benefits can be derived involving the exchange of knowledge, teaching methods, and resources between the two institutions. This, in turn, is expected to enhance the quality of education by introducing various perspectives and approaches that may not be accessible locally. 

The meeting between the two institutions concluded with a laboratory visit to FTMD ITB and a group photo session. The event significantly enhanced academic cooperation between UTM-MJIIT and FTMD ITB, creating a conducive environment for joint research and knowledge exchange between Malaysia and Indonesia. This collaboration will serve as a foundation for deeper cooperation in the future.