This year's World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress also saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between four Malaysian Government Linked Universities (GLU) and institutions under the Indonesian Aliansi Perguruan Tinggi Swasta Berbasis Badan Usaha Milik Negara or APERTI-BUMN.
Signing on behalf of GLU was Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul as the Chairman and also UTP Vice Chancellor. Professor Dr Akhmaloka signed on behalf of APERTI-BUMN. He is also the Rector of Universitas Pertamina, one of the five institutions under APERTI-BUMN.
The event was witnessed by YBhg Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education.
She was accompanied by representatives from Malaysian GLU namely Professor Dato' Ir Dr Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha, Vice Chancellor of UNITEN, Professor Dato' Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq, President of MMU and Professor Datuk Dr Mazliham Mohd Suud, President of UniKL.
Also joining them on stage were the four representatives under APERTI-BUMN. They were Dr. Ir. Supriadi Legino, Chairman Sekolah Tinggi Teknik PLN (STTPLN), Ir. Rachmawati Wangsaputra, Chairperson Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Logistik Indonesia (STIMLOG), Prof. Tjiptohadi Sawarjuwono, Vice Rector for Academics and Students Affair Universitas Internasional Semen Indonesia (UISI) and Professor Adiwijaya Professor of Computing and Director of Bandung Techno Park Universitas Telkom (TELU).
This collaboration is the first step to strengthen the positions of Government-Linked Institutions within the ASEAN region and later on at the global stage.