One of the success indicators of higher education institution is the implementation of collaboration with foreign institutions. As a pilot university in the field of collaboration with foreign partners, UIB is putting its efforts to improve the quality and quantity of the collaborations.
One of the implementations of the collaboration for the Academic Year 2018/2019 is Credit Transfer Program. This program gives opportunity for students from UIB foreign university partners to study in UIB for 1 – 2 semesters. In the beginning of September 2018, 11 students from UIB foreign partners started their credit transfer program. The 11 students consist of 10 students from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka studying at UIB Information System and 1 student from I-Shou University, Taiwan studying at English Language Education. They officially ended their study in UIB in January 11th, 2019 as the final exams have ended.
During the study, they actively participated in some UIB students’ activities, such as joining a seminar, joining an outbound camp, having a cooking class, joining a cultural and culinary festival, exploring some tourist destinations in Batam, and other activities. “I can understand everything I learned, thanks to all friendly lecturers and students in UIB,” said Abdul Fatah bin Baharuddin (students from UTeM) when asked about his impression during his study at UIB.
In 13th January, 2019, Yuan I-Ku (student from I-Shou University) went back to his home country. UIB International Relation Office (IRO) staffs and some of UTeM students went to Batam Center Harbour to say goodbye. “Google, Good Luck! Have a safe journey. I hope your one-semester-stay in Batam could enrich your experience. Hope all memories shared here will be remembered. Hopefully, see you again someday,” said Mr. Tony Wibowo, S.Kom., MMSI; Head of International Relation Office.
In the following day, January 14th, 2019, it was the turn for UTeM students to go back to their home country. They went to Stulang Laut from Batam Center Harbour at 11.00 a.m. The IRO staff really made our stay and learning process easier for us,” said Muhammad Al-Azim bin Abdul Malek when asked about his impression toward IRO service.