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    iHiLead 2021: Cooperation between HEIs important

    President University (PresUniv) hosted Train the Trainers for Leadership Development Program for university leaders. The workshop is carried out in a hybrid way. Some participants and speakers attended offline at the President Executive Club, Jababeka industrial estate, Cikarang, by implementing strict health procedures. Some other participants joined it online. This workshop is one of a series of activities carried out by the Indonesia Higher Education Leaders (iHiLead) consortium, a consortium consisting of seven Indonesian universities and three universities from the European Union.

    They are President University, University of Ahmad Dahlan and University Islamic Indonesian from Yogyakarta, Brawijaya University and STIE Malangkucecwara from Malang, Semarang State University, and Padjadjaran University. Meanwhile, three foreign universities consist of the University of Gloucestershire from the United Kingdom, the International School for Business and Social Studies (ISBSS) from Slovenia, and the University of Granada from Spain. This consortium is supervised by the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.

    In his opening remarks, Rector PresUniv Prof. Dr. Jony Oktavian Haryanto said that the consortium aims to improve the quality of higher education in Indonesia through reform of leaders and leadership. “By increasing the capacity of leaders and leadership, universities will be better able to produce quality graduates, so that in the future they will be able to become future leaders,” said Prof. Jony. He also hopes that through this workshop, all participants will be able to capture information and generate positive energy, as well as disseminate it to higher education institutions and the public. “Finally, hopefully after attending this workshop we will all be able to become agents of change,” said Prof. Jony.

    Meanwhile, in her keynote address, the Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology, Dr. Ir. Paristiyanti Nurwandani, MP, explained the government’s policy in optimizing higher education cooperation through the implementation of program Kampus Merdeka. She said, until now we have 4,670 higher education institutions with more than 8 million students. The highest number of higher education institutions are high schools, reaching 2,525 institutions. While the highest number of students are universities with more than 5 million. “This condition makes cooperation to improve the quality of higher education institutions is very important,” said Paristiyanti. She continued, “We really appreciate programs like iHiLead from the European Union in increasing the capacity of leaders and leadership in higher education institutions in Indonesia.”

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