In an effort to continue its internationalization effort, the Faculty of Dental Medicine (FKG) Universitas Airlangga held a Meet and Greet session with nine adjunct professors from various countries on May 10, 2021.
In an online session, Dean of FKG UNAIR Dr Agung Sosiawan expressed his gratitude for the presence and assistance from the academics. According to him, the presence of adjunct professors is an effort to increase research results and international collaboration at FKG UNAIR.
“The target is, of course, an improvement of faculty’s ranking. We believe this global collaboration is important. I believe that our coming together is the beginning of collaboration towards success,” he added in the opening session.
Besides Dr Agung, some other FKG UNAIR officials also conveyed strategic steps to achieve these goals. Dr Dian Agustin Wahjuningrum, ,the Head of FKG Publication Center, for example, outlined some FKG strategies to improve research rankings, publications, and international collaboration.
Likewise, the Head of the Research Center, Tania Saskianti, explained the facilities and research group of FKG. The presentation was followed by the Head of FKG’s International Cooperation Unit, Ninuk Hariyani, who explained the scope and progress of the current FKG international collaboration.
The adjunct professors responded to the presentations in the strategic meeting positively. Dr Khairul Anuar bin Shariff from Universiti Malaya Malaysia, for example, expressed his readiness to support FKG UNAIR in improving the quantity and quality of publications.
“We can explore more areas of engineering materials that I have been researching a lot,” added the adjunct professor of the Department of Dental Materials.
Rajesh Ramasamy from Universiti Putra Malaya, Malaysia, explained, “As an adjunct professor in the Department of Dental Radiology, FKG UNAIR, I am ready to increase research and collaboration, especially related to tissue engineering.”
FKG UNAIR also invited Dr. Aspalilah Alias from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Prof. Rosnah bint Mohd. Zain from Universiti Malaya, Dr Anuj Bhardwaj from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Prof. Shailesh Deshmukh from Kalinga University India, Prof. Seong-Yong Moon from Chosun University South Korea, Dr Marhazlinda binti Jamaludin from Universiti Malaya, and Dr Haizal Mohd Hussaini from the University of Otago New Zealand.
The nine adjunct professors will be spread across nine departments of FKG UNAIR. Hopefully, this international collaboration will be able to boost the number of publications and research from FKG UNAIR in the near future.