(22/2) Universitas Diponegoro held a Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony with the University of Waterloo, Canada, in Engineering Hall, Dekanat Building 5th Floor. The Representatives of Universitas Diponegoro were present at the ceremony, which was represented at that time by the Head of the Diponegoro International Office, Mrs. Anggun Puspitarini Siswanto, Ph.D, along with the deans from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, and Postgraduate School. Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo was represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Prof. Bruce Frayne, along with two other representatives from the University of Waterloo.
This collaboration with the University of Waterloo was first initiated in 2015, and can only be accomplished in 2023. During the initiation period, Universitas Diponegoro consistently built and maintained good relationships. One was done by sending some of its graduates to pursue their studies at the University of Waterloo. The efforts to build that positive image have ripened into good results so that the University of Waterloo is willing to collaborate with Universitas Diponegoro.
The signing ceremony was opened with an explanation about safety induction as a commitment from the Faculty of Engineering to implement the Health, Safety, and Environment (also known as K3 in Indonesia) within the Faculty of Engineering. The ceremony then continued with the singing of the National Anthem of Indonesia, Indonesia Raya, and continued with the signing of the collaboration agreement by both parties. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering also signed the collaboration agreement with other deans from other faculty who were also invited to the ceremony.
The event then continued with a welcoming speech. The welcoming speech was delivered by the Head of Diponegoro International Office, Mrs. Anggun Puspitarini Siswanto, Ph.D as the representative from Universitas Diponegoro. In her remarks, she thanked the representatives from the University of Waterloo for visiting the Universitas Diponegoro to start the collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro. She added, as one of the leading campuses in Indonesia, Universitas Diponegoro always strives to provide the best programs that can attract outsiders to collaborate together with Universitas Diponegoro. She hoped, with the advantages that Universitas Diponegoro already has, the University of Waterloo was able to gain many benefits from the results of this collaboration.
After the welcoming speech from Universitas Diponegoro, the following remarks were delivered by the representatives from the University of Waterloo. The first remarks were given by the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Prof. Bruce Frayne. In his remarks, he hoped that by collaborating with Universitas Diponegoro, the students from the University of Waterloo can get broader and more diverse opportunities to study at Universitas Diponegoro. He also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity provided so that the University of Waterloo could establish the collaboration agreement after years of fostering good relations with Universitas Diponegoro.
The next remarks were delivered by Prof. Prateep Nayek, Associate Dean of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, and the person in charge of collaboration agreement from the University of Waterloo. In his remarks, he showed his gratitude towards Universitas Diponegoro for the support given to the students from Universitas Diponegoro who was one of the main agents in shaping the good images for Universitas Diponegoro in the eyes of the University of Waterloo. He also explained how this collaboration had been initiated for quite a long time and could only be executed this year. All of these are the results of the hard work of Universitas Diponegoro in establishing good relations with the University of Waterloo.
The ceremony then closed with giving souvenirs from Universitas Diponegoro to the University of Waterloo. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Ir. M. Agung Wibowo, M.M, M.Sc., Ph.D, fully supported this collaboration agreement. He added that the collaboration with the University of Waterloo is in accordance with the vision of the Faculty of Engineering as the International standard Excellent Research Campus. He hoped that in the future the academics in the Faculty of Engineering can take advantage of the opportunities that opened up from the collaboration with the University of Waterloo to improve their research.