RTU and Indonesia’s Universitas Merdeka Malang  Launch International Research Collaboration

In a pioneering move towards fostering global academic collaboration, Rizal Technological University and Universitas Merdeka Malang in Indonesia have embarked on a joint international research initiative. This transformative partnership brings together the academic prowess of two esteemed institutions, aiming to drive innovation and advance knowledge across borders.

The International Affairs and Linkages Office (IALO) spearheaded this ground-breaking endeavor, marking a significant milestone in the universities’ pursuit of academic excellence and global engagement.

The inaugural meeting, held via Zoom on February 12, 2024, saw enthusiastic participation from 25 faculty members representing various disciplines from RTU, including the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA), and the College of Education (CEd). Their counterparts from Universitas Merdeka Malang, numbering 29 faculty members, joined forces to kick-start this collaborative research journey.

This joint initiative signifies a commitment to transcending geographical boundaries and harnessing collective expertise to address pressing societal challenges and push the frontiers of knowledge. By leveraging diverse perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches, the collaboration is poised to yield impactful research outcomes with far-reaching implications.

Dr. Kristine Opulencia, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) of RTU, and Dr. Andini Risfandini of Universitas Merdeka Malang, Head of the Cooperation Bureau, have both thrown their full support behind this initiative. Their endorsement underscores the strategic importance of this collaboration in advancing academic excellence and fostering international cooperation.

Mr. Ryan Manuel Guido, the Director of the Research Development and Innovation Office, has also extended his support to this endeavor. His commitment to promoting research excellence and innovation further solidifies the foundation of this collaborative effort.

Director Donato Z. Estocada of IALO expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, highlighting its potential to foster cultural exchange, mutual learning, and meaningful academic exchange between RTU and Universitas Merdeka Malang. He emphasized the importance of nurturing such alliances in an increasingly interconnected world, where collaborative research serves as a catalyst for innovation and progress.

The joint international research collaboration between RTU and Universitas Merdeka Malang exemplifies the universities’ shared commitment to excellence, collaboration, and global engagement. As the project unfolds, it promises to generate new knowledge, strengthen academic ties, and contribute to the advancement of society on a global scale.