Johor Bahru, 24 Nov – The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta (UNS), Indonesia paid a reciprocal visit to the Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM on 24 Nov. 2015, following and earlier visit from UTM management team (including the Dean of FAB)  to UNS, Indonesia  on 13 – 15 September, 2015.

On campus to receive the delegates were Assoc Prof Dr. Mohammed Rashid Embi, Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation (DDRI), FAB,  Assoc Prof Datin Dr. Norsiah Abd Aziz, Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Dr. Abdul Halim Hussein, Head, Department of Architecture, Mr. Zainul Rashid Abu Bakar from UTM International and Dr. Ariva Sugandi Permana, Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, FAB. The delegation from UNS was led by Ir. Dr. Winny Astuti, Division of International Cooperation, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UNS and Ms. Isti Andini, a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UNS.

Through a cordial sharing of knowledge session, focusing primarily on possible academic collaborations, both parties agreed to future joint publication, as well as research and conferences. These collaborations will act as the starting point before a more formal collaboration effort is finalized with the signing of a Letter of Collaboration (LOC) between UTM and UNS in the near future. A photograph session and exchange of tokens marked the end of the visit.

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