The Trump’s controversial policy regarding the ban of Moslems from 7 countries in the middle-east to enter the United States of America (USA) does not give any significant effect for Indonesia. It is proven by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP/ Indonesia) and Islamic University of Minnesota (USA) in Jakarta last week. The delegates from UMP were Dr. Ns. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs, and Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., the Director of International Affairs Office.
Jebul said this partnership involves several points related to academic activities to implement the Tri Darma of higher education such as Education, Research, and Community Services. He exemplified in terms of education, there will be students and staff exchange as well as scientific forums. In research aspect, a number of joint researches will be undertaken to achieve the targets of excellence of both parties. In addition, in terms of community service aspect, he said, “we’ll carry out a scheme of community services involving the two parties with mutual benefits”. It is reported that under Jebul’s leadership UMP has successfully cooperated with more than 41 universities abroad. He added that the partnership with Islamic University of Minnesota is a good breakthrough for UMP. “The existence of higher education institution in USA is really strategic and will boost the internationalization of UMP,” he said.
Besides the academic activities, Jebul stated an implicit message of this partnership that UMP wants to actively participate and positively contribute to a good relationship with USA. “The current issue in the mass media regarding the ban of Moslems to enter USA does not influence the possibility of partnership in education between both countries. We’ll share knowledge and educational insight for the mutual development,” he said. Moreover, Jebul also ensures that UMP supports Moslems living in USA. (Pra translated by Nov)