Rector of Ganesha University of Education, Indonesia visits Griffith
Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O'Connor hosted the ideal welcoming ceremony for the Rector, Prof. Dr. Nyoman Sudiana, Ganesha University of Education, Indonesia, on Monday 7 February 2012 at the Nathan campus. Griffith alumnus, Dr. Drs. I Wayan Muderawan, the current Vice Rector for Planning and Cooperation Affairs at the University of Ganesha was among the Indonesian delegation. It was wonderful to have Dr. Muderawan back on campus, some 15 years on since he graduated with his PhD in Chemistry under Griffith's flagship research facility, The Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies. Dr. Muderawan has played a significant part in bringing the two universities together, not only based on his graduate success and resultant linkages, but also because of the positive outcomes he observed following a short-term Overseas Mobility program whereby 14 Griffith students travelled to Indonesia 2011 and engaged in a creative writing forum at Ganesha.
The student group was led by Griffith's Dr. Sally Breen, teaching and research expert in Creative Writing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Arts, who at the completion of the program, came to regard it as one of the most significant opportunities her Creative Writing students have ever had, in terms of their educational and personal growth. Although the program was partly funded by the Australian Federal Government, it was also made possible by Griffith's commitment to internationalisation, and the AU$1 million provided annually by the Vice Chancellor to ensure Griffith students can participate in an international experience during their degree studies. During the welcome, an agreement was signed between the two institutions that formalises both parties interest and keen willingness to further the opportunities to work together, including more opportunities for student and staff mobility between the two universities.
Source : Griffith University