Jakarta-Universitas Indonesia (UI) is committed to increasing global engagement and expanding international partnership networks. For this reason, recently UI, represented by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Abdul Haris as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, together with the Director of the UI Vocational Education Program (UI Vocational) Padang Wicaksono, Ph.D, visited Switzerland (3 – 9 September 2022).

The visit has the main mission of exploring cooperation with vocational education institutions in Switzerland. The UI delegation was welcomed by the Managing Director of EHL Advisory Service, Andre Mack. On that occasion, Prof. Haris presented the opportunities and potential partnerships with UI in this regard through UI Vocational. EHL Hospitality Business School is the best tourism college in the world according to the QS World University Rankings (in the category of Hospitality and Leisure Management in 2022).

(Photo: Discussion between UI and a number of universities in Switzerland regarding vocational development)

Prof. Haris said that this visit to Switzerland was very important for UI Vocational considering that Switzerland is a country that is very serious in developing professional skills.

“Switzerland has well-known campuses that focus on skill development, applied science, and are professionally oriented,” he said. He continued, “UI has enormous benefits and opportunities in improving vocational education in the future, especially since UI has just opened an Applied Bachelor program so that vocational cooperation must continue to be improved.”

(Photo: UI delegation with Indonesian students studying at IMI)

On this visit to Switzerland, Prof. Haris also attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UI and the International Management Institute (IMI) in Lucerne City, witnessed by the Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland, Prof. Muliawan Hadad, Ph.D.

Prof. Haris and the UI delegation also had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Indonesian students at IMI, as well as attend the Swiss Skills 2022 vocational exhibition in Bern City. The UI delegation was also welcomed by Jacques Ducrest and Erik Swars from the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training (SFUVET).

The visit to Switzerland carried out by the UI delegation is increasingly relevant in the context of the Independent Learning Campus (MBKM) Policy which prioritizes link and match between the world of higher education and the outside world after they graduate.