On 24th September 2021, UMS held a New Student Orientation activity for foreign students from 16 countries via Zoom meeting and TVMu. These students come from various countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Malaysia, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda. Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, however, these students will undertake their studies via long-distance online learning from their home countries.
Supriyono S.T., M.T., Ph.D., as the Vice Chancellor for Sector V, Cooperation and International Affairs, said that these students will become ambassadors for recruiting more international students, as international students are a key metric for ranking world-class universities. He also added that this program is in line with the university’s plan of becoming a world-class university by 2025.
On the same occasion, the Head of the Bureau of Cooperation and International Affairs of UMS (KUI), Waluyo Adi Siswanto, Ph.D., also said that after this reception, the foreign students have officially become part of the UMS family. “These foreign students are not only undertaking undergraduate programs but also master’s and doctoral programs,” claimed the Head of the UMS KUI. He added this program was previously not possible last year due to the COVID-19 situation, however, UMS have since reopened for foreign students this year.