The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, provided important information on opportunities for students of the University of Islam Malang (Unisma) for further studies in New Zealand. He expressed this in an international webinar held by Unisma and the ambassador, Thursday (17/12).

Tantowi said that the opportunity to go to New Zealand to study in two ways namely, through the schemes of Indonesian government and the New Zealand government. “New Zealand is very kind. There are so many scholarships for Indonesian students especially for certain fields, ”he said.

The scholarship program from New Zealand is an implication of the educational diplomacy program which means a cooperation agreement that uses diplomacy skills in order to increase effective cooperation in various sectors. The aim is to find solutions to educational challenges and improve education-related agendas.

Tantowi explained that  the government of New Zealand also provides Scholarships for training education such as the English language training for official and Indonesian young leaders program. “This is also actively given to Indonesia with growing enthusiasts from year to year,” he said.

The Unisma International Webinar with the ambassador was held virtually with the zoom meeting platform and the official Unisma Public Relations YouTube streaming platform.

Unisma rector, Prof. Dr. Maskuri, M.Si, who was traveling to Jakarta at that time, greeted the ambassador Tantowi Yahya via zoom. He expressed his appreciation to Tantowi for taking part in the webinar in the midst of his duties and activities as ambassador.

“Of course the Ambassador has a lot of extraordinary experiences in New Zealand. We thank for your contribution of thoughts related to international higher education good practices, “said Prof. Maskuri.

Unisma as one of the largest universities in Indonesia, which has around 15 thousand students and more than 500 lecturers have the opportunity to pursue  higher education in New Zealand. Likewise, universities in New Zealand have the opportunity to learn a lot about the culture and education system at Unisma.

Vice rector 1 of Unisma, Prof. Dr. H. Junaidi, M.Pd, said that the international webinar was an effort to organize and walk the path to Unisma’s mission to become a World Class University. For this reason, international cooperation was built. “Through  Unisma Office of International Affairs program, we paved the way to become a top global university,” he said.

Prof. Junaidi hopes that by inviting Indonesian ambassadors from various countries, Unisma can build a wider international network.

“We hope that the Indonesian ambassadors can contribute knowledge and thoughts from the experiences they get,” he hoped