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The University of Zagreb the Only Croatian Higher Education Institution Participating in a Student Mobility Project with Indonesia

Following the decision made by the Government of Indonesia at the beginning of 2021, a new student mobility programme, IISMA - Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards, was launched. The idea behind the project is for several thousand Indonesian students to take part in an exchange at the leading universities’ undergraduate, as well as short-cycle study programmes. During the semester exchange (4-6 months) the students are expected, through participation in courses beyond their home institution’s study programme, to develop intercultural and communication competences, along with management and leadership skills, and build up a network of international contacts together with getting to know the people and the land of the host.

In January 2023, for the third consecutive year, and in cooperation with eight UNIZG constituent units (the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Economics & Business, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics Varaždin, the Faculty of Croatian Studies, the Faculty of Political Science, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, and the Faculty of Law), the Central International Relations Office prepared a project proposal for the mobility of Indonesian students.

In May 2023, the University was informed that, competing with over 270 higher education institutions from 5 continents and more than 30 countries, its proposal was approved, and that in the academic year 2023/24 fifteen Indonesian students will visit the University of Zagreb as part of the project. This marks an increase in the number of incoming Indonesian students compared to the 2021 project, when ten students were hosted.

Thirteen female and two male students from the eight most prestigious Indonesian universities are to come to UNIZG: Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung (ITENAS), Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Institut Teknologi Sumatera (ITERA), Universitas Diponegoro (UNDIP), Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Universitas Indonesia (UI), Universitas Katolik Widya Mandala Surabaya (UKWMS), Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD), Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jakarta (UPN), Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Universitas Sam Ratulangi (UNSRAT) and Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS).

The unique aspect of this exchange programme is that, in addition to securing financial support for students (travel costs, living expenses and health insurance), it also covers the enrolment and tuition fees at the host institutions. The scholarship scheme is funded by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology" (Kemendikbudristek) through the Directorate General for Higher Education (DIKTI).

The project is a continuation of the UNIZG’s strategic initiative to strengthen the cooperation and facilitate the student and academic staff exchange with Indonesian higher education institutions through both the bilateral cooperation and the Erasmus+ mobility programme for the so-called “third countries not associated to the Programme”, which has been successfully implemented since 2016 with the following partners: Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta (UTY), Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) i Universitas Lampung (UNILA).

More information about the Indonesian international mobility scholarship scheme is available HERE.