Thursday, May 11 2023 Gala Dinner was held between Faculty of Biology UGM and Faculty of Science Universiteit Leiden at Sasanti Restaurant, Yogyakarta. The Gala Dinner was attended by Prof. dr. Paul J. A. Kessler (Director of Hortus Botanicus, Universiteit Leiden), Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc., Deputy Dean for Research, Community Service, Cooperation and Alumni, Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App.Sc., Deputy Dean for Asset Finance and HR, Dr. Slamet Widiyanto, S.Si., M.Sc., Deputy Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Bambang Retnoaji, S.Sc., M.Sc., Head of the Tropical Biology Department, Abdul Razaq Chasani, S.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Head of the Bachelor Study Program, Sukirno, S.Sc., M. Si., Ph.D., Head of the Doctoral Study Program, Dr. Endah Retnaningrum, M.Eng., Head of Office of International Affairs, Faculty of Biology, and Dr.rer.nat. Abdul Rahman Siregar, S.Si., M.Biotech.
Gala Dinner is intended to strengthen good collaboration relation between two parties, Faculty of Biology UGM and Faculty of Science Universiteit Leiden after Tuesday, May 9 2023, the MoU was extended regarding collaboration in joint research programs, visiting professorships, resources for exchange, joint seminars , workshops, double degree programs, educational scholarships and various other scopes of collaboration between Faculty of Biology and Leiden University
Gala Dinner occured with small talk and shared experiences through comparisons between Indonesia in general and the Faculty of Biology UGM in particular with Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, such as cultural differences, regulations, education and teaching curriculum, research, and so on. Prof. Paul also went down to share about the teaching system at Universiteit Leiden and the Netherlands, both from the development of human resources, functions and publications, connections with various parties, one of which is the United Nations, to how it affects to the development of education, especially within the university sphere.
The implementation of this Gala Dinner is a form of strengthening both working and personal relationships with the collaboration partners of the Faculty of Biology. It is hoped that good collaboration can continue between Faculty of Biology and Faculty of Science Universiteit Leiden.