The SDGs Center meeting between Universitas Airlangga and three Danish universities was held on September 8, 2022. This meeting, held at the Sindang Reret Restaurant in Bandung, was a follow-up meeting after an online discussion in early August. The three Danish universities who attended this meeting were representatives from Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of Southern Denmark, while the SDGs Center of Universitas Airlangga was represented by the Chair, Program Development Coordinator, and one of the staff.
The discussion from this meeting led to opportunities for SDGs collaboration which had previously been discussed at the first meeting, one of which was the appointment of three parties at the University of Denmark to become experts on SDGs at Airlangga University. "We would like to invite you to be our expert on SDGs so we can work together to achieve the global goals. By another chance, we hope that we can also collaborate for the summer course." explained Bayu Arie Fianto, SE., MBA., Ph.D. as the Head of SDGs Center of Universitas Airlangga.
Hearing the appointment, the Danish University was very honored and interested in the initiation. Dr. Bjarne Lykke Sørensen from Copenhagen Business School responded, "Thank you for coming on such a long trip to come to Bandung to meet us. We are very glad to be appointed as SDGs experts at Universitas Airlangga. Of course, we will follow up first on our decision to accept this offer. Soon, we also hope to be able to visit Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya soon. Also, hopefully, we can do a summer course together between our universities later."
SDGs Experts of Universitas Airlangga from external parties are expected to actively participate in contributing ideas, directions, and intervene to provide concrete actions both to the academic community and the general public in achieving the SDGs by 2030 through collaboration with Airlangga University. In addition, with this meeting, it is hoped that the SDGs Center of Universitas Airlangga can collaborate further with the three universities in Denmark. That way, SDGs activities at Universitas Airlangga can have an impact not only on a national scale but also on a global scale.
Author: Mirna Safira