In 2008, Universitas Surabaya (Ubaya) has turned to the age of 40. Today (17/1), as the commemoration of this anniversary, the university will organize a launching event of 40 years Ubaya book “ Meretas Jalan Internasionalisasi”. The book describes achievements as well as programs that support internationalization in Ubaya. One of the programs is International Village.

University of Surabaya (Ubaya) evolved from University of Trisakti (Usakti) Surabaya.
The latter was established in 1966 by prominent society figures, academics, businessmen and government. Indeed, in 1968 the name of Usakti was altered to Ubaya. The date of 11th March 1968 was declared as the anniversary of the university when the construction of campus on Jl. Ngagel Jaya Selatan 169 was restarted.

In addition to Ngagel campus, the university that educates more than 12,000 students also possesses another 2 campuses, namely Tenggilis campus and integrated outdoor campus in Trawas (ie mountain area, located 50 km from Surabaya). In order to keep the quality education to society, Ubaya continuously develops its programs, facilities, infrastructures, and human resources.

For example through the development of International Village. International Village (IV) is a pioneering concept that brings together several international education centers into one roof, for easy public access. IV is distinctive concept that opens for everyone including Surabaya community, East Java community, Indonesian community, and even international community.

“In general, IV is intended to support the development of cooperation and the exchange of culture between Indonesian and other countries,” said Prof. Wibisono Hardjopranoto (Ubaya Rector) yesterday (16/1).

He also mentioned the substantial benefit of IV to Ubaya and society. “For us, the university will easily initiate the contact with foreign universities, while students and lecturers can gather free of charge information in IV. For example, scholarship information is available in IV.”  

Adi Tedjakusuma Ubaya Office of International Affairs Coordinator added the Ubaya commitment to develop its internationalization. “At the moment, we approach other embassies to place their governmental institution to provide education and cultural information in IV,” said Adi.

At the moment there are 6 tenants from different countries. For example, Australian Education Centre (Australia), Canadian Education Centre (Canada) and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany).

”IV is open for everyone, including students, lecturers and public. They can ask information about universities from all of the tenants. Some of them also provide admission information and assistance. The operating hours is Monday-Friday 09.00-16.30.

“The IV tenants are not agent. Most of them are governmental institution and there will be no fee involved on their services,” he added.

In addition to the launching event, there will be panel discussion on Le Ballroom Laguna Square, Jl. Kejawan Putih, Mutiara Pakuwon City Surabaya. The panelists are Jeffrey M. Loree (Vice Consul, Consulate General of The United State of America), Dahlan Iskan, (CEO Jawa Pos Group), and Rhenald Kasali PhD (Chairman of Graduate Program Universitas Indonesia).

Taken from Jawapos, 17 January 2009