HEAD of Office of Partnership and International Affairs (UPT KSLI) of University of Bengkulu, Yansen, Ph.D attended and participated in the meeting of IMT-GT (Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle) Uninet (University Network) in Melaka, Malaysia, on 19th – 20th of September 2018, to complete the 2019-2020 program.
UNIB’s involvement in this forum is one way to contribute to encourage regional development, as well as to increase UNIB’s network of cooperation and partnerships with universities in Malaysia and Thailand.
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)is a sub-regional collaboration initiative formed in 1993 by Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in order to accelerate economic and social transformation.
IMT-GT has grown in geographical scope and activities to cover more than 81 million people. Now it consists of 14 provinces in Southern Thailand, 8 Malaysian states, and 10 provinces in Indonesia, especially in Sumatra.
IMT-GT also grows outside its sub-region. The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) has been recognized by IMT-GT as a building block for the 2525 ASEAN community vision. In addition, ASEC stated that IMT-GT projects and initiatives complement the economic community of ASEAN Blueprint before wider implementation.
IMT-GT Uninet is a network for universities from Indonesia (especially Sumatra), Southern Thailand and Malaysia to implement their commitments and contribute in supporting development in the region.
During the meeting, 12 key projects were completed. The 12 projects include sustainable development and green growth programs in each region. Participating universities need to prepare strategies to implement these projects, according to their capacity. Thus the university is expected to develop work organizations and project implementation teams.[Faizal/Hms1/eve]