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UGM initiates to build an Asia-Africa University Presidents Forum in UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The forum will facilitate the exchange of ideas among the leaders of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Asia and Africa. UGM views that collaboration among HEIs in education sector is an ideal starting point for collaboration in other sectors. Education sector is less political so that the collaboration can be relatively independent from political dynamics in the region. In education, we can also use universal language and similar interest of human capital development so that political differences among countries in the region will, hopefully, not so much hamper the collaboration.

In view of the issues in Asian-African countries and UGM’s potential roles in leading the process of collaboration, Asia-African University Presidents Forum is inevitable. The role of HEIs is also a key aspect to initiate the spirit to grow up together within the region. Starting from collaboration in educational development, Asian-African countries should work together hand in hand to realize sustainability and peace in the region.


Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic the initiation of Asia-Africa University Presidents Forum is postponed until further notice