As an effort toward the internationalization agenda, SBM ITB signed a collaboration MoU with Antwerp Management School (AMS), hosted by the Ambassador Belgium to Indonesia, H.E. Patrick Herman, at the Ambassador’s residence in Jakarta (04/06/2018). Signed by Dean of SBM ITB, Prof. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono, and Dean of AMS, Prof. Paul Matthyssens, the MoU between the two business schools covers collaboration activities such as faculty, staff, and student exchange, joint research, executive development and potential joint-degree programs.
This collaboration also reflects SBM ITB’s commitment to being one of the renowned business schools in the regional and global level by adding another international partner to the school’s network. For the AMS, as the school has a strong program in supply chain and logistics, this collaboration is an opportunity to understand more about the practice of supply chain in emerging economy like in Indonesia. As Prof. Matthyssens said, “we are looking forward to extending our outreach in Asia, in this case, in Indonesia, one of the fastest growing countries in the region.” As already accredited by AACSB and AMBA, AMS sees this collaboration as a good effort by SBM ITB to reach its international accreditation goal in the near future.
H.E. Patrick Herman, the Ambassador of Belgium to Indonesia said that this collaboration is a good legacy to conclude his years of leadership in Indonesia. Starting in July, Ambassador Herman will move to his new post in Brasil. He reckoned, “I see education as an effective tool to maintain the diplomatic relationship between two countries, and today we witnessed how this collaboration between two prominent higher education institutions in Indonesia and Belgium may lead to other mutual relationship in the future.”
Apart from signing MoU with AMS, in the same event, SBM ITB also signed another MoU with Arghajata Consulting, represented by its Chairman, Dr. Bambang Subianto, former Minister of Finance of Indonesia. SBM and Arghajata agreed to cooperate in university-industry collaboration such as internship, job placement, and executive development program.