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TWI Signs MoU with Parahyangan Catholic University Indonesia

Tue, 07 June, 2022

TWI and Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering a number of joint opportunities and initiatives.

The MoU was signed by TWI, Innovation and Skills Director, Tat-Hean Gan, and the Rector of UNPAR, Mangadar Situmorang PhD.

TWI and NSIRC Director, Tat-Hean Gan. Photo: TWI Ltd
TWI and NSIRC Director, Tat-Hean Gan. Photo: TWI Ltd

Together, TWI and UNPAR will jointly establish an industry-led postgraduate research centre under the new NSIRC International programme, working across a number of research and development projects.

TWI Director, Tat-Hean Gan, said, “Many times, the issue when a company hires a PhD student is that they have to retrain them, and this reduces the time they could be working on industrial projects. So, to save time, we launched the NSIRC programme to work on industrial challenges, and by doing that, the students can be exposed to the needs of industry straightaway, rather than further training once a traditional PhD is completed."

“Our sponsors Lloyd’s Register Foundation are very keen for us to outreach globally with the aim of benefiting underprivileged students. Looking at the impact of the international programme, we would like to create talent in the pipelines for us, our [TWI] Members, and for the benefit of society. Through that, we hope to publish in high impact journals, and for students to take part in international conferences, gaining knowledge and experience.”

UNPAR Rector, Mangadar Situmorang PhD, said, “UNPAR is one of the oldest private universities in Indonesia with more than 11,000 students from vocational to undergraduate and postgraduate. But our proportion for master and postgraduate is still very small as a part of the whole student body. Now we believe there is a possibility for us to advance our postgraduate programmes. With the very broad range of projects and programmes that TWI has across the world, from engineering to construction, to manufacture and all other kinds of industrial activity, we see this as a great opportunity for UNPAR to take part, and for our students.”

"Thank you to Professor Tat-Hean Gan, and all colleagues at TWI, for offering the opportunity to our students, especially on the international programme, this offer for the advancement of the university, the academic excellence, research, publications and so on. With the huge network that you [TWI] have, the very diverse activities, I saw it was an excellent opportunity for UNPAR to use it, in-line with our programme at national level, where the government is focusing on developing the infrastructure sector, as well as getting businesses more involved with manufacturing activities. But most importantly, the develop our human resources. And we see this through the academic activities, network and programme that you have offered us."

UNPAR Rector, Mangadar Situmorang. Photo: Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
UNPAR Rector, Mangadar Situmorang. Photo: Universitas Katolik Parahyangan

The TWI NSIRC International programme is funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), a founding partner of NSIRC since 2012, whom continue to provide vital funding for PhD Scholarships that will have an positive impact towards the protection of life.

Postgraduate students with NSIRC International will explore topics agreed between TWI and UNPAR that are mutually called for and beneficial to academia and industry.

The new programme will also follow NSIRC's Technology Strategy and Roadmap. Created by the Industrial Members of TWI, the Roadmap focuses on four key themes of digitalisation, smart manufacturing, new materials and circular economy, and net zero.


To find out more and see how you and your organisation can become involved with NSIRC International, contact