I, Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang (UTM Vice-Chancellor) and Mr. Azham Ramli (UTM Deputy Senior Registrar) visited Makassar to attend Dies Natalis the 54th Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS). We also visited the Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM). In the three days of this official visit, the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the UTM with UNHAS and UNM were also signed.
Actually, a collaboration between UTM and Makassar has been started a long time ago. This cooperation has already begun when the UTM is called the National Institute of Technology in the early 1970s, where several lecturers from Indonesia taught at UTM. One of them was Ir. Aminuddin Ressang, who was a chemistry lecturer at UTM. He is the brother of Prof. Dr. Ir. Arifuddin Ressang, former dean of the Faculty of Engineering, UNHAS. One of the children of Ir. Aminuddin, Assoc. Prof. Aziruddin Ressang is currently also a lecturer at UTM.
Currently, about 350 students from Indonesia are studying at UTM which 43 of them come from Makassar. Most of them are MSc and Ph.D. students. We, in Johor Bahru, are also very fortunate to be under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar who is a descendant of the Bugis.