Seven Indonesian universities, namely Ahmad Dahlan University, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Universitas Brawijaya, Semarang State University, Padjajaran University, President University, and STIE Malangkuḉeḉwara as well as three European universities consisting of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), from United Kingdom, The International School for Business and Social Studies (ISBSS) from Slovenia, and the University of Granada from Spain have held a virtual kick-off meeting for the iHiLead program on March 1st and 2nd, 2021. iHiLead is a university consortium that aims to improve the quality of higher education in Indonesia through reformation of leaders and leadership in higher education by giving training programmes as well as strengthening strategic planning and governance at Indonesian universities.
This consortium is under the supervision of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education of Republic of Indonesia. In its implementation, the iHiLead consortium is supported by the Eramus+ program which is funded by the European Union. Opening remarks and press conferences which launched on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 19.00 (GMT+7) were delivered by Prof. Ir. Nizam, M.Sc., DIC, Ph.D. the Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia; Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Mr. Vincent Piket, M.A, Ph.D, and David Dawson, Ph.D, FCIPD, SHEA – the Director of Master of Arts Higher Education Leadership and Management from the University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. The kick off meeting was also attended by more than 250 participants from various universities in Indonesia. The iHiLead project will be implemented for three years, from January 15, 2021 to January 14, 2024.