Global Engagement Office
One of major challenges faced by developing countries is entering global competition. Indonesia as one of the members of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) will face ASEAN Community by 2015 in which all the citizens to compete in the multi-dimensional ASEAN level. In the realm of international politics, the issue of wiretapping, displacement, national security and terrorism still characterize as the main agenda. As an academic institution, the need to be able to capture and sync with international dynamics manifested by the establishment of Global Engagement Office (GEO) under the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences in 2011.
Following the growing concern of the vast development of the UGM’s internationalization agenda, Prof. Pratikno, the former Dean who was elected as The Rector of UGM initiated the establishment of this office. As UGM in general and our faculty in particular had set up countless partnerships with numerous international institutions such as universities, research centres, and NGOs around the world, Prof. Pratikno believed that it is imperative that we also set up a unit at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences in which all of its international affairs are managed.
Global Engagement Office in its almost fourth year anniversary has been performing as the avant-garde in the faculty’s international cooperation which resulted in the hosting of international students and events, the coordinating unit for the joint research program and other numerous forms of partnerships. Following this spirit, Global Engagement Office always try its best to engage with international community and in this regards, hosting an annual program is the most challenging and effective part in galvanizing its partnership and cooperation.