PACES Continues its Endeavour in Pursuing Higher Learning Partnerships as the Deputy Ambassador of the EU Visits UNPAR 

It was a remarkable evening as Mr. Stéphane Mechati, the Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam visited UNPAR to explore collaboration with one of the oldest Universities in Indonesia on 25 March 2024. Rector, Vice Rector and Director of International Office of UNPAR welcomed the Deputy Head of the EU Mission, along with Head of Parahyangan Center for European Studies (PACES), Heads of both Undergraduate and Master Study Programs of International Relations and Coordinator of Erasmus+ CBHE – EcoGreen Project UNPAR. Potential areas of collaboration being discussed include regular visits by the EU delegate to UNPAR to deliver guest lectures, opportunities for internship for UNPAR students and working as trainees under supervision of the EU delegate authority and the opening of the EU Center at University.

The talk with the Unpar chairmanship was followed by an insightful discussion with students about the bilateral relations between Indonesia and EU. Mr. Mechati was seen exceptionally enthusiastic as he interacted with the participants, exploring the values embraced by Europe which are implemented in its efforts to establish relations with foreign countries.

It was also revealed that the EU has a strong, positive perception of Indonesia and the country was deemed important to be recognized by the Union. Indonesia is seen as an emerging power with great potential as it is seen as an epicentrum of growth, a leading power in Southeast Asia, and a country with abundant natural resources. Such reasoning makes the EU extremely eager to work together with Indonesia at a higher and closer level, Mr. Mechati says. 

The future of the relationship was reassured to be promising as talks with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been conducted, focusing on cooperation with experts from EU and UN to monitor the current presidential elections. Furthermore, Mr. Mechati himself has acknowledged that there is a high potential for collaboration between EU and UNPAR, including co-hosting guest lectures.