The Rector of the Universitas Indonesia (UI), Prof. Dr. Rusliwa Gumilar Somantri visited Sofia University (SU) ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ and met with his counterpart the Rector of Sofia University, Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev , 26 January 2011. Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Bulgaria, His Excellency Mr. Immanuel Robert Inkiriwang, was present during the meeting of both rectors. Prof. Somantri was accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at UI, Dr. Bambang Wibawarta. During the meeting, and Prof. Ilchev was accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Assoc. Prof. Petya Yaneva and Director for International Relations of SU, Mr. Rumen Grigorov.
During the meeting, both rectors agreed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Academic Exchange between Universitas Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia, and the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Republic of Bulgaria (signed by both Rectors in 2010) with concrete and realistic activities such as exchanges of lecturers and students as well as university cultural teams and to develop further activities and programs such as joint research.
Prof. Somantri also gave a presentation about his university to Prof. Ilchev and some of his faculty members. During the visit, the Delegation of UI and the Indonesian Ambassador also visited the Centre of Oriental Languages and Cultures at SU.