A group of academician from MIHI UMY has been successfully conducted an academic visit to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on 14-17 May 2017. The MIHI UMY delegation was led by the head of program Dr. Surwandono, M.Si., encountered by academic staff such as Dr. Ali Maksum, Dr. Ahmad Sahide, S.IP., M.A., as well as the editor in-chief Journal of International Relations (JHI) Ade Marup W., S.IP., M.A.

Once arrived in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, the MIHI UMY team welcomed and picked up by UMS envoy Mdm. Salmie Jemon as lecturer of industrial relations program. On 15 May 2017, the MIHI UMY delegation conducted a meeting to process and signing Letter of Intent (LoI) between the two institutions. Dr. Surwandono and team were received by the dean of the faculty Prof. Dr. Ismail Ibrahim as well as all management and academic staff such as Dr. Ayesah UY Abubakar, Ramli Dollah, Wan Shawaluddin Wan Hassan, Lae Che Ching, Dr. Mohamad Puad Bin Bebit, Dr. Miko Oishi, Prof. Mohd Noor Yazid and others.

After the intensive meeting and discussion around one hour both parties agree to enhance academic cooperation such as student and staff exchange as well as publication and joint conferences. The UMS staff was excited and eager to collaborate and visit Jogjakarta.