University of Airlangga

24 July 2011

An enduring friendship was established between Thalca Hamid and Zephie Comino Cerny during their postgraduate days at The University of Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry. Their friendship was rekindled in June when they visited Surabaya. Dr. Hamid,who is Head of Orthodontics at the University of Airlangga, invited Robert Cerny (BDS MSC Syd. Uni.)to present a series of lectures, on relapse in orthodontics, to the post-graduate students and local orthodontists.

Surabaya, which is situated in East Java, is a major seaport and commercial center in the eastern region of Indonesia.Today, Surabaya's population is around three million, with the surrounding rural area housing at least 7 million.

Airlangga University, which is one of the oldest state universities in Indonesia, starting with a medical school and a school of dentistry, has grown over the years and now hosts 11 schools with more than 24,143 students and 1,571 faculty members.

The facilities available to the students and faculty members are extensive with renovations to the post-graduate facilities nearing completion. One of the notable services on the campus is the accommodation for the dental trade.

Dr Hamid maintains a strong affiliation with her alma mater and she continues to enjoy the camaraderie of the colleagues that she met during her postgraduate studies.