The IR Connect platform was formally introduced to the 6 partner universities of the WHO TDR IR program through a joint virtual meeting organised on 30th September 2020. This meeting was facilitated by Prof. Yodi Mahendradhata, Vice Dean for Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and was attended by faculties from all the 6 universities. The Idea behind IR Connect, it’s vision & the imperativeness of active participation by the partner universities to collectively share, learn & build a strong IR Community was discussed in detail.